December 10, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Don’t get burned this holiday season

A working smoke detector, a fire extinguisher and up-to-date building codes helped to avert disaster when an unattended candle near a television ignited a fire that spread rapidly to the wall of a Ventura couple’s home last month. More...

Health & Wellness

Meat doesn’t make the man

WLV resident tops PETA’s list of ‘Sexiest Vegans Over 50’

A Westlake Village resident who stopped eating meat five years ago to improve his health has been named one of 2015’s Sexiest Vegans Over 50 by an animal advocacy group.  More...

Tracking your child’s speech, language skills

COMMENTARY /// Child development   The first few years of your child’s life are so exciting as you watch a tiny, helpless newborn grow into an increasingly independent toddler and beyond.  More...

Locals graduate from nursing school

READY TO TREAT—Professional Medical Careers Institute based in Thousand Oaks recently announced its 23-member vocational nursing class of 2015. More...

Schools

Century Academy student collecting gift cards in support of nonprofit

Cards will provide presents, necessities to Ventura County foster children

During the holidays, many people are fortunate to receive gifts from family and friends. But for youths in the foster care system who aren’t as lucky, one local high school student is working to change that. More...

Choirs present flashy holiday concert

CONCERT REVIEW /// Westlake High School

During his preamble to Westlake High School’s annual holiday choir concert Dec. 4, choral music director Alan Rose related a message he got from a parent who said, “Just saw your show. Now I can start my Christmas shopping.” More...

Dance team showcase includes holiday tunes

The Westlake High School dance team will host its annual Winter Showcase, “A December to Remember,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12 at 100 N. More...

Business

Judge clears way for Haggen sales

Gelson’s, Smart & Final acquire vacant T.O. markets

The city’s two vacated Haggen grocery stores shouldn’t be empty for long.  More...

Car dealer hosts holiday gift drive for seniors

As part of its Share the Love campaign, Ladin Subaru is partnering with Senior Concerns to hold a holiday gift drive from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

BUSINESS BITS

Beauty goods   The Westlake Promenade welcomed Sephora, a leading cosmetics retail store.  Help for students   Kumon Math & Reading Center opened at the Oakbrook Plaza, 2024 E. Avenida de Los Arboles. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Nov. 29   A vehicle was burglarized after someone broke into the truck’s storage box in the 1000 block of Lawrence Drive.  Dec. 2   More...

Faith

Promoting Unity

Faiths join forces in Thanksgiving

GO IN PEACE—At top, Rabbi Richard Spiegel with Temple Etz Chaim speaks Nov. 25 during the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association’s annual Thanksgiving Service, hosted by Temple Etz Chaim and the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks. More...

Hanukkah’s arrival brings smiles

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT—Ayden Hernandez, 4, of Thousand Oaks plays pass the dreidel on Sunday, thefirst night of Hanukkah, during the Family Hanukkah Festival at Janss Marketplace. More...

Uniting head, heart in Bible study

In my last column, I discussed the need for regular personal Bible reading (if you missed the article, go to www.theacornonline.com and type “Sally Carpenter” in the search box.) This week we’ll look at why head and heart knowledge More...

Letters

Stop publishing photos for their shock value

Come on, Thousand Oaks Acorn—you’re better than this.  In the past two months you have published “shock” photos of a dead mountain lion (P-34) and now not one, but two photos of dying coyotes (Dec. 3). More...

We must do more to protect local wildlife

The images of emaciated coyotes in last week’s Acorn were horrific and heartbreaking. And shocking. Can you imagine the pain and suffering of slowly starving to death? How can we as a community sit back and allow this to happen?  More...

Bait boxes have silenced birds of prey

I live in the Oak Creek Canyon development in Newbury Park. More...

Editorials

Extended vacancy no cause to green light Home Depot

There are plenty of reasons to support Home Depot’s renewed interest in Hampshire Road. The fact that the former Kmart building on the property has remained an eyesore for 10 years isn’t one of them.  More...

