October 22, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Council OKs major changes to tree law

Restrictions tightened; owner-planted exemption chopped down

The Thousand Oaks City Council took steps Tuesday to ensure no old-growth oak tree would ever again meet the fate of those felled in April 2014 at Westlake Plaza. More...

CRPD trustee concerned over lack of EIR

DOG PARK VOTE

The fate of three temporary off-leash dog areas is still up in the air as a legal concern prompted the Conejo Recreation and Park District board of directors to postpone a decision on whether to make them permanent. More...

Health & Wellness

Against the odds

Man with cerebral palsy competing in the Paralympic championships

Most athletes only dream of competing in the Olympics. More...

Royalty for a SEASON

CLU soccer program honors local childhood cancer survivors to raise awareness

  PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS—Top, 7-year-old Salvatore Cruz Bellomo, a leukemia survivor, receives a jersey from Cal Lutheran University soccer player Logan Cone during Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on Oct. 17 at CLU. More...

Boxing event to benefit cancer patients

Title Boxing Club of Newbury Park will host its first-ever “Punch Cancer in the Face” fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. More...

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THURS., OCT. 22  Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America  11:30 a.m. at a member’s house in Camarillo. Potluck luncheon of Portuguese regional food. Open to anyone of Portuguese descent or interested in the culture. More...

Schools

Program seeks to bring fresh produce into school cafeterias

Goal is to promote healthy eating and benefit local farmers

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what happens when children don’t get enough fruits and vegetables?  That’s one problem leaders of the National Farm to School Network want to solve by encouraging schools to obtain locally More...

Play me an island tune

St. Patrick’s offers ukulele lessons

READY TO START—At left, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day Schoolfifth-grader Emilie Hyllengren gets ready to play during ukulele class Oct. 13. More...

Bethany school unveils completely renovated library

Facility for use by students, church

Bethany Christian School in Thousand Oaks recently celebrated the reopening of its library, which was closed over summer for renovations.  The Gregg Taylor Library at Bethany Church on the Hill— named for the son of two church founders, Pr More...

Business

Could it be a wrap for Wally’s world?

Longtime business owner told he must be out by the end of the month

Wally World Music has been a fixture in the local community since 1982, with people young and old coming to the store to rent and learn how to play instruments, or to buy records. Now, after 33 years, the store may have to close.  More...

My Gym hosting Halloween-themed open house

Free event is this Friday

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center will host a free open house for the community from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Fri., Oct. 23 at 2701 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Oct. 8  A 40-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiring to commit a crime in the 800 block of Lawrence Drive. More...

Family

CLU hosts ‘Thriller’ dance-off

The public is invited to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during Thrill the World Thousand Oaks, one of hundreds of synchronized performances held annually throughout the world, Sat., Oct. More...

Halloween is theme of Y’s family night

The Conejo Valley YMCA’s Halloween Family Fun Night will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 30 at the Conejo Valley Y’s community room, 4031 N. More...

Pumpkin festival at Stagecoach Inn

Stagecoach Inn Museum will host a Halloween Pumpkin Festival from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 31 at the museum grounds, 51 S. More...

Columns

You know it’s fall

In addition to winter, spring and summer, fall is my favorite. OK, so I can’t make decisions. Now that the sun’s headed into remission, here’s a helpful guide as you sweep leaves and blow dead grass into the street.  More...

Saving Mr. Oaks

COMMENTARY

A coast live oak nicknamed Mr. Oaks occupies a wild slope above the far corner of my rural Agoura backyard. That’s probably the origin of this tree’s hard-luck status. More...

Heading to Havana

A travel destination that inspires the most curiosity these days is one that is among the least visited by Americans.  The destination to which I’m referring was reportedly visited by an estimated 63,000 Americans in 2014-15, though many o More...

T.O. woman accused of embezzling public funds from Santa Paula library

Arrest made following two-year investigation

A Thousand Oaks resident was arrested Thursday on suspicion of eight felonies related to her time as the bookkeeper for the City of Santa Paula public library, the Ventura County district attorney’s office announced today. More...

Walk, talk and shop

Thousands fill Moorpark Road for annual street fair

  FUN ON THE ROAD—Families and bargain hunters were everywhere at the 24th annual Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Street Fair on Sunday. More...

