February 24, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Simi Valley’s crime rate heading in the right direction

Part I infractions reach lowest point in city’s history

According to the latest crime statistics released by the Simi Valley Police Department, 2011 was the best year on record. More...

Health & Wellness

Ladder safety: Tips to avoid a slip

When going up a ladder, you want to make sure to come back down on your own terms. It doesn’t always happen that way. According to the U.S. More...

Free vision screening available

Free vision screening will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 25 at Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. All ages are welcome. More...

Family dentist opens new Simi Valley office

Josie Dovidio, DDS, has opened a new office at 2045 Royal Ave., Ste. 109, Simi Valley. Dovidio has been providing comprehensive dentistry to local families since 1997. More...

Schools

Choosing a major with job prospects in mind

In recent years, a bleak job market, increasing college costs and unprecedented levels of student debt have made students and parents anxious about choosing a marketable college major. More...

Special Ed advocates to meet

The Special Education Advocacy Group for parents of schoolage children with special needs will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fri., March 2 at 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste. 201, Westlake Village. The meeting will feature a question-and-answer format. More...

La Reina High hosts info night

La Reina High School will host an information meeting for parents of prospective students from 7 to 8 p.m. Tues., March 6 in the school’s cafeteria, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

PATCHWORK KITTY—Daisy is a small, domestic shorthair calico. She is sweet and affectionate. If you would like to adopt Daisy, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

You are one of a kind, like it or not!

“Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else— and failing.” — Raymond Radiate More...

St. Max ministry helps local charities

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks is gearing up to stock the shelves of more than two dozen charities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Project Response, an outreach ministry established at the church in 2001. More...

Obituaries

Joe Carnahan

Joe was born in home in Akron, Ohio on October 13, 1918. His parents, Joseph Baines Sr. and Gertrude Evelyn had four children. More...

Calendar

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FRI., FEB. 24 Ventura County Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta 7 p.m. at the Plaza Cinema, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. Red carpet screening of Tyler Perry’s movie “Good Deeds.” All proceeds benefit scholarships, service projects. $13. More...

Motoring

Simi auto dealers get pass on grass

In another attempt to help stimulate the local economy, city leaders signed off on a request last week permitting Simi Valley auto dealers to display some of their new vehicles on the grass areas along First Street. More...

Letters

Becerra’s job plan a welcome idea

I’m a local business owner who was fortunate to receive redevelopment funding. I can safely say I would not be in business without these critical dollars. More...

Shading the truth a shady practice

I did not think it was always necessary to tell the truth. As a salesman, if a little bit of shading of the truth could make me a sale, it was okay to shade it. More...

Letter causes a case of the funnies

I am writing to thank Dan Smith for last month’s brilliantly hilarious letter in praise of Newt Gingrich. His demonstration of comic genius had my family and I in stitches. More...

Community leaders discuss heroin issue

Task force recommended to put plan into action

In the wake of last week’s massive “Heroin Sucks” rally at city hall, community leaders are ready to join the ranks of residents crusading against the upward trending— and oftentimes deadly—drug abuse problem in Simi Val More...

Transient arrested in major fraud scheme

Last weekend Simi Police cuffed a transient in connection with multiple fraudulent schemes, including forging close to $2 million in U.S. Postal Service money orders. More...

Community

Simi man arrested in swindling case

A Simi Valley man is facing nine felony charges and potentially more than a decade in jail after being accused of swindling upwards of $250,000 from the estate of a deceased client. More...

New face in district race

Three-term Assemblymember Julia Brownley announced Monday that she is joining the race for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District. More...

Murder suspect’s arraignment postponed

The arraignment of Jose Escobar- Monterrozo, who is charged with the slaying of Simi Valley resident and mother of two Claudia Menjivar, has been continued until April 2. Escobar-Monterrozo, 35, was scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 17. More...

Business

Job center hosting workshop

The Outstanding Professionals Employment Network helps unemployed professionals jump-start their job searches. OPEN will provide a fiveday workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day from Mon. More...

Tax service opens new Simi Valley office

Liberty Tax Service has opened a new office in Simi Valley at 1115 E. Los Angeles Ave. in the Mountain Gate plaza between El Pollo Loco and Valley Produce. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during tax season. More...

Sports

Marmonte wrestlers take fight to Temecula

League sends 16 to Masters meet

Postseason wrestling is a merciless, unforgiving grind. Boys become men. Young men break down. The broken rise again. More...

Highlanders undone in double OT

SUDDEN DEATH—Royal High soccer player Alvaro Magana, center, stretches to control a pass during Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1 second-round playoff matchup against Loyola. More...

RHS boys power into basketball quarterfinal

The Highlanders want to do one thing. “ Keep winning,” said Craig Griffin, the head coach of the Royal High boys’ basketball team. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Feb. 8 At First Street and the 118 Freeway, a 37-year-old man was arrested for driving on a suspended license. In the 5900 block of E. More...

Family

Bedcrime story

My 8-year-old son has to make his bed every morning. But there’s a problem. More...

Conejo YMCAs host spring break camps

The local branches of the YMCA will present weeklong spring camps in Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Agoura Hills to coincide with times when school is not in session. More...

Workshops allow youths to explore career paths

Day focuses onfields of science, technology, engineering and math

Brighter Horizons, the 10th annual career exploration day for children in grades five through nine, will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Sat., March 10 on the campus of California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Taking a trip down ‘Avenue Q’

Master craftsman Sean Harrington created puppets for ‘Sesame Street’ satire

The performers stand quietly at attention in a row, mouths agape, waiting for the director to show up. They are unable to move, not just because they’re stuck on poles, but because they have only a head and a torso. More...

The envelope, please—Acorn Movie Nut goes Oscar

Although I try to see every movie nominated in every major Oscar category, intelligently picking winners remains problematic. More...

Local authors to share recent works

The Ventura County Writers Club will sponsor Well Red, an evening of local authors reading and selling their latest releases, from 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., March 30 at the Ojai Women’s Club, 411 E. Ojai Ave. More...

Editorials

Battle royale in race for Congress

Now it really gets interesting. Just as one leading Democrat exits the race for the U.S. 26th Congressional District, another one enters. More...

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Neighbors

Trail Tamers

OFF THE BEATEN PATH—Above, from back left, Rose Teszler of Newton, Mass., T. More...

City still seeking ag designs

The City of Simi Valley invites the public to submit design ideas to the city’s flag design contest to create the first official Simi Valley flag. The deadline to submit a design is 5 p.m. Wed., Feb. 29. More...

Active Adult PROGRAMS

The Simi Valley Senior Center presents the following programs. Unless otherwise noted, activities take place at the center, 3900 Avenida Simi. For more information and registration, call the center at (805) 583-6363. More...