August 20, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

T.O.’s top earners outpace counterparts in Ventura County

Thousand Oaks City Hall’s five highest-paid employees earn an average of $203,486 a year in salary—about 3 percent more than the same top positions paid four years ago. More...

Fiery Friday

Fire burns 180 acres just east of T.O.

SCORCHING HOT—A hand crew from Cal Firefights the Rusticfire as it burns near Long Canyon Road in Simi Valley on Friday, one of several areafires that day. More...

Health & Wellness

Random test a stroke of luck

Triathlete thriving after early detection saved his life

The ultrasound that Keith Hernandez underwent one day in 2011 was unscheduled, unorthodox— and lifesaving. The Newbury Park resident, then 42, had arrived at Los Robles Hospital early to meet his friend Roberto Michelin and go mountain biking. More...

Nar-Anon offers comfort to families of drug addicts

Nar-Anon is a worldwide support group for family and friends of drug addicts.  The Conejo Valley Chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in room 6 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

To the rescue

ANYONE CAN BE A LIFESAVER—Above, Pat O’Neil, an ocean lifeguard with the L.A. More...

On the Town

War veteran paints Mexican themes

Works of Hüicho Lé on display in CLU’s Fong Gallery

California Lutheran University hosts a free exhibition featuring art by Oxnard resident Hüicho Lé through Sept. 26 in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture on the Thousand Oaks campus.  A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 4.  More...

‘Jeeves Intervenes’ at Hillcrest Center

Cool Britannia will present a staged reading of “Jeeves Intervenes” at 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 29 and at 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 30 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

This salad bowl runneth over

The Salad Gourmet in Thousand Oaks, an establishment that offers fresh and healthy choices that are also delicious, perfectly meets the needs of today’s health-conscious consumers.  Run by the mother-and-daughter team of Stella and Daniela More...

Sports

Taking a stroll in the sun

Residents who live in Acorn country are lucky.  Mother Nature’s glorious trails, vistas and terrain are breathtaking. More...

Pyramid of success

SOCCER FANATICS—The AYSO Newbury Park U-11 girls’ soccer team snaredfirst in the penalty kick shoot-out competition at the Cypress Memorial Day Classic. More...

Tennis stars deliver aces on court

MAKING A RACKET—The Westlake Athletic Club U-14 intermediate boys’ tennis team advanced to the Southern California Junior Team Tennis Sectional tournament at the StubHub USTA Player Devel More...

Pets

Pet of the week

BIG AND LOVABLE—Brooke is an altered female Great Dane mix about 8 years old. She is a lovable dog and a great companion. If you would like to adopt Brooke, ask for ID No. More...

Wild Brunch benefits wildlife center

Fundraiser is next month in Malibu

California Wildlife Center will celebrate its 17th annual Wild Brunch fundraiser from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 13 at Gull’s Way Estate, Malibu. More...

Canine cam at Woofstock

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE— Oliver, a French bulldog from Encino, pays a visit to Woofstock dog festival at Malibu Bluffs Park with his GoPro ready to go. More...

Obituaries

Gary James Davis, Sr.

April 9, 1940 - August 6, 2015

Air Force veteran, magician, motorcyclist, photographer, world traveler, businessman, fisherman, family man. There were many ups and downs in Gary’s life, but he was always happy. More...

Gladys Marie (Thompson) Martone

Gladys Marie (Thompson) Martone, age 86, of Westlake Village passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks.  Gladys was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. More...

Letters

Tired of waiting at traffic signals

One of the reasons we moved to Thousand Oaks was to escape the increasing traffic in L.A.  But little did we imagine that we would spend many wasted minutes waiting at so many intersections with left-turn signals.  The traffic flow in this More...

Supervisor’s logic misguided

Steve Bennett is correct in saying that the issue of having homeowners pay for sidewalk repairs is a “slippery slope” (“County takes another crack at sidewalk repair issue,” Acorn, Aug. More...

Auto mall should pay for parking

I agree with Ann Telling (Letters, Acorn, Aug. More...

Editorials

Why we publish list of city’s highest paid

You’ll find in this week’s issue our latest look at the salaries and benefits of the city’s highest-paid employees.  More...

