May 14, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

It pays to legislate

Special report

A sagging economy, double-digit unemployment and budget cutbacks have Golden State voters pointing their fingers at those who serve in the capital—from governor down to legislative aides. More...

Health & Wellness

Donations to Lions Club will benefit visually impaired

The Lions Club of Simi Valley-Moorpark will host White Cane Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., May 22 at Vons at Erringer- Cochran in Simi Valley; Albertsons at 475 W. Los Angeles Ave. More...

Stir up veggies for healthy meal

Recipe of the week

Veggie stir fry 1 teaspoon cornstarch ¼ cup orange juice 2 tbsp. soy sauce 1 medium carrot, julienned 1 cup fresh broccoli florets 1 cup cut fresh green beans 2 tbsp. More...

A play at the plate

ALMOST THERE—Mattea Ghaffary stretches to tag out assistant coach Ross Adachi during practice last week at Mountain Meadows Park. Mattea plays for Moorpark Girls’ Softball 12U Cuties. More...

Sports

Area running backs chasing NFL dream

Kackert, Henderson sign as undrafted free agents

Two men share the same dream—to play in the NFL. Chad Kackert and Alex Henderson have already beaten the odds to make it this far. But these underdogs want to keep going. Kackert and Henderson have a lot in common. More...

Marmonte baseball coaches looking to send composite bats out of the park

Matt La Belle wants to put an end to the use of composite baseball bats in the Marmonte League and, perhaps, the entire CIF-Southern Section.   The Simi Valley High head varsity coach cites safety concerns as his No. More...

MHS athletes perform well in spring playoffs

Thomas Lim of the Moorpark High boys’ golf team will compete at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Northern Regional at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard on Monday. More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

April 7   Someone caused $450 in damage, spray painting property at an apartment complex in the 4700 block of Moorpark Avenue. More...

Burning car on 118 Freeway starts brush fire

Driver may have been intoxicated

A car on fire slowed eastbound traffic on the 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak Road and caused a small brushfire on a nearby hillside last week. More...

Family

Families can share ideas on new website

A Moorpark resident and mother has created a new website, www.MoorparkFamily.com, that provides families a simple, safe place to gather, share resources and opinions, meet others, learn about local events, and build a tight-knit community.   More...

Go backpacking with Venture Crew

Venture Crew 9642 will host a Backpacking Adventure Program for beginning and experienced hikers, with backpacking trips and day hikes scheduled for May, June, July and August. More...

Ask the Arborist

Q. This query comes from Tom in Agoura. He wrote, “I have three camphor trees in my rear yard and one of them has started to bear black berries in very large quantities. More...

Letters

Entitlements threaten California

I want to commend the Moorpark Acorn for the editorial published in their April 23 issue (“Join public service, retire rich”).   I don’t know who wrote it, as it was on their Opinion page, but it was right on. More...

Vote Howell to state Assembly

I encourage all conservative Republicans to vote for Robert Howell for state Assembly in the 37th District on June 8.   Having met and spoken to Robert, I truly believe he is exactly the candidate that we need to represent us in Sacramento. More...

Editorials

Election on June 8 should be more fun than usual

Several political races in Ventura County will be decided on Tues., June 8. If you’re a political junkie, this is the first primary election in years—maybe forever—that’s really interesting on a local level.   More...

Cartoon

Full Story

What are good schools worth to you?

Guest opinion

Part one of a two-part special comment There is a delicate balance in nature between organisms and their physical environment.   The study of ecology concentrates on the stability of ecosystems. More...

Survey says citizens would support a parcel tax

School district instead focuses on bond measure

A community survey conducted by Moorpark Unified School District last month revealed that about 60 percent of residents would be willing to pay more taxes to preserve school programs and prevent further class size increases. More...

Resident urges joggers to use the sidewalk

Greg Gillis-Smith fears a serious accident is waiting to happen in a city bike lane—with the victim not a cyclist but a jogger. More...

Community

Former first lady tells stories from her life to packed audience at Reagan Library

Bush touting new memoir, ‘Spoken From the Heart’

The Reagan Library played host to two former first ladies this week. More...

Moorpark vets celebrate Armed Forces Day

Post to serve free lunch for military personnel

The American Legion in Moorpark will host a barbecue for veterans, active duty and reserve military and their families from noon to 4 p.m., or when the food is gone, us on Armed Forces Day, tomorrow, May 15 at the Veterans Memorial Grove in Poindext More...

Position is open on planning commission

Qualified residents asked to apply

The Moorpark City Council asks that interested citizens submit an application for consideration for appointment to the Moorpark Planning Commission. One vacancy for an existing term is open. More...

Schools

Take advantage of ‘summer melt’

I recently sat down with the admissions dean at a liberal arts college who told me she and many of her colleagues at other schools are worried about the possibility of serious summer melt this year. More...

Scholarship winners named

The Moorpark Youth Activities Committee has selected the recipients of the 2010 Pay It Forward scholarships. More...

Flory PTA attends state convention

Parent volunteer leaders from Flory Academy of Science and Technology PTA recently returned from the California State PTA’s 111th annual convention that took place in Sacramento in April and May 2.   More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

CURIOUS KITTY—Bodhi is a 1-year old gray male domestic shorthair cat. He is cute and soft and loves attention. More...

Faith

Are you committed or just interested?

“There is no area of our lives that is not radically affected by our ability to be 100 percent commit ted; this includes our health, rela tionships, careers, beliefs and goals. More...

Series focuses on families

Moorpark Evangelical Free Church is running a new series, “50 Days for the Family: An Extreme Home Makeover for the Family” through Sun., June 27. The public is invited to attend.    The church meets at 10 a.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Medieval musical comes to Simi Valley

Play review

One of the most beautiful scores in Broadway history is showcased in the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s outstanding production of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot.”   More...

Concert at St. Pat’s

Intermezzo, a cabaret-style program of Neapolitan music by the Oaks Chamber Singers, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 22 at the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church hall, One Church Road (off El Monte), Thousand Oaks.   More...

Whisky club will taste scotch

Whisky Business, a whiskey tasting club, will host its next tasting at 6 p.m. Fri., May 21 at Eric’s Restaurant, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. The tasting will focus on scotch, a whiskey made in Scotland. More...

Columns

Should the U.S. stop all offshore drilling?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Given the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last month, isn’t it high time the government put a stop to offshore oil drilling once and for all?  More...

Booklet describes tree care

Anyone interested in learning more about how to plant and care for trees can receive the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Conservation Trees” booklet for a $3 donation to the nonprofit treeplanting organization.   More...