November 26, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Witness to terror: CLU student in Paris during attacks

At his first professional soccer match, surrounded by dear friends and a cheering crowd, Bruno Sajor figured the night of Nov. 13 would be remembered as his favorite in Paris. It quickly turned into his worst. More...

Health & Wellness

Dietician talks holiday treats on a budget

The City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging will host a presentation titled “Healthy Holidays Treats on a Budget” at 1 p.m. Wed., Dec. 2 at in the Civic Arts Plaza boardroom, third floor, 2100 E. T.O. More...

‘Gift Rap’ comes to Theatre on the Hill

Gold Coast Plays will present the musical “Gift Rap” at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 18 and 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 19 and 20 at the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Cabrillo presents show for the troops

Cabrillo Music Theatre, with Montecito Bank and Trust, will present a military show in honor of the troops called the 2015 Holiday Family Celebration at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at the Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum, 2100 E. More...

On the Town

Ex-host now star of comedy tour

Craig Ferguson, former host of “The Late Late Show,” will bring his Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour to the Kavli Theatre at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Holiday sounds abound at St. Max

Musicians and vocalists at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village invite the community to join them for a melodic journey of the spirit that will begin Dec. 18 and continue through next year.  More...

‘Secret Garden’ to play at Hillcrest

Youth Musical Theatre will present “The Secret Garden” at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Sports

Get ready for tipoff

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SEASON PREVIEW /// Marmonte League   Swish.  Nothing but net is a perfect sound. More...

Lancers win emotional game; march into CIF semifinals

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Savor turkey day victory trot

Local youth soccer, baseball, volleyball teams strike gold

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Pets

CRITTER CORNER

Adopt a pet for only $20 this weekend

Ventura County Animal Services will host a Black Friday Blow Out event Fri. through Sun., Nov. 27 to 29 at both shelter locations in Camarillo and Simi Valley.  All dog and cat adoptions will be fee waived. More...

PET OF THE WEEK

SWEET BOY—Mino is an altered male yellow Labrador retriever about 11 years old. He is playful with small children and gets along with other animals. More...

Faith

Local Methodists gather to discuss issue of gay marriage

Issue divides denominations

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor, was at a crossroads in his life on the issue of gay marriage.  More...

Practice gratitude daily to appreciate the gift of 86,400 seconds per day

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure—the wastelan More...

A CAMPUS OF MANY FAITHS

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Letters

Relocating lions could jeopardize ecosystem

With regard to moving cougars from the Santa Monica Mountains I have this to say— those who’ve chosen to live near or adjacent to open space, as I have, do so with the knowledge and privilege of knowing that the open space is not empty sp More...

Liked series on Santa Susana Field Lab

I just want to respond to Melissa Simon’s strong series of articles on the Santa Susana Field Lab (“Toxic Dilemma,” Acorn).  The photo of Ralph Powell, who worked there and who lost his 11-year-old son to leukemia, led me to wr More...

Are there water vigilantes in our midst?

We live on a hill above Triunfo Park. Our water bill is under $30 per month.  My husband has devised a system that’s not in accordance with what the city and water company demands. It just works better for our plants. More...

Editorials

COSCA needs to make room at the table

During his 20-plus years on the City Council, Andy Fox has made a habit of encouraging outspoken residents to get involved via the city’s various volunteer commissions and committees, in essence, trying to bring their ideas—and their pass More...

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Public seat on COSCA board unchanged for 35 years

City failed to advertise position for nearly two decades

The community representative position on the board of directors of the Conejo Valley open space agency—a position originally intended to be rotated every eight years—has been occupied by the same person for over three decades. More...

Price expected to take gavel Tuesday

Former LAPD detective likely to be the city’s 35th mayor

The next mayor of Thousand Oaks, a largely ceremonial position, will be announced Tues., Dec. 1 at the City Council’s annual reorganization meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. inside the Scherr Forum Theatre. More...

Community

‘Forever reminded’

Family of deputy hope memorial serves as warning against drunk driving

During a visit to his native Ukraine five years ago, Eugene Kostiuchenko stopped for a moment and stared out the window of the apartment where he grew up.  “I so much want to go home,” he told his mother, Nadiia.  More...

Cost of 101-23 freeway expansion swells

Change to soundwall could push scheduled completion date past April 2016

Not only is the ongoing expansion of the 101-23 freeway interchange in Thousand Oaks costing drivers extra time on the road, it’s also costing taxpayers extra money. And a lot of it. More...

Embezzlement case postponed

Arraignment of accused T.O. woman won’t happen until February

The arraignment of a Thousand Oaks resident accused of embezzling money from Santa Paula’s only public library has been postponed until 2016. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., NOV. 26  Turkey Day Dash   More...

Schools

Junior joins ranks of Reagan docents

Becoming a docent at the Reagan Library isn’t an easy process. After all, when peppered with questions about one of the country’s most beloved presidents, these tour guides need to know their stuff. More...

NPHS musicians to share holiday cheer

The Newbury Park High School Band is going caroling and will share holiday music with the community for the fifth year in a row.  The students will bring holiday cheer to residents’ front doors as small ensembles of musicians walk along ne More...

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers  Fri., Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday no school Mon., Nov. 30: IB oral exams  More...

Business

Nominations sought for employers that care

Caregiver-friendly workplaces honored

Senior Concerns, the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills are seeking nominations through Jan. 8 for the Caregiver- Friendly Workplace Award.  More...

LAC delivers blow to grape growers

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a new ordinance that bans the establishment of new vineyards in the unincorporated areas of the Santa Monica Mountains.  The Nov. More...

Boulevard strip mall sells for $2 million

Broker says site has mixed-use potential

A recently sold property on Thousand Oaks Boulevard has the potential for future mixed-use development, according to Lee and Associates, the commercial real estate firm that brokered the $2.05-million deal. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Nov. 14   A man, 23, was arrested in the 900 block of N. Rancho Conejo Boulevard for possession of a controlled substance for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. More...

Thousand Oaks officer commended by local GOP

LAWMAN—Capt. James Fryhoff of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office was recognized last month by the Thousand Oaks Republican Women Federated for his efforts in safeguarding the community. More...

Family

Out and About

Fall festival takes students outdoors
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NPS sites welcome holiday shoppers

Books, toys, games and other items will be available during the holiday sale this weekend at two National Park Service centers.  The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch is hosting a holiday sale with items discounted bet More...

On a mission to help Fred Jordan Missions

Oak Park man heads local drive

Since 1944, Fred Jordan Missions has provided food, warm clothes, blankets and services to people in need in the Los Angeles area. Statistics show there are more than 53,000 homeless men, women and children in Los Angeles County.  More...

Columns

Putting travel frustration in perspective

If you’re traveling this holiday season, you’ll probably have moments when you wonder if your trip is worth the hassle.  Packed flights, jammed highways, pushy crowds—it’s easy to find yourself in a foul mood before you a More...

El Niño could rescue struggling trees but put others at risk

Hopefully in the middle of next March we will be sitting by our fireplaces and wondering when the incessant rain is going to end, drifting into fond memories of the hot days of summer 2015.  Meanwhile, we will see on TV how the state is loading More...

Are you ready for the ‘holi-daze’?

Hopefully my loyal “Life in the Single Lane” followers have been able to find me here with my new column head and its new name.  Although there was nothing wrong with the old one, the newspaper has been updating the look of all of th More...