December 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Local man missing since Dec. 10

Authorities are still searching for a 39-year-old Thousand Oaks man who was last seen Dec. 10. Marco Cordon walked away from his T.O. home around 5 p.m. that Thursday and has not been seen since, police said Friday. More...

Health & Wellness

Make an effort to give local this season

As the holidays roll around, many of us look toward giving to those less fortunate.  According to a recent study, over 30 percent of all charitable giving last year occurred in December, which is why our mailboxes have been filled recently with More...

No magic bullet when it comes to defeating cold season

COMMENTARY /// Cold prevention   I have three kids under the age of 5, and during this time of year my life feels like a revolving door of colds, coughs and fevers. The common cold pays no heed to the fact that I am a physician.  More...

New techniques to overcome presbyopia

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc   What is presbyopia? If you are reading this article with the help of glasses you’ll be pretty familiar with presbyopia.  More...

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Schools

CVUSD lagging behind other districts in social media presence

Board president says it’s not yet a priority

Social media has become a vital form of communication for school districts nationwide—connecting students, parents, teachers and administrators—but Conejo Valley Unified has largely remained silent on that front. More...

Student’s poem chosen for nationwide anthology

The National High School Poetry Contest has accepted for publication an entry from Greta Clarke, a student at Thousand Oaks High School.  Her poem, “Dimensions,” will appear in the winter edition of the American High School Poets &ld More...

Business

Lowe’s shows renewed interest in Adventist property

Home improvement giant receives extension on building permit

Lowe’s home improvement store is keeping its options open in Newbury Park, or at least trying to.  The company has asked for and received a three-year extension from the city to build on a property just north of the 101 Freeway at Wendy an More...

Local waste hauler takes extra trash for Xmas

Since both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Friday this holiday season, Thousand Oaks customers of Newbury Disposal who normally have their trash and recycling or green waste collected on Friday will have them collected one day later on Sat More...

Business offers new way to get office space

Office Evolution opened its doors Nov. 30 at 30721 Russell Ranch Road, Ste. More...

Police

Cops keep busy during Saturday checkpoint

Three people were arrested during a DUIdriver’s license checkpoint held at two locations in the city Dec. 19, part of an 18-day special enforcement campaign. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Dec. 13 Someone committed petty theft at the Kohl’s department store in the 1900 block of Newbury Road. Dec. 15 More...

Faith

Why people of all faiths should be honoring Christmas

COMMENTARY   During the many years that I was blessed to teach theology and run the Hillel program at Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit University in Los Angeles, one of my favorite times of year was always Christmas.  Each Dec. More...

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Multiplying faith

First-ever synagogue in North Ranch opens its doors

LEADERSHIP—Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, director of Chabad of Oak Park, greets Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of California, at the grand opening celebration of Chabad of North Ra More...

Letters

Someone needs to pay for CSC’s free services

There’s scarcely a family anywhere that hasn’t been touched by cancer, and when it happens, reassurance, comfort and support are indispensable for the person with cancer and their relatives.  More...

Home Depot at Kmart is still a bad idea

The Home Depot is now making its third effort to gain approval for construction of a home improvement center on the former Kmart site.  All of the same problems with this development that existed when the City Council rejected the prior applicat More...

Fill vacancy with bowling center, skating rink

Forget Home Depot. More...

Editorials

Christmas needed more than ever

Mame Dennis is in a pickle.   In Act 1 of the musical “Mame,” the bohemian party girl has lost her fortune in the 1929 Wall Street crash. More...

BID prez clarifes comment on trees

Statement irks local oak advocates

Rick Principe, president of the Thousand Oaks Business Improvement District, says it’s untrue he responded to the city’s recently revised oak tree ordinance by encouraging boulevard property owners to remove trees.  More...

Former WHS student-athletes take district to small claims

Say ‘voluntary’ donations made to seem mandatory

CVUSD   Two former Westlake High School students who allege they’re owed thousands of dollars have taken their ex-basketball coach and Conejo Valley Unified School District to small claims court.  More...

