August 13, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Fundraising for all-access playground enters phase 2

When Special Olympics athletes visited Thousand Oaks last month, one of the special attractions the city had to offer was the newly renovated Dreamcatcher playground at Old Meadows Park off Erbes Road.   More...

Drought no match for farmers market

Despite the drought, local farmers are still producing a number of seasonal favorites that are available at Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association venues.  More...

A golden summer for local lifeguard

A REAL LIFESAVER—Holly Maine, 15, of Newbury Park has won seven gold medals at various lifesaving and water polo competitions in California and Florida this summer. More...

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Schools

A transformative summer for CVUSD

In wake of bond passage, district schools get much-needed repairs

While Conejo kids were on family vacations, spending time at the beach or attending summer camps, their schools were anything but quiet and desolate. Nearly every one saw some facilities or technological improvement. More...

Stone steps up for Y

New director looks to shine on bigger stage

Whether it’s a sport, hobby or other supervised activity, young people need positive outlets that will help them grow and mature, says the man who was recently named president and CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA.  Ronnie Stone, 43 More...

Youth, Government program highlight of Y barbecue

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park’s Youth and Government program will host an information night and barbecue from 7 to 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 19 at the Y, 320 Via Las Brisas, and an identical information night Wed., Sept. More...

Business

Anthem building fetches nearly $20M in sale

Leased property sold to Asian investor

A two-story, 106,560-square-foot office building in Newbury Park leased to Anthem Blue Cross has sold for $19.1 million, commercial real estate firm CBRE announced last week.  More...

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Smoothies Juice It Up, a smoothie and juice bar, opened at Conejo Valley Plaza Shopping Center, 1404 N. Moorpark Road.  Italian cuisine Al Mulino, an Italian restaurant, opened at Paseo Marketplace, 3709 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.   More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   July 31  A residential burglary was reported in an undisclosed location.  Aug. 1  A woman, 65, was cited on Madonna Lane for petty theft.  More...

Family

T.O. clan attends ADA anniversary

Family has been strong advocate for legislation

In recognition of the work they’ve done in recent years supporting legislation that benefits special needs groups, the Pitzele family of Thousand Oaks was invited to Washington, D.C., last month to mark 25 years since the passage of the landmar More...

Get ready to boogie at Dover-Hendrix

Disco-era tunes will fill the air on Sunday at free concert

The Boogie Knights will strut their disco stuff during Conejo Recreation and Park District’s next free Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 16 in the natural amphitheater at Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave. More...

Stagecoach Inn offers glimpses of history

Stagecoach Inn Museum at 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, has these new and ongoing tours and exhibits.  For more information, call (805) 498-9441 or visit http://stagecoachmuseum.org.  Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Hugs and kisses

I became aware that something was amiss in my life recently when I actually (almost) enjoyed getting my annual mammogram exam.  Like most women, I don’t look forward to the procedure— I swear that archaiclooking contraption used to t More...

The OTHER Side of 50

The vanishing vacation

I used to enjoy vacations. I’ve traveled to many places, including Ireland, Aruba, Hawaii, Mexico, London and India. I enjoyed trying new foods, learning about different cultures, seeing historical sights and meeting new people.  More...

Help for our heroes

Transitional housing for homeless vets opens in Ventura

Turning Point Foundation Director Jason Meek ducked into a small room in a former food pantry, converted by the nonprofit into Ventura County’s first full-service housing program for homeless veterans. More...

Busted big rig leads to Monday morning jam

A typically challenging Monday morning commute was made worse this week by an overturned big rig at the base of the Conejo Grade.  More...

Community

City opts against using Roundup at golf course

Turf to be removed by mechanical means

A controversial weed and grass killer will not be used to remove turf at the only publicly owned golf course in the city.  In an effort to save water, 20 acres of grass will be removed from the 75-acre Los Robles Greens course at 299 S. More...

Can you weave a tale in 100 words?

The Acorn’s annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest is underway. More...

County takes another crack at sidewalk repair issue

Supervisors reverse policy change, insist homeowners must pay for any, all repairs

Homeowners in the unincorporated portions of the county must continue to shoulder the cost of fixing public sidewalks adjacent to their properties, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors decided last week.  More...

On the Town

Grammy winner to play Gardens

Jazz series wraps next week

The Gardens of the World 13th annual Summer Jazz Concert Series continues from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 16 with Grammy-winning keyboardist and composer Gregg Karukas at 2001 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

Check out some laughs at the library

The Thousand Oaks Library Foundation will present its third annual Comedy Night at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 28 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road.  More...

Music comes alive at Goebel

The Goebel Adult Community Center Commission will present another program in the “Music Comes Alive” series.  The British Beat Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 23 at the center, 1385 E. More...

Sports

Locals make impact in big leagues

It’s almost playoff time in Major League Baseball.  Many familiar faces from Acorn country are busy helping their respective teams make a final push for October. More...

Holmes leaves Panthers for Calabasas football

Calabasas High’s football team just got a lot better.  Junior cornerback and wide receiver Darnay Holmes transferred from Newbury Park to Calabasas. He participated in his first practice with the Coyotes on Aug. 3.  More...

Fans welcome Dallas Cowboys at camp

JOY DIVISION—The Dallas Cowboys are holding their training camp in Oxnard. Local NFL fans have flocked to see the team practice this summer. More...

Pets

A lucky break for lonesome duck

Humans are more prone to form cliques than are members of the wildlife community. Yet for many years, a trio of large domestic ducks that had adopted Seminole Lake in rural Agoura as their permanent home formed a distinct clique.  More...

Pet of the week

READY FOR ACTION—Pogo is a male tan shorthair Chihuahua mix approximately 4 years old. He is a fun-loving and playful dog. If you would like to adopt Pogo, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Crowning achievement

La Reina dedicates new middle school

ANNEXATION—Above, Michael Bates, head of school for La Reina, speaks about the private school’s new middle school campus during a dedication ceremony Aug. 8. More...

Heritage Girls host pool party

American Heritage Girls Troop CA1412 will host a family pool party and open house at 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. More...

‘Be Healed’ in Thousand Oaks

Healing event coming to Emmanuel Church

Conejo Valley Healing Rooms—a Thousand Oaks-based community ministry that prays for the healing of body, soul and spirit—will present its Be Healed Conference on Fri. and Sat., Sept. More...

Letters

Make county pay for sidewalk fixes

The recent round of sidewalk repairs in Casa Conejo has been mismanaged and is pitting government against the homeowners.  I had a sidewalk repair in front of my house and was billed and liened by the county.  After watching the Board of Su More...

Ordinance subverts law

At the Aug. 4 Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting, I provided documented proof that the county has no legal federal or state standing to vote yes on agenda items 26 and 27, yet they still voted 4-1.  More...

Better options for boulevard

Oh dear. It sounds to me like the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement District is having a hard time convincing the City Council to agree to an increase in Measure E housing permits.  More...

Editorials

Impatient drivers are making bad situation worse

Eighteen months into a planned two-year construction schedule, the expansion of the 101-23 interchange continues to play havoc with the lives of commuters across Ventura County. More...

Back to school, thank heavens

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Why this summer is different

GUEST OPINION

Four dry years in a row have decimated our water supply and reduced reservoir levels statewide. More...