September 3, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Purveyor rolls out drought ‘surcharge’

CalAm Water customers facing new restrictions

More than 20,000 Thousand Oaks residents could soon see steep hikes in their water bills if they don’t conserve. More...

Health & Wellness

Campaign seeks to share early warning signs of autism

Bill Burke wasn’t sure what to think when his 2-year-old son suddenly stopped speaking and making eye contact and sometimes seemed unable to hear commands. The behaviors were early warning signs of autism, signs Burke and his wife missed. More...

Exercise for free at local YMCAs

Adults and teens can take part in free group exercise classes Mon. through Sat., Sept. 14 through 19, at three YMCAs: Conejo Valley YMCA, 4031 N. More...

Seniors thrive in adult day programs

Years ago, after my grandmother died, my cousin came to live with my grandfather.  More...

On the Town

Stop by ‘nona’s’ house for dinner

Verona Trattoria

Stepping into Verona Trattoria in Old Town Camarillo is like taking a step back in time into a restaurant near a vineyard in Italy.  More...

Conejo’s tastes all in one place

The seventh annual Taste of Conejo, presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, is set for Thurs., Oct. More...

HIGH ELBOWS

Hundreds raise a glass for T.O. Kiwanis at BrewFest

  A PROPER TOAST—Newbury Park residents Pat Askren, center, and Bruce Stein, right, celebrate Todd Augustine’s birthday with some beers at last Thursday’s BrewFest at Conejo Creek Park. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Westlake Warriors (1-0) vs. Red Mountain, Mesa, Ariz. (0-1) Friday, 7 p.m. Westlake High

The roller coaster is closed at Westlake High. From now on, the ride only goes in one direction for the school’s football team—up. More...

Weekend schedule

Saugus at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m.  Thousand Oaks at Canyon Friday, 7 p.m.  Hillcrest Christian at Cornerstone Chr. Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Last week’s top performers

Perry Martin, RB, Thousand Oaks: Martin, who missed all of last season with an injury, gained 165 rushing yards on 23 carries and 35 receiving yards in the Lancers’ 41-13 season-opening win against Ventura. More...

Pets

Of poets, stars and horseshoes

Like a magnet, Thousand Oaks draws me back time and again. On this latest return to my former home grounds, I encountered poets, stars and horseshoes while cycling through neighborhoods off Janss Road between Moorpark and Lynn Roads.  More...

SQUIRREL OF THE MONTH

KERNEL CAPER—Jane Curtis of Thousand Oaks demonstrated her talent for squirrel photography with this picture, taken in her backyard over the summer, of a furry friend helping itself to some bir More...

There are many differences between ravens and crows

Both are considered attentive parents

At the California Wildlife Center, people often ask us, “How can you tell the difference between a raven and a crow?”  If you had the two birds side by side, there would be no question. More...

Letters

Quit pandering to PC crowd

I’m compelled to comment on Bob Calverley’s letter (Acorn, Aug. 27) about the “disturbing” lack of diversity among the city’s highest-paid employees.  More...

City salaries ‘way out of line’

I was absolutely appalled, I think this is an ideal place to use the colorful word “gobsmacked,” at the exorbitant salaries and ridiculously generous benefits afforded the civic servants employed by us taxpayers of the City of Thousand Oa More...

Frustrated with mayor’s actions

I am certain the Acorn will receive multiple letters regarding the Aug. More...

Columns

Grumps and the farm

Four times a year, he crams his clodhoppers into a suitcase and heads for the cornfield.  He’s not building a Field of Dreams. Or an Aztec calendar. Or a missile silo for NASA.   More...

Wolf pack seen in California forfirst time in almost a century

Adults, pups photographed in Northern California

Photos of a pack of gray wolves in Northern California have caused quite a stir. The largely nocturnal creatures were almost hunted to extinction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the western U.S. More...

TOB trolley doesn't pass muster

The City Council has hit the brakes on a proposal to bring a trolley to Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The council voted unanimously Sept. More...

NPHS student-athlete stabbed to death

School mourns loss of 16-year-old

Two Ventura County school communities are in mourning following the violent death of a student-athlete this week. More...

Community

Boulevard property manager named to T.O. Planning Commission

‘I think I can help make a good town better’

Longtime Thousand Oaks businessman Jeff Alexander has been appointed the newest member of the city’s planning commission. More...

Reopened lane provides gridlock relief

Construction enters final phase

Traffic near the 101-23 freeway interchange is expected to improve as construction enters its third and final stage this fall, a city engineer said this week. More...

Precautionary bag checks begin at Regal and Edwards theaters

Nation’s biggest movie chain says it is concerned about patron safety

The days of sneaking candy and other goodies into movie theaters may be coming to an end.  Regal Simi Valley Civic Center, Edwards Calabasas and Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium are just three of more than 500 theaters nationwide that have estab More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 3  Conversation Cafe   More...

Schools

T.O., Westlake ranked among top HS

WHS at No. 210, TOHS at 215 in annual Newsweek list

Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of the top high schools in America includes four local campuses.  The magazine named Oak Park High School the best in Ventura County, and out of the 500 schools on the nationwide list, OPHS ranked No. More...

Information night a must for students considering military academies

Service Academy Night will take place at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 15 at Thousand Oaks High School, 2323 N. Moorpark Road.  High school students who are interested in an appointment to West Point Military, Annapolis Naval, U.S. Air Force, U.S. More...

Benkert teaching at middle school

Longtime WHS coach now at Colina

Like other Conejo Valley Unified schools, Colina Middle School students and staff returned from summer break to some campus improvements. More...

Business

Embattled grocer goes on the offensive

Haggen, Inc. has filed a $1-billion lawsuit against grocery giant Albertsons, alleging that the company competed unfairly and left the independent market chain no choice but to lay off 1,100 employees and close 27 stores companywide.  More...

BUSINESS BITS

Artisan pizza   Pitfire Artisan Pizza opened at Westlake Plaza, 966 S. Westlake Boulevard. More...

Home show seeks vendors

The 41st Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show will take place Sat. and Sun., Oct. 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Aug. 22 A man, 46, was arrested at Hillcrest Drive and Kalinda Place for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana and an open container while driving. Aug. 23 More...

Faith

On a mission

Rambo takes charge of Simi spiritual center

Though he was never forced to go to church as a kid, the Rev. Steve Rambo said, he always knew there was something greater out there organizing the universe in a way that works for everyone.  More...

Use your unique talents

“Everyone has a purpose in life . . . a unique gift or special talent to give to others. More...

Friendship Circle kicks off new year

Communitywide event is Sept. 20

Beginning its 12th year, the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle will host a communitywide kickoff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 20 at 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills.  More...

Family

The Who Show comes to Dover and Hendrix

Concerts in the Park series wraps on Labor Day

Labor Day brings the last Summer Concert in the Park to the Conejo Valley, featuring the unmistakable live sounds of The Who with area tribute band The Who Show at 5 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

Realtor hosts pizza, movie night

Carmen Mormino, Realtor and estates director at Rodeo Realty, will host an outdoor movie and pizza night from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12 at Triunfo Community Park, 980 Aranmoor Ave. More...

Getting grandparents involved

COMMENTARY Parenting today

With two busy parents in a household, it can be difficult to give children all the attention they need. More and more, parents are asking their own parents for help with occasional baby-sitting or regular day care. More...

Editorials

How could it have gone so wrong, so fast?

And just like that, the whirlwind Haggen invasion is coming to its end.  Only four months ago, in what felt like a blink of an eye (most changeovers happened in less than 48 hours), 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons and Safeway stores in Californi More...

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