September 24, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Caltrans promises action to fix dip where 23 Freeway meets southbound 101

Drivers passing through the new juncture of the southbound 23 and southbound 101 freeways may have hit an unexpected and potentially dangerous dip in the road—a problem that will be fixed by next week, a Caltrans spokesperson told the Acorn on More...

Health & Wellness

‘Wife wanted’

A few years ago I heard about a single guy from Massachusetts who was getting some national media attention because he was advertising a finder’s fee of $1,000 to anyone who found him a wife.  At the time, Dave Greenberg, a florist, was sa More...

Food lovers unite for Senior Concerns

Ultimate Dining event is Saturday

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Senior Concerns’ Ultimate Dining Experience fundraiser kicks off at 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 26 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd.  More...

Cardio rehab program earns certification

The cardiovascular rehabilitation program of Los Robles Hospital has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.  The hospital was recognized for improving the quality of life by enhancing standards More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., SEPT. 24  Ventura County Rose Society   More...

Schools

He bleeds green

Lou Lichtl is right at home as the face of Thousand Oaks High School

At 53, Lou Lichtl is hardly the old man on campus, but when it comes to leadership of the Conejo Valley Unified School District’s three traditional high schools, he’s the seasoned veteran.  More...

Options for parent involvement are plentiful in CVUSD

It’s not just about scratching out a check, officials say

As students return to school each August, parents are given the opportunity to do the same.  Throughout Conejo Valley Unified School District, parents are encouraged to volunteer in any number of ways—in the classroom, at special school ev More...

Ideas get cookin’ at AAUW Fall Breakfast

GUEST OF HONOR—Above, Ann Bonitatibus, left, Conejo Valley Unified’s new superintendent, walks with AAUW President Sally Hibbitts at the AAUW Fall Breakfast at Moorpark Country Club on Sa More...

Business

Home sales way up, but not all indicators are good

California pending home sales rose from the previous year in July, posting the strongest year-overyear increase in over six years, the California Association of Realtors said in report released last month.  But the association said it also saw a More...

SCORE some free lessons

SCORE Ventura County Chapter will begin its fall workshop program next month at its new location, 516 Pennsfield Place, Ste. 206, T.O.  The program covers subjects to help both startups and existing businesses. More...

Site matches volunteers, nonprofits

Tool is creation of local business man

A new website created by a Newbury Park businessman will connect volunteers and donors with local nonprofits by matching interests and passions.  YouMaketheDifference.org was created by Randy Strong, a marketing consultant specializing in nonpro More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Sept. 11  A 37-year-old woman was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance in the 1900 block of Newbury Road.  Sept. 12   More...

Faith

Organist to perform at dedication

Free event presents new hybrid organ

The United Methodist Church of Simi Valley will host a free community organ dedication concert with organist Christoph Bull at 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 27 in the church sanctuary, 2394 Erringer Road.  The event is free to the public.  More...

Simi Valley church raises peace pole

On the International Day of Peace Sept. More...

Documentary looks at lives of chaplains

California Lutheran University will present a free screening of a new two-hour documentary “Chaplains,” about the varied work of chaplains of different faiths, at 7 p.m. Mon., Oct. 5 at Muvico Thousand Oaks, 166 W. More...

Letters

Give others a chance on board

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency is a joint powers entity supported equally by the City of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Recreation and Park District.  COSCA is charged with managing and protecting approximately 15,000 acres of open space an More...

Cyclist upset over traffic ticket

On a quiet Sunday morning bike ride recently in Westlake, I was surprised to see a motor officer zoom ahead and pull over another cyclist.  While puzzling over what the infraction was, a siren screeched behind me and I was stopped too.  &ld More...

New lane has dangerous tilt

The Acorn recently ran a story on the 101-23 freeway interchange project that said in part, “On Aug. 12, the southbound 23 connector to the southbound 101 was returned to two lanes for the first time in over a year. More...

Former HS point guard accused of stealing from unlocked vehicles

Tip from resident leads to late-night arrest in Thousand Oaks neighborhood

A former varsity basketball player who spent time at four different area high schools was arrested this week after police say he was caught stealing from vehicles in Thousand Oaks. More...

