August 15, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Final fields are set for local government races

With nine candidates vying for two open seats on the Simi Valley City Council this year, local voters can bring back some familiar faces or welcome newcomers to the dais—or have it both ways. More...

War Machine on the run

Fugitive MMA fighter a Simi Valley native

Famed mixed martial arts fighter and Simi Valley native Jonathan Koppenhaver is still on the run this week after Las Vegas police named him the primary suspect in a domestic beating that sent his ex-girlfriend to the hospital with broken face bones a More...

Health & Wellness

Nonprofit hopes to help brain injury survivors be independent

Organization will have satellite office at Under One Roof facility

Cherie Phoenix has always been fascinated by medicine and psychology. With a registered nurse as a mother, Phoenix learned a lot about the healthcare industry. More...

Breast cancer survivors make strides

HATS OFF—Above, Tina Brewer of Simi Valley takes off her hat to announce her eight-month-survivor status at the Third Annual Making Strides 5K on Aug. More...

Store donates to breast center

The Simi Valley Brighton Collectibles Store recently donated $2,200 to benefit the Nancy Reagan Breast Center as part of its Power of Pink Campaign. More...

Sports

Running down a dream

COMMENTARY Arroyo Creek Half Marathon

Editor’s note: Acorn sportswriter Gilberto Manzano attempted to relive his high school cross country glory days by competing in the Arroyo Creek Half Marathon last weekend in Simi Valley. More...

Pets

BIG SWEETHEART—

Samoa is an altered female white-and- gray pit bull about 2 years old. She likes to play with toys and play fetch. Samoa likes to be around people. More...

Faith

Synagogue welcomes interfaith families

’Cross section of Jewish culture’ meets at Congregation B’nai Emet

Rabbi Michele Paskow said she loves being part of Congregation B’nai Emet, a small Jewish synagogue in Simi Valley. More...

Family band performs at Lighthouse Church

FAMILY AFFAIR—The Pearce Family Bluegrass Band, left to right, Wil, Catie, Molly Hazel, Janie, Doub and Traci perform at the Lighthouse Bible Church in Simi Valley on Aug. 8. More...

On The Town

“A Most Wanted Man”

“ A Most Wanted Man” is the antidote for all of those effects-laden espionage thriller movies you’ve seen through the years; it’s the way the spy game is most likely actually played. Slowly. Methodically. Carefully. More...

Letters

Officer vying for school board seat

It is with great pleasure that I have entered the race for school board trustee with the Simi Valley Unified School District. As a Simi resident since 1975, I’ve attended Justin, Sequoia and Simi Valley High schools. More...

Blough willing to get hands dirty

For nearly 30 years, I have called Scott Blough a loyal friend. We journeyed together from elementary school to high school graduation and now we are both raising children who will walk the halls of the same campuses we once proudly walked. More...

Mounted patrol would help city

Once again I sat in the Aug. 11 City Council meeting, amazed by the lack of vision displayed by elected officials. More...

Editorials

Cut thefield lab cleanup crew some slack

If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on in regard to the Santa Susana Field Lab, it’s that the 2,850-acre site needs to be cleaned up. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

FOR THE RECORD

It was incorrectly stated in last week’s edition that Marie Herring, owner of the MINT Fashion Exchange, acted in several plays at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. She performed with the Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks. More...

Up in the air

Field lab cleanup may not meet June 2017 deadline

Officials at the Department of Toxic Substances Control are unsure of whether the cleanup of contaminated soil at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory will be completed by a deadline that is now less than three years away. More...

Nottingham Festival organizers eyeing civic center for 2015

This year’s event will continue at Rancho Tapo Community Park

Next year, the third annual Nottingham Festival may expand from one weekend to two weekends and move from its current home at Rancho Tapo Community Park to the Simi Valley Civic Center. More...

Community

Fiction contest underway

The Acorn’s popular annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest is underway, and it’s easy to enter. In 100 words or fewer, write a fiction story and send it to simi@theacorn.com. More...

Senior apartment complex approved

Of 50 units, five will be designated affordable

Senior citizens in Simi Valley will soon have another housing option in the eastern part of Simi Valley. More...

Judge: Voters can’t change pension system

Ruling removes proposal from November ballot

An effort to change Ventura County’s pension system for future employees was derailed earlier this month after a judge ruled that a measure introduced by taxpayer advocates is illegal and cannot go before the voters. More...

Business

Manufacturers discuss workforce

Chamber of Commerce holds development event

Alcoa Fastening Systems in Simi Valley was host to Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Manufacturer’s Roundtable. The event assembled key players from business, education and government to discuss workforce development. More...

Schools

Parents, not just kids, need to prepare for school

COMMENTARY Education

Parents, admit it. You’re kind of excited. It’s finally August. And you know that your first thought when August arrived was, “School starts in a few weeks!” Of course, that was also your child’s first thought. More...

Woodcrest preschools to host community family day

Two Woodcrest Preschools in the Conejo Valley will hold a free community-wide family fun day from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 16 at these locations: 107 Teardrop Court, Newbury Park and 28370 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. More...

Simi local wins scholarship

Karli Berger of Simi Valley won a college scholarship award last month after competing at the state level with Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes leadership and talent among young women. More...

Police

Police Blotter

July 27 A man, 44, was arrested for commercial burglary in the 2800 block of E. Cochran Street. In the 1200 block of Alexander Street, a 37-year-old man was arrested for battery. More...

Family

To make a long story sport

Sports—my 11-year-old son never really got into any of them. Until this year. When he was younger, he played soccer and tried karate, but he didn’t get along with the athleticism part of them. More...

Another little free library comes to town

BOOK LOVERS—Simi Valley residents Mickey and Debbie Shields opened a Little Free Library in front of their home at 1617 Branch Ave. on July 4. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., AUG. 15 Ventura County Astronomical Society More...

Columns

Traveling by the book

When you go on vacation, do you take anyone with you? Besides your family or friends, that is. Have you ever taken Arthur Frommer on vacation? Rick Steves, possibly? Or maybe even the Lonely Planet folks? More...

This Sunday is a purr-fect day for black cats

COMMENTARY Feline Pets

Sleek, majestic, playful and cuddly—what’s not to like about a black cat? This Sunday, Aug. 17, is National Black Cat Appreciation Day, a time to recognize the fine features of these felines and to encourage the adoption of black cats. More...

Neighbors

Baby is family’s silver lining

Doctors saved Brayden Scott Ellison from dying mom’s womb

Piles of toys, diapers and clothes for a baby boy have inundated the home of Simi Valley resident Nicki Ciancio this week. More...

Foundation to host golf tournament

Simi Valley Hospital Foundation will host its annual Golf Classic on Wed., Aug. 27 at Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive. More...

Entries sought for car show

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Susana will hold its annual Kiwanis Kar Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun., Aug. 24 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Cars are needed for the show. More...