October 15, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

J.D. Power bolts for Westlake Village

Research giant crosses border

Corporate research giant J.D. More...

Health & Wellness

Woman’s story featured in book for cancer patients

Newbury Park resident helped establish myeloma support group

Fourteen years ago, while going about the mundane task of shaving her legs, Newbury Park resident Marian Sievers discovered an area with no feeling. More...

Local named chair of UniHealth

UniHealth Foundation has appointed Bradley C. Call as its new chair and CEO.  He will succeed David R. More...

Briefs

Credit union supports nonprofit   Ventura County Credit Union is in partnership with the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  During October, the credit union will se More...

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THURS., OCT. 15  Pleasant Valley Garden Club  10:15 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2976 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Cari Vega gives talk on drought-tolerant landscaping. Contact: Teri McDaniel. Phone: 805. 482.6933. More...

Schools

New chief of schools forming ‘Greenprint for Learning’

Meetings set to gather public input

Community members will have the chance to speak directly with Conejo Valley Unified School District’s new superintendent, Ann Bonitatibus, at four public meetings scheduled for October and November.  More...

WHS anatomy class to host community garage sale benefit

In a long-standing tradition, Westlake High School’s advanced anatomy class will host a community garage sale to benefit the cardiac intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.  The event will take place from 7 More...

Pulling an all-nighter

NPHS Theater Department presents 18-Hour Theatre Festival

TIMELINE—Top left, writers Rory Smith and Ira Irvani write the script for their play in the wee hours of Sept. 26 during the Newbury Park High School 18-Hour Theatre Fest. More...

Business

Gun shop aims for November opening

Store would be only one of its kind in Thousand Oaks

Qualified buyers will soon be able to buy firearms in the city of Thousand Oaks.  VC Defense, Inc., a gun sales business, plans to open before the end of November. It will be the only gun shop in the city as well as the greater Conejo Valley. More...

Women’s business orientation

Women’s Economic Ventures Women’s Business Center will hold a free informational session to help women determine their readiness for next the Self-Employment Training course from 6 to 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 21 in Thousand Oaks. More...

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Sept. 28  A burglary was reported at Christ the King Lutheran Church in the 3900 block of W. Kimber Drive.  Oct. 1   More...

Faith

Pets get Blessings

HANDS ON— The Rev. Steve Simpson, right, blesses Debby Carloni’s dog Moss during a Blessing of the Animals service Saturday at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Newbury Park. More...

Cantor mixes comedy, music

Cantor Kenny Ellis, an Agoura Hills resident, will combine humorous stories with Israeli, Yiddish, folk and popular music during a free show from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. More...

Shabbat service includes meditation

Temple Etz Chaim will host a community Shabbat service to honor and remember those touched by breast, ovarian and all other cancers at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 16 in the Paskow Sanctuary, 1080 E. More...

Letters

Paper’s priorities ‘distorted’

Thousand Oaks was my first home in California when I moved here over 35 years ago. It’s a very good place. I now live 30 minutes away but have many friends and memories there and still keep track of what’s happening.  More...

Attack violated U.S. principles

I understand that we have some differences of opinion on things. It’s natural and normal that we do. We live in a nation that celebrates our right to speak freely and to act or vote on our views and beliefs accordingly.  More...

Abortion also a violent act

I agree, also, that torching the Planned Parenthood facility was an incredibly violent act.  As I was reading the recent Letters to the Editor regarding this incident, however, I couldn’t help but think of how abortions, done at that clini More...

Editorials

Where’s the beef?

A diet devoid of fruits and vegetables is not good for anyone, but neither is a diet lacking in protein.  While the recent push by some Ventura County school districts to eliminate meat on their Monday menu (see meatlessmonday.com) is wellintent More...

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Standoff at Conejo Creek

Police situation forces teams to evacuate Janss soccer fields

While children played soccer on nearby fields, a man experiencing a mental health crisis and wielding a machete barricaded himself in a restroom at Conejo Creek Park South last week. The potential disaster ended peacefully. More...

Boulevard, oak trees back on the table

City Council will take up two major issues on Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, Oct. 20, will be the night for the Thousand Oaks City Council to finally address some issues that have long been floating around town.  More...

