September 1, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Local private eye relies on K-9 sense

Simi Valley parents grateful for work of retired cop dog

Every time Pita detects the scent of drugs, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois freezes and stares at the spot it’s emanating from, remaining fixated on the target until her handler rewards her with a toy ball. More...

Health & Wellness

Surf's Up at CPR camp

LIFESAVERS— Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center joined forces this month with the Malibu Makos Surf Camp, Los Angeles County Fire Department and local lifeguards to provide a special safety demonstration at Malibu beach. More...

Lace up your shoes, stay fit

FITNESS TODAY /// Walk, don’t run Walking is great low-impact exercise

Walking. It’s probably the easiest and most accessible exercise a person can do, which probably explains why so many of us opt to add a stroll to our routines when trying to tone up. More...

Business

Teachers become students at Amgen

ONLINE LEARNING—About 25 math and biology teachers from Conejo Valley and Simi Valley unified school districts visited Amgen’s headquarters in Newbury Park on Aug. 7 to learn about Khan Academy’s content and teacher tools. More...

Reverse mortgages can help retirees

COMMENTARY /// Personal finance

The reverse mortgage can give retirees a financial reprieve Many homeowners review their mortgage bill statements with a range of mixed emotions. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

EYING A NEW OWNER—Jay Catsby is very kind, timid and has big curious eyes. If you would like to adopt Jay Catsby, ask for ID No. A661463 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. More...

Fair goat nets record $31K at auction for special cause

Amelia Gallardo has a rare chromosome abnormality known as tetrasomy 18p. She was born with 47 chromosomes instead of 46, the typical number.  More...

Faith

Pastor believes faith is trusting God

The Rev. Duncan Filmer believes faith is trusting that God will provide, even when all seems lost. “Believing is not a head thing, it’s something in the heart,” said the pastor of Grace Harvest Ministries in Moorpark. More...

Temple to host workshops for tweens and teens

Classes will teach coping skills

Temple Adat Elohim, a Reform Jewish community, will host a series of public workshops to help parents and their tweens and teens manage the challenges of teenage life.  The three workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 17, Oct. More...

On The Town

Cafe serves up hearty ranch-style meals

Acorn Epicurean

For the past 34 years, Dorothy Johnson has been serving hearty breakfast and lunch dishes at her restaurant, Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon Cafe, in Old Town Camarillo. More...

Daring musical looks at relationship from time-twisted perspective

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Last Five Years’ Acclaimed show looks at failed marriage

Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy marries girl, boy and girl break up. There’s nothing unusual about this sequence of events, which is almost as common onstage as it is in real life. More...

Letters

Impressed by library service

My daughter-in-law is a middle school teacher. When she heard I was going to the Simi Valley Library to purchase some used books, she asked if I would look for and buy a couple of books she wanted to use in her class.  More...

In defense of natural lawns

I have a green lawn. It’s very healthy and doesn’t use near as much water as you might think, but I don’t think the water watchers want to hear that. More...

Don’t pass that stopped bus

As most of you are aware, school bus transportation is provided to students within SVUSD who are enrolled in one or more of the special-needs programs at our schools. 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...

New apartment complex coming to Patricia Ave.

The second time proved to be a charm for a local developer whose plan to replace a vacant house with an apartment building in the western end of town received unanimous support from the Simi Valley planning commission.  More...

School officials urge parents, students to beware

Police are looking for a man who reportedly attempted to lure a teen into his truck earlier this week while she was walking home from school. More...

Community

New editor ready to engage, connect with Simi Valley community

Longtime Acorn staff writer Sylvie Belmond has been named editor of the Simi Valley Acorn. Belmond, 55, replaces Darleen Principe, who stepped down Sept. 5 to pursue a master’s degree in mass communications. More...

Cops make giant meth haul

Police seized 17 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $600,000 during a traffic stop in Simi Valley last week, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.  More...

Bus stop brawl ends in attempted murder charge

A fight between two homeless men at a Simi Valley bus stop over the weekend has resulted in one of them charged with attempted murder. The incident happened around 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 26 at the corner of Cochran Street and Galena Avenue, police said. More...

Schools

Makerspaces make landing on college campuses

In a major shift sure to challenge stereotypes of colleges as quiet halls of study, California is investing millions to transform campuses into work centers where teams of students can get their hands dirty building things. More...

Sports

Who will rise to the top?

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL /// Coastal Canyon League Simi Valley, Royal girls’ volleyball squads will battle for league glory

Parity rules among high school girls’ volleyball teams in the Coastal Canyon League. “I love that about this league,” Royal head coach Kristine Connolly said. “It’s a very tight race. More...

Football returns to valley

FOOTBALL /// Royal, Simi Valley, Grace Brethren Highlanders open season with satisfying comeback victory at Buena; Pioneers, Lancers endure rockier starts

The long-awaited return of prep football brought highs and lows for the teams that call Simi Valley home.  Royal High dug itself out of an early hole to pull off a 28-22 comeback victory against Buena on Aug. 25. More...

Police

POLICE BLOTTER

Aug. 13 A man, 19, was cited in the 1500 block of Rory Lane for possessing drug paraphernalia. In the 2000 block of N. Avenida Refugio, a 32-year-old man was arrested for violating a domestic protective order. More...

Family

Back to school means no more fun

Family Man

Summer has come to an end, which means the fun is over. They were there for good times in the mornings on days I went to work late, and they were there when I got home at night to plays games or watch TV. More...

Reading buddies turn the pages

LISTENERS UNLEASHED—Above, 5-year-old Penélope Feit of Simi Valley reads to Crystal during the Bark Buddies reading event at Simi Valley Library on Aug. 23. More...

YMCA to host first Memorial Award Gala

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA will host the inaugural Joel and Frances McCrea Memorial Award Gala at 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village.  More...

Calendar

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SAT., SEPT. 2 AAUW Thousand Oaks 9 a.m. at Stella's Gourmet Restaurant, 2385 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. Coffee and chat, informal small group open to prospective members. Web: http://aauwto-ca.aauw.net. Gardening Workshop More...

Columns

Love makes the world go round

Single Files

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new love in my life! We met for the first time Sat., Aug. 5 when I went with my friend to San Diego for the day. More...

Editorials

The hurricane hit hard, but you can help

As the rain fell in thick fat sheets, a small aluminum boat motored slowly across the murky water. At the wheel was a man dressed in a rain jacket and waders. Sitting on the bow was another man wearing a hard hat and slicker. More...

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Neighbors

Derby Darlins jam, block, let off steam

Whistles, shoulder slams, collisions and timeouts. Football, right? Not quite. It’s roller derby. More...