Cartoon

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Pedestrian hit and killed in Thousand Oaks

Victim was 61 years old

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car Monday morning in Thousand Oaks. More...

Sound of roaring jets wake Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park residents from their beds

F-35 and F-16 were from Edwards Air Force Base, sources say

Living in close proximity to a naval air base, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo residents are used to a certain amount of noise as military fighter jets take off and land from Point Mugu. More...

SUPERMARKET (BLEEP!)

Just four months into expansion, Haggen closing stores

Haggen’s invasion of Southern California has turned into a full-fledged retreat. More...

Jones asks supporters to cover debt from losing campaign

Residents were surprised last week to find among their emails a request from the campaign of Ed Jones for donations.  It came more than two months after Rob McCoy’s narrow victory over Jones in the Thousand Oaks City Council Special Electi More...

Community

Scorching temps don’t keep fire fight from succeeding

Doug Staub was startled to see the orange glow and plume of smoke billowing into the sky near his home on Long Canyon Road on Friday.   Staub was in his backyard Aug. More...

Kelley Road deal is done

Long-awaited sale finally complete

After trying for two decades to sell the old Timber School property next to the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park, Conejo Valley Unified has finally succeeded. More...

Fill up, then press your luck

Some stations now offering Lotto at the pump

Motorists coming through Simi Valley and Agoura Hills can now play the lottery while filling their gas tanks at stations that offer the new “Play at the Pump” program.  More...

Dining & Entertainment

Local pop artist part of female-fueled show at The Canyon

Thousand Oaks' Djoir opening for DEV

Dawn “Djoir” Jordan sings high-power notes to pop-song beats—she also delivers the same message to fans every time she takes the stage. More...

Calendar

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THURS., AUG. 20  Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club  7:30 p.m. in community room, East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Fred Martin discusses satellite antenna technology as it relates to ham radio. More...

Schools

The new kid in school

I’m the new kid in school, and that means I’ve already had to ask embarrassing questions, like where the restroom is or why there’s a bizarre clunking sound when the commode flushes.  More...

What’s cooking in Conejo school cafeterias?

For many students, back to school means back-to-school lunches. But if that phrase conjures up images of canned fruits and vegetables; bland, boxed starchy foods and high-fructose corn syrup-laden treats, think again. More...

A different approach

Woman develops unique program for kids

Eleanor Rigby is a big brute of a Great Dane, but her sweet personality helps children with social issues, developmental problems or kids identified on the autism spectrum, with anxiety and other issues.  More...

Business

Chicken soup for the sole

Jack’s Shoes: a goodfit for 30 years

Some customers of Jack’s Shoes in Thousand Oaks who’ve known owner Jack Spotts for years walk into the store and ask, “Is Jack still alive?” “ They know I’ve been around forever,” Spotts said. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

Local Jews heading to nation’s capital in name of social justice

Reform rabbis march with NAACP

A local rabbi and his daughter recently followed in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Judaism taught through film

Temple Etz Chaim’s Adult Education Department will premiere a four-part film-based educational program teaching people about Israel and Judaism during Selichot services on Sat., Sept. 5 at the temple, 1080 E. Janss Road. More...

Trusting in God to navigate through the seasons of life

Bible verses are seldom used in Top 40 pop songs, but in 1965 The Byrds scored a No. 1 hit with “Turn! Turn! Turn! More...

Family

Disco Days Revisited!

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Manna to restock shelves before school

Back-to-school is a great time to donate kid-friendly non-perishable food items to stock Manna’s pantry, Executive Director Jennifer Schwabauer said this week.  More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

The essay

Dear Miss McClintock,  And you made me feel guilty.  Fifty-two years have passed since I survived your sixth-grade class/boot camp, and it is time to revoke an apology.  By now you’re likely hanging with that great mimeo machine More...

Ask the Arborist

An end to the drought?

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a greater than 95 percent chance of a strong El Niño storm season coming to a neighborhood near you.  If that does actually happen, NWS experts say there’s also a 60 percent chance i More...

On the Trail

Stumbling onto the trail to enlightenment

There are therapeutic advantages to living in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. A dose of wild may be a tonic. Nature can be treacherous and harsh. She can also be welcoming and soothing.  Does life seem hard? Unfair? More...