April 11, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Foy Jr. implicated in murder-for-hire plot

Peter Charles Foy Jr., son of Ventura County District 4 Supervisor Peter Foy, has been implicated in an alleged murderfor hire plot that has resulted in charges filed against two men by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office. More...

Health & Wellness

Survivor still seeking new ‘normal’

Early detection of oral cancer increases chances of survival to 80 or 90 percent

A Westlake Village mother of two is still searching for her new normal after almost seven years of treatment for oral cancer. More...

Watch for possible signs of cancer

Symptoms to watch for More...

Business

NAWBO announces Bravo winners

The National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County Chapter will present honors to the winners of its 15th annual Bravo Awards at a gala luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Orientation for entrepreneurs

The Women’s Economic Ventures Women’s Business Center will offer free orientation sessions Wed., April 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in Oxnard and Thurs., April 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ventura. More...

Recruit new employees at youth job expo

Businesses seeking full-time, part-time or seasonal employees are encouraged to register for the 28th annual Youth Employment Service Job and Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., April 26 at the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley. More...

Sports

History comes alive

Baseball exhibit opens at Reagan Library

Nolan Johnson can’t get enough baseball. The 7-year-old slugger suits up for the Moorpark Little League Red Sox and constantly talks baseball with his father, Dean. More...

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Russ Michael is back leading Simi Valley softball team, with positive results

Russ Michael coached the Simi Valley High softball team for more than 20 years. He was a fair disciplinarian with tremendous success during his time as the Pioneers head coach. Michael needed a break and left the Pioneers after the 2011 season. More...

Faith

Youth group gets a lesson in creation

WOODWORKING WHIZ—Above, Royal High School woodshop teacher Dave Sorensen helps Madison Chavez, 8, build a pinewood derby car on April 3 for Cornerstone Community Church’s “Awana Gra More...

Synagogue holds Seder

Congregation B’nai Emet’s annual Community Seder will be at 6 p.m. Tues., April 15 at the synagogue, 9 W. Bonita, Simi Valley. The kosher dinner will be provided by Majestic Caterers. Rabbi Michele Paskow will lead the service. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., APRIL 11 Encore Club 9:30 a.m. at Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Business meeting and a boat ride around Westlake Lake. Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club More...

Letters

It’s better to save teachers’ jobs

Concerning the closure of schools, I would like the Simi Valley community to weigh the importance of a building versus the value of teachers. More...

School closure is best for SVUSD

When we were looking for a kindergarten for my son, I toured many elementary campuses. I fell in love with Simi Elementary and it was my second choice. It’s a beautiful, historic building with the spirits of many Simi generations. More...

Sojka is an asset to city, hospital

Just for the record, the very few who have commented negatively about Councilmember Steve Sojka’s brush with the law don’t know what kind of person he is or his ethics. You’re blowing smoke up the wrong chimney. More...

Editorials

Keep e-cigs off school campuses

The days of high-schoolers having to hide in the bathroom or behind a tall oak tree on the edge of campus to steal a “puff” are over. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Public hearing set for resort proposal

Hummingbird Nest Ranch could be vacation spot

After more than two months of delays, the Simi Valley City Council plans to hold a public hearing April 28 on the proposed conversion of Hummingbird Nest Ranch into a five-star resort. More...

Williamson eyes return to City Council

Former Simi Valley City Councilmember Barbra Williamson is again throwing her hat into the ring, hoping to win back her seat on the dais in November. More...

Fundraising underway for Under One Roof

Simi Valley Free Clinic is among expected tenants

Simi Valley’s Under One Roof facility is getting closer to becoming a reality. The Simi Valley Community Foundation, the nonprofit spearheading the effort, hopes to have the building ready for tenancy this fall. More...

Community

Grape growers hard-pressed for water

Our local area has less agriculture affected by the drought than California’s Central Valley, but the dry conditions are still a big concern to grape growers in the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

Share a Mom Moment

Mother’s Day is Sun., May 11, and the Simi Valley Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. More...

SVPD investigating inquiry into Sojka arrest

The Simi Valley Police Department is investigating an employee who contacted the El Segundo Police Department regarding City Councilmember Steve Sojka’s arrest in early March. More...

Schools

District will make final ruling on Simi Elementary

Total cost of proposed projects is double amount of remaining C4 Bond

Simi Valley Unified School District Trustees held a special board meeting Tuesday to consider how to spend just over $17 million that remains in its C4 Bond fund. More...

Reading is the prize

Charlene Willey’s Wood Ranch class wrote letters to win $500 grant

The small library of books in Charlene Willey’s class of thirdand fourth-graders at Wood Ranch Elementary School is a patchwork of hand-me-downs and bargains. Some Willey bought at school used book sales, while others were donations. More...

Grant boosts STEM education at SSHS

Magnet school wants to recruit more girls in engineering

The arts program often takes center stage at Santa Susana High School, at least in the eyes of the public. More...

Pets

DO YOU WANT TO TAKE ME HOME?—

Scoops is an 8-year-old brown and white male cat. He is looking for a lovable family to take him home. He is playful and friendly around people. More...

Police

Police Blotter

March 23 In the 6400 block of Katherine Road, a man, 24, and a Chatsworth woman, 18, were cited for vandalism. A man, 19, was arrested at E. More...

Family

Breakfast is served to help youth

FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY—At top, Simi Valley resident Karen Webster serves up some bacon and pancakes to Mechelle Langley, background, and her children, Alyssa Mendoza, 16, and AJ Langley, 6, duri More...

On The Town

Casino Night helps out troops

LOOKING FOR LADY LUCK— Above, participants wait for their number to hit at the roulette table at the Knights of Columbus Casino Night, held April 5 at Moorpark’s Holy Cross Church parish More...

Santa Su presents ‘The Music Man’

Three showings this weekend in performing arts center

Santa Susana High School’s award-winning musical theater program will present “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. Fri., April 11, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sat., April 12 at the school, 3570 Cochran St., Simi Valley. More...

Robert Irvine to host interactive show in T.O.

“ Dinner: Impossible Live!” with Robert Irvine will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 27 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Columns

Vacation pictures

What’s the best part about being on vacation? Being on vacation, of course! What’s the second-best thing? Looking at your vacation pictures—if you have pictures you enjoy looking at, that is. More...

What a pest

There’s a new critter in town attacking our majestic oaks—and this pest could have a devastating impact. More...

Why are you calling me?

A few Saturday mornings ago I was jolted awake by a phone call at 6:15. “Is this Andrea Gallagher?” “Yes, who’s this?” “This is Lifeline, Mrs. Gallagher. More...

Neighbors

Get your boots on

Round Up returns to Simi tomorrow

The Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley is gearing up for its second annual Round Up—A Rockin’ Country Music Extravaganza at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch this weekend. More...