December 26, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Coming soon to airwaves near you

Simi radio station goes live in February

A new community radio station focused on “the values of Simi Valley” will hit the airwaves in February. More...

Health & Wellness

Wrap up the season with a healthy perspective

The holidays are a truly wonderful time of the year. At this point in the season, however, you may be counting the days until the end of the festivities. More...

Flu vaccinations required for county health workers

Mandate issued forfirst time

Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County public health officer, recently ordered that as of Jan. More...

New group for autoimmune disease sufferers

The autoimmune disease support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month in the gray portable with burgundy trim in the ER parking lot at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. More...

Schools

Young talent shines in Santa Susana production

The musical revue “ And the World Goes ’Round,” performed earlier this month by the Santa Susana High School drama department, showcased the bright talent that continues to flow from Ventura County high schools. More...

Sports

Toast of the town

Stop picking up wrapping paper from Christmas gifts, scrubbing wax from the menorah and putting more kindling in the fireplace—it’s time to celebrate a great year in sports. Local teams and athletes in Acorn country flourished in 2014. More...

Family

Hope brings mother, son together

Pair to share their story during Rose Parade

Aidan “Adi” Penner is a typical 11-year-old boy who loves baseball and dreams of one day pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. More...

Calendar

Calendar

WED., DEC. 31 CAPE Comet Glow Run More...

Letters

Too many crashes occurring in city

Within the past month I have witnessed four accidents at the intersection of Sequoia and Los Angeles avenues here in Simi Valley. Not one of these accidents were minor. More...

Letter writer ignored the facts

In Jordan Diggs’ letter last week he called police officers murderers, our criminal justice system inept and America racist. Naturally, he ignored the facts of the recent cases and just applied baseless labels anywhere and everywhere. More...

Experiences were positive at SVAH

We read Mr. Christina’s letter to the Acorn last Friday regarding Simi Valley Adventist Hospital (SVAH) and felt compelled to share our experiences about the hospital. It’s doubtful there is anything we can say to improve Mr. More...

Editorials

When it counts most, Simi Valley gets it right

Over the course of the year, many different opinions about our community have been expressed in this newspaper, some glowing, others not. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

New laws take effect in 2015

Plastic bag ban among legislation

While the 113th Congress passed just 142 laws this year— the fewest in two decades—lawmakers in Sacramento crafted and passed 931 laws in 2014. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the bills, many of which will go into effect Jan. 1. More...

Post office named after longtime postmaster

The post office on Galena Avenue will be renamed after longtime Simi Valley Postmaster Charles Neil Havens, nearly two years after Mayor Bob Huber first made the suggestion. More...

Community

Parents want to improve special education

Group aims to raise awareness of ‘pitfalls’

A group of parents who are dissatisfied with the level of special education in Simi Valley Unifi ed School District has started a grassroots campaign to highlight what they assert are inadequacies in the program. More...

Parent advocates for more paraeducator training

Royce Siggard, a parent member of No Education At Simi and founder of Accelerating Transition, a website dedicated to helping individuals with autism and developmental disabilities get technology training and jobs, said weaknesses in special educatio More...

Serving In Uniform

Christopher John “Chris” Williams was commissioned as a limited duty officer in the U.S. Navy in September. He has served as an enlisted sailor since September 2001. More...

Business

Longtime Chamber president to retire

Leigh Nixon will step down in May

Leigh Nixon, a well-known figure in the Simi Valley business community who has led the Chamber of Commerce for nearly 16 years, announced she will be retiring in the spring. More...

Local restaurant chain collects gifts for kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and Urbane Cafe partnered to deliver new toys and gifts to the youth served in BBSVC’s 2014 Holiday Angels program. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

HOLIDAY PUP—Cyrax is a 1-year-old tan and white pit bull terrier. She is high energy, fun loving and a quick learner. Cyrax enjoys playing with toys and sitting on laps. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Dec. 7 A 44-year-old man was cited in the 5900 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue for possessing drug paraphernalia. In the 100 block of Macademia Lane, a man, 37, was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a family member. More...

On The Town

Actors make the best of clunky Christmas play

“Miracle on 34th Street,” a perennial favorite on TV this time of year, is one of those unique films that succeeds whether you like teary-eyed, Frank Capra-esque feel-good stories or you believe, like Scrooge in Stan Freberg’s &ldqu More...

It’s a cappella with a little edge

Straight No Chaser, a male a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 29 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Columns

Life in the Single Lane

Reasons for the season

It wasn’t until I was about 5 years old that I discovered not all families on my block celebrated Weihnachten. And although I wondered why Santa, also called St. More...

The Acorn Epicurean

Food and ambience— fresh, classy, delicious

When I walked into Calabasas Farms Bar and Grill, I immediately felt welcome in its spacious, sleek environs, not only because of the friendly staff but also due to the reclaimed wood and pleasant LED lighting that warm up the large space. More...