September 30, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Cowboys and cowgirls wine and dine

TASTY SIPS AND GRUB— Above, Faye Espiritu of Long Beach, center, chats with her boyfriend, Jeremiah Shea of Simi Valley, left, and Bob Shea during the second annual Cowboys and Cabernet event on Sept. 25 at Strathearn Historical Park. More...

Health & Wellness

Marchers spread anti-heroin message

Not One More holds annual walk

“We are the citizens and families who will not stay silent anymore.” With that mantra, grassroots collective Not One More led its fifth annual march through Simi Valley with banners and signs decrying the pandemic heroin problem robbing y More...

A healthy lifestyle can ease joint pain

COMMENTARY /// Knee health

It’s easy to take our knees for granted. These hard-working joints get called upon hundreds of times a day, from the moment we get up in the morning until we fall back into bed at the end of the day. More...

Birds test positive for West Nile virus

One found in Simi, three in T.O.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division recently received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that four wild birds collected in mid-September tested positive for West Nile virus. More...

Schools

Local educators go on a clay date

Hands-on class teaches about the human body

Starla Ewan pinched out a half-inch of brown modeling clay from a plastic baggie and fashioned it roughly into the shape of a tiny human liver. More...

Teacher of the month

TOP OF THE PACK—Caroline Hardeman of Hollow Hills Elementary School has been named the Simi Valley Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Month for September 2016. Pictured from left are Mary Bandini, representative from U.S. Rep. More...

Staying safe on two wheels

Police launch bike registration program

Students at Madera Elementary School learned about the Simi Valley Police Department’s new bicycle registration program during a safety assembly presented by officers Sept. 21. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Sept. 11 In the 1500 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue, a man, 33, was arrested for driving under the influence. A man, 58, was arrested in the 2500 block of Sycamore Drive for driving under the influence. More...

Faith

Mercy Ship floats care to remote areas

Over the summer, thousands of people lined up at a Catholic high school in Benin in West Africa seeking free surgeries at a hospital aboard Africa Mercy, run by Christian nonprofit Mercy Ships. More...

St. Francis to host animal blessings

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host a blessing of the animals service and Family Fun Day Sun., Oct. 2 on the patio behind the church at 280 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. The service with blessings will start at 10:30 p.m. More...

On The Town

Mysteries abound at ‘The Outpost’

Escape room runs throughout October at town center

Picture a small bunker near an isolated Antarctic mountain range. Dr. Morgan Danforth, the research station’s sole occupant, was set to unearth an unprecedented amount of meteorological and geological material. More...

Musical highlights competitive cheer

Panic Productions will present the musical “Bring It On” Oct. 6 through 16 in the Scherr Forum at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. More...

Dark comedy draws famed hitmen together

Sondheim musical makes powerful case for gun control

“Assassins,” the musical being staged at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, is Broadway’s best argument for gun control. More...

Editorials

The silver lining around Free Clinic’s possible departure

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An investigation into possible embezzlement has caused a grayish cloud to form over Simi Valley’s long-planned Under One Roof project. But a silver lining may have presented itself this week. More...

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Neighbors

Elks honor public safety standouts

One firefighter, three officers recognized

Chatter and laughter filled the hall at the Simi Valley Elks Lodge last Friday night as dozens of community members came together to honor one Ventura County firefighter and three officers for their service to the city and region this year. More...

Man convicted of first-degree murder

Jury finds Rios guilty of stabbing his grandmother in 2012

A Moorpark man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 stabbing death of his grandmother. More...

Homeless encampment cleanup works, police say

Chief reports decrease in complaints

Homeless encampments composed of makeshift shelters fashioned from tarps and strewn with piles of clothes, trash and personal belongings once invaded private properties across town. More...

Community

Kidnapping phone scam making rounds in Simi

Simi Valley Unified School District Superintendent Jason Peplinski has alerted campus principals about a persistent phone scam. The ruse involves the caller pretending to have kidnapped the target’s child then attempting to exact ransom money. More...

SOAR proponents skip CLU forum

Supporters say event was one-sided

Calling a political forum one-sided, organizers of the SOAR ballot measure skipped the event last week in favor of a forum presented this week by the League of Women Voters. More...

Probation officer charged with possessing child pornography

A senior county probation officer suspected of using an overseas network that provided obscene materials to buyers around the world will face two counts of possessing child pornography when he appears in court next month. More...

Business

Council OKs indoor gun range

Trainers will be on site to provide basic instruction

A local gun shop owner’s plans to open an indoor shooting range has cleared its final hurdle. More...

Ford awards $10K grant

INVESTING IN THE CHILDREN—For the third consecutive year, the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with dealer Simi Valley Ford, has awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley a $10,000 grant to increase middle school teen membership and da More...

Several new dining options now open at The Oaks mall

The Oaks mall, part of the Macerich portfolio of retail properties, is presenting four new restaurants: Urban Plates, PizzaRev, Chipotle Mexican Grill and DeLiteFul. More...

Sports

Rookies rule the links

Freshman stars have helped turn Simi Valley girls’ golf team into a winner

Call it a youth movement. Call it a comeback. Call it the Stella and Sejal Show, playing on a golf course near you. More...

MIDSEASON POWER POLL

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Another night under the lights

QUARTERBACK CENTRAL— High school football teams at Simi Valley, Royal and Grace Brethren play big games tonight. Above, Simi Valley quarterback Cole Hauptman flies in the air against Moorpark earlier this month. At right, Royal QB Jack More...

Family

FUND-RACING for EDUCATION

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Pet of the Week

THE SUN WILL COME OUT—Annie is a tabby cat. She is about 10 months old and is very playful. If you would like to adopt Annie, ask for ID No. A641391 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Local Girl Scouts go for a night out

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast invites girls in kindergarten to sixth grade to learn about Scouting at Girls Night Out events in Ventura County. All events are free. More...

Calendar

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FRI., SEPT. 30 Used Book Sale 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodland Hills Library, 2220 Ventura Blvd. New and lightly used kids and adult fiction, trade, mass-market paperbacks. Prices 50 cents to $2. Collectibles. More...

Letters

Where do they stand on schools?

I have examined state Senate candidates Stern and Fazio’s websites and have found very little information about their positions on education. More...

Letter writer is not a ‘hired hand’

This letter is in response to Guy Nohrenberg’s Sept. 16 letter, where he bashes me and Oscar Mejia and, in my case, falsified information in an attempt to defend U.S. Rep. Steve Knight. More...

Union announces endorsements

The California School Employees Association (CSEA) Simi Valley Chapter 310 has officially endorsed the following candidates for school board: Bob LaBelle, Dawn Smollen and Dan White. More...