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Health & Wellness

Outdoor activity is fun, but gym provides the real workout

COMMENTARY /// Fitness today

During the summer, it’s plenty easy to get all the physical activity you need outside.  A bike ride in the foothills, a hike on a mountain trail, an afternoon swim or a run through the neighborhood—the great outdoors is so user-frien More...

Procedures aid early lung-lesion diagnosis

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, as part of its comprehensive lung health program, offers a spectrum of minimally invasive procedures that may aid with earlier diagnosis for patients with lung lesions, so those with cancer can get treated as s More...

Business

Economy is improving under Trump, economist says

The economy under President Trump is doing just fine—maybe even better than fine.  That was the message shared by economist Sung Sohn of Cal State University Channel Islands at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s economic More...

Agency under new management

Effective July 1, Rancho Simi Insurance Agency is under new management. “ But we’re keeping it in the family” said Barbera Jakubanis, the agency’s founder. More...

BRIEFS

Service helps youths find work Teens and young adults seeking part-time or full-time summer or year-round employment can call (805) 522-4473 to schedule an appointment with the Simi Valley Youth Employment Service (YES). More...

Sports

From Hell and back

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Three years away from UFC, Vinc Pichel wins in first-round KO

Vinc Pichel never imagined a single text message would bring so much joy. The former Ultimate Fighter semifinalist, who was in the midst of a three-year hiatus from competing, received a brief text message from his manager, Jason House, on March 29. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

June 25  In the 4700 block of Promenade Street, an 18-year-old man was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a family member.  A man, 35, was cited for battery in the 1500 block of Sabina Circle. More...

Family

Dog’s fun feeder seems to be no fun at all

Family Man

Our pet beagle eats his food fast—really fast. I wondered if we should do something about it.  More...

On The Town

Holding out for a gyro? Try Hummus Bros.

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT Acorn Epicurean

The next time you spend a day shopping at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks and are hit by the urge to eat, check out Hummus Bros. in the downstairs food court. More...

‘The Hero’ engages the heart and mind

The Movie Nut

What can you say about a story of a 71-year-old man dying of pancreatic cancer?  That it’s occasionally painful to watch? That it wanders around a bit trying to find its sense of direction? More...

Chefs take on cookie cuisine

Fundraiser benefits SoCal Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will host its third annual Fork It Over fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 3 at the Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. More...

Columns

When caregiving becomes too much

Other Side of 50

Over the years, I’ve watched family caregivers perform heroic acts in caring for their loved ones. More...

SoCal waters really are the coldest

Flying Squirrel

It’s summer. You’re lying on a towel at one of our local beaches. The blazing sun has warmed you up and it’s time to cool off in the ocean. You stand, take a few steps toward the surf, and it hits you—HOLY COW THE SAND IS HOT! More...

Vacation Photos

TAKE YOUR SIMI VALLEY ACORN ON VACATION

How to submit:  Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene.The 2017 Take Your Acorn on Vacation winners will be announced in the fall.   More...

Mixed-use ‘village’ one step closer to approval

Four-story hotel would anchor site

A plan to build a mixed-use “village” with shops, apartments, offices and a hotel in the western end of Simi Valley is headed to the planning commission July 26 for its next round of city approvals. More...

Fireworks calls trigger extra patrols

Four citations issued over 5 days

Despite a variety of options to view legal fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday, many residents are still choosing to put on illegal displays in their neighborhoods, according to authorities. More...

Community

Neighborhood councils recruiting board members

The City of Simi Valley is accepting applications for neighborhood council executive board members.  The councils meet on a monthly basis to:  Give residents the opportunity to voice their concerns or ask questions about their neighborhood More...

New lead defender takes office

Howeth has been with county for 27 years

A nationwide search for Ventura County’s lead public defender ended where it started—with a familiar face in the county court.  Todd Howeth, an assistant public defender for Ventura County since 2012, was appointed chief public defen More...

Proposed bill would limit county’s ability to contract out for services

A proposed bill that aims to place stricter controls on dealings between county governments and private contractors could result in higher costs and fewer vital services for Ventura County residents, local officials said. More...

Schools

Elementary teacher graduates from educators’ space academy

Lesson plans based on NASA content

Jana Saffro, who teaches fourth grade at Atherwood Elementary School, recently graduated from the weeklong Space Academy for Educators at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U. S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. More...

Tornadoes are the tops

LITTLE TWISTERS—The WAGS U-10 Bronze Tornadoes took first place in the 14th annual Amanda McPherson All-Star Tournament in Simi Valley last month. More...

YMCA offering group, private swim lessons

Southeast Ventura County YMCA branches are offering opportunities for adults and kids to learn to swim and become water safe during the summer.  One-week sessions are running through Aug. 19.  More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

HEAR HIM ROAR—Tiger is a neutered domestic cat about 10 years old. He is kind and enjoys being petted. If you would like to adopt Tiger ask for ID No. A666040 at Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Faith

A Summer tradition at St. Rose

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Reseda church members clear debris from Arroyo

About 50 members of the World Mission Society Church of God in Reseda went to work cleaning up the Arroyo Simi on July 9.  The church worked in partnership with the Simi Valley Public Works Department to remove a hefty amount of debris from the More...

Interfaith Council welcomes residents

Residents and faith-based community members and leaders are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Council.  The council will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. More...

Calendar

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SAT., JULY 15 Democratic Women's Council Of Conejo Valley More...

Letters

History Day was a delight

I want to take a moment to thank Nancy Kidd, event coordinator at Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, for her amazing work in getting the famous Ramon Becerra to History Day last month.  More...

Pet rescuers deserve thanks

I would like to publicly thank the hard-working volunteers of Simi Valley Missing Pets and Dog Day Search and Rescue for their tremendous dedication to the animals of Simi Valley and for ensuring that any stray or missing pet is taken care of during More...

How would SB 54 affect families?

I was so sorry to see your editorial board pressing our Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to publicly oppose Senate Bill 54 in the name of public safety. The board quotes Sheriff Geoff Dean, who is opposed to SB 54.  More...

Editorials

Enjoy our natural wonders, but please do so responsibly

EDITORIAL

Our readers like to get outdoors and take in all the natural beauty Ventura County has to offer. There are those who relish hiking and biking throughout the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains and those who love to surf and swim at our local beaches. More...

Political Cartoon

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Neighbors

Holding out hope for a match

Bone marrow transplant could cure Simi boy

When Jeremy Allen was born July 5, 2016, he seemed to be a healthy baby boy. More...