Auto Mall improvements hit high gear

A new sign for the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall that includes a large color screen may soon be coming to the northbound side of the 101 Freeway. If approved by the City Council, a 12-foot-by-25-foot lightemitting diode (LED) screen will be displayed on the auto mall sign, which will be 35 feet high and 37 feet wide. The sign was […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest is just around the corner

Often we hear from our readers that one of things they enjoy most about The Acorn is the paper’s long-running vacation photo page. For years, we’ve invited readers to take a picture of themselves, friends and family members holding a copy of The Acorn at their vacation destination. We publish the photos throughout the year, and in September we choose […]

A fond portrayal of Jimmy Farris

Brandon Hein was not a victim. He was part of what happened to Mike and Jimmy on May 22, 1995. Had he turned himself in as Chris Velardo did and taken responsibility for what he did, his sentence may have been different, although there is the felony murder rule. The fort in Mike’s yard was a place some kids went […]

Pastel artists support wilderness cause

The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast has joined the environmental group Save Open Space (SOS) in support of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Project. Thirty artists from the region are exhibiting their work in a “Passion for Pastels” show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park throughout July. Presenting themes that focus on the natural landscapes and wildlife […]


Brandon’s role

Allow me to start off with a quote by Winston Churchill: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Let me state clearly, Brandon Hein killed no one. He was subject to a fictionalized account of the incident in order to satisfy vengeful people. And people who perpetuate […]

Rockin’ for autism at The Canyon club

St. Max Kolbe welcomes new priest

Father Jarlath Dolan, the new pastor at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Westlake Village, says he’ll draw on his four decades of experience in the priesthood to help guide local parishioners with their spiritual needs. He also plans to join forces with the congregation and continue the philanthropic works started by previous church leaders. “One of my goals is to […]

Mothers grieve on both sides of case

Regarding John Britt’s letter about the criminal case of Brandon Hein, I support Brandon’s plea for freedom because he is not responsible for Jimmy Farris’s death. Additionally, Jason Holland did not “plunge a knife into the victim’s chest repeatedly,” as Mr. Britt suggests. A surgeon who saw Jimmy at the hospital said the stab wounds were not brutal or forceful. […]

New faces at Senior Concerns

Senior Concerns has elected two new board members. Both will serve initial three-year terms. Kim Lucas is the director of regulatory affairs at Baxter Healthcare Corp of Westlake Village. Lucas resides in Somis and is a member of the Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club working in support of Habitat for Humanity. She has also been active in the Boys & Girls […]

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