2012-12-27 E-Edition

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Westlake Village has eventful year

In 2012, the City of Westlake Village celebrated the 10th anniversary of its new civic center. The year also saw the beginning of several new projects designed to make the community more appealing. Although funding has been short, city officials pressed ahead with plans to build a new Westlake Village-YMCA sports complex and community park at Thousand Oaks Boulevard and […]

Theater groups honored at 4 Star Awards

The 2012 winners of the annual 4 Star Awards recently were announced. The awards honor excellence in Ventura County community theater. Following are the winners of the local theaters and the plays/ roles for which they were nominated. High Street Arts Center Outstanding Lead Performance Male: John Eslick, “Harvey.” Outstanding Lead Performance Female: Janelle Phaneuf, “Hairspray.” Outstanding Featured Performance Male: […]

Listen, that ringing in my ears is driving me crazy

Healthy hearing

Tinnitus or “ringing in the ears” is a condition that many people are familiar with—either they experience it occasionally or they know someone who does. But for some, it is a chronic condition that can make day-to-day functioning very difficult. It can cause anxiety, depression and difficulty concentrating or sleeping. It has multiple causes, and there is no definitive cure, […]

Oak Park council welcomes new member

Oak Park resident Robert von Schneidau was sworn in as the newest member of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council on Dec. 18. Von Schneidau, a former business owner and currently a property manager, joined incumbents Michael McReynolds, Michael Paule, Alon Glickstein and Michael Green on the MAC board. The municipal advisory council handles local business, land use and government […]


FRI., DEC. 28 Holiday Movie Marathon 1 to 9 p.m. at High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. Screening of four family Christmas movies, PG or PG-13. Films start at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Come for one or all films. Free popcorn. Admission: ages 17 and under $5 per movie. All-day pass $10 includes soda. Ages […]

Top 10 Acorn sports stories for 2012

Sports provide a platform for human achievement. In 2012, local sports teams, athletes and fans had many reasons to celebrate triumphs and victories. Multiple high school teams captured their first CIF-Southern Section or state championships in school history. Other squads added hardware to their already congested display cases. Here are the top 10 Acorn sports stories of 2012: 10. Smokey […]

Farewell 2012, hello 2013

If you’re a child born on the propitious date of 12-12-12 you’ll have something to talk about for life, but you won’t remember what the year was really known for—the ending of the so-called Great Recession. As the calendar turned, the unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent statewide and 8.6 percent in Ventura County. Everyone this year breathed a little […]

Post-holiday shopper’s guide to DVDs

“Brave”—Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Disney-Pixar) The top animated film of the year, set in the Scottish Highlands, follows the journey of headstrong young adventurer Merida. Defying ageold customs in carving her own path, Merida confronts challenges head-on and discovers the true meaning of bravery. The five-disc combo pack includes theatrical shorts, the film’s art and design work, 3-D and Blu-ray versions, […]

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