August 11, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Neighbors speak out against Bellwood plan

Four-story apartment building proposed

Tempers flared at a neighborhood meeting at the Bellwood Center last week, where developers discussed a proposal to transform the struggling Alamo Street commercial plaza into a mixed-used development with a four-story apartment building.  More...

Health & Wellness

Supporting a grieving parent

Other Side of 50

Last week I asked my mother if there was something she thought I should write about in my column. Quick to reply, she said, “How does one cope when their spouse is dying?” “What do you mean by cope?” I asked. More...

Workshops help families affected by Alzheimer’s

Topics include financial, legal matters

Attorney Craig Ploss will give a free presentation on legal and financial issues for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease from 10 a.m. to noon Tues., Aug. More...

Business

Virtual tour explores NASA test stands

National Park Service documents portion of SSFL

In cooperation with NASA, the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program has produced an interactive, virtual tour of the test stand areas at the Santa Susana Field Lab in the southern hills of Simi Valley.  The virtual tour in More...

Museum receives $250K in funding

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors will give a one-time contribution of $125,000 to help fund the Museum of Ventura County’s reorganization plan to stem a five-year trend of deficit spending and create a new business model. More...

Top performing real estate agents identified

Three Simi Valley agents make the list

Multiple salespeople from offices in the Conejo, Las Virgenes and Simi valleys earned their way into the 2017 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents report.  The report ranks the most productive residential real estate agents and te More...

Pets

Why are my cats fighting?

Identify which one is the ‘alpha cat’

We all start out with high hopes of our darling, loving, little kittens growing up and staying that way. However, Mother Nature has other plans for cats that live in groups. More...

Pet of the Week

SWEETHEART—Flower is about 8 years old. She is curious, but timid. If you would like to adopt Flower, ask for ID No. A666923 at Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Faith

Pastor leaves legacy of laughter and love

For the past 48 years, the Rev. Gary Alan Dickey has written a sermon in preparation for every Sunday. All, that is, but one. For his final sermon at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village on June 25, Dickey didn’t write a single word. More...

Interfaith community council hosts first meeting

The newly formed Simi Valley Interfaith Community Council will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Tues., Aug. 15 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Entrance is at the back of the building south side. More...

On The Town

Tasty temptations abound at Ventura County Fair

Corn dogs, funnel cakes, deep-fried Twinkies. For some, the once-a-year fried feast is the reason to come to the Ventura County Fair. More...

Letters

‘Mega-structure’ is too tall, dense

I am writing to protest AMG & Associates’ proposed redevelopment of the Bellwood Plaza at the corner of Alamo and Tapo streets. The Bellwood Plaza has been an eyesore and potential crime scene for years.  More...

Bellwood project ‘out of character’

Alex Gevorgian’s development company, AMG & Associates, proposes to build a four-story apartment complex with 278 units on the corner of Tapo and Alamo. More...

Building would change area’s feel

In response to the letter by Alex Gevorgian from AMG & Associates in the July 28 issue, I feel this letter was very one-sided and didn’t take into account any of the real concerns that people raised in the neighborhood council meeting (whic More...

Neighbors

Determined veteran wins long battle against obesity

Daniel Pena wins $100K in Beachbody Challenge

Daniel Pena’s “before” photo reveals the frustration in his eyes. The picture was taken four years ago when the Simi Valley man weighed 350 pounds, which is considered morbidly obese. He didn’t start out that way. More...

‘I’ve had such a good, full life’

On a warm, sunny afternoon last week, Mary Verble Smallman sat in her home in Simi Valley’s Friendly Village, dressed to the nines with her hair and nails done, reminiscing about her life.  More...

Officers forgo pay hikes for four years

City agrees to increase medical benefits in exchange

The Simi Valley Police Officers Association has agreed to forgo salary increases for the next four years as part of a tentative labor contract with the City of Simi Valley.  More...

Park district eyes December move-in

Renovations underway at new headquarters

Despite a clerical snafu that pushed back the project’s completion date by two months, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District officials plan to finish renovating their new headquarters by the end of this year.  More...

Community

Park district in a pickle over tennis courts

Rivalry brewing between sport groups

A solitary crow glided down from its spot atop a tree at Rancho Simi Community Park and landed in an empty tennis court next to the one where Nelson Vinson was lobbing balls to his 14-year-old son, Luis Antonio. More...

Motorist killed in solo crash

Incident marks fourth fatal collision in Simi Valley since Jan. 1

A Long Beach man was killed in a solo vehicle crash over the weekend, marking the fourth fatal collision in Simi Valley this year. Marcus Dooley, 39, was killed Sun., Aug. 6. More...

Annual air show ready for takeoff

The 37th annual Wings Over Camarillo Air Show, presented by California Aeronautical University, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Aug. 19 and 20, at the Camarillo Airport.  More...

Sports

Stars of the diamond

GOLDEN GIRLS—Simi Valley Girls Softball’s U-10 Gold team took first place in a recent all-star tournament in Irvine. The team finished the season with a 28-12 record. More...

A dream and a golden voice

Hall of Fame announcer and Acorn sports writer connect over Ecuador & baseball

My grandmother, Patricia Encalada, isn’t the biggest Los Angeles Dodgers fan.  But it wasn’t uncommon for her in the 1980s to turn the TV channel to the ball game after a long day of hand-painting flowers onto Metlox dinnerware.  More...

All Set for Kindergarten

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Police

POLICE BLOTTER

July 23 A woman, 23, and a man, 25, were cited in the 1200 block of Madera Road on a misdemeanor warrant and for possessing drug paraphernalia.  In the 2900 block of E. More...

Caretaker stole from elderly, police say

A caretaker at a Thousand Oaks assisted living home has been accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the facility’s elderly residents. Jose Manuel Orozco, 21, worked at Sunrise Senior Living on Townsgate Road in the Westlake portion of T.O. More...

Family

Young stars are ‘Broadway Bound’

ARTS’ Musical Theatre Intensive   Workshop will present “Broadway Bound” at 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. More...

Corriganville Park hosts ‘Faery Hunt’

The show “A Faery Hunt Magic in Sherwood Forest” will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., Aug. More...

Nottingham Fest holds auditions

The fifth annual Nottingham Festival is looking for all types of performers for the first two weekends of November in Simi Valley.  The fest is a traditional Renaissance fair produced by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi.  More...

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FRI., AUG. 11 Newcomers-Encore Club Of Conejo Valley 9:45 a.m. outside the food court, The Oaks mall, Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Chat with members, learn about club activities, meet new people. Contact: Sharon. Phone: 805.529.9048. More...

Editorials

County takes a look into the future—wants your help

What will Ventura County look like in 2040? Will it have autonomous cars, high-rises or a whole new job sector in an industry that hasn’t been invented yet?  More...

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