June 23, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

New hospital slated for completion this year

$275M project to feature state-of-the-art technology

Construction on the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, nearly six years in the making, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. More...

Fundraising event for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Medical professionals and patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome are invited to an awareness-raising event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sun., June 25 at the Arena Grill and Lounge, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley.  More...

Bringing medical care to rural India

Doctors have served for nearly four decades

When Pankaj Shah became a doctor, he didn’t go to work at a private practice or in a hospital where he could make a lot of money. More...

Schools

SVUSD efforts don’t derail District of Choice, but changes made

SCHOOLS

Despite opposition from school districts across the state, Sacramento legislators have opted to preserve the District of Choice program for another five years. More...

Program provides summer meals for kids

More than half of California students—58 percent—receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school. So what happens when schools go on summer break? More...

Scholars receive $1,000 for college

MOVING UP—The Simi Valley Supreme Emblem Club 484 presents its annual Helen Galbraith scholarship awards during the club’s 42nd annual birthday luncheon May 21. Each scholarship winner received $1,000.  More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

CALM KITTY—Blair is a spayed domestic, about 10 years old. She is calm and likes affection. If you would like to adopt Blair, ask for ID No. A660513 at Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

This nest-builder is not a bird

When I was speaking with the former owner of the dog I recently adopted from the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, she mentioned the dog was a “nester.” She was talking rather hurriedly on the telephone, moments ahead of leaving to move with h More...

A reminder that sharks are protected

Great whites off-limits to anglers

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials have issued a reminder that great white sharks are a protected species under both state and federal laws.  More...

Family

Dad says you two are better than U2

Family Man

I’ve been married almost 17 years, and I know my wife is not materialistic. For Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and birthdays, she doesn’t want much. She’s more into the thought and love behind a gift than the price. More...

Seniors make waves with high-seas whodunit

When razors and pill boxes go missing,fingers start pointing in original cruise ship caper

A whodunit caper about stolen items on a cruise ship is the subject of an original musical comedy that will be staged at the Simi Valley Senior Center on June 29 and 30.  “Hi-Jinx on the High Seas” was written and directed by members More...

Letters

Budget needs a hard look

In regard to the Simi budget crisis: The Simi Valley Budget Brief opens with continuing “to move towards fiscal sustainability,” which is a nice way of saying kicking the can down the road for future council members and citizens to deal w More...

Stay up-to-date on the cemetery

For whatever reasons, the constituents of El Rancho Simi Cemetery District have not attended board of trustee meetings for decades. More...

Let’s talk about healthcare

As a working adult in the “tween” group of 50- to 65-year-olds, I honestly don’t care who authors (Republican or Democrat) our next healthcare act or whose name is on the bill. More...

‘Dark day’

Ex-community foundation director admits to theft, forgery

The former head of the Simi Valley Community Foundation admitted last week that she stole $45,000 from the organization over the course of nearly two years. More...

Tour seeks to change perception of affordable housing

Who lives in affordable housing? The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation wants to set the record straight. The nonprofit builder said it isn’t drug addicts and criminals who are moving in to affordable housing units. More...

Community

Police issue warning after break-in on Country Club Drive

Burglars made off with over $30,000 worth of jewelry, watches, electronics, high-end shoes and clothing during a break-in last week at a home in Wood Ranch, police said. More...

Rains take toll on water quality

BEACH REPORT Conditions improving in time for summer

The much-needed winter storms last season put an end to California’s historic drought, but all that rain came at a cost—poor beach water quality during the winter months. More...

Emergency H2O ready in a moment

Military-grade equipment acquired through federal program

Those who hear about police departments outfitted with military surplus equipment generally envision SWAT teams dressed like commandos and armed with high-tech assault rifles.  More...

Business

Businesses can apply for $200M in tax credits

Workshop offered July 10 in Simi Valley

More than $200 million in state income tax credits is available to businesses. To encourage company owners to apply, officials are holding a series of informational workshops throughout California, including in Simi Valley and Camarillo. More...

Perfect attendance pays off, big time

NEW WHEELS—Simi Valley High School student Michael Mirolla won a 2017 Chevy Sonic on June 3 as part of Simi Valley Chevrolet’s “Cool to be in School” program.  More...

BRIEFS

Simi Chamber earns award The Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce received the President’s Circle Award for excellence in business advocacy from the California Chamber of Commerce on May 31. More...

Sports

Throw it down

FOOTBALL /// Conejo Classic Local football teams, sans pads, compete at passing tournament

Cameron Rising was MIA.  Rising, the premier prep football player in Acorn country, did not attend the 12th edition of the Conejo Classic 7-on-7 passing tournament on June 17.  More...

Volleyball coach steps down after 34 years

It’s tough choosing a favorite. Marv Dunphy has a special place in his heart for every team he’s guided through 34 seasons at the helm of the Pepperdine University men’s volleyball program. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

June 4  In the 2900 block of Tapo Canyon Road, a 20-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and for burglary.  At Tapo and Alamo streets, a man, 24, was arrested for being drunk in public. More...

Faith

Beautifying St. Francis church

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Buddhist temple to celebrate Obon Festival

The Oxnard Buddhist Temple will host the annual Obon Festival, also called A Gathering of Joy, from 1 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Lighthouse Bible Church welcomes guest speaker

Michael Cohen, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will speak during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sun., June 25 at Lighthouse Bible Church, 4910 Cochran St., Simi Valley.  The service is open to the community.  More...

Obituaries

Wiley Gail Callaway

1934 - 2017

At the age of 82, Wiley Gail Callaway passed away due to the progression of Alzheimers and repetitive illnesses. Wiley was born on September 23, 1934 to John Wiley Callaway and Gaitha Callaway in the small town of Archer City, Texas. More...

On The Town

Arts comedy production spells laughs

William Finn’s wacky comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and its eccentric cast of competing spellers have returned for another run at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center this summer.  More...

Soul band kicks off Concerts in the Courtyard

The Concerts in the Courtyard series will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays at Simi Civic Center Plaza, 3800 Alamo St. Here’s the schedule: July 1: Stone Soul. More...

Strong cast drives alternative history

The Movie Nut

In June 1944, France was under Nazi control. To liberate the country, Allied troops planned a massive assault on its northern shore. What history would call the Normandy invasion turned the tide of the war. More...

Columns

Exploring Cuba by cruise or guided tours

Flying Squirrel

Cuba is back in the news with the recent decision by the Trump administration to reverse several Obama-era policies on travel to the island nation. More...

Neighbors

Local VFW gets helping hand with renovations

Vets humbled by community support

After decades of wear and tear, the rundown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 in the southern end of Simi Valley is getting a major facelift. More...