October 15, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Picking the perfect pumpkin

ORANGE OASIS— Simi Valley residents Paige, 3, and Logan Ruiz, 4, find a perfect pumpkin during the 13th annual Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 9 at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark. More...

Health & Wellness

Mental illness is common but treatable

Disorders are leading cause of disability for ages 15 to 44

Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic disorders.   More...

ALS support group to meet

The ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Ventura County Support Group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 at the Westlake Village Library Community Room, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. More...

Brown Bag Program provides extra food to seniors

Volunteers work on the Brown Bag Program every other Tuesday morning at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave.   The program is a direct hunger relief program provided by FOOD Share, a community-based nonprofit agency.   More...

Sports

Musketeer water polo team trying to right the ship

Injuries, inexperience have hampered Moorpark

The Musketeers performed above and beyond expectations in 2009, tying for fourth place in the Marmonte League.   This year, the league’s six teams haven’t let the Musketeers up for air. More...

MHS, Westlake to clash on gridiron

The Moorpark High football squad travels to Westlake tonight to take on the Marmonte League’s only remaining unbeaten team. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

JUST KIDDING—Mercutio, left, and Romeo are friends and would love to be adopted together. These two 5-month-old kids are sweet and well-mannered but a bit shy. More...

Pooches can show off