January 13, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Accurate diagnosis leads to effective pain relief

Commentary /// Low-back pain Back pain among top reasons to visit doctor

Chances are you’ve seen a doctor for back pain or you know someone who has. Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek professional care. More...

Workshop in T.O. deals with chronic stress, pain

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a free workshop titled “Chronic Stress and Pain Management” with Daniela Paolone from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Doctor’s order is the best gift of all

Other Side of 50

With a year-long waiting list to enter a skilled-nursing facility for long-term care, my father was placed on palliative care at home recently. While it may not seem so, it was an early Christmas gift for our family. More...

Schools

Student fitness tests show mixed results

Fifth- and ninth-graders outperform peers statewide

Fifth- and ninth-graders in the Simi Valley Unified School District slightly outperformed or matched their peers statewide in physical fitness tests taken last school year, while results for seventh-graders dipped below state averages. More...

Vista Elementary’s STEM Night returns

Vista Elementary School will host its fourth annual STEM Night and Science Fair from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Individuals honored for service to education

The Simi Valley Education Foundation will honor the Lew Roth Award recipients of the 2016-17 school year at a dinner at 6 p.m. Fri., Jan. More...

Pets

These birds need to fly sober

COMMENTARY

You’ve probably heard of “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.” This is a tale about “the flock that couldn’t fly straight.” More...

Pet of the Week

EASY CHOICE—Sophie is a spayed Parson Russell Terrier mix. She is very friendly but requires a special diet. If you would like to adopt Sophie, ask for ID No. A364786 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Faith

Keeping the joy alive year-round

Roots of Faith

Years ago at church camp, we young campers sat around the campfire and sang, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart . . . down in my heart to stay.”  More...

BRIEFS

Upcoming events at Chabad Chabad of Simi Valley will offer a new course on productivity that draws on 3,000 years of Jewish wisdom from the Talmud and Kabbalah, as well as the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics. More...

Obituaries

Terry E. Smith

Terry was born in central California in 1952. She spent most of her childhood in Gridley, CA before moving to Lancaster, CA to finish high school. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JAN. 13 Westlake Village Encore Club 9:30 a.m. at Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road. Artists Ronald and Sheila Ruiz discuss creating their bronze sculptures. Coffee and refreshments served. Contact: Evelyn. Phone: 805.496.1205. More...

Letters

Many enable schools to thrive

Since November, I’ve enjoyed the many expressions of gratitude in the Acorn’s letters to the editor section. More...

Thanks for three young strangers

This is in keeping with the “year of thankfulness.”  I am working to restore an old car, and I was driving it east on Los Angeles Avenue just before First Street at 3:30 in the afternoon Fri., Jan. 6. More...

Shaded windows pose problems

We all know that traffic citations are given to drivers, about 10 percent for safety reasons and about 90 percent to raise revenue for the government. More...

Editorials

Why we should care about physical fitness results

EDITORIAL

“Eh, who cares?” That’s likely the reaction most people had to the California Department of Education’s announcement this month about how students did on the annual Physical Fitness Test. More...

Political Cartoon

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Macy’s consolidating in Simi

Men’s and home store to close doors in mid-2017

As part of a company-wide restructuring, department store chain Macy’s will soon close its men’s and home store in the eastern end of the Simi Valley Town Center and consolidate operations at its other location at the opposite end of the More...

Cougar kitten struck, killed on 118

Cub’s mother killed in same area two weeks prior

A 7-month-old mountain lion whose mother was killed recently on the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley has also become a highway victim, the National Park Service said. P-52, a young male, was one of three kittens born to P-39 last year. More...

Community

Overdoses uncover drug delivery service

Three men allegedly involved in a heroin delivery service that provided narcotics to Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark residents have been arrested. More...

Parents have until Feb. 28 to apply for school of choice

Forms available on SVUSD website

Parents seeking to enroll their children at a Simi Valley UnifiÐied School District campus outside of their immediate neighborhood for 2017-18 have until Feb. 28 to apply for their school of choice. More...

Homes approved along 118 Freeway

A Newport Beach developer’s plan to construct 24 homes along the westbound side of the 118 Freeway has passed muster with the Simi Valley Planning Commission. More...

Business

Experts weigh in on impacts of drought

Topics include sustainable water solutions

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County will offer a presentation titled “Drowning in Drought: Sustainable Water Solutions” at its 20th annual meeting from 3 to 7 p. m. Thurs., Jan. More...

Concrete company looks to expand

Additional space will be used for storage yard

A local concrete product manufacturer who has operated in Simi Valley for nearly 50 years has plans to expand.  David Zarraonandia, president of Precon Products LLC, presented the company’s expansion proposal Jan. More...

Sports

Porter delivers for Simi

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL /// Simi Valley Pioneers Sophomore star has helped revive Pioneer girls’ basketball program

Rain, sleet or snow, Alicia Porter delivers the goods for the Simi Valley High girls’ basketball team. “She makes a huge impact,” head coach Tanya Wismann said. “Not only is she tall, but she’s very athletic. More...

Russell is Royal’s not-so-secret star

GIRLS’ WATER POLO /// Royal Highlanders Junior goalie is centerpiece of Highlander girls’ water polo defense

The Highlanders are known for dominating in the pool with an imposing offense. Royal High’s girls’ water polo team has the speed to beat opponents down the pool during counterattacks and the firepower to light up the scoreboard. More...

Simi track will host meet

Simi Valley High’s track and field program is hosting a series of All-Comers meets beginning this weekend. The biweekly events, which are open to anyone older than 5 years old, start at 9 a.m. Saturday. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Dec. 25  A man, 30, was arrested for driving under the influence at Sycamore Drive and Royal Avenue.  In the 2300 block of First Street, a 35-year-old man was cited for petty theft. More...

Family

Real men fix stuff

Family Man

My 13-year-old son made me promise not to write about the breakup between him and his first real girlfriend of three months. But I did want to write about how he’s handled it like a man— he hasn’t made it a big deal at all. More...

Flag football sign-ups open now

YMCA league runs Jan. 22 to April 2

Sign-ups are underway for the Simi Valley Family YMCA’s co-ed youth winter flag football league. The season runs from Jan. 22 through April 2. Teams are formed based on age: ages 5 to 7, 8 to 10 and 11 to 13. More...

On The Town

Production inspired by 1980 film underwhelms

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Fame: The Musical’

The audience last Friday night was somewhat underwhelmed by Theater League’s touring production of “Fame: The Musical” at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. More...

New supper club wows Conejo Valley

Acorn Epicurean

When excellent, upscale food and a vibrant, intimate atmosphere are paired with mellow live music, you get a restaurant that sings. More...

Columns

Column changes course after tragedy

Flying Squirrel

The words you’re reading now are different from my first draft of this piece. I’d originally written all about traveling abroad in December to visit European Christmas markets. Recent events have me more contemplative. More...

Close encounter a test of canine loyalty

On the Trail

Rarely does mortal man come close to convincingly emulating Nature—until this recent holiday season and the laser lighting spectacle that came with it. By nightfall, local neighborhoods were awash in the northern lights.  More...

Neighbors

When Westerns were king

On the 35th anniversary of his steakhouse, Tom Corrigan takes the Acorn on a ride through local movie history

Part restaurant, part de-facto museum, an ongoing homage to the late actor, stuntman and Corriganville Movie Ranch founder Ray “Crash” Corrigan turns 35 this year. More...