October 20, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

CANDIDATES Q & A

Office-seekers answer questions from the Acorn

The Thousand Oaks Acorn is doing things differently this election year. More...

Health & Wellness

Teen with diabetes impresses others with strength, resolve

Eighth-grader was diagnosed at age 6

Being a teenager is hard enough, what with braces, hormones and tenuous friendships.  But for 13-year-old Emma Goldberg, an eighth-grader at Los Cerritos Middle School, the typical teen angst is the least of her worries. More...

How to help a loved one deal with memory loss

COMMENTARY /// Dementia   If you have an aging parent, friend or other loved one, you are well aware of the inner struggle between respecting the person’s privacy and making the decision to step in when you see potential danger in their fu More...

Picking the right skilled-nursing facility

An individual typically takes one of two paths to a skillednursing facility: straight from the hospital or from home when they become too frail or sick to care for themselves. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., OCT. 20  Antiques And Collectibles Study Group  9:30 a.m. to noon at Stagecoach Inn Museum, Anderson Hall, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Program on history and types of teddy bears. Bring a favorite teddy bear to share. More...

Schools

CVUSD adds two new sports for females

Sand volleyball, stunt cheer coming in spring

Conejo Valley Unified is adding two new sports in the spring— girls’ sand volleyball and stunt cheer—in an effort to offer an equal amount of sporting opportunities to both sexes and thus stay in compliance with Title IX.  More...

Teens can get free screening

The Conejo Council PTA in collaboration with the Saving Hearts Foundation will host a free teen heart screening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5 in the Thousand Oaks High School multipurpose room, 2323 N. Moorpark Road.  More...

Cops make cameo at Walk to School Day

STAYING SAFE—Thousand Oaks Police Officer Marco Hinahon, Cadet Andrea Rodriguez and Officer Kris Doepking speak to students Oct. 5 during National Walk to School Day at Westlake Elementary. More...

Business

Construction underway on assisted-living units

Facility is next to 101 in Newbury Park

After a recent spate of denials to assisted-living facility applications in Thousand Oaks, one such development, approved in 2014, is breaking ground. More...

Advice book looks to the past

Scott Harris, founder and president of Mustang Marketing, and business partner Dianne McKay are releasing their new book, “Ventura County Leaders Go Back in Time to Their Twenty-First Birthday.”  Harris and McKay asked 100 of Ventura More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Oct. 6  A 23-year-old man was arrested near W. Hillcrest Drive and Paseo Grande for being on drugs and possessing methamphetamine.  Oct. 7  A residential burglary was reported in the 2900 block of Cottonwood Court. More...

Faith

Support group serves LGBTQ

Simi Valley’s United Church of Christ is providing support to members of the LGBTQ community through a new support group called Families and Friends Living United in Diversity.  More...

Pumpkin patch raises funds for youth ministry

Field trips with storytelling available

Christ the King Church is hosting its sixth annual community pumpkin patch through Mon., Oct. 31 at the church, 3947 W. Kimber Drive, Newbury Park.  Families can come to the patch and pick out a pumpkin to take home. More...

Annual Feast of Faiths held in Camarillo

The ninth annual Feast of Faiths, a gathering of individuals from various religions who discuss their beliefs informally over dinner with those of other faiths, will be at 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. More...

Letters

Biz owner says CVUSD stole his parking spaces

As voters in Conejo Valley are preparing to vote for two positions on the school board, it may be instructive to shed light on certain irregular and illegal acts perpetrated by CVUSD management.  More...

Measure I funds are in good hands

A few weeks ago the Acorn ran my letter inquiring as to whether there is a master plan for the $197-million CVUSD Measure I bond and about the status on bond spending.  More...

Disc golf was forced on park

Regarding the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission’s 5-0 approval of Sapwi Trails Park (Acorn, Oct. More...

Editorials

Don’t let talked of ‘rigged’ election keep you from polls

There’s been a lot of talk recently about voter fraud, but election officials and numerous studies overwhelmingly point to the fact that fraud represents a minuscule fraction of the total vote.  More...

Board rejects CVHS-to-TOHS solution

Waverly remains landing spot for continuation high school

Tensions were high Tuesday night as Conejo Valley Unified’s board of education voted down a trustee’s request to move its continuation high school to a traditional high school campus. More...

Burglars strike Kaiser Permanente

Two locations hit in the same night

Two Kaiser Permanente locations were burglarized early Monday morning in Ventura County, sheriff’s officials said.  More...

Community

Fatal crash that killed county firefighter is under investigation

A special team looking into the cause of the crash that killed a Ventura County firefighter last month isn’t expected to wrap up its investigation until early next year, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson said.  More...

Drunk driver found guilty of murder

Man struck, killed deputy in 2014

The Camarillo man accused of killing Ventura County Sheriff’s Dep. Eugene Kostiuchenko was found guilty Oct. 14 in Ventura County Superior Court. More...

T.O. man convicted for illegal gun sales

A Thousand Oaks man who illegally sold five firearms in less than a month and agreed to sell three more during an undercover operation last year has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. More...

On the Town

Actress humanizes Eva Peron in Cabrillo’s powerful ‘Evita’

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Evita’ When Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Evita” arrived on Broadway in 1979, its success was driven in part by a successful London debut. More...

Foreigner brings it home

Foreigner is going local.  Members of the Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus will join Foreigner on their 1984 hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is,” when the legendary hard-rockers play an acoustic show at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza o More...

Carvey cometh

Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey will bring the laughs to Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre at 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12.  More...

Sports

Born to be wild

ICE HOCKEY /// East County Outlaws   It’s a new season for the East County Outlaws.  The Outlaws, an ice hockey team of local players in the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League, are in their second season of existence. More...

Orca Youth Rugby is on a collision course

Local teams gear up for upcoming season on the pitch

It’s not a fad. Orca Youth Rugby Club is here for the long haul. More than 100 young athletes from Acorn country have been bitten by the rugby bug. More...

Pets

Shelter Hope Pet Shop is 5 years old

Shelter Hope Pet Shop recently celebrated five years of rescuing homeless animals and finding them homes through their pet store at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. More...

CRITTER TAIL

Fresh perspective from upside-down bird

One day my neighbor raced over to my house all in a stir. She reported that her 50-something daughter had embraced some new exercise fad.  “She’s walking around upside down. More...

Pet of the Week

CROSS HER PATH—Minni is a female tortie domestic mediumhaired mix. She is sweet, playful and about 2 years old. If you would like to adopt Minni ask for ID No. A4986806 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

App challenge open to teens

The office of U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley is accepting entries from eligible students in the 26th District for the Congressional App Challenge, an annual competition for high school students to create and submit software applications. More...

Students learn to deal with ‘what if?’

Reagan Library’s Situation Room asks students to solve fictional crisis

News of an attempt on the president’s life has thrown the nation into chaos. The stock market is crashing. Allegations abound as to who fired the shot, and countries are threatening to invade each other. How should the U.S. respond? More...

Conejo Y offers family fun

Conejo Valley YMCA will have a free Halloween Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 27 in its community room at 4031 N. More...

Columns

What to make of lists

People like to make and keep lists. All kinds of lists. Shopping lists. To-do lists. Top 10 lists.  Travelers like lists too. We make lists of things to do before a trip. Lists of things to pack. Lists of activities to do while on a trip. More...

Longing for a bit of green in a drought

It seems a sin to confess to coveting the sight of a lawn during our time of persistent drought. More...