April 17, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

All-electric townhomes on the grid

Proposal headed to City Council next month forfinal approval

An Orange County-based developer hopes the Simi Valley City Council will flip the switch next month on a proposal to build an all-electric townhome complex in the west end of the city. More...

Health & Wellness

Cops brave arctic conditions for charity

Beneficiaries include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel said all distance runners, no matter how far or how fast they run, inevitably hit a block that requires physical and mental agility to overcome. More...

Red Cross to host blood donation

Rancho Santa Su Community Center will hold event tomorrow

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give blood this spring. Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days. More...

Eliminate stress for a healthier life

Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the deadline to file taxes happens in the same month that, since 1992, has been designated Stress Awareness Month in the U.S. More...

Schools

Hugs 4 Hearts event supports AEDs in schools

The Hugs 4 Hearts Fest will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., April 25 at Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Students participate in annual Junior Olympics

The Olympic spirit is coming to Simi Valley this weekend. Thousands of students and spectators are expected to attend the 39th annual Simi Valley Junior Olympics, which will take place tomorrow, April 18, at Royal High School. More...

Simi students win big at science fair

Phoenix Ranch, St. Rose take home multiple awards

Simi Valley’s Phoenix Ranch School and Camp, and St. Rose of Lima Catholic School were big winners at the 61st annual Ventura County Science Fair. More...

Faith

Sisters convey God’s love through deeds

Nuns are the hands, the eyes and the heart of God. Founded in Germany in 1850, the Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of nuns doing work in 18 countries on five continents. More...

Family

Draw Mom’s portrait

The dads have spoken. Yes, they loved seeing themselves through their children’s eyes, depicted in the annual Acorn Draw Dad feature. More...

Rising Up from the Ashes

Jason Barker was the only one awake when a fire began ravaging the roof of his family home on the morning of Sun., March 1. It was about 8 a.m. More...

NO TRICKS, JUST A LOVABLE DOG—

Magic is a 6-year-old Labrador retriever-pit bull terrier mix. He is friendly, knows basic commands and is trainable. Magic is a little shy and needs a loving family to take care of him. More...

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FRI., APRIL 17 Huge Charity Rummage Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 380 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Benefits church ministries and Samaritan Center. Phone: 805.526.5141. Email: stfrancischurch@roadrunner.com. More...

Letters

Refocus efforts on total cleanup

I read the story “Mission to preserve history” that was featured on the front page of the Acorn the first week of April. Based on the article, it appears the people behind the initiative have lost sight of Simi Valley’s No. More...

Compassion, kindness gone

Regarding the article two weeks ago about a peaceful rally of a dozen homeless people at City Hall, I thank the Acorn for bringing up the issue of homelessness, which many of us ignore unless it affects us. More...

Choosing to die is not bravery

Regarding the article, “A matter of life or death,” the fact that anyone would try to cast choosing to die, in other words committing suicide, as a brave choice is truly remarkable. In what world is choosing to die early a brave choice? More...

Editorials

If you love Mom, then it’s time to Draw Mom

If Mom had an actual hat for each role she played and wore every single one at the same time, she’d probably have a stack as tall as a skyscraper on top of her head. OK fine, maybe not that tall. But it would surely test Mom’s balance. More...

Photo High School Musical

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Fighting an invisible enemy

Trafficking hard to detect, harder to prosecute

Part one of a three-part series Ventura County law enforcement is battling a burgeoning crime whose victims are often hidden, unable or afraid to report their abusers, and thus forgotten: human trafficking. More...

Community

Congressman holds open house in Simi

U.S. Rep. Steve Knight will meet constituents at his Simi district office in an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, Fri., April 17, at 1445 E. Los Angeles Ave. Ste. 206, Simi Valley. More...

District expands transitional kindergarten

Starting this fall, children in California must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to start kindergarten. More...

Fishbacks may now lose land at auction

Couple accused of illegal dumping did not pay property taxes forfive years

Despite submitting a cleanup plan to the county last month, a Simi Valley couple accused of illegally dumping solid waste on their property is now in the midst of losing the land to auction due to unpaid taxes. More...

Business

Slithering into business

Simi Valley girl uses passion for snakes to build habitats out of TVs

Micaela Kastor is just like any other 11-year-old girl when it comes to hanging out with her friends or playing softball. But unlike many kids her age, she’s also a working entrepreneur with a spine-tingling business. More...

Sports

Going for gold

Steve Snyder surveys the water from the deck of the Rancho Simi Community Park pool. It’s just another practice for the Royal High swim head coach, but then again, it’s not. More...

ACTION—

Jess Vollmer of Royal High’s softball team steals second base while Simi Valley’s Caitlin Berreitter tries to get a glove on the ball during the Highlanders’ 4-2 loss on March 17 at More...

Police

Tactical robot joins police ranks

Weighing in at 5 pounds and small enough to fit in a backpack, the Simi Valley Police Department’s newest recruit has offi- cially joined the ranks. More...

Police Blotter

March 29 At Shenandoah Avenue and Acadia Street, a 23-year-old man was arrested for being drunk in public. In the 200 block of E. Cochran Street, a Lake Balboa, Calif., woman, 31, was cited for petty theft. More...

On The Town

Powerhouse personalities collide, connect in compelling drama

A British playboy TV personality, producer and comic known for his A-list parties as well as his interviews with famous figures. A disgraced U.S. president recently resigned. Can two such characters be more diverse—or similar? More...

Singer leaves boardroom for festival

On April 25, the Ventura County Blues Festival makes its annual appearance at Moorpark College, and this year one of its founders and longtime volunteers will be a performer. More...

High school brings ‘Music Madness’

Royal High School’s instrumental music department, under the direction of band director Lisa Pate, will host its annual Day of Jazz event, Royal’s Music Madness, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. More...

Home Improvement

11 Home Inspection Traps

to be Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Home For Sale

According to industry experts, there are over 82 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. More...

Columns

Reader response

I just never know when something I write will strike a nerve with more readers than usual. More...

Choosing favorites

As evidenced by vivid photos in recent issues of the Acorn, this year has produced an abundance of blooming native plants. The specter of drought still looms, but for now these wildlings have adopted a botanical “carpe diem” ethic. More...

Neighbors

The man behind the little horrors

Toymaker and sculptor creates intricate props for the local stage

Richard Hernandez was taking art classes as an elementary school student in Long Island, N.Y., more than four decades ago when he realized he had a natural talent for drawing. More...