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How Medicare helps terminally ill

COMMENTARY /// End of life care When I talk to people with Medicare about planning for the end of their lives, the statistic that always strikes me is this: If you ask people where they’d rather die—in a hospital or at home—75 perc More...

County introduces new head of child services

Rose Schwab has been named director of the Ventura County Department of Child Support Services, which is in Camarillo at 5171 Verdugo Way.  Schwab, who has over 28 years of child support experience with the DCSS, had been serving as its interim More...

Brain Injury Center holds workshops

How to cope with holidays is the focus

The Brain Injury Center of Ventura County will present the next installment of its Brain Injury Conference Series, “Surviving, Striving and Thriving with Acquired Brain Injury,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. More...

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THURS., NOV. 24 Thanksgiving Day 5K 8 a.m. at Rancho Simi Park (duck pond), 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Course is on bike path. Walkers, joggers and runners welcome. All runners receive swag bag. Portion of proceeds go to local youth groups. More...

Schools

‘Oz’ play revisits characters from Baum’s original novel

PLAY REVIEW /// Westlake High School L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has been a staple of children’s literature for more than a century since its first publication in 1900. More...

WHS student a finalist in video contest

Westlake High School student Alyssa Bai has been selected as one of five finalists for the California Special Districts Association’s “Districts Make the Difference” Video Contest. More...

Business

CLU’s new face of forecasting

Fienup replaces retired Watkins

Matthew Fienup is the new executive director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, the university announced last week.  Fienup has served as an economist with the center since 2014.  More...

Scamming season is upon us

Fraud prevention

COMMENTARY   The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy, but unfortunately, it is also a time when credit and debit card fraud are at their peak.  More...

Greater Conejo Chamber keeps five-star status

Last week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce again awarded the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce the highest rating available, five stars, in renewing its accreditation through Dec. 31, 2021. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  Nov. 3  A man, 33, was arrested in the 2400 block of W. Hillcrest Drive for possession of a controlled substance and a controlled substance for sale.  Nov. More...

Faith

Synagogue set to move into new home

Valley Outreach Synagogue, an established congregation that has operated as a traveling temple without walls for a wide scope of Jewish residents in the Conejo and San Fernando valleys, is turning a page in its history.  More...

Mazel tov! T.O. temple celebrating 50 years

Scribing of new Torah to begin

Temple Adat Elohim invites the public to attend its 50th anniversary jubilee festivities at 10 a.m. Sun., Dec. 4 at 2420 E. More...

BRIEFS

Hanukkah celebrated at Janss The Janss Marketplace at Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks will present these Hanukkah events in December. More...

Letters

Youth sports are hampered by adult meddling

The two-part series about the downfall of Scott Mitnick was spot on, and Ms. Whitnall and Mr. More...

Punishment for city manager not too harsh

The editorial staff of the Acorn deserves well-earned thanks for their investigative reporting with regard to the background on the firing of City Manager Scott Mitnick.  They also deserve credit for the editorial push-back to those who believe More...

Another term for ‘geezer rockers’ suggested

I attended the recent Ringo Starr concert and thoroughly enjoyed it as I enjoyed the Frankie Valli concert about a year ago.  I was a senior in high school when the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, etc., burst on the American music scene. More...

Editorials

Don’t forget to shop small for the holidays

Thousand Oaks residents, as well as those throughout the nation, are finally shaking off the post-election lethargy only to come face to face with the reality that Christmas will be here before we know it. Need proof? Black Friday is two days away. More...

Feeling support, not fear

Area Muslims tell a different story post-election

While a rise in hate crimes has been observed in other parts of the country since the election of Donald Trump, some local Muslims say they are feeling accepted—not rejected—in the wake of the presidential outcome. More...

Chumash Museum to reopen without any paid staff

Museum will only be open on Saturdays

The Chumash Indian Museum, which closed its doors in late October, is reopening this week.  The museum, dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Chumash people who through the late 1800s had established villages and seasonal encamp More...

Community

15 to life for driver who killed deputy

Kevin Hogrefe, who was found guilty last month in the 2014 DUI death of a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy, nodded tearfully to friends and family while exiting a courtroom Nov. 14.  More...

Wanted: Thief who stole from Cancer Support Community

Beloved bronze angel is gone

Officials at the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara are distraught over the theft last weekend of a prized bronze angel statue that was stolen from the organization’s headquarters on Hampshire Road in Thousand Oaks. More...

Trustee gets emotional farewell

Buckles hailed as ‘powerful advocate’

Friends and colleagues of two-term Conejo Valley school board member Peggy Buckles came to the trustee’s final meeting Nov. 15 to express their gratitude for her two decades of service to public education. More...

On the Town

Chorale celebrates season with ‘Messiah’

Los Robles Master Chorale gets into the holiday spirit with a performance of Handel’s stirring “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Youth perform play based on Will Ferrell movie

Youth Musical Theatre will open “Elf Jr.,” a family musical, at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, T.O.  The eight-performance weekend run will end Sun., Dec. More...

Magic of music

NOTEWORTHY— Above, a young boy tries out a trombone at Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra’s Halloween Carnival and Children’s Concert at the Civic Arts Plaza on Oct. 30. More...

Sports

Inside stuff

Conejo Valley girls’ basketball squads ready to battle on hardwood

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL /// Marmonte League It’s the most wonderful time of year. More...

Post service

Tyler Brabant, Steven Ball patrol paint for Lancer boys’ hoops team

BOYS’ BASKETBALL /// Thousand Oaks Lancers The Lancers have their own Grit and Grind style. More...

Jaguars devour flag football foes

  IRON BORN—The St. Jude the Apostle Jaguarsfifth and sixth gradeflag football team completed this season with a perfect record. More...

Pets

They’re having a field day

  BUCOLIC SCENE—Calabasas resident Norman Schwartz used a Nikon D-810 camera to take this photo Oct. 27 just outside the patio of his home on Cordillera Drive in Vista Pointe. Deer are prevalent in the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

T.O. veterinarian updates board certification

Terry Honer, a veterinarian from Thousand Oaks, has successfully maintained certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in canine and feline practice.  The board requires diplomates to maintain cer More...

Pet of the Week

AT ATTENTION—Nala is an altered female brown-and-black German shepherd mix about 4 years old. She is sweet but should be the only dog in the house and is not good with small children. If you would like to adopt Nala, ask for ID No. More...

Family

Carnival of caring

Elks Lodge hosts special event for kids with disabilities

Venessa Benic beamed as she watched her 3-year-old daughter savoring cotton candy and delighting in a game of beanbag toss. For a moment, the toddler, born with cerebral palsy, was just like any other kid.  “Aria did all the games. More...

Club director lauded as patriot

Lisa Barron, director of the Morton Boys & Girls Club, received a Patriot Award recently in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee serving in the National Guard and Reserve.  Ernest Cowell, California Employer Support of the Gu More...

Columns

Feast of the Fussy

To brine or not to brine? To fry or not to fry? To nap and call Gelson’s or just nap? These are the real questions facing us today. More...

Bring flavors of the world home

In my last piece, I explored the culinary side of travel—all the delicious options vacationers have both on land and at sea. This is perfect for those foodies who have plans for a trip in the foreseeable future. More...