Political Cartoon

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CROWNING MOMENT

Cal Lutheran volleyball team captures first national title

ALONE AT THE TOP— The Cal Lutheran women’s volleyball team attend a victory rally held in their honor at CLU Dec. 2. More...

Court filing offers frightening account of alleged daytime attack

Man accused of trying to kill his wife at Thousand Oaks office building being held on $2.5-million bail

Lake Sherwood investment banker Craig Noell remained in a Ventura County Jail cell this week, unable to post the $2.5-million bail set by a judge after his Nov. 23 arrest on a charge of attempted murder. More...

Community

Welcome to the family

Male cougar, unknown to researchers, discovered in Santa Monica Mountains

For local park biologists, the large adult male mountain lion captured in the Santa Monica Mountains last month is cause for both delight and puzzlement. More...

More gang related arrests on Warwick

Two men were arrested Friday on suspicion of committing a strong-arm robbery Nov. 19 in Thousand Oaks. Police say the men are gang members. More...

Reclaimed water system gets greenlight

Furthering its water conservation efforts, the Conejo Rec and Park District is inching closer to installing its first reclaimed irrigation system. More...

On the Town

Frampton makes date with T.O.

March 12 concert date announced

After another year of nonstop touring, including select solo performances, dates with the Doobie Brothers and the return of Frampton’s Guitar Circus, Grammy Award-winner Peter Frampton is back on the road.  The classic rocker brings his ac More...

Calendar

FRI., DEC. 11 Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive. Moorpark High School choir, directed by Ray Hebel, presents holiday program. Luncheon cost: $22. RSVP required. More...

Leno to bring his comedy act to Kavli

Longtime host does stand-up Dec. 27

Late-night TV show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno will perform his comedy at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 27 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Sports

COMMENTARY Knockout punch

Thousand Oaks, Camarillo football teams face off in memorable CIF final

The game ended and the champions raised the trophy to the heavens. A city cele brated. A mayor shook hands with the game-winning quarterback. The coach of the vanquished told his players to hold their heads high. More...

Lancers can’t squelch mighty Scorpions

Thousand Oaks football squad falls in Northern Division championship

The Lancers’ magical season is over.  Max Gilliam, senior quarterback for the Thousand Oaks High football team, stared in disbelief during the postgame ceremony while Camarillo was awarded the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division champio More...

Pin kings try to win

WRESTLING REPORT /// Marmonte League   Throw out any predictions for who will win the Marmonte League wrestling title.  This season’s a toss-up.  More...

Pets

Shelter shatters adoption record on Black Friday weekend

168 rescuesfind new homes

The number of pet adoptions in Ventura County hit a recordbreaking high over the Black Friday weekend, animal services officials announced.  In just three days, 168 animals were adopted from the Ventura County Animal Services shelters at 670 W. More...

Pet of the Week

LOVE BUG—Parka is an altered female white-and-black pit bull about 4 years old. She is very loving and is playful with children. She gets along with other dogs and cats. If you would like to adopt Parka, ask for ID No. More...

Christmas show benefits local pet rescue

Paw Works will present its inaugural “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Show at 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 16 the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. More...

Family

Local moms write book of advice for ‘Suddenly Single’

Newbury Park women wrote from personal experience

Divorced in 2012 after 16 years of marriage, Newbury Park resident Mira Reverente was staring down a mountain of debt with no way to climb it. More...

4-H kids build bears, bridges

TOTING TEDDY BEARS—Members of the Conejo Simi 4-H Club collected Build-a-Bear stuffed animals for children residing with their mothers in a battered women’s shelter. More...

An ugly tree turned Christmas beacon

There is a tree in my rural Agoura community that is, well, just an ugly duckling.  It is an Albizia julibrissin, popularly called silk tree or mimosa.  More...

Columns

More reasons to love chocolate

Someone recently sent me a bunch of fun psychological “facts” that I found most interesting. Many applied to singles as well those in relationships. More...

Packing organizers top wish list

Looking for a holiday gift for the traveler in your life? You have a vast list of possibilities from which to choose, everything from big-ticket presents like vacation trips to stocking-stuffer items like luggage tags. More...