Newly hired custodian accused of past relations with minor

Alleged crimes date back to 2008

A custodian with Conejo Valley Unified School District has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, the Ventura County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday.  More...

Complaints cause action on traffic lights

Commission OKs proposal to alter left-turn arrows

Motorists tired of playing the waiting game at left-turn signals in Thousand Oaks have for months expressed their displeasure in this newspaper’s Letters to the Editor. Apparently, the powers that be were listening. More...

Community

CalAm hears residents’ concerns over new restrictions

DROUGHT MEASURES

When California American Water decided last month to move from its level 2 to level 3 drought plan—which includes a surcharge for residential users who go above a flat threshold and limiting outdoor watering to one day a week— they knew c More...

Free speech reigns supreme outside presidential debate

Residents take advantage of media attention

While Republican presidential candidates debated inside the Reagan Library last week, Californians from across the Southland were making their voices heard outside. More...

Two killed in crash involving car, bike and motorcycle

A Camarillo driver struck and killed two men, one riding a bike, the other a motorcycle, in Moorpark on Sept. More...

On the Town

Straight shootin’

Ron White brings tough-talking comedy act to T.O.

Not only will Thousand Oaks get a serving of “Tater Salad,” the political world will as well.  Comedian Ron White, famous for his Comedy Central stand-up specials and performances on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, told the Acorn Tuesda More...

To mark 20 years, Simi puts on can’t-miss classic

PLAY REVIEW ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

When a theater wants a surefire sellout, all they have to do is book “Fiddler on the Roof.” For more than 50 years, “Fiddler” has continued to resonate with audiences, not just in the U.S. More...

T.O.’s biggest haunt is back

The annual Reign of Terror Haunted House will open Sat., Oct. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Simi Valley Pioneers (1-3) vs. Thousand Oaks Lancers (4-0)

Friday, 7 p.m. Thousand Oaks High   The Lancers were dressed in black like Johnny Cash . . . More...

Other local football matchups

Newbury Park (3-1) at Venice (1-3)   More...

Weekend schedule

Westlake at Dominguez Friday, 7 p.m.  Newbury Park at Venice Friday, 7 p.m.  Oaks Christian at Birmingham Friday, 7 p.m.  Hillcrest Christian at Cal. Lutheran Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Pets

Birders search the shore for feathered friends

Fall migration season delights Conejo Audubon Society members

Binoculars, spotting scopes and birding manuals in hand, members of the Conejo Valley Audubon Society took to the Santa Clara River Estuary Sept. More...

Humane Society to host fundraiser

The Humane Society of Ventura County will hold its ninth annual major fundraiser of the year, “Cats in the Canyon and Hounds in the Hollow,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 27 at Boccali’s pizza and pasta restaurant, 3277 E. More...

Pet of the Week

STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE—Bruno is an altered black and brown miniature pinscher mix about 6 years old. He is a cute and spunky fellow that likes to play. More...

Family

Minecrafters can battle at Muvico

Area gamers are expected to descend on Carmike’s Muvico Thousand Oaks Sat., Sept. 26 for a Minecraft gaming competition hosted by Super League Gaming. More...

Baseball, Broadway collide

Cabrillo Music Theatre, Conejo Valley Little League play for fun

FRIENDLY RIVALRY—Top, Ron de la Peña rounds second in front of Conejo Valley Little Leaguer Connor Mitchell, 10, during Cabrillo Music Theatre’s Take Me Out to the Ball Game fundraiser Sa More...

Harvest fun in Ventura

The 26th annual Ventura Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show will run from Fri. through Sun., Oct. 2 to 4 at Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.  Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Columns

Best time to go

One of the questions I’m asked most often by travelers planning a trip: “When is the best time to go?” I’ve heard this so often, I’ve come up with a simple answer: “It depends.”  People sometimes hate he More...

Extra crispy

Seems I’m spending way too much time in anticipation of . . . things. Like rain.  You see, I’m constantly praying for this El Niño dude to slide his slippers under my magnolia tree and work his magic. More...