December 4, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Arrests keep coming in gang-related stabbing

Twelve Simi gang members connected to violent crime in Moorpark

Additional Simi Valley gang members have been arrested nearly seven months after the brutal stabbing of a rival gang member in Moorpark. More...

Health & Wellness

Prevent crime from ruining the holidays

Make sure your gifts make it safely under the tree

It’s that time of year again, when criminals begin looking for opportunities to make their holiday season more enjoyable. Here are some tips to help citizens have a happy holiday. More...

Be a Santa program brings holiday cheer to elderly

The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, is hosting its sixth annual Be a Santa to a Senior program, which provides gifts to seniors who might not otherwise rece More...

Hang stockings with care by the fireplace

Don’t let fire ruin Christmas. Care is the operative word when decorating the home for Christmas, especially around any kind of open flame or other heat source.   More...

Business

Kicking hunger out of the community

Last month, Jason Flame’s Tang Soo Do University participated in a national project called the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. The mission was to deliver a minimum of 100 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need in Moorpark.   More...

Classes can kick-start career

The East County Job & Career Center at 980 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley offers a variety of one-day daytime classes this month in computer basis, resume writing and interview skills. The programs are free for job seekers. More...

Workshop has tips for finding work

Ventura County residents are invited to attend a five-day, nofee Job Search Workshop for unemployed professionals from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon., Dec. 14 through Fri., Dec. 18 at the Job & Career Center, 980 Enchanted Way, Ste. More...

Sports

Quen vs. the quarterback

MHS senior defensive end has 15 sacks in 12 games

Quen Kantaris is a menace on the football field. More...

Saturday night’s main event pits Moorpark vs. Valencia

Moorpark High’s football team will travel to No. 1 seed Valencia in a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinal on Saturday at 7 p.m. More...

Former MHS volleyball standout now a college star

Moorpark High graduate Shannon Thompson has been named the New England Women’s Volleyball Association’s Rookie of the Year. More...

Family

Dedication for veterans home

The first Veterans Home of California in Ventura County will host a grand opening, dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 4 at 10900 Telephone Road, Ventura. The public is invited. More...

Signup for winter rec leagues

The city of Moorpark offers winter indoor basketball and volleyball leagues for adults in the Arroyo Vista Recreation Center Gymnasium, 4550 Tierra Rejada Ave., Moorpark. More...

Marvelous meat marinade

Recipe of the week

This week, Dec. 2 to 8, Vons has specials on both top round London broil and fresh Safeway boneless skinless chicken breast, thighs or combo packs. Both for $1.77 per pound. More...

Dining & Entertainment

“The Road”

And so the apocalypse continues. Hollywood wants to make sure we “get it”—even though times are tough, hey, it could be worse.  More...

Witness ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The High Street Arts Center will present the holiday family comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson from Dec. 4 through 20 at the theater, 45 E. High St., Moorpark.   Showtimes are 8 p.m. More...

Boats will light up Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor kicks off the holidays with its 44th annual holiday Parade of Lights from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 12 at Fisherman’s Wharf in Oxnard, with a parade of decorated boats on the water at 7 p.m.   More...

Columns

Dire wolves

Not long ago I was working with a group of children outdoors. As usual, stories of wilderness adventures began to fly around the circle. More...

Moorpark High School athletes push for P.E. credits

In a perfect world, Tudor Ceara says he would like to play water polo, take a foreign language class and participate in school band activities all at once. More...

Seasonal scam artists seek to prey on your generosity

Commentary

With the holiday season underway, many good-willed individuals express their generosity by giving to those less fortunate.   More...

Mother of young car accident victim was on way to volunteer in Moorpark

Rosa Navarro Rincon talked about her son, Bernardino Rincon, in a quiet, heartbroken voice. More...

Community

Dedicated community activist dies at home

Ruben Castro, 80, longtime head of the Moorpark Food Pantry, died peacefully at his home in Moorpark on Dec. 2.   A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7 at Holy Cross Catholic Church,13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. More...

CHP honors local couple for alerting them to actions of drunken driver

When Brian and Michele Wallin saw a potentially deadly situation on the road, the Moorpark couple decided to take action, and what they did, authorities are now saying, likely saved lives.   More...

T.O. canine nearly world’s tallest dog

It cost Gary Clark almost $1,000 to have the Guinness Book of World Records consider his Great Dane as the tallest living dog in the world, but another canine inched him out.   More...

Schools

Moorpark College team places first in computer programming competition

Moorpark College students Chan Nguyen, Matt Tondreau and Craig Giles competed in the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Southern California Regional Programming Contest at Riverside City College on Nov. More...

CLU to present economic forecast

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting will present its first public state and national outlook from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wed., Dec. More...

Moorpark High presents ‘Play On’

The Moorpark High School Council of Fine Arts will open its fall play “Play On” by Rick Abbot at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 4 at the school’s Performing Arts Center, 4500 Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers DANDY FELLOW—Dandy is a male cocker spaniel mix looking for a new home. He is very friendly and loves to play. More...

Shelter helps seniors adopt older dogs, cats

Mature animals make great pets for the elderly

Senior animals have a hard time getting adopted at local animal shelters. Approximately 20 to 30 percent of the dogs and cats that come through the Ventura County Animal Regulation shelter in Camarillo are five years or older.   More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

Nov. 14   Vandals caused $1,800 in damage to property on Majestic Court.   Nov. 20   Someone stole $400 worth of items from an automated retail location inside a building in the 400 block of Los Angeles Avenue. More...

Faith

Chabad prepares to celebrate Hanukkah

Chabad of Moorpark will present a variety of programs for the Hanukkah season.   •The Jewish Women’s Circle will have a pre-Hanukkah “Stamp It Up” at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. More...

Priest will lead retreat

The Rev. Joe Shea will offer a free two-day retreat featuring 10 suggestions for improving one’s spiritual life in 2010 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wed. and Thurs., Dec. 16 and 17 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. More...

Weekend retreat will explore Jewish mystery wisdom

The Walking Stick Foundation, a Jewish nonprofit organization, will conduct a retreat “From Torah to Tipi” Thurs. to Mon., Dec. 10 through 14, at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University in Simi Valley. More...

Letters

War reenactment critic defends his right flank

I’d like to reply to those who responded to my Nov. 6 letter.   As expected, there were opinions. Some were courteous and polite while some a little more impassioned for their own enigmatic reasons. More...

DUI: An unfortunate holiday tradition

Guest opinion

With the 2009 holiday season now off and running, I am reminded of the many traditions and celebrations that fill our calendars. More...

Editorials

These numbers really add up

Since first published almost 35 years ago, The Acorn newspaper continues to focus on three very important questions: Is it local? Is it local? Is it local?   More...

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