Council commits again to preserve mobile home parks

Heartfelt e-mails, letters and about 25 pleading speakers seemed to touch the hearts of City Council members Tuesday night. It was as if three Christmas ghosts had visited the panel during the cold night. Mobile home park owners came to the meeting armed with sharply penned words criticizing a council they were convinced just didn’t like mobile home parks. Adults […]

It’s Santa’s time of year

FIRST CHRISTMAS- – Santa doesn’t need to ask little William Ghoston of Newbury Park whether he’s been good this year, William is only 2 months old. He snuggled up comfortably with Santa Claus at Janss Marketplace on Saturday morning. Santa is busy with children and will soon prepare his reindeer and load his sleigh for deliveries Monday night and Tuesday […]

Holiday schedule has arrived

The Acorn Newspapers have early deadlines for the next two editions because of Christmas and New Year’s Day. Real estate ads must be reserved by 11 a.m. today, Dec. 20, for the Dec. 27 edition. All press releases and letters to the editor are also due today at 11. Space for display advertisers must be reserved by 11 a.m. Fri., […]

The harsh reality of homelessness is no surprise to volunteers

Part III of four parts Cub Scouts from Pack No. 3753 donned plastic gloves way too big for their small hands as they lined up to serve dinner to the homeless in Thousand Oaks on the opening night of the Winter Shelter program. “By being here the boys realize how fortunate they are in life,” said Cubmaster Marc Milnes of […]

For the record

Rabbi Chaim Bryski, who was pictured on the front page of last week’s edition, is from Chabad of Thousand Oaks, not Chabad of the Conejo.

KCLU-FM launches website that provides access to news

KCLU-FM, the National Public Radio station for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, has launched a new website that gives its 70,000 listeners better access to news. Many local segments that have aired on the awardwinning station are available on the website at www.kclu.org for downloading to computers and portable media players. A searchable archive allows listeners to find stories on […]

Mystery man still missing after a year

Family members of the missing Jeffrey Scott Howard are hoping for this Christmas miracle: Their loved one shows up somewhere, remembering who he is after suffering from amnesia for the past year. The last time Howard was seen was around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21, 2006, when his wife, Thuc, spoke to him. In a missing person report filed with police, […]

Holiday shoppers should always check their receipts

This holiday season the Los Angeles Weights and Measures officials remind shoppers to check their store receipts for overcharges. Shoppers are legally entitled to pay only a store’s lowest advertised or posted price for any item. But inspections by agency officials have revealed that overcharge errors do occur and often involve items with special promotional offers, sales and markdowns for […]

As danger ebbs from fires, residents must prepare for mudslides

The danger from a wildfire doesn’t end when the fire is extinguished, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. When grass and brush is burned away, nothing remains rooted on the hillsides to retain water and, when rain falls, the risk of flooding and mudslides increases. “The time to prepare is now,” said Fire Capt. Barry Parker. “Just as we […]

Pederson Road site of fatal crash

Tim Whinery, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:49 p.m. Sunday after the 1998 BMW 740I he was driving crashed into a pine tree in the center divider on Pederson Road at Calle Almendro. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 80 mph when Whinery lost control and the car slid onto the median, according to Sgt. Tom […]