December 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Acorn coming out a day early for Christmas

Both Acorn offices in Agoura Hills and Camarillo will close at noon today, Dec. 11.   Also, deadlines for the Acorn editions of Dec. 24 and 25 will advance 24 hours. More...

Health & Wellness

Improve your health by helping others

Contemplating a New Year’s resolution to improve your health? Consider this: People who volunteer at a charity or nonprofit organization get a “twofer”: they help others while boosting their own health.   More...

Eligibility update for H1N1 vaccine

In an updated listing, the Ventura County Public Health Department announced the following people as eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine.   •Children and young adults from ages 6 months to 24 years. More...

Got a medical question? Consult a nurse

Residents can access free real-time health information from registered nurses anytime day or night through ConsultA-Nurse, available through Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. More...

Schools

Legion commends Boys State representative

MAKE US PROUD—2009 Boys State selection Matias Friz, a student at Moorpark High School, receives a certificate of appreciation from Moorpark American Legion Post 502 Boys State Chairman Doug Bry More...

Volunteer at library, earn Disneyland pass

The Moorpark Friends Of The Library will offer a Give a Day– Get a Disney Day promotion in 2010. More...

Transportation supervisor moving on

SAFETY CAME FIRST— Moorpark school leaders recognized transportation supervisor Jane Lavallee, left, at a board meeting on Tuesday. Lavallee will retire soon after 29 years with the district. More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

Nov. 29   A driver was cited for operating a vehicle without a valid license on Los Angeles Avenue near Park Lane.   Police arrested a man who allegedly committed domestic violence on Hartford Court.   Nov. 30   More...

Package thefts spur police to issue warning

Thieves likely followed delivery trucks

The police department in neighboring Simi Valley recently received reports from residents who had packages delivered, then stolen, from in front of their homes.   More...

Faith

Giving in the true holiday spirit

Commentary

The holidays are a time of giving and receiving gifts. The question most often asked of people is “What did you get?” Much less frequently asked is “What did you give?”   More...

B’nai Emet to light Hanukkah menorah

The lighting of the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah will be at 8 p.m. tonight, Dec. 11 at Congregation B’nai Emet, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. More...

Choir presents Christmas musical

The Moorpark Community Church Choir and Chamber Orchestra will present a performance of “Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin’” by Lloyd Larson and Pamela Martin at 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Mama Rita’s

My maternal grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. More...

Grants open to arts groups

The Ventura County Community Foundation is accepting proposals for grants to highlight arts produced in Ventura County with an emphasis on art programming produced by or for youths, seniors and traditionally underrepresented groups.   More...

Students can win opportunity to play onstage with jazz legend

The Ventura Music Festival is sponsoring the third annual Student Jazz Competition, open to all high school students in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. More...

Editorials

Make plastic bags a thing of the past

Light and disposable and relatively cheap, they used to be a convenience. But plastic shopping bags now carry a bad rap.   They litter the neighborhoods and clog storm drains and sewers. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Skater nirvana

PUTTING ON A SHOW—Professional skateboarder Josh “Skreech” Sandoval of Fullerton came out with Gravity Skateboards to try out a few moves inside the backyardstyle pool at the new ska More...

Water rate increase threatens agriculture, critics say

County approves expected hikes

Only four Moorpark residents came out to protest a 16 percent increase in water rates at a special meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Tuesday in Simi Valley. More...

Community

Barker named school board president

‘We must create the vision and then solve the problems,’ he says

School leaders selected a new president and vice president to lead the Moorpark Unified School District board of trustees in the coming year. The switch occurred at a reorganization meeting this week.   More...

Military man honored for helping vets

SHARING WAR STORIES—Col. More...

D.A. dismisses charges against kennel owner

Woman says she’s looking forward to restoring business’ reputation

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office has decided to dismiss all criminal charges against the owner of Golden Meadows Kennel.   More...

Business

Hospital hires Simi Valley council member

Foster will serve as director of marketing, communications

Simi Valley Hospital has hired Councilmember Michelle Foster to serve as its new director of marketing and communication.   Her first day of work will be Jan. 12. More...

Retro soda shop opens

The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop has opened at 30823 Thousand Oaks Blvd., in the TJ Maxx/North Ranch Gateway shopping center, Westlake Village.   More...

Take to the skies in fighter jet

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing in Camarillo has a special program to let the public experience flight in an authentic warbird, a North American SNJ-5 (AT-6) Texan and a Fairchild PT-19A Cornell.   More...

Sports

Musketeers look to settle the score

Moorpark tackles Westlake with CIF football title on the line

This isn’t just the game of the year.   It’s the biggest high school football game in the history of the Marmonte League.   Moorpark and Westlake will play tonight at 7 p.m. More...

OCHS faces Serra in clash of unbeaten powers

As far as championship rematches go, this one ranks near the top.   The undefeated football teams from Oaks Christian and Serra high schools will do battle tonight for the CIFSouthern Section Northwest Division crown. More...

Mighty Mites play big in championship

The Moorpark Packers Gold Mighty Mite squad won an overtime classic against Fillmore Silver for the Gold Coast Youth Football League’s Division II crown at Fillmore High. More...

Family

Curbside pickup available to recycle Christmas trees

Each year, millions of Christmas trees brighten up homes and children’s hearts. But after the presents are opened and the ornaments removed, the once-sparkling tree often gets hauled out to the curb. More...

Holiday toy choo-choo will chug into Moorpark

The Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will arrive at the Moorpark Metrolink train station at 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13. Motorists can use the station entrance off Moorpark Avenue, just north of Poindexter Avenue. More...

CHP hosting toy drive

The California Highway Patrol is sponsoring the CHiPs for Kids toy drive. Citizens may bring a new, unwrapped toy to Walgreens or the CHP Moorpark Office at 610 Spring Road through Dec. 20. More...

Letters

Sordid details of suicide were hurtful to children

This is in response to the article printed in the Acorn concerning the death of David Bagwell (Nov. 27).   Your complete lack of sensitivity and compassion has outraged my family. David was loved by his friends and family. More...

New post office nothing to be ‘jazzed’ about

The story, “Community jazzed over new High St. post office” (Moorpark Acorn , Dec. More...

Mother hopes Christmas grinches rethink actions

I sit here tonight typing this letter and wonder if it will strike home with anyone.   Last week I put up just a couple of decorations in our yard. More...