Community

Sheriff labels shooting ‘suicide by cop’

Camarillo man with knife shot and killed by deputy

The cellphone video of a fatal deputy-involved shooting in Camarillo last week leaves little to the imagination, yet the circumstances behind a young man’s decision to die in what authorities are calling a “suicide by cop” remain a More...

Thousand Oaks seeks input on transit master plan

Document will guide public transportation decisions

The Thousand Oaks transit department has covered a lot of ground in recent months but has miles to go before developing a new master plan.  The department, which manages a $10-million-a-year budget and is responsible for providing Dial-A-Ride an More...

Judge bars Noell from seeing his children

Accused recently posted $2.5-million bail

A Lake Sherwood man charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife has made bail after spending three weeks in county jail awaiting trial. Craig Forrest Noell, 53, posted his $2.5-million bail and was released Dec. 14. More...

On the Town

Winter party coming to Three Springs

Lydia Gable of Keller Williams Realty and Rick Winters of Winters Financial Group will host their sixth annual Coats for Casa Pacifica charity event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. More...

Brooks back in the ‘Saddle’

Entertainer to screen his most famous film at CAP

Comedic legend Mel Brooks will provide an inside look at his storied career and the making of his groundbreaking movie “Blazing Saddles” at an event this March at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. “Mel Brooks . . . More...

‘Flashdance’ takes spin through T.O.

Musical plays Jan. 14 to 17

The U.S. National Tour of “Flashdance the Musical,” a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, will make its local premiere Jan. 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 14; 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. More...

Sports

Kick out the jams

GIRLS’ SOCCER REPORT /// Marmonte League   Local high school girls’ soccer teams ooze talent and deep rosters.  The Marmonte League sent three teams to quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs last season.&n More...

Wegher resigns from Chargers’ post

Agoura football head coach steps down after leading team for 22 seasons

Charlie Wegher announced his resignation as head coach of the Agoura High football team on Dec. 18.  Three days later, on the first day of winter, he played a round of golf at Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo. More...

Memorable football season in Acorn country is in the books

A high school football season kicked off on a warm August night.  It ended on a cold, rainy night last weekend at Sacramento State, six days before Christmas Eve.  More...

Pets

Caring for pets helps kids grow

I’ve always loved dogs.  After years of saying no to my begging, my parents gave in when I turned 13 and allowed me to adopt a little ball of fluff I named Pierre. I loved that toy poodle more than anything in the world. More...

Tiny duck visit brings holiday cheer

At the tiny lake in my rural Agoura community, a shallow cove has frozen solid.  Yet the birds appear to be of good cheer, hunting and squabbling, flying or floating, squawking or quacking.  More...

Pet of the Week

BLACK LAB—Theo is an altered male black Labrador retriever mix about 4 years old. He is very gentle and sweet. If you would like to adopt Theo ask for ID No. A4899271 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Patchwork of friendship and giving

Quilting club donates items to charitable causes

Members of the Simi Quilter’s Consortium consider the club one of the best-kept secrets in town.  Besides giving its members a chance to build friendships, the creative club, which meets twice a week at the Simi Valley Senior Center, regul More...

Can Uber assist seniors?

January seminar to explore subject

Uber: it’s not just for twentysomethings anymore.  Thousand Oaks-based Senior Concerns will present an informative seminar on UberASSIST and UberWAV, two new on-demand transportation options offered by the popular ride-sharing service, at More...

The plight before Xmas

Moving furniture out of the house. Bringing in folding tables and chairs. A full day of cleaning. Loads of cooking. More and more cleaning. That’s Christmas Eve to my wife and me. More...

Columns

Leave parade smelling like roses

The Tournament of Roses parade returns New Year’s Day for its 127th installment. This year’s theme is “Find Your Adventure.”  More...

Random acts of Christmas kindness

It’s a busy world on the roads of our lovely communities this time of year, so I prefer to walk everywhere.  More...

Latest dating lingo hard to follow

Happy holidays, everyone! And let’s not forget Mele Kalikimaka as well as Happy Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati and Newtonmas. More...