July 28, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

City takes fast action to fix defaced sign

TOPD still on the hunt for culprit

Jerry Sotelo was supposed to have a day off Friday, but that changed after a prominent sign bearing the city’s name was vandalized July 21. More...

Arrest warrant issued for Newbury Park teen accused of threatening college classmates

18-year-old facing two counts of making terrorist threats

Charges have been filed against an 18-year-old Newbury Park resident accused of threatening to harm his classmates at college. More...

Health & Wellness

Program helps veterans transition from military to civilian life

Nonprofit’s aim is to find jobs for service members in the county’s farming industry

Lawrence Parkhill was looking for ways to help veterans find employment when he remembered a fellow vet’s love for gardening. More...

Sole searching for comfort

My cocker spaniel, Rolo, has gradually lost most of his eyesight. When I’m in the kitchen, he stares intently at my feet because his vision is so poor. More...

Casa Pacifica Amigos have new president

The Casa Pacifica Amigos auxiliary, volunteers who plan and participate in activities with Casa Pacifica’s children and youths, named Stefanie Wennes as its new president for 2016-17. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JULY 29  Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club  6 p.m. at St. Jude Church social hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Champagne bingo bash with raffle and prizes. Lemon chicken piccata dinner served. RSVP required. More...

Schools

Local Ys are hiring

Need to bolster child care staff

Branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA are looking to add child care staff before the 2016-17 school year. The Ys are accepting applications for director, assistant director, teachers and teacher’s aides. More...

Spaghetti Crossing

Full Story

Adults can earn GED online

The Ventura County Library system has received a grant from the state library to offer adults the opportunity to complete their high school education online at no cost while earning certificates in one of eight occupations.  More...

Business

Briefs

Sunland tasting room reopens   The Sunland Vintage Winery Tasting Room will celebrate its third anniversary from noon to 9 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. More...

Pets

Let’s hear your critter ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page.  Not to exceed 300 words, your story can be about an interesting occurrence or an inspirational moment involving your pet.  More...

Pet of the Week

GENTLE GIANT—Brutus is an altered male blue mastiff about 2 years old. He is a gentle giant that gets along with other dogs. If you would like to adopt Brutus, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Father-daughter duo pen book

Mark Phillips and his 26-year-old daughter, Aryn, have always enjoyed a strong bond, but over the years their fascination with crime stories connected them in ways they never imagined.  More...

‘Family Man’ for Husband of the Year

She was coughing, sneezing and, worse, not covering up, and we were still going to let her in our house.  My wife wanted to let her in because her friend was lonely. I wanted to let her friend in because if I didn’t, I’d be lonely. More...

Letters

Supervisor’s presence at vigil commendable

In the July 21 issue of the Acorn, Brian Schultz wrote a Letter to the Editor critical of Supervisor Linda Parks because of her presence at a Thousand Oaks peace vigil.  More...

It’s time to unite after years of racism, bigotry

There seems to be a lot going on these days to get one’s stress level up. Thanks to the news and social media, we are bombarded with facts and a lot of propaganda.  I still gravitate to our local paper, the Acorn. More...

Gathering promoted love and hope

We were disappointed to read Brian Schultz’s letter in last week’s Acorn that completely mischaracterized the interfaith vigil that was held on July 12.  More...

Editorials

EDITORIAL

Augmenting one’s reality can be risky

Like all cities in the United States, ours have become an augmented reality playground.  For almost a month, the neighborhoods, parks, shopping centers and just about everywhere else in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Westlake Village have becom More...

Palmdale resident arrested for defacing Thousand Oaks monument sign

Incident happened July 21

Police say they've found the person responsible for spray painting graffiti on a large Thousand Oaks gateway sign next to the 101 Freeway on July 21. More...

Developer pins hopes on Pinecrest

Builder asking city to rezone former private school

The fate of Pinecrest Schools’40-year-old property on Wilbur Road rests in the hands of the Thousand Oaks City Council. Not long after the final bell tolled June 3 at the private institution that educated three generations of T.O. More...

1 dead in car accident; driver, 19, arrested

A 30-year-old Thousand Oaks man died Sunday after the car he was riding in struck some trees in the Dos Vientos area of Newbury Park. More...

Community

CalAm clients fed up with surcharge

Purveyor will drop fee in August

Despite a promise to roll back its drought surcharge by Aug. 1, California American Water is facing criticism from Thousand Oaks customers who say the change should have happened sooner.  More...

Search for new city exec fails to produce

Replacement for John Prescott proves elusive

A four-month nationwide search to find a replacement for departing Community Development Director John Prescott has come up empty.  Now the City of Thousand Oaks says it will put the hunt on hold.  More...

FOR THE RECORD

Incumbent Peggy Buckles is in her second term on the Conejo Valley school board, not fourth, as was stated in last week’s article on the upcoming CVUSD race. Both she and fellow incumbent Betsy Connolly werefirst elected in 2008. More...

On the Town

Honoring local stage champions

Conejo Players hosts second annual Arts Advocate Awards

The Conejo Players Theatre will host the second annual Arts Advocate Awards, honoring outstanding local theater champions, at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. A champagne dessert reception will follow the presentation. More...

Western art by women on display

Reception set for Aug. 6 at Hillcrest

Women Painters West will host an exhibit of artwork from Fri., July 29 through Mon., Sept. 26 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More...

Malibu Arts Fest back for 45th year

The 45th annual Malibu Arts Festival will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. More...

Sports

Earning his stripes

Former Calabasas star gets ready for senior season at CLU

MEN’S SOCCER /// Cal Lutheran Kingsmen   It’s about time Casey Kurtenbach gets the credit he’s due.  The former Calabasas High boys’ soccer standout and current senior with the Cal Lutheran University men’s tea More...

Kerner, Rudd earn all-state honors

Two Oaks Christian High baseball stars were named to Cal-Hi Sports all-state underclass teams.  Adam Kerner, a catcher, is on the first team. More...

A fun fight club

Locals get their kicks—and punches, arm bars, strikes— at Elite MMA Gym

There’s a common misconception when it comes to fighters.  Athletes who train countless hours on a specific craft—whether it be boxing, jiu-jitsu or Muay Thai—aren’t the stereotypical goons that are portrayed in movies li More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  July 15 A 57-year-old man was booked into jail after battering his wife in the 800 block of Chestnut Street.  July 16 A 52-year-old man was arrested for battering a person he was in a relationship with in the 2400 block of W. More...

Faith

Pastor takes unusual journey to pulpit

Caleb Kaltenbach’s path to becoming lead pastor at Simi Valley’s Discovery Church was an unlikely one.  It began with his upbringing in Missouri.  More...

Briefs

Church hosts welcome dinner   St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church’s Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program will host a free welcome dinner at 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 18 on the St. Paschal School patio, 155 E. More...

Kids having a whale of a time at camp

Students at Ascension Lutheran Early Childhood Center had the opportunity to explore a 56-foot-long blow-up fin whale at school on July 21.  ALECC is a science-based program offering students a hands-on approach to learning.  More...

Columns

The dilemma: S’mores or Lipitor

A summer revelation: Turns out the frequently pregnant daughter and I share a universal dilemma—how to keep kids and husbands off computers and out of the gutter. Throughout the dog days of summer, Mom’s haunting voice carries. More...

Bamboo brings mystique to garden

Gardeners are like poets— they can fall into rapturous rhapsodies at the sight of a plant.  Sometimes it’s spurred by a fit of nostalgia, like discovering a plant your grandmother grew in her long-ago garden popping up front and cent More...