December 17, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

School community talks freedom of the press

Discussion stems from controversy over NPHS student article on teen sex

Students, parents and faculty members packed Conejo Valley Unified’s boardroom last week to tackle the issue of student free speech and freedom of the press.  More...

Health & Wellness

Preventing the flu includes hygiene and vaccination

It’s that time of year—when the flu goes around, public health officials say. “It’s usually the middle of December when we see a dramatic increase in influenza cases,” Ventura County public health officer Dr. More...

Briefs

CSC hosts workshop on tension relief   The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a three-session free workshop, “Alexander Technique: A New Look at Tension Patterns,” with Shulamit Sendowski from 4 to 5:30 p More...

Children bring cheer to nursing homes

‘JOY TO THE WORLD’—Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley are bringing holiday cheer to local seniors. More...

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THURS., DEC. 17  Channel Islands Gulls  11 a.m. at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo. Annual toy drive and officer installation luncheon at noon. Bring unwrapped toy for infant to 18 years for charity. Cost: $25. More...

Schools

Phelps back at helm of board

Andersen denied vice presidency

For the third time in her 17-year career on the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education, Pat Phelps has been selected by her colleagues as president.  The longest-serving member of the school board, Phelps was unanimously electe More...

Lancer marching band ends season on high note

The Thousand Oaks High School Lancer Marching Band recently ended its season, competing in its two final competitions in November. More...

TOHS sophomore to perform at Carnegie Hall

Singer chosen out of 18,000 nominated

Megan Beitner, a student at Thousand Oaks High School, has been selected for the 2016 High School Honors Performance Series at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. More...

Business

Mercedes-Benz AMG set to open first U.S. dealership in T.O.

A new luxury car brand is slated for the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall. More...

Car dealer contributes to Meals On Wheels

Ladin Subaru in Thousand Oaks has donated $7,000 to Senior Concerns to help support the organization’s Meals On Wheels program.  The grant, part of Subaru’s national Share the Love Campaign, will provide about 750 freshly prepared, n More...

Ventura County Credit Union honored by NAACP

Ventura County Credit Union recently received the Corporate Award from the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Dec. 4   Four men, ranging in age from 21 to 27, were cited in the 2400 block of W. Hillcrest Drive for being under the influence of a controlled substance.  Dec. 6   More...

Faith

Giant ark enhances temple services

Gift proved to be more than expected

When Westlake Village’s Temple Ner Simcha needed a new ark in which to house its Torah scrolls, members’ prayers were answered in a big way.  What the temple received was an ark taller than a person, about 8 feet wide, lit inside, ba More...

Gaining new perspective

Church youth reenact Christmas story—from mule’s point of view
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Letters

Strychnine is another hazard for wildlife, pets

I am thrilled to see another environmental report by Sylvie Belmond in last week’s Acorn on the impact poison baits are having on our local ecosystem.  More...

Don’t allow fears to feed hatred of others

I’ve watched with sadness the fear and prejudice mounting in our nation against Muslims and the Islamic faith.  More...

Hearing at City Hall today on Lowe’s lot in N.P.

Recently, I saw a small sign across from Islands in Newbury Park. There was no place to park to read the sign, but I went to read it anyway.  More...

Editorials

Cut down on holiday stress—don’t forget to breathe

Imagine, if you will, a hypothetical day in the life of a local resident during the holiday season:  Running behind schedule because of a worse-than-usual traffic jam at your child’s school, you remain stopped at a green light while four v More...

No Longer Afraid

Celebration marks successful effort to rid apartment complex of gangs

The children of 850 Warwick Ave. are no strangers to the sight of uniformed police officers. More...

Mitnick receives third raise in 3 years

Mayor calls 2-percent pay increase "absolutely justified"

Another year, another raise for Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick. More...

Community

Conejo Islamic Center posts statements against acts of violence

Calls terror attacks ‘horrific,’‘despicable’

Joining Muslims around the world, the Conejo Valley's only mosque is taking steps to distance itself from the anti-Western extremism behind the recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. More...

City Hall closing for the holidays again

Residents with business at Thousand Oaks City Hall will either have to complete it before Christmas Eve or wait until after the holidays to get it done.  As it has for the last seven years, the city will be closing its doors for the week between More...

Federal health agency drops investigation into SSFL

A federal agency that was recently petitioned to study current health risks connected to nuclear contamination at the Santa Susana Field Lab decided last week not to move forward with a new investigation.  More...

On the Town

‘Star Wars’ mania reaches fever pitch

Celebrated series releasing 7th film

Johnny Lowe was tired when he clocked out after putting in long hours as a paramedic this past week, but that didn’t stop him from working into the night at the sewing machine in the kitchen of his Camarillo home. More...

Revue features multitude of songs

CONCERT REVIEW /// Cabrillo Holiday Celebration   Each year since 2006 Cabrillo Music Theatre has paid tribute to American service men and women and their families by presenting a free Christmas concert at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu More...

Best friends share role in ‘Nutcracker’

Performances are this weekend only

Best friends Jane Muir and Kara Covaleski do everything together.  The Westlake Village residents have been best friends since kindergarten, joined the same Brownie and Girl Scout troops and started ballet lessons together 10 years ago.  More...

Sports

B&G Club sports leagues begin registration for 2016

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s Winter coed Jr. NBA Basketball and Sunday Soccer leagues for kids ages 3 through 12. Both leagues will run from Jan. 17 through March 13.  The Jr. More...

A budding soccer rivalry

Oaks Christian, Westlake girls’ soccer teams have dominated on pitch for years; which team will get upper hand in the next era?

The Lions and Warriors thrive on the soccer field. Westlake and Oaks Christian high schools tormented their respective leagues and divisions. More...

Rule the pool

GIRLS’ WATER POLO REPORT   There’s consensus among the coaching experts—Agoura reigns supreme in the high school girls’ water polo circuit.  More...

Pets

Baby, it’s cold outside—but the Moorpark zoo is toasty

Moorpark may not see a white Christmas, but when temperatures drop, residents have the luxury of snuggling up on the couch and turning on the heat.  For the animals at America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College, however, keeping warm doesn More...

What does a handshake mean to a mutt?

CRITTER TAIL On a recent Westlake Hills walkabout, the dog and I found ourselves idling beneath a big valley oak at the corner of Fairness and Trustworthiness. We were just a few paces from the intersection of Responsibility and Caring. More...

Pet of the Week

HEY BUDDY—Gus is a male gray and tan domestic shorthair about 6 years old. He’s an indoor cat who gets along with other felines. If you would like to adopt Gus, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Bringing Jolly Back

Dance troupe entertains seniors in retirement home

PUTTING ON A SHOW— Hailey Gilchrist, 12, performs with the Jolly Squad Dancers from Newbury Park’s Thrive Dance Center during a holiday show Dec. More...

Sky’s the limit for burgeoning young pilot

Newbury Park 17-year-old also gifted martial artist

A Newbury Park teenager who is only weeks away from earning her pilot’s license is learning about aviation from the ground up at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. More...

Teen Center league returns in February

The Alex Fiore Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host a High School Basketball League for boys in grades 9 through 12 next year.  A mandatory player evaluation/ registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Columns

Forever fa la la la la, la la la la

I was a tall kid with plenty of buck teeth, so I had no trouble standing out on the top riser. More...