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Newbury Park High graduation 2017

Newbury Park High School graduation on June 9, 2017. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Teacher Janet Conner, left, high-fives Bradley Schwartz as he walks to his seat during commencement at Newbury Park High School on June 9.

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Thousand Oaks High graduation 2017

Thousand Oaks High School graduation on June 8, 2017. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Katharina Cade, left, helps her sister, Jessica, with her mortarboard before commencement at Thousand Oaks High School on June 8.

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Oaks Christian School graduation 2017

Oaks Christian School graduation on June 1, 2017. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Anthony Burgos, right, prepares to hug Principal Karen Coyle after receiving his diploma during commencement at Oaks Christian School June 1 in Westlake Village.

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La Reina Graduation

These are photos from the annual Commencement Ceremony at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks Friday, May 19.


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Sam Walsh enters the ceremony with fellow graduates during the La Reina High Schools annual Commencement at La Reina in Thousand Oaks Friday, May 19.

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National Day of Prayer

Local pastors lead prayers for the city, county and state as well as prayers for the military and veterans during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4.   Read the story  Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers


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PRAY FOR OUR CITY- Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill –de la Pena prays with Pastor Rob McCoy over Thousand Oaks and Ventura County officials for the Peace of the City and County during National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4 in front of Thousand Oaks City Hall.

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A night on patrol with TOPD’s homeless unit

Here are additional photos to go along with Becca Whitnall’s story on the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s homeless unit. Here is a link for the full story: A night on Patrol with TOPD’s homeless unit. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County Behavioral Health and Lutheran Social Services talk to a man found sleeping in his car at a church on Avenida De Las Flores on Feb. 2 in Thousand Oaks.

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Thousand Oaks wins Div. 3AA championship

The Thousand Oaks girls’ basketball team defeated Glendora to win the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship at the Honda Center on March 4 in Anaheim. Final score, 62-52. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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The Thousand Oaks girls’ basketball team celebrates their win over Glendora during the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship at the Honda Center on March 4 in Anaheim.

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Westlake at Newbury Park girls water polo

Westlake beats Newbury Park 20-13 during their match up on January 31. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers


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Newbury Park’s Abby Begg shoots the ball during their game with Westlake on Tuesday, January 31.

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Thousand Oaks vs Newbury Park girls’ soccer

Here are a few photos from the Thousand Oaks vs Newbury Park girls’ soccer match on Jan. 24. Newbury Park won, 3-0. Read our story on the game here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Newbury Park’s Kate Manzione heads the ball during Tuesday’s match with Thousand Oaks at Newbury Park High School.

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2016 Year in Review – Michael Coons

Here is a collection of photos from 2016. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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AFTERNOON PLAY – Friends Tucker Peel, 16, left, and Julia Alexander, 17, play on the swings at Arroyo Vista Community Park on Jan. 2 in Moorpark.

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Rio Mesa vs Newbury Park boys basketball

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Newbury Park’s Daniel Foldes puts the ball up during their game against Rio Mesa on Monday, November 28.

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La Reina girls’ volleyball falls to Culver City in Div. 5 championship

The La Reina girls’ volleyball team lost to Culver City in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship on Nov. 11 at Cerritos College. Final score, 3-1. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers La Reina's Holly Carbine, left, Natalie Comfort and Ava Hudson wait to receive their runner-up awards after losing to Culver City in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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La Reina’s Holly Carbine, left, Natalie Comfort and Ava Hudson wait to receive their runner-up awards after losing to Culver City in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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Some pics from the week

A posting of a few of my favorite pictures from this weeks assignments. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers INDIA FESTIVAL- Isha Ferraz of Ojai dances “Dasavataram” a Kuchipudi style of dance during the 2016 India Festival on Sunday, September 25 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The festival showcases India’s textiles, arts, crafts, and cuisine.

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INDIA FESTIVAL- Isha Ferraz of Ojai dances “Dasavataram” a Kuchipudi style of dance during the 2016 India Festival on Sunday, September 25 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The festival showcases India’s textiles, arts, crafts, and cuisine.

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Thousand Oaks Football

Lancers beat Birmington 39-20. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers TAKE THE FIELD- The Green Hole take the field as the Lancers beat Birmington 39-20 during their match up on Friday, September 23 at Thousand Oaks High School.