Police make arrest in Pizza Hut robbery

Police arrested a man Tuesday who they suspect of robbing the Pizza Hut on Reino Road in Newbury Park earlier this month.  According to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, Pablo Acosta Reyes, 25, of Ventura entered the Pizza Hut at 421 S. More...

Community

Signs emerge that tourism efforts working

Hotel tax revenue way up in 2015

If you’ve noticed a few more faces in local shops and restaurants lately, more people on the hiking trails or more “just married” cars on city streets, don’t worry. They’re leaving. More...

Attorney for janitor: He didn’t know she was underage

A preliminary hearing date has not yet been set for a Moorpark man accused of sexually assaulting a minor he met while working as a school custodian.  Enrique Paul Flores, 39, was in court Oct. 15 for an early disposition conference.  More...

Plans being made to shelter homeless from El Niño storms

Moving quickly to keep ahead of the threat of El Niño storms this winter, Ventura County officials announced a plan to clear the Santa Clara River south of the 101 Freeway of homeless encampments to prevent people from possibly being swept away by fl More...

On the Town

Concert mixes Beatles, the Bard

Shakespeare scenes set to song

Cool Britannia presents a surprise concert, “Shakespeare and the Beatles,” a mashup of 38 Shakespeare scenes paired with Beatles music, at 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 24 and 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. More...

One-man show back by demand

‘SIGNing the Song’ returns

Emmanuel Church will host an encore performance of William Martinez’s one-man show, “SIGNing the Song,” at 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Showing its age, baseball musical still hits a home run

PLAY REVIEW ‘Damn Yankees’

To fans still smarting over the Dodgers’ most recent playoff meltdown, “(You Gotta Have) Heart,” the signature song from “Damn Yankees,” offers healing consolation. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Newbury Park Panthers (5-2) vs. Camarillo Scorpions (7-0)  Friday, 7 p.m. Camarillo High   The Panthers and Scorpions are combatants.  They will blitz, tackle, sack, hound, harass, chase and beat the snot out of each other fo More...

Other local football matchups

St. Bonnie (5-2) at Oaks Christian (7-0)   More...

Weekend schedule

Moorpark at Westlake Friday, 7 p.m.  St. Bonaventure at Oaks Christian Friday, 7 p.m.  Thousand Oaks at Royal Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Pets

Monarch butterfly’s visit has resident dreaming big

CRITTER TAILS

One October, a visitor garbed in the emblematic colors of Halloween—black and orange—sailed into my backyard. More...

QUIET ONE—

Raven is an altered female black domestic shorthair cat about 18 months old. She is very sweet and should be in an adultsonly home. If you would like to adopt Raven ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Near-death experience brings faith

Former special effects tech to share how critical accident brought him to God

Lying in a hospital bed with burns over 67 percent of his body, Scott Wheatley had only his faith to rely on.  More...

Temple hosting day of good deeds

Event supports concept of ‘repairing the world’

Temple Etz Chaim will host Mitzvah Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 1 at the synagogue, 1080 E. More...

Nine tips for keeping the holiday season joyful

COMMENTARY Christian living

Even though pumpkins and fall decorations are just now making their annual appearance, now is the perfect time to prepare our hearts for the season ahead.  For some, the thought of family gatherings, perhaps strained relationships, limited finan More...

Letters

Voting record not worth boast

In her last commentary (Oct. 15, Acorn), Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin discusses the challenge of deciding how to vote on the 1,300 bills that were bought up for a vote this past year.  More...

Pro-business stance revealed

For those of you who voted in Rob McCoy to the Thousand Oaks City Council, please note his position on allowing a gun shop within city limits.  His position, thankfully, is not based on religious grounds. More...

Family rec areas threatened

In 1979 I was among the first people to move into the Suntree tract in Newbury Park, home to Kimber Neighborhood Park.  To make way for an off-leash zone for dogs at Kimber, the Conejo Recreation and Park District ripped out the area where child More...

Editorials

Better late than never

To the residents who took time out of their busy schedules to attend or tune in to Tuesday’s City Council meeting to see how the council would rule on revising the oak tree ordinance: We commend you, and we apologize.  More...

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