December 15, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Dog park to close during construction

Improvements in the works for Conejo Creek

Thousand Oaks’ largest and oldest dog park will be closed for an undetermined time period next year as it undergoes long-awaited renovations. Conejo Recreation and Park District staff announced plans Dec. More...

Health & Wellness

Pilot project aims to improve end-of-life care for patients

Paramedics trained to do more than treat and transport patients

As a former Ventura County Fire Department paramedic for nine years who now works for American Medical Response ambulance service in Moorpark, Adriane Stefansen has transported hundreds of patients to emergency rooms over the years.  But beginni More...

Tips on combating the painful winter itch

COMMENTARY /// Dry skin

There are a lot of great things to look forward to as winter approaches. One thing, though, that many people are not at all excited about is the return of drier air, which can cause dry skin—what dermatologists call “winter itch.” More...

On the Town

Duo spotlights obscure folk tunes

One of the more esoteric acts of the 1960s’ so-called “folk music revival” was Jim Kweskin and His Jug Band, a Boston-based acoustic group that helped revive and modernize pre-World War II traditional folk music, country, blues and More...

A ‘Winter Wonderland’ of dance, music and comedy

Showcase is Saturday at Westlake High

Breakthrough Studio will hold its winter showcase, “Breakthrough Studio Presents: A Winter Wonderland,” at 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17 at Westlake High School’s Carpenter Theatre, 100 N. Lakeview Canyon Road.  More...

Culinary experience a sensory delight

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT /// Café Della Vita

Café Della Vita in West Hills is not only a culinary delight, it offers a comprehensive local experience like no other. More...

Sports

Wolfgang stirs the pot for Cal Lu

Senior forward is cooking with men’s basketball team

MEN’S BASKETBALL /// Cal Lutheran Kingsmen Christmas came early for the Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team—really early. More...

Westlake football tabs Kirksey as head coach

Tim Kirskey has been hired as Westlake High’s new football head coach.  Kirksey, who was an assistant the past two seasons for Oaks Christian head coach Jim Benkert, also served as an assistant under Benkert for 11 seasons at Westlake.&nbs More...

Grappling guru

First-year head coach leads Panther wrestling team

WRESTLING /// Newbury Park Panthers Chris Kilbane sized up his opponent before shooting for a takedown in the Newbury Park High wrestling room. More...

Pets

NPS launches ‘bark patrol’ in Santa Monica Mountains

Pet etiquette on trails is the focus

A new pack of volunteers will soon hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains to show visitors and their dogs how they can safely enjoy the outdoors.  With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains More...

Pet of the Week

SWEET BOY—MJ is a male orange tabby domestic shorthair about 9 years old. He is an indoor cat and is declawed. MJ eats canned wet food because he is missing teeth. He gets along with other cats and is very sweet. More...

Family

Kwanzaa about family, tradition

A Kwanzaa celebration at Cal Lutheran University last week gave students and faculty a chance to discuss the principles of the holiday while honoring loved ones who died in the past year.  More...

Getting in the Christmas spirit gets harder every year

It doesn’t feel like the holidays.  More...

How fun to run

HEALTHY LESSON—Conejo Valley Unified’s four Neighborhood for Learning sites recently hosted fun runs for the preschool program’s many youngsters. More...

Columns

Want to tell Santa my secret

People who see me regularly might notice I have a slight flush to my cheeks lately. More...

Editorials

Rolling out legal marijuana not as easy as you think

As the new year approaches and California’s recreational marijuana law goes into effect, consumers may want to keep a few things in mind. More...

Out of the Rough

Public course adjusting to golf’s new normal

As the drought drags on and water prices rise, Thousand Oaks has found new ways to conserve water in a sea of green: the city-owned golf course. More...

Learning center scrapped

District will move CVHS to TO High instead

A longtime dream to house all of Conejo Valley Unified’s nontraditional high school programs on one centralized campus will not be realized. More...

Community

City stays in-house for community development chief

The new head of the city’s planning division is a familiar face.  Mark Towne, a 24-year veteran of City Hall, was named community development director late last week. More...

Weed workshops planned

Calling it one of the most significant policy considerations facing the city, the Thousand Oaks City Council announced last week that it will hold a series of community workshops in 2017 on the topic of marijuana regulations.  More...

Woman wanted for attempted bank heist

Bank of America hit in Newbury Park

Police this week released photos and video showing a woman wanted in connection with a failed bank robbery attempt Dec. 5 in Newbury Park.  The incident took place around 6 p.m. at the Bank of America at 2435 Borchard Road.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., DEC. 15  Woodland Hills Woman’s Club  10 a.m. at Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. El Camino High School Camarata choir performs holiday music. Luncheon cost: $25. RSVP required. Contact: Jane Leisure. More...

Schools

PSAT done, now what?

Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. More...

Warriors get in giving spirit

TREES AND TOYS—Students from Westlake High School are thinking about others this holiday season. More...

Schools get tech money from settlement

School districts in Ventura County just got a boost in state funding to improve technology on campuses. The money came from a 13-year-old legal settlement that continues to reap benefits for the state’s educational system.  More...

Business

Ho, Ho, Ho, OH, NO!

Christmas trees more expensive this year

If you end up spending more on a real Christmas tree this holiday, don’t blame Mother Nature. More...

Industry leaders bring skills to Cal Lu

Cal Lutheran University’s School of Management has appointed two industry leaders to serve as its inaugural executive-in-residence and entrepreneur-in-residence. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park Nov. 27 Vandalism to a truck resulting in over $11,800 worth of damage was reported in the 100 block of Calle del Prado. Dec. 6 A woman, 63, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs at an undisclosed location. More...

Faith

Tradition honors Christian martyr

In Europe, Dec. 13 is celebrated as the Festival of Sankta Lucia, named for a young woman from Sicily who was martyred for her faith around A.D. 400.  More...

Experience Las Posadas live at UMC

The United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will host its annual Las Posadas celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17 at the church, 1000 E. More...

BRIEFS

Orchestra, choirs present ‘Messiah’ The Westlake Village Symphony Orchestra and members of local church choirs will present 180 Academy Drive The audience can take part in singing the Christmas movements of the piece in addition to Chris More...

Letters

Like it or not, cougars can’t be moved

I read a couple of letters last week opposing the proposed building of a wildlife bridge across the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon. More...

Advice for P-45 apologists

Those animal rights activists who bared their fangs at the Nov. 30 meeting should consider these options for protecting and promoting healthy predators and their shrinking habitat:  More...

Relocate cougars before it’s too late for them

Construction of a $55-million bridge over the 101 Freeway is ludicrous. I believe P-45 and any other lions can be relocated if they are taken far enough away from the area in question. In-breeding is also a big problem/concern.  More...