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TAKE THE FIELD- The Green Hole take the field as the Lancers beat Birmington 39-20 during their match up on Friday, September 23 at Thousand Oaks High School.

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Seahawks vs Rams football

The NFL returned to Los Angeles on Sept. 18 at the Coliseum. Read Eliav Appelbaum commentary about the return here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday's game at the Coliseum.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday’s game at the Coliseum.

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Thousand Oaks AYSO Opening Day

Thousand Oaks AYSO began the season on Saturday, September 10.

H:EDITORIALPhotos�9-September 2016bc 09-15-16 BOBBY CURTIS/Acorn Newspapers THOUSAND OAKS AYSO - Thousand Oaks AYSO opening day Saturday, September 10.

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Thousand Oaks AYSO opening day Saturday, September 10.

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Banyan Patriotic Assembly

Banyan Elementary thanked first responders during their Patriotic Assembly on Friday, September 9. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers GRAND OLD FLAG- Fifth grader Lindsay Freedman sings during Banyan Patriotic Assembly on Friday, September 9 at Banyan Elementary School. First responders were honored with flags and songs.


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GRAND OLD FLAG- Fifth grader Lindsay Freedman sings during Banyan Patriotic Assembly on Friday, September 9 at Banyan Elementary School. First responders were honored with flags and songs.

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Spaghetti crossing

High school students attending summer engineering classes at California Lutheran University built bridges out of spaghetti. The goal of the event was to see which group’s bridge could hold the most weight. Water bottles were used in a basket below the bridge. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WINNER OF BRIDGE CONTEST - Colin Bernstein, 15, left, of Sierra Canyon School and Spencer Hylen, 17, of Viewpoint School carefully add another bottle of water to their bridge during the  annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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WINNER OF BRIDGE CONTEST – Colin Bernstein, 15, left, of Sierra Canyon School and Spencer Hylen, 17, of Viewpoint School carefully add another bottle of water to their bridge during the annual Spaghetti Bridge-Breaking Ceremony at California Lutheran University on July 22 in Thousand Oaks.

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Coppers and Choppers at Camarillo Airport

The annual Coppers and Choppers was held on July 16 at the Camarillo Airport. The event brings a variety of sheriff’s equipment for kids (and adults) to look up close and raises funds for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FUTURE PILOT? - William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department's helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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FUTURE PILOT? – William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department’s helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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Sherwood fire burns 78 acres in Thousand Oaks

Photos from the Sherwood Fire on July 13 in Thousand Oaks. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KEEPING AN EYE ON THE FIRE - Firefighters from the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area watch the east flank of the Sherwood Fire burn on July 13 in Thousand Oaks.

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KEEPING AN EYE ON THE FIRE – Firefighters from the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area watch the east flank of the Sherwood Fire burn on July 13 in Thousand Oaks.

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Westlake High School Graduation 2016

Photos from Westlake High’s commencement ceremony on June 9. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Mitchell Klein smiles following commencement at Westlake High School on June 9.

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Mitchell Klein smiles following commencement at Westlake High School on June 9.

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2016 Graduation Moments

Here are some of my favorite photos from various high school graduations around the Conejo Valley!

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 JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers Zachary Oschin, 18, of Westlake Village gives a memorable Salutatorian speech at Viewpoint Graduation ceremony held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Calabasas.

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Zachary Oschin, 18, of Westlake Village gives a memorable Salutatorian speech at Viewpoint Graduation ceremony held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Calabasas.

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Color Run

Students at Wethersfield Elementary School run in the Color Run. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Kindergartener Nickolas Dawson is covered by color powder during the Color Run on Friday, May 13 at Weathersfield Elementary School. Many of the students wore “wacky attire” during the PTA fundraising event.

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Kindergartener Nickolas Dawson is covered by color powder during the Color Run on Friday, May 13 at Weathersfield Elementary School. Many of the students wore “wacky attire” during the PTA fundraising event.

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La Reina High Graduation 2016

Photos from last Friday’s La Reina High graduation ceremony. The Acorn’s story on the graduation can be read here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Graduates wait their turn to enter commencement ceremonies at La Reina High School on May 20 in Thousand Oaks.

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Graduates wait their turn to enter commencement ceremonies at La Reina High School on May 20 in Thousand Oaks.

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