December 19, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Local economy shows signs of improvement

Employment rate on the uptick

When it comes to economic recovery, Simi Valley is ending 2014 on a positive note, and city officials have high expectations for the new year as well. More...

Health & Wellness

Dangerous to touch, healthy to eat

The prickly pear cactus has been used for thousands of years for food and medicinal purposes, mostly by Native Americans. The cactus and its fruit, known as “tuna,” are raised commercially around the world. More...

Donated tablets help with therapy

TECH THERAPY—Above, occupational therapist Lowena Ibera-Bunag works with Victor Hoang, 4, of Simi Valley using an iPad during his therapy session at the Simi Valley Hospital Child Development C More...

Sports

Pioneers pick up intensity

The Pioneers don’t count on one superstar. A different player steps up every game. Simi Valley High’s boys’ basketball team is finding its rhythm on the court. More...

Pets

Neglected ranch animals in need of help

The Humane Society of Ventura County is asking for the public’s help in order to care for and feed 10 neglected animals rescued from a ranch in Moorpark on Dec. 9. More...

Pet of the week

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?—Ralphie is an 18-month-old male black cat. He is playful and cuddly and looking for a home. Ralphie has been viral tested negative and is ready for adoption. More...

Faith

Jesus is the lifeline that sustains us

I pulled the ribbon tight into a bow and placed the package beneath the tree. That’s when I saw the little ballerina ornament, delicate and suspended by her lifeline among the branches . . . and I thought of you, the reader of these words. More...

Dinner, movie kick off synagogue events

Congregation B’nai Emet will have a movie and Chinese food buffet dinner at 3:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 25 at the synagogue, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Cantor gives Hanukkah concert

Cantor, singer and Agoura resident Kenny Ellis will perform at the Chanukah at the Shoppes Festival at 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 at the Shoppes at Westlake Village/Target shopping center, 30770 Russell Ranch Road. More...

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FRI., DEC. 19 Drive-Thru Nativity 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and Saturday at First Baptist Church of Camarillo, 1601 Temple Ave. Re-enactment of Bible scenes. Live choir music. Hot cocoa provided. Admission: free. Phone: 805.484.2879. SAT., DEC. 20 More...

Letters

Vendor diversity needed at mall

There are reasons why the businesses at the Simi Valley Town Center don’t succeed. Making cosmetic changes won’t improve business. The issue is not whether the mall is indoors, nor is it about adding digital signage along the freeway. More...

Something has got to change

Hi, everybody, and season’s greetings. Here we are, another month closer to the day when we are all going to write-in Rob to be mayor in 2016. More...

Hospital did not treat the problem

I arrived at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital on Wed., Dec. 3 for an acute outbreak of gout in my left foot. I was seen by a physician assistant and finally admitted to the hospital around 4 p.m. By the time I was discharged on Sat., Dec. More...

Search is on for oil, gas

Texas oil company wants to drill wells just outside Simi

Interest in reactivating an existing oil field just outside Simi Valley, which had produced oil for about 40 years until the early 1990s, has recently sprung up, according to Ventura County offi cials. More...

Rains don’t change area’s water outlook

The recent precipitation the area has experienced will help temper the state’s water crisis but won’t put any major dents in California’s record drought. More...

Community

Tactical robot to join police ranks

Department will spend $177,000 on new equipment

A tactical robot will soon join the ranks of the Simi Valley Police Department. More...

Early deadlines for the holidays

The Acorn office will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2 for the holidays. Delivery of the Simi Valley Acorn remains unchanged and will arrive on Fri., Dec. 26 and Fri., Jan. 2. More...

Admission requirements still being finalized

When the Simi Valley Unified School District announced in March it would align Hillside Middle School’s curriculum with the performing and technical arts program at Santa Susana High School starting in the 2014-15 school year, officials also sa More...

Business

Unemployment dropping countywide

Leisure, tourism industries thrive in Ventura County

It’s an early holiday gift for Ventura County residents: Unemployment rates in the county are on the decline. More...

Connecting over wine, business

WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN—Christy Coe of Simi Valley, director of membership for the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, chats with other women in business at a mixer sponsored by the Camarillo Chamber More...

Pet food store opens location in Simi

Since opening its first location in Thousand Oaks in March of this year, Protein For Pets has expanded into seven stores. The Simi Valley shop recently opened at 1230-1 Madera Road. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Nov. 30 In the 4300 block of E. Cochran Street, a 22-year-old man was arrested for driving under the influence. Dec. 1 A 36- year- old man was arrested at Morley and Abraham streets for driving under the influence. More...

Family

Family Men

Road trip

It was going well—too well. So three vicious dogs ruined it by charging my 11-year-old son from behind a fence and practically eating him and his bicycle whole. I knew there’d be trouble along the way. More...

On The Town

Old-time radio play brings holiday fun

Nearly two decades before Dr. More...

The Movie Nut

As a writer-director, Tommy Lee Jones has an enduring attraction for the rugged West. More...

Editorials

Simi’s iconic Christmas House reaches a milestone

Every December the yellow, two-story house at 1332 Sycamore Drive disappears behind an elaborate display of colorful lights and garlands, cartoon character cutouts and holiday figurines. More...

Political Cartoon

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