October 6, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Council candidates face off for first time

LaFianza takes parting shots at McCoy

No matter who Thousand Oaks residents vote onto the council come November, the city’s main thoroughfare will be top on their list of priorities. More...

Health & Wellness

Former crossing guard wants to put a stop to ALS

N.P. man preps for Sunday fundraiser

When Dean Hartman was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, he was in a state of shock and denial. “That can’t be me,” the 63-yearold said. Known as “Dino” to his friends, Hartman vividly remembers his Oct. More...

Dealing with the most difficult transition

Next week we begin the heart-wrenching steps to place my father in a skilled-nursing facility in New Hampshire.  Parkinson’s disease has taken its toll on him and on my mother, his caregiver. More...

Dietician to speak to arthritis support group

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. More...

Schools

Westlake, Earths bring home blue ribbons to CVUSD

Schools honored for academic excellence

Only three campuses in all of Ventura County were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016, and two of them are in Conejo Valley Unified.  Earths Magnet School and Westlake High School join 327 other public institutions across the country in More...

Garden puts green thumbs to use

Produce raised at school campus goes to local food bank

Children at Sycamore Canyon School started planting vegetables in the campus garden last week. More...

It’s a ballroom battle

Contests benefit TO, WHS dance programs

The championship-winning dance teams at Westlake and Thousand Oaks high schools will host two “Dancing With the Stars”- style “dance-offs” this month.  The events are the teams’ biggest fundraisers of the year.  More...

Business

Grocery store opening greeted by fanfare

A new player joined the Conejo Valley’s competitive grocery store landscape last weekend.  Vintage Grocers—operating only in Malibu until now—opened a second store Oct. 1 at The Promenade shopping center in Westlake. More...

Spots open on Business Roundtable

The City of Thousand Oaks is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on the Business Roundtable, a City Councilappointed committee that serves as an advisory body to the Council on business issues within the community.  There is one uns More...

BUSINESS BITS

Craft beer in Westlake  Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen, with 30 craft beers on tap, opened at Westlake Plaza, 982 S. Westlake Blvd., in the spot previously occupied by Galletto Bar & Grill.  Pho spot   More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Sept. 23  Police went to the Motel 6 in the 1500 block of Newbury Road after receiving word of a man wandering around the parking lot. More...

Faith

There’s more than Lutherans at CLU

Rabbi is part of school’s interfaith community

The rabbi at California Lutheran University is doing her part to spread religious acceptance by hosting weekly interfaith chapel services on campus.  More...

St. Paschal’s Fall Fest is just around the corner

St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church will hold its annual family-friendly Fall Fest from Fri. through Sun., Oct. 21 to 23 on church grounds at Janss and Moorpark roads in T.O.  Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. More...

Stepping away from sin

Chabad hosts Tashlich walk for Rosh Hashana

NEW YEAR CEREMONY—A multitude of people take part in Chabad of the Conejo’s annual Tashlich walk Oct. 3. More...

Letters

Dunn didn’t deserve editorial tongue-lashing

There has been much posturing and rhetoric put forth to suggest that the idea to relocate CVHS as a “school within a school” at the TOHS campus is unreasonable, coldhearted and/or unrealistic, and that it is the result of a personal agend More...

More advice for avoiding robocalls

This is in response to Manijeh Fatollahi’s Sept. More...

Voice message will turn away scam callers

I certainly can appreciate the problem that Manijeh Fatollahi is having with unwanted telephone calls (Letters, Acorn, Sept. 22).  Here is how I dealt with our similar problem.  More...

Editorials

No debate: let’s welcome Rams’ plans with open arms

EDITORIAL

Residents don’t have to be fans of professional football or even understand the game to realize why the possibility that the Los Angeles Rams could build a permanent practice facility in the Conejo Valley is such a big deal. More...

Bad drive ends up in bunker

Police pursuit ends on 10th fairway

An attempt to escape arrest came to an abrupt end early Monday when the driver of a fleeing vehicle decided to make an ill-fated detour through Los Robles Greens Golf Course. More...

Our 2016 Take Your Acorn on Vacation Contest Winner!

Have paper, will travel

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Community

It’s an open space throwdown

Measure C vs. Measure F

Supporters of two county ballot measures aimed at preserving farmland and open space traded accusations during a Sept. 27 debate at Camarillo City Hall. More...

Election will settle plastic bag ban once and for all

PROP. 67

The state’s plastic-bag ban is about to be revisited, which may surprise California shoppers who believed lawmakers already had the final say on the heated consumer topic. More...

Lang Ranch park project going before PC

If one final hurdle is cleared Monday, the Conejo Recreation and Park District can start construction on the last community park in the Thousand Oaks Master Plan. More...

On the Town

Can you escape ‘The Outpost’?

It’s a race against time in Simi Valley

Picture a small bunker near an isolated Antarctic mountain range.  Dr. More...

‘Evita’ takes Kavli stage for first time

Musical opens 2016-17 season for new-look Cabrillo

For the first time in its history, Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Tim Rice musical “Evita” Oct. 14 through 23 in the 1,800- seat Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Feast on Moqueca’s delicious fish stews

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Moqueca Brazilian Restaurant The name of this Conejo Valley restaurant dances delightfully off the tongue in the same way its excellently crafted signature dish deliciously tantalizes the palate. More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Calabasas Coyotes (6-0) vs. Westlake Warriors (1-5)

Friday, 7 p.m. at Westlake High School Phillip Castro, a junior linebacker for the Calabasas High football team, answered every question without missing a beat. More...

Weekend schedule

Oaks Christian at Newbury Park Friday, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Thousand Oaks Friday, 7 p.m. Oak Park at Nordhoff Friday, 7 p.m. Agoura at Moorpark Friday, 7 p.m.   More...

Rock the cradle

Cal Lutheran has become a hub for developing talented football coaches, including Houston’s Tom Herman

When it comes to landing a dream coaching job, it truly is all about connections.  So when young players and coaches in Cal Lutheran University’s football program set out to achieve their coaching goals, opportunity is always a phone call More...

Pets

Surfing dogs can audition for Rose Parade

The surf will be up in Thousand Oaks when the Lucy Pet Gnarly Crank’n K-9 Wave Maker arrives in town to audition local surfing canines for a spot on a 2017 Rose Parade Float.  More...

Pet of the Week

CHARMING CINDER-ELLA—Cinder is a female black brindle domestic longhair about 4 years old. She is really sweet and playful. If you would like to adopt Cinder ask for ID No. A4984986 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Obituaries

Thomas Alfred Appleford,

age 76, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016. … More...

Family

It’s fall at Underwood Farms

The 19th annual Fall Harvest Festival for all ages continues through Oct. 31 at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark.  From 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Oct. More...

Book Blowout

Full Story

Hit the links for T.O. hoops

The Thousand Oaks High School boys basketball team’s annual golf tournament fundraiser will take place Mon., Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. More...

Columns

When hurricanes happen

If you follow the weather news in the fall, you may hear about tropical storms or hurricanes in the Caribbean.  Hurricane Matthew is the most recent storm in the headlines. More...

A window into whirling wind

Recently my rural Agoura community experienced a Red Flag weekend, always a jumpy 48 hours for residents living in or close to the Santa Monica Mountains or other areas of brushy open space. We were lucky. More...