April 18, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Campaign war chests swell in congressional race

2014 ELECTION 25th District

Democratic candidate Lee Rogers has taken the lead in fundraising in the 25th Congressional District race, with more than $500,000 in total contributions, according to Federal Elections Commission finance reports. More...

Health & Wellness

Hospital foundation tips its hat to local woman

A BENEFICIAL LUNCHEON— Above, Michele Neff Hernandez, who was named the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation, talks with friends during the Hats off to Women Luncheon a More...

Public health agency launches new website

Ventura County Public Health recently launched Health Matters in Ventura County, www.healthmattersinvc.org, a new website for health-related data in Ventura County. More...

A different kind of self-defense

LIFE-SAVING KNOWLEDGE—Moorpark College bujinkan dojo self-defense instructor Chad Basile, right, shows student Danielle Drake of Simi Valley how to escape from a knife-wielding assailant, playe More...

Schools

An international tradition

Japanese exchange students spend summers in Simi

As a massive fire devoured the hills of Simi Valley in October 2003, a group of high school students at Aikoku School in Tokyo heard the news from the other side of the world and grew concerned for their American friends. More...

University students make dean’s lists

Several Simi Valley residents made the dean’s list at their respective universities. More...

Mad scientists take over fair

SCIENCE IN ACTION—Above, Wood Ranch Elementary School third-grader Amelia Cookson pours vinegar into baking soda in her model volcano as science fair judge Greg Wood watches. More...

Police

Police Blotter

March 30 In the 2400 block of Stearns Street, two men, ages 20 and 32, were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. A man, 34, was arrested in the 3900 block of E. Cochran Street for failing to appear in court. More...

Family

Wife puts foot down

My wife put her foot down. Her bare foot. And right into my foot. I was wearing shoes. “Mrrraaahhh!” she screamed as she hit the floor in pain. After heavy examination of her toe, she got up and actually punched me in the arm. More...

On The Town

Young actors excel in folksy comedy

PLAY REVIEW ‘Tom Sawyer’

Aw shucks, High Street Arts Center delivers a dose of homespun rural humor in a charming adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1876 classic, “Tom Sawyer,” now playing at the Moorpark theater. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., APRIL 18 Simi Valley Republican Women More...

Columns

Singles helping singles

It seems the Singles Support System I proposed in my last column has turned out to be a popular concept. I thank everyone who took the time to write to me about the idea. In case you missed the discussion, here it is in a nutshell. More...

Editorials

District must close schools

Change is difficult. But sometimes difficult is just a necessary hazard, especially if trying to maintain the status quo threatens the overall good, as in the case of Simi Valley Unified School District. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

FOR THE RECORD

It was incorrectly stated in last week’s edition that the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s Egg Hunt and Salute to Spring was taking place April 10. More...

Facade program subject of city audit

Results to show how redevelopment funds were managed

Nearly a year and a half after allegations of mishandled grant funds first surfaced in the city, Simi Valley officials are close to completing an audit of a commercial facade revitalization program that had been in place since 1998. More...

Simi’s oldest school to stay closed until 2017

Board votes against seismic retrofitting of historic building

After nearly 90 minutes of pleas from both sides regarding whether to permanently close Simi Elementary School or repair the city’s oldest campus, the Simi Valley school board began to do what many of the speakers had been asking—make the More...

Blood moon rising

CRIMSON GLOW—Time-lapse photography shows the dramatic unfolding of Monday night’s lunar eclipse. More...

Community

Search on for new president of MC

College district will seek new applicants in August

In the search for a new president at Moorpark College, it appears that “good” wasn’t good enough. More...

Share a Mom Moment

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 11, and the Simi Valley Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. More...

Simi man facing sex abuse charge

A 22-year-old Simi Valley man charged with sexually abusing his niece repeatedly over a nine-month period is set to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on April 23. More...

Business

Town center gearing up for new theater

Studio Movie Grill, which is set to open May 2015, will offer in-theater dining

Demolition is finishing up at the Simi Valley Town Center to make way for Studio Movie Grill, a new movie theater complex that will offer dining and bar options similar to Muvico in Thousand Oaks. More...

CalJOBS offers free class on navigating resource website

The East County Job and Career Center at 980 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley, will present a class titled “The Power of CalJOBS” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wed., April 30. More...

Sports

No excuses for Highlanders

Royal softball team gets ready to rally in second half of season

Bill Dishon has faith in his Royal High softball team. The Highlanders had lost four out of six games entering this week. Royal fell to 2-3 against Marmonte League opponents. A relaxed Dishon didn’t make excuses during Monday’s practice. More...

Pets

BIG AND LOVABLE—

Chico is a 2-year-old pit bull. He is tan-and-white and was recently neutered. Chico is social with other dogs and knows basic commands like sit, lie down and roll over. More...

Pet adoption center opens new location

Simi Valley Missing Pets has announced the grand opening of its adoption center inside Theresa’s Country Feed and Pet from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., April 19, 1836 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, next to Smart & Final. More...

Faith

Holiday at center of Christianity

Easter marks the largest event on religious calendar

This weekend, almost 2.2 billion Christians around the world will come together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a universal tradition and the greatest event in the Christian calendar. More...

Search for the ‘golden eggs’

Trinity Lutheran Church will host its annual community Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. tomorrow, April 19 at the church, 2949 Alamo St., Simi Valley. The egg hunt is for children age 2 to grade six. More...

New church to host Easter service

Vital Cross Church welcomes the community to celebrate as the congregation worships the risen savior on Easter at 10 a.m. Sun., April 20 meeting at the Dance Creations studio, 888 Easy St., Simi Valley. More...

Letters

The Becker family gives thanks

We would like to acknowledge and thank Dianne Benedict and Brian Dennert, the hosts of the Facebook page “The Becker’s Christmas House on Sycamore,” and Deborah Dennert, Michael Diersing and Brian Dennert, host of the Facebook page More...

Rising gas prices are out of control

I was driving on Tapo Street, looking for a station to put gas in my car. At the corner of Tapo and Cochran are two gas stations. For the least expensive grade, one was $4.20 per gallon and the other was $4.19 per gallon. More...

Husband’s life saved by many

April 24 is five years since my husband’s cardiac arrest. More...

Neighbors

Do the bunny hop

Mother, daughter and pet rabbit help kids at Big Springs Elementary learn how to care for living things

In a classroom reserved for the YMCA after-school program at Big Springs Elementary School, about 30 kids surround Alison LaDouceur for a chance to pet Mammoth, the large white rabbit sitting calmly on her lap. More...