January 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Woman dies in car crash

An 84-year-old Camarillo woman was killed in a crash Saturday in Newbury Park.  According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Rita Cooperman was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Gilbert Cooperman, around 6 p.m. Jan. More...

Health & Wellness

Simi Hospital opens Child Development Center

Facility provides individual, group therapy

Ben Nagy climbed through the plastic jungle gym and made his way down the slide into a brightly colored ball pit at Simi Valley Hospital’s newly relocated Child Development Center.  More...

Medicare site provides hospital comparisons

COMMENTARY /// Medicare You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. More...

The latest in eye surgery options

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc Q: Are there newer alternatives to Lasik in 2016? More...

Calendar

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THURS., JAN. 28 Portuguese Fraternal Society Of America 11:30 a.m. at Main Street Restaurant, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. No-host luncheon and meeting. For any person of Portuguese descent or interest in the culture. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

Full Steam Ahead

Full Story

District sets immunization policy

In accordance with new state law, Conejo Valley Unified families will no longer be allowed to use personal or religious belief exemptions to exclude their children from immunizations if they wish to keep or enroll them in school.  More...

Principal post filled midyear at elementary

Former NPHS dean to take over

Westlake Hills Elementary School is getting a new principal. More...

Business

Logix goes big for Boys & Girls Clubs

FUN FUNDS—Mark Elswick, president and chief executive of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley, second from left, accepts a $10,000 check from Logix Credit Union representatives Rick R More...

T.O. recruiting for Business Roundtable

Committee advises City Council

The City of Thousand Oaks is seeking applicants to serve on the Business Roundtable, a City Council-appointed committee that serves as an advisory body to the Council on business issues within the community.  There are five scheduled vacancies t More...

Pets

Navigating the brambly dog park

CRITTER TAIL Not many local dog parks are built under heavy tree cover. My rural Agoura community decided to dedicate a narrow, crooked strip of forested land we own as a leash-free play area. More...

Pet of the Week

LOVES TO PLAY—Cliff is a white male miniature poodle about 5 years old. He is a lovable dog who likes to play. More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page.  We love our pets and want to give them the recognition they deserve.  More...

Family

A message to caregivers: You matter

CONEJO CARES

Heather Steuer’s daily schedule is dictated by her husband’s regimen of prescription pills. “We get up at 5 a.m. for his first medication and he has another at 8 a.m.,” she said. More...

To make an American family when they no longer exist

I read a story that said the American family is no longer. The article, which I found on the U.S. News and World Report website, mentioned a study that showed divorce rates in America on the rise. More...

Seminar explores predators, prevention

Temple Adat Elohim Early Childhood Center will host Pattie Fitzgerald’s child safety presentation about predators and prevention at 7 p.m. Mon., Feb. 8 at the temple, 2420 E. More...

Editorials

Runnin’ down the road tryin’ to loosen our load

Few topics make us fume like high gas prices, high gas taxes and the highway robbery that goes along with it.  None of it makes sense.  More...

Lowe’s is a go

Home improvement store gets OK (again) to build in Newbury Park

One of the largest pieces of undeveloped commercial space left in the Conejo Valley may soon be a bustling shopping center. More...

General fund forking up cash to pay cafeteria deficit

Meal sales continue to lag

Despite moderate success in cooking up ways to increase the number of students who eat school meals, Conejo Valley Unified’s child nutrition program continues to take a big bite out of the general fund. More...

Community

Santa Monica Mountains cougar clan grows by 2

Kittens discovered outside Newbury Park

Biologists from the National Park Service recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains.  The female and male kittens, now known as P-46 and P-47, were implanted with tracking devices after resear More...

Funding for streets, roads remains an issue

City looking to examine its options

Thousand Oaks’ city streets are ranked among the best in the state, but they will be on a quick road to degradation without proper, and costly, upkeep. More...

Work on T.O. Boulevard starts soon

After about three years of planning, prep work and outreach, the Thousand Oaks Boulevard utility undergrounding project is tentatively scheduled to get underway in March.  The work, which will involve moving overhead electrical and communication More...

On the Town

Where the foodies go

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT: Hugo's Agoura Hills

Don’t be fooled by its Hollywood roots and celebrity clientele: Hugo’s Agoura Hills is all about authenticity—no touch-ups, no body doubles and no special effects. Just real food prepared by people who love what they do. More...

Lunar New Year event will celebrate Chinese culture

Puppetry, opera highlight show at CAP

The Conejo Chinese Cultural Association will offer a cultural event to celebrate the lunar New Year, the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, at 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. 6 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Poundstone brings act to T.O.

Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist Paula Poundstone will perform two shows, one at 7 and the second at 9:30 p.m., on Sat., Feb. 5 in the Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.  More...

Sports

Tennis champs run the county

Pleasant Valley Panthers, a U-10 coed squad, snare second place at USTA regional finals

Forget about the Australian Open for just a few minutes, folks. The Pleasant Valley Panthers have fans’ tennis fix covered. More...

The buzz on Buzzelli

Junior forward is a savvy veteran for Thousand Oaks girls’ basketball squad

Lizzy Buzzelli is the Lancers’ Superwoman. The 6-foot junior forward does it all for the Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team. Buzzelli, 16, is a leader in the locker room. She’s a beast on the boards. More...

La Furia Roja: Panther soaks in Spain

Newbury Park soccer midfielder savors 10-day trip to Real Madrid’s vast fútbol empire

Isaiah Garza-Bolton watched in awe as the world’s best soccer players showcased their skills at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. More...

Police

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER

Newbury Park Jan. 13 A woman, 41, was arrested in the 4100 block of Mountain Creek Drive for driving under the influence of alcohol and having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. Jan. 14 More...

Faith

Clap for St. Julie’s Helping Hands

Ministry celebrates 20 years of service

The Helping Hands Ministry from St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church will celebrate 20 years since its inception from noon to 2 p.m. Sun., Feb. 7 in the church hall, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

Message of Tu B’shvat rings true for people of all faiths

COMMENTARY   Long before Earth Day or Arbor Day, Jews observed an ecological holiday that we still celebrate today: Tu B’shvat, The New Year of the Trees.  More...

Lutheran women send shoeboxes of joy

The ladies of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks, with the guidance of Dawn Ashe, the group’s stewardship chair, opted to participate in Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan&rsq More...

Letters

When will public works be held accountable?

So the city’s public works department is now calling its rubberized cape sealing method a lesson learned (Thousand Oaks Acorn, Jan. More...

City Council should give up ‘Reefer Madness’

Our expert City Council is at it again. Apparently our well rounded elected officials have ignored the medical professionals, modern science and, most of all, public opinion and have shut out the cannabis industry from our city. More...

Still waiting on apology for Pastor McCoy

I know good people live here in our little community so I’ve been reading the Acorn in anticipation of seeing numerous apology letters for the meanspirited name-calling and false accusations hurled at fellow neighbors and specifically local pas More...

Columns

And I coulda hadda face-lift

Turns out I’m a real wimp. I recently found myself in the Los Robles SurgiCenter wondering why I didn’t order the face-lift instead. Can I have Botox with that? More...

Nothing can sour this sweet song

Sometimes a song gets stuck in your head whether you intend it to or not. More...