August 28, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

TAKING THE LEAD—

Mike Murphy hands outfliers regarding the disappearance of his uncle, Steve Voegtli, while meeting with volunteers at the Wood Ranch trailhead in Simi Valley last Saturday. More...

Health & Wellness

The changing face of psychotherapy

High-tech gadgets help with anxiety, depression

A new patient sits anxiously in the office of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., a Thousand Oaks-based clinical psychologist. Uneasy about meeting the doctor for the first time, the woman’s eyes remain locked on the floor. More...

Technology can improve mental well-being

Founded in 2011, Thync developed a wearable mood-altering device intended to enhance the lives of its users by optimizing their mental state. More...

Free seminar on Alzheimer’s disease

Talk will cover symptoms, keeping loved one safe

Senior Concerns and the Alzheimer’s Association will host a seminar on “Living with Alzheimer’s Disease: Mid Stages” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 15 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Schools

Honors colleges offer real advantages

Some excellent students may not be admitted to elite private colleges because of the intense competition. More...

Eclipsing the competition

COSMIC WIN—The Simi Valley Eclipse Girls U13 soccer team tookfirst place in the 2015 CVU Summer Cup tournament Aug. 22 to 23 at the Conejo Creek soccerfields in Thousand Oaks. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Aug. 8 In the 2000 block of Malcolm Street, a 50-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested for inflicting corporal injury on family. A man, 23, was cited in the 800 block of Planetree Avenue for possessing drug paraphernalia and vandalism. More...

Police department looks into adding body cameras to its ranks

Not many people are asked to make life or death decisions on a daily basis, but police officers take that risk every time they put on their uniforms. More...

Family

Water rates hearing canceled

The public hearing scheduled for Aug. 31 regarding proposed increases to water service rates has been canceled. A new date for this meeting will be set and announced in the future. More...

County fair recognizes police

10-The Ventura County Fair board of directors and management 01 SVApresented the Ventura Police Department with the Western Fairs Version: More...

Last chance to enter contest

The Acorn’s popular annual fiction writing contest, Fiction in a Nutshell, is accepting entries in the under-18-year-old and 18-and-over and categories. More...

On The Town

Kiwanis presents first ‘Cowboys and Cabernet‘

Event is latest in nonprofit ROUND-UP collection

The Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley is adding another event to its ROUND-UP collection. Cowboys and Cabernet is a wine, microbrew and food-tasting event that will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. More...

Military expo draw in local veterans

HANGING OUT—Veterans Louis “Jack”Parfitt, Ben Pfister and Larry Fischer of Simi Valley enjoy the day during the Aug. 15 Military and Veteran Expo at the Camarillo Community Center. More...

County fair comes to a strong close

The 140th Ventura County Fair closed with strong numbers in all categories during its 12-day run from Aug. 5 through 16, promoters said. More...

Columns

Stumbling onto the trail to enlightenment

There are therapeutic advantages to living in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. A dose of wild may be a tonic. Nature can be treacherous and harsh. She can also be welcoming and soothing. Does life seem hard? Unfair? Overwhelming? More...

In case of emergency . . .

The next time you slip in the tub, take a fall or face an emergency, you might want to have this column somewhere close by: It might just save your life. More...

To my wife

I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you read it. I don’t like the word confession, but something’s been weighing heavy on my conscience and I just want to set you right about one thing. More...

Cause of illness outbreak at Chipotle unknown

Restaurant reopens after scrub-down

The exact cause of an illness outbreak connected to a Chipotle in Simi Valley last week is still under investigation. More...

Search still on for missing ex-firefighter

The search continues for a retired Los Angeles County firefighter who went missing from his Simi Valley home more than two weeks ago. Steve G. Voegtli, 63, is described as a white male, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. More...

Judge orders disinterment of misburied Simi woman

Family suing Pioneer Cemetery for $5 million

The family of a woman who was buried in the wrong gravesite at El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery is one legal step closer to having their loved one moved to a new plot. More...

Community

Ghost Tour producers part ways

Event oficially canceled for 2015, seeks new home for future tours

Even if Simi Valley’s beloved Ghost Tour does continue in the future, it likely won’t return to Strathearn Historical Park. More...

Task force searches for alternative housing options for city’s homeless

A Simi Valley task force is working on developing a community educational campaign to help find alternative housing options for the city’s homeless. More...

Missing man’s vehicle found abandoned

The Simi Valley Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in finding Frank Bierhuizen. He is a white male, 53 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 200 pounds. More...

Business

Distinguished Speakers lineup announced

The Distinguished Speakers Series of Thousand Oaks, now in its 15th season, announced the lineup of presenters for 2015- 2016. All talks will begin at 8 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Expert discusses Iran Nuclear Deal

The Jewish Federation will host Jonathan Adelman, an expert on the Middle East and a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in a program on the Iran Nuclear Deal, at 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. More...

Paint Pals Clubhouse has colorful last hurrah

After serving the community for more than two decades, the beloved Paint Pals Clubhouse in Simi Valley officially closed the doors of its retail location earlier this week. More...

Faith

Social justice draws Jews to nation’s capital

Local Reform rabbis march with NAACP

A local rabbi and his daughter recently followed in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to bring attention to the civil rights cause. More...

Houses of Worship

Abundant Life Church, Pastor George Taggart, 1555 Simi Town Center Way, (805) 603-4427. Angel Fire Christian Center, Pastors Bill and Barbara Peters, 27 W. Easy St., Building 27, Unit 41, (805) 581-7079. Antioch Church, Rev. More...

Using film to teach Judaism

Temple Etz Chaim’s Adult Education Department will premiere a four-part film-based educational program teaching people about Israel and Judaism during Selichot services on Sat., Sept. 5 at the temple, 1080 E. Janss Road. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., AUG. 28 Bella Vita Italian- American Social Club 6 p.m. at St. Jude Church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. “Indoor picnic” with traditional picnic food. “Estate sale”with many items for purchase. More...

Letters

Haggen not entirely to blame

To those citizens who are distressed over the Haggen catastrophe, here’s some information that may be helpful in writing letters. More...

Employees have suffered most

Haggen: stop the madness. After Haggen, a small, Pacific Northwest grocer, acquired 146 Albertsons, Vons and Pavillions stores, they totally messed up by biting off more than they could chew. More...

Dog owners are not mind readers

My husband, Charlie, and I were so pleased to read the Aug. 14 letter from Steve Prouty about the number of people who feel they don’t need to keep their dogs on a leash on public streets and parks. More...

Editorials

How could it have gone so wrong, so fast?

And just like that, the whirlwind Haggen invasion is coming to its end. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Checking in on checkpoints

With so many resources available to transport intoxicated persons— taxis, Uber, Lyft, family and friends among them—there’s absolutely no excuse for getting behind the wheel while impaired. More...

Neighbors

World War II veteran rings in his 100th birthday

Ford Rice survived attack on Pearl Harbor

As Simi Valley’s sole survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Ford Worthington Rice celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend surrounded by two generations of family and hundreds of guests, all there to honor the man for his service to th More...

That infamous day: in his words

During Ford Rice’s 100th birthday party in Simi Valley last Saturday, Aubrey Mills from the nonprofit Welcome Home Soldier Foundation presented the World War II veteran with a Welcome Home Award. More...