Marie Panec, Oak Park schools leader, memorialized

Marie Panec was loved by many, and her sudden death from a brain aneurism on May 3 at the age of 57 sent shockwaves through the community and into the hearts of those who knew her. Tuesday, a memorial for Panec was held at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks. In honor of her interfaith marriage, the Rev. […]

School, water district collaboration helps

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has tentatively agreed to provide additional funding to the Las Virgenes Unified School District to save its fourthand fifth-grade science program. The science program was placed on the chopping block to balance next year’s school budget. Taught by science specialists, the program has been supported by an $18,000 annual grant from the water district. […]

Pet of the Week

Concert is a ‘masterpiece’

The final concert of the New West Symphony’s 2010- 11 Masterpiece Series season will feature Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 8 p.m. Fri., May 13 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, and again at 8 p.m. Sat., May 14 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The New West Symphony Chorus in […]

Early deadlines for The Acorn

Because Memorial day is on Mon., May 30, The Acorn editorial and advertising deadlines for the issue of June 2 will change. The deadline will be noon on Thurs., May 26 for real estate ads and noon on Fri., May 27 for retail ads. Editorial submissions such as letters to the editor must be turned in by noon on May […]

Westlake High softball coach facing accusations

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is investigating a possible battery by a coach on a player after a May 3 Westlake High School softball game. The incident involved a student athlete under the age of 18, said Dep. Jim DeSoto of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, refusing to divulge the name of either party. Sources tell The Acorn that the […]

Squrrel of the Month

“Something Borrowed”

Watching the first half of “Something Borrowed,” I suspected I’d seen it all before. Rachel and Darcy (Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson) are lifelong best friends. Shy, prim Rachel’s had a crush on her handsome college buddy Dexter (Colin Egglesfield) for a long time, but despite all those doe-eyed dormroom evenings alone, Rachel never expected more from Dex than friendship. Along […]

Dog parks give new leash on life

The trappings of modern society—especially in litigious-happy Southern California—have conspired to keep our dogs at bay. The days of free-range Fido are over; the era of dogs on the loose is no more. The dog of yesterday—if it even stayed inside at all—went out in the world in the morning and didn’t come home until late at night. There was […]

‘Lucas Tree’ planted at Willow Elementary

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