March 27, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Business

Impact of Amgen reorganization in T.O. unclear

Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen has announced another round of layoffs. This time, however, they won’t affect its local headquarters. More...

Free tax prep for eligible residents

Low- to moderate-income workers who had a household income of $53,000 or less in 2014 can receive free tax preparation and income tax filing through Sat., April 11 at one of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Ventura County. More...

B&G Club honors bank

Union Bank was honored by the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley as Business of the Year during its annual luncheon on Feb. 27. The bank was recognized for its exceptional service and dedication to the young people and community of Simi Valley. More...

Sports

Golf course heading in new direction with GPS

The Simi Hills Golf Course will install GPS systems on its carts next month in an effort to stay on par with the competition and offer customers a more convenient way to pinpoint their location and order food and beverages. More...

Pioneers, Highlanders ready to clash

Simi Valley High’s boys’ volleyball team is selfless. The Pioneers won’t overpower many teams, but they’ll outwork everyone. They play as a unit and work to get better every day. More...

By Eliav Appelbaum

The Highlanders believe in themselves. They believe that they can win the Coastal Canyon League title. They believe they can win the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship. More...

Faith

Trinity Easter festival features kids’ egg hunt

NP Trinity Lutheran Church will present its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Resurrection Festival at 11 a.m. Sat., April 4 at the church, 2949 Alamo St., Simi Valley. More...

‘The Last Supper’ comes alive

Show gives insight into lives of apostles

The mural hangs in the dining hall of the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a 500-year-old Gothic church in Milan on the northern reaches of Italy. More...

On The Town

Gourd festival coming in May

Ventura County Gourd Artists will present the 13th annual Wild About Gourds spring festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., May 2 at 11701 E. Las Posas Road, Camarillo. More...

Spring carnival coming soon

Ventura County Fairgrounds Foundation will host an inaugural Spring Carnival over Easter weekend at the fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. More...

Memorial to be held for Coptic martyrs

Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church will host a 40th-day memorial commemoration of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sat., March 28 at the church, 1122 Appleton Road. Neighboring churches are welcome to attend. More...

Columns

Mindful photography

With spring break now only weeks away and summer travels just around the corner, it’s time make your vacation photography shot list. Wait, what? Spring break and summer mean vacation time. What’s this about a shot list? More...

Rock art

The natural landscape typically wows on a grand scale, with plunging waterfalls and erupting volcanoes, bubbling geysers and towering summits, gigantic waves and spectacular canyons. More...

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Young and strong

Iron Dust Junior Barbell Club home to CrossFit kids

Inside a Simi Valley warehouse Monday afternoon, a group of 10 middle-schoolers practiced lifting weights as high-energy rock music blasted through the speakers. More...

Home features an entertainer’s backyard with saltwater Pebble Tec pool, spa and barbecue

This house is in The Oaks of Calabasas on one of the most desirable streets in Calabasas. This home has five bedrooms plus a bonus room or office and a loft area. The courtyard entry has a fireplace and fountain. More...

Updated executive home is surrounded by canyon views

This updated executive home is on a cul-de-sac in The Crest@Wildhorse Canyon in east Simi Valley. More...

Freeway ramp facelift delayed

Officials question water usage in height of drought

Beautification plans for the First Street interchange have been pushed back at the request of the Simi Valley City Council. More...

Fresh & Easy market chain to close 50 stores nationwide

Simi Valley location to stay open

Shoppers flocked to the Fresh & Easy grocery in Oak Park Monday to take advantage of the store’s closing sale. Everything on the shelves was 50 percent off. More...

Community

City to join in county homeless symposium

Event organized by Ventura Council of Governments

Plans are coming together for an expert symposium to discuss homelessness in the county. On Monday the Simi Valley City Council approved the city’s participation in the event. The exact time and place of the symposium has yet to be determined. More...

Lockdowns can be precautionary

Principals must be debriefed before notifying parents

When a Simi Valley police officer attempted to make a warrant arrest near Madera Elementary on March 9, the subject took off running. More...

HOMECOMING GIFT—

Above from left, Simi Valley residents John Moreira, Eric Peterson and Margie Bartiett assemble “welcome home” packages for returning Marines at For The Troops’ headquarters on Coch More...

Schools

CLU selected to participate in concussion study

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is among 21 universities in the nation selected to participate in a comprehensive study of concussions and headimpact exposure over the next three years. More...

Tree planted in honor of fallen Simi teenager

Walter Gonzalez Jr. died last March trying to save parents in Merced River

Tears flowed in the crowd Monday as Royal High School choir director Bonnie Graeve spoke about her former student Walter Gonzalez Jr. More...

Realtors to award scholarships

The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors will award $500 scholarships to up to 19 graduating seniors who will be attending a community college, university or trade/technical school. The application deadline is May 4. More...

Police

Police warn community of air-conditioning thefts

The Simi Valley Police Department is investigating a series of air-conditioner thefts that occurred during the nighttime hours at various locations throughout the city. More...

Police Blotter

Mar. 8 On the 118 Freeway at Tapo Canyon Road, a 31- year- old man was arrested for driving on a suspended/revoked license, driving under the influence, providing false information and a misdemeanor warrant. More...

Letters

Loco parentis still has restrictions

My daughter has attended Garden Grove Elementary since she was in kindergarten and over the last six-plus years has been a good student. Recently she played a prank on another student, believing it was innocent. More...

Event prepared teens for work

On Feb. 25 many businesses and organizations from Simi Valley participated in an amazing effort to help our 11th- and 12thgrade special education students in the SVUSD prepare for future work opportunities. More...

Article offensive to Knolls families

I found your article titled “Immunization policy called into question” to be poorly written with no factual information in the story to even substantiate an article on immunizations. More...

Editorials

Lockdown protocols are in place to keep kids safe

Ever since the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stunned the nation in December 2012, the word “lockdown” has increasingly gained ground in the vernacular of American school districts and law enforc More...

There’s a new cat in the neighborhood

There is a sense of curiosity, playfulness and delight that seems to be the exclusive province of the very young, be it kids or kittens. A neighbor in our rural Agoura community recently acquired a kitten brimming over with that magical mix. More...

There’s beauty in the imperfections

I knew what it was when I saw it lying there beneath the rose bush. Beneath Lucky’s rose, the one we planted in his memory because it seems roses live longer than our dearest four- legged friends. More...