March 30, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

More Amgen staff on the move

Company undergoing major restructuring

Ventura County’s largest private employer is shipping more high-paying jobs out of town. Amgen Inc. More...

Health & Wellness

Memories inspired by cooking utensil lead to legacy letter

It’s just a tin cup. The kind that prisoners used to bang against the bars of their jail cells in old movies. More...

Test can determine risk for Type 2 diabetes

The Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, observed the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day on March 28.  More...

On the Town

‘Light’ illuminates local musician’s soul

Snider unveils new CD Saturday

Newbury Park folk musician Merlin Snider has once again thrown open the windows of his soul. His third album, “One Light, Many Windows,” is available now via CDBaby.com, and he’ll perform a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. More...

Young musicians ready to shine at T.O. Phil concerts

The nonprofit Thousand Oaks Philharmonic will showcase eight young Ventura County musicians in its upcoming Opus 48 concerts.  The shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. More...

‘Idol’ singer headlines Earth Day fest

A world of eco-friendly fun awaits at Thousand Oaks’ 20th annual Arbor/Earth Day celebration, which takes place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., April 8 at Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road.  More...

Sports

Big Ben’s cosmos

Lancer baseball catcher is cerebral, charismatic. Oh, and he can hit the ball out of the Milky Way

BASEBALL /// Thousand Oaks Lancers When he was 13 years old, Ben Martz walked up to Jett Bandy. “Hey, Mr. Bandy. More...

Spooner has heart of a champion

Oak Park girls’ soccer star had heart surgery one year ago; now she’s bound for college on a scholarship

For years, Ally Spooner played soccer with an irregular heartbeat.  She didn’t know that her condition could have taken her life.  More...

Sticks and stones

Conejo Valley teams thrive on field

BOYS’ LACROSSE /// Midseason report Six of the top 10 high school boys’ lacrosse teams in Los Angeles and Ventura counties hail from Acorn country. Oak Park is the area’s topranked team, coming in at No. 4 in the MaxLax L.A. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  March 18  A purse snatching was reported in the 400 block of N. Ventu Park Road. More...

Faith

Local volunteers fight hunger in a far-away place

Church members pack meals to ship to Cambodia

With her baby daughter strapped to her chest and her three young sons looking on, Shannon Skeens stood in an assembly line, packing meals to feed the hungry in Southeast Asia during a recent volunteer event at Camarillo United Methodist Church. More...

Under the care of the good shepherd

When asked to recite Scripture, most Christians can recall the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16 and Psalm 23. This psalm gained little attention until 1858, when preacher Henry Ward Beecher declared it the “nightingale of psalms.” More...

Letters

To dog owners: Be responsible for your pets

After reading about Michelle Baum’s dog attack in the March 16 Acorn, I’m compelled to tell my story.  I’ve been a dog owner in Thousand Oaks since 1995. More...

Family friendly? Try buying a home in T.O.

Our city of Thousand Oaks is in trouble. We need affordable housing and can’t get it. We need affordable housing because that is how cities grow. At present, T.O. More...

Walkers did their part to fight hunger

It was cold and blustery for over 400 energized walkers on March 5 at the 39th annual Conejo Valley CROP Hunger Walk. More...

Editorials

We love our teachers, but . . .

EDITORIAL

One teacher, one child can change the world, and if that’s true, then the value of an educator is priceless. And because it’s your child’s future that’s at stake, wouldn’t you agree? More...

Two killed in crash at busy Thousand Oaks intersection

Witness: Driver of vehicle was speeding, swerving

Two people died and two suffered injuries in a two-car crash Thursday night in Thousand Oaks. More...

Ranch on top of the world

Family has called Newbury Park peak home since 1963

As dementia began to overtake Harman Rasnow in the last years of his life, the 80-year-old loved to sit on his ranch on a hill high above Newbury Park and count the hikers below. More...

‘Everything was aboveboard’: Bowling alley pitchman responds

The man behind an effort to open a bowling alley/indoor skate park at the Janss mall says he never intended to defraud anyone and apologizes to the investors who lost thousands when the project failed to materialize. More...

Community

Teachers would receive tax-free salaries under local rep’s bill

Senator hopes law will lead to more educator retention

State Sen. More...

No sunshine for tanning-bed tycoon

Judge delivers maximum sentence to man convicted of child molestation

Gary Haw was sentenced this week to five years and eight months in prison—the maximum term possible. More...

Cops drop in on sex offenders

Registered sex offenders in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark got an unexpected visit from members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office on March 18 as part of a routine compliance check.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., MARCH 30  Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch  Noon to 1 p.m. in Oak Room, third floor, Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Free open house. Talk by Nan Young, executive director of nonprofit Art Trek. More...

Schools

‘If math is the aspirin, what is the headache?’

Teacher adds county award to lengthy resume

If you don’t think crunching numbers can be exciting, you haven’t met Deborah Boden. More...

Hispanic outreach centered on science

Spanish-speaking parents in the Conejo Valley Unified School District are invited to attend a conference on Saturday focused on the wonders of science— and the best way to pass them on.  More...

Conference focus is academic integrity

Event is in April at Cal Lutheran

Cal Lutheran University will present the International Center for Academic Integrity Southern California Regional Consortium spring conference, “From the Ground Up: Building an Integrity Culture,” from noon to 7 p.m. More...

Business

Newbury Park woman’s social enterprise is turning heads

Food-packaging business, still in development, would employ adults with disabilities

Cindy Liu is suffering from disability fatigue. Her 5-year-old daughter, Sammy, has Down syndrome and attends 20 to 25 hours of therapy each week. More...

Pets

Nonprofit rescue gives ‘unadoptable’ horses a healing hand

Animal Guardians has saved 50 horses

When Deborah Greene-Dellvon’s beloved horse Copper was injured and fell ill in 2009, she searched desperately for a place that could give him the care he needed. More...

Pet of the Week

HAVIN’ A BALL—Koda is a black-and-brown male German shepherd, about 2 years old. He is a sweet boy with lots of energy who loves to play ball. If you would like to adopt Koda ask for ID No. More...

Family

‘Sign my board?’

SKATING WITH DRAGONS—Jim Bates, left, a former pro skater turned children’s author, prepares to sign a skateboard for Evan Frank, 11, of Newbury Park during Cypress Elementary School&rsqu More...

Local libraries gear up for big week

The Thousand Oaks Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 9 through 15. More...

Bookstore hosts signing

Sharon Insul will have a signing for the first book in a trilogy titled “I am Sooo Lucky!!!” The signing is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Columns

Memo to Easter Bunny: Cut it with the candy

So, are you the chosen one? I’m just wondering. If you auditioned out here in Rabbit Valley, you had some stiff competition. More...

Lakes a perfect place to picnic

Driving around Ventura County in the last few weeks, you may have noticed something we don’t often see: green hillsides. Yes, with the rain we’ve had this year, Southern California looks greener than it has in years. More...