Photogenic lion meets with untimely demise

NPS blames rodenticide poisoning

A mountain lion found dead Sept. 30 within the boundaries of Point Mugu State Park has been identified as Puma-34, a juvenile female who was photographed last year walking across a backyard wall in Newbury Park. More...

Community

Dog park destinies to be decided

Hearing tonight will consider future of new off-leash zones

The Conejo Recreation and Park District board of directors will decide tonight whether three temporary off-leash dog areas that were installed in March will become permanent. More...

Air unit lends a hand in fighting roadside fire near Sunset Hills

Ventura County firefighters quickly squelched a vegetation fire that threatened homes Tuesday afternoon in the Sunset Hills area of Thousand Oaks. The department received word of the fire at 2:32 p.m. By 3:25, Capt. More...

Simi Valley resident first county victim of West Nile in 2015

A Simi Valley resident has died from complications of West Nile virus, the first confirmed fatality in Ventura County linked to the incurable disease, the county’s chief health official said this week.  A second person, also from Simi Vall More...

On the Town

A tale of love, deceit and baseball

‘Damn Yankees’ opens tomorrow

Cabrillo Music Theatre will kick off its 2015-16 season with a production of the American classic “Damn Yankees!” from Fri., Oct. 16 to Sun., Oct. 25 at the Kavli Theatre, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Classical concert in Westlake celebrates Oktoberfest

The Westlake Village Music Society, a community outreach program by the music ministry at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, will present a classical Oktoberfest concert at 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18 at 1049 S. More...

Aussie comic makesfirst T.O. trip

AT THE CAP

Australian Tim Minchin brings his special brand of comedy to the Scherr Forum Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 17 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Westlake Warriors (5-1) vs. Newbury Park Panthers (5-1)

Friday, 7 p.m. Newbury Park High   Tony Henney was ready for practice to start when he turned to one of his Westlake High football players.  “How many days until ‘Stars Wars’ comes out?” Henney said. More...

Weekend schedule

Hillcrest Christian vs. Ribet (at Moorpark High) Friday, 6 p.m.  Camarillo at Calabasas Friday, 7 p.m.  Oak Park at Royal Friday, 7 p.m.  Marmonte League standings League Overall   More...

Last week’s top performers

Gil’Scott Jackson, RB, Oaks Christian: The Lion had 20 carries for 285 rushing yards and five total touchdowns, including a 92-yard scoring sprint in a 48-7 win against Thousand Oaks.   More...

Pets

Young squirrel needs parachute

CRITTER TAILS

Along derelict water tank looms above my backyard, its corrugated metal growing more rusted and faded with each passing season.  No one seems to know its origins or history, but my rural Agoura community (now a mobile home park) was once a hotsp More...

SOFT AND SWEET—

  Oreo is a female black-and-white rabbit about 2 years old. She is very sweet and should be in an adults-only home. If you would like to adopt Oreo ask for ID No. A4852747 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Briefs

Party proceeds to benefit animals   Paw Works Inc. will host an inaugural Howlloween Pawty to help raise funds for rescues and to celebrate the adoption center’s first anniversary from 7 to 11 p.m. Sat., Oct. More...

Family

Bark in the Park

Dog lovers turn out in droves for annual CRPD celebration of everything canine

UNLEASHED—Jaeleen Sattler of Whittier performs with her border collie, Sprint, at the fourth annual Bark in the Park held Saturday at Conejo Creek Park North. More...

The greatest parents of all time

Come one, come ALL! Come see my wife and me, the two greatest parents of ALL TIME!  Our son is 12 years old. And he LISTENS TO HIS PARENTS! Sorry for all the caps and exclamation points, but my wife and I produced a child who LISTENS!  More...

Kids’ Swap Meet coming up

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s annual Kids’ Swap Meet will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 14 at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. More...

Columns

Yes or no? That is the question

COMMENTARY Dispatches from Sacramento

With the legislative session ending a month ago, it’s been great to be home in Ventura County. I’ve been able to meet with constituents, catch up with old friends, and pick up some of my favorite fall traditions. More...

Spa day

Here’s a snippet from a recent phone conversation I had with my mother, who speaks with a thick New England accent.  Mom: “Yesterday I took Daddy for his checkup with the doctor. The doctor asked Daddy how he was doing. More...