July 14, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Fire runs close to 101

BRUSH FIRE—A helicopter drops water on the July 11 Ranchofire in T.O. The blaze consumed 30 acres south of the 101 Freeway at Willow Lane. About 125 firefighters responded. More...

Health & Wellness

Memories take flight at hospice ceremony

Photos by MORGAN LIEBERMAN/Acorn Newspapers   More...

Cancer Support Community offers free programs

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will offer the following free programs of support and education for people with cancer, cancer survivors and their loved ones on Thursdays in July from noon to 1:30 p.m. More...

Opinion shifts on breast-feeding

For a few thousand years, there was no question about where newborns and infants would get the food they needed. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., JULY 14 Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch Noon in Oak Room, third floor, Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. New president, Brian Gothberg, presides. No charge for visitors. Phone: 805.498.3393. Margarita Mixoff More...

Schools

Boys & Girls Club kids play with robotics

ROBOTICS IN ACTION – Members of the Morton Boys & Girls Club, located on the campus of Sequoia Middle School in Newbury Park, are using their imaginations to make new creations. More...

District set to stream meetings

Conejo Valley Unified, looking to become more digital, plans to start live streaming its board of education meetings.  CVUSD held a test of its livestreaming capabilities during the board’s June 28 meeting.  More...

Cal State Channel Islands to offer ‘mechatronics’ engineering degree

Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo announced the launch of its own engineering program.  In 2012, university officials conducted a needs assessment study and discovered that about half of Ventura County companies planned to hire engineers.& More...

Business

Bike shop anniversary a ‘wheel’ big deal

Newbury Park Bicycle Shop is feeling a little golden right now. Having opened its doors in 1966, the longtime community fixture celebrated its 50th anniversary in May. More...

Pets

Organization works to help raptors fly once more

COMMENTARY /// Wildlife care Creancing and imping. These may not be words you hear every day, but they are the basis for the important work that volunteer Diana Mullen does for the California Wildlife Center at its facility in Calabasas. More...

Pet of the Week

TAKE ME HOME!—Spice is a 6-year-old black and white German shepherd mix. She is very playful, energetic and an overall happy dog. Spice likes to play with toys and entertain herself with them. To adopt Spice, ask for ID No. More...

Obituaries

Harland Wilber Jones

January 27, 1918 - June 24, 2016

Harland Wilber Jones, 98, of Manhattan, MT, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 after a brief illness surrounded by family. He was born January 27, 1918 to Ella Maud Rankin and Herbert Charles Jones in Wichita, KS, where he grew up. More...

Letters

City manager should serve the residents

City Manager Scott Mitnick finally got fired for unethical behavior. More...

Measure’s ‘help’ would lead to development

In his letter to the editor in the Thousand Oaks Acorn last week, George Graham wrote in support of Sustain VC, the ballot measure competing against SOAR. More...

There may be many reasons for low turnout

Your editorial “ Another shameful Ventura County voter turnout” in the July 7 edition may be skirting the real issues.  More...

Editorials

EDITORIAL

The Summer of the Rams turned into the Summer of Scott

At a time when our City Council members should be basking in the glow of landing a professional football franchise, they’re instead running for cover (or summer vacations), hoping to avoid uncomfortable questions about what led them to terminat More...

City manager out

City has yet to reveal Mitnick's compensation details

Thousand Oaks fired Scott Mitnick last week, and now comes the question of what the highest paid city manager in Ventura County will receive in compensation. More...

Banyan Park turf conversion bid draws criticism

CRPD and residents must come to an agreement over what move is next

Nearly a dozen people voiced their concerns about a proposal by the Conejo Recreation and Park District that would see over 20,000 square feet of grass at Banyan Park replaced by mulch. More...

Community

Researchers discover two new mountain lion litters

Difficult road ahead for Santa Monica Mountain cougar kittens

National Park Service researchers recently discovered two litters of mountain lion kittens in the eastern Santa Susana Mountains. More...

Planning commission bids adieu to Reynolds

Daryl Reynolds, the longtime dame of the planning commission, said a formal farewell to the city on Monday when she relinquished her seat on the dais. More...

Veteran suicide bill been signed by Obama

A Ventura County congressional representative’s proposal to find and address the root causes of high suicide rates among female veterans is now law.  Senate Bill 2487, also known as the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act, is almost iden More...

On the Town

Lucas’ art museum deserves new home

COMMENTARY /// Art in the community Children are born with their minds open to the belief that anything is possible, but that doesn’t last very long. More...

Sterling keeps the music alive

Club owner brings vintage rock ‘n’ roll to the Conejo Valley

Lance Sterling, owner of The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, is spreading the word: Old rockers never die—they just shake off the dust, tune their strings and keeping on truckin’.  More...

Philharmonic calls upon young musicians

The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its Opus 45 concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., July 15 at Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive.  The show will repeat at 2:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Stars of the diamond

SECTION CHAMPS—Westlake Baseball Association celebrates their section championship in the Pinto division with a 13-3 win over Simi Valley in tournament play in Ridgecrest, Calif. More...

Spruce up the place: Rookie receiver dazzles

Westlake grad gears up for first NFL training camp

NFL /// Los Angeles Rams Nelson Spruce can’t escape the spotlight. He doesn’t want to. It doesn’t faze him. He might as well slip off his cleats and call it home. More...

French connection

Natalie Gloverfits in with Team France at World Softball Championship

Vive la France.  Natalie Glover, an Oaks Christian High graduate born and raised in Camarillo, will represent Team France at the Women’s World Softball Championship from July 15-24 at Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.  More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  July 2 Police were called to the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road, where they arrested a 47-year-old woman for assault with a deadly weapon.  A 21-year-old man was charged with battery in the 400 block of N. Ventu Park Road. More...

Faith

Shabbat in the park

FOOD FOR THE SOUL—Dianna Rice prepares pita bread for temple members who will learn to make hummus during Valley Outreach Synagogue’s Shabbat in the Park July 8 at Oak Canyon Community Pa More...

Family

Good maintenance key to happy cycling

There have been endless excuses for years now that have continued to keep me off my bicycle, all legitimate yet still unacceptable. More...

Puppet Party

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Columns

Listen to the song of the shade tree

As the high heat of summer checks in, residents become united in achieving one goal: finding shade.  Some are lucky enough to have a back or front yard that’s home to a tree ample enough to spread the shade around generously— to cool More...

Matching gifts are often overlooked

Paid vacations, sick leave, health insurance and retirement plans are benefits companies commonly offer their employees.  But, as part of their commitment to corporate philanthropy, many employers offer another benefit that is frequently overloo More...