January 10, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Kindergarten cutoffs changed for 2014-15

Traditional approach available to SVUSD kids who turn 5 by Sept. 1

Although this school year isn’t quite at the midway point, Simi Valley Unified School District parents need to consider their options if they will have children of kindergarten age entering school in the 2014-15 school year.  More...

Her hat is all that!

FEELING FESTIVE—Simi Valley resident Ruth Ann Fitz-Simmons, right, helps her granddaughter Annabelle Doolan of Corpus Christi, Texas, put on a Chinese New Year hat that she made during a story More...

Health & Wellness

Chase away those holiday blues

Try these tips to create a more optimistic outlook for the future

With the recent holidays, many people have felt a sense of loss, awkwardness or sadness that seems out of place during “the happiest season of all.” Yet it is not uncommon, said Amanda Rosaasen, M.D., a family medicine specialist who prac More...

Library hosting blood drive

The Reagan Library is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues., Jan. More...

Schools

Simi artists strut their stuff

ON SCREEN—Twelfth District PTA President Maria Steck, center, and Sinaloa Middle School student Laura Litauski watch Laura’s shortfilm “One Day in July” during the 12th Distri More...

Commerce comes to life at Simi school

The Simi Elementary gym was awash in activity a week before Christmas. More...

Pets

TITLE WINNER—

Champ is a 3-year-old black-and-white Chihuahua mix, and when it comes to personality, he wins the golden gloves. When this little guy steals your heart, it will be a real knockout! More...

Police

Police Blotter

Dec. 22   In the 1500 block of Glacier Street, a man, 20, was arrested for resisting a police officer during a disturbance call.   More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JAN. 10 Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club 9:30 a.m. at Moorpark Country Club, 11800 Championship Drive. Program on health: multiple sclerosis. $22 for luncheon. RSVP requested. Contact: Lynn Underwood. Phone: 805.552.4909. More...

Letters

Repurposing right move for SVUSD

The school board will soon be meeting to make the final decisions regarding school closures.  As I have read over public comment, it seems that many people are urging the board to make decisions based purely on sentimental desires for the school More...

Be considerate at Simi dog park

Having been a patron of the dog park in Simi Valley since its opening, I would like to remind people of a few simple rules.  Please don’t bring in underage children. More...

Editorials

Stop the suicide epidemic

We are now a little more than a week into 2014, and for the majority of us, our lives have returned to normal after the holiday rush.  Decorations are back in their boxes, must-have gifts are no longer novelties and are already being ignored, an More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Simi continued to shine in 2013

Guest opinion Looking back on last year

The beginning of a new year marks the time to reflect on the previous year’s events, and I would like to invite residents to join me in reviewing the highlights of 2013 for Simi Valley.  The FBI ranked Simi Valley the seventh safest city i More...

Breaking News - 1/10/2014 12:41 PM

Firefighters extinguish Simi garage blaze

Ventura County Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of a garage fire that erupted late Thursday night in the 2200 block of Lysander Avenue.VCFD Capt. More...

FAA declines to make Ventura County a drone zone

Gorell singles out Gov. Brown for lack of support

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Dec. More...

Local business invites Simi teens to come throw their weight around

Competition’s proceeds going to Not One More

Weightlifters of all ages from Simi Valley can soon show off their skills and compete in a friendly contest.  Dubbed “Simi Valley’s Strongest” and created by former weightlifter and Simi Valley resident Jon Eklund, the competit More...

Discount health program helps low-income families

ACE offers low-cost checkups for children

As medical costs and health insurance premiums rise, families often struggle to find insurance coverage that can fit their budgets.  Fortunately, children without insurance who could not qualify for other health programs can receive preventive c More...

Community

SVPD makes arrest in arson case

The Simi Valley Police Department has made at least one arrest after asking for the public’s help in finding a trio of men who they believe set fire to an abandoned house in the 1800 block of Hubbard Street.  The department would not relea More...

New senior group forming in Simi

The formation meeting of the By Seniors for Seniors organization will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. More...

Scientists optimistic about reintroduction of threatened frog in local mountains

Biologists received good news recently about plans to reintroduce the California red-legged frog to the Santa Monica Mountains.  The isolated population in the nearby Simi Hills appears to be healthy and reproducing, which is critical to the su More...

Sports

A rocky road

Pioneer wrestling team endures series of unfortunate events but finds will to fight on

The Pioneers were broken but not beaten.  Simi Valley High’s wrestling team was in danger of having its season canceled after a series of unfortunate events one month before this season.  Randy Lutz, who took over as the Pioneers&rsqu More...

Teams keep chasing Chargers

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ WATER POLO REPORT Marmonte League

Agoura High girls’ water polo has dominated the Marmonte League for a decade.  No Marmonte squad is at the Chargers’ level, but the gap is closing.  Royal and Newbury Park want to dethrone the Chargers, who have won nine straigh More...

WRESTLER TO WATCH

Cano has accomplished many feats in his high school wrestling career.  His next goal is to qualify for the Masters meet. More...

On The Town

High Street Arts Center hosting college students’ one-act plays

The High Street Arts Center presents the fourth annual program of original one-act plays written, acted and directed by Moorpark College students for one weekend only.  Show times are 8 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., Jan. 9 to 11, and a 2 p.m. More...

Theater alliance recognizes top 2013 productions

The county’s six nonunion theaters put on 34 productions in 2013, drawing thousands of patrons to delights such as “Les Miserables,” “Cabaret” and “Forever Plaid,” along with dramatic shows “The Diviner More...

Columns

Travel trends in 2014

If travel is in your future next year, you might be wondering what everyone else is doing, either because you don’t want to miss out on what’s popular or because you want to avoid it.  Regardless, it’s worth looking at what tra More...

Tables for six

At the end of every year, as the ball drops on a brand-new 365 days, I’m always filled with a grand feeling of excitement and anticipation for another 12 months when I can play, seek fresh adventures and basically create a whole new life if I w More...

Neighbors

From resolution to reality

Local pros share insights on making New Year’s goals stick

Self-improvement is on many minds at this time of year.  Men and women around the nation will stamp out their cigarettes, dust off their StairMasters and call their therapists this month in an attempt to make this year better than last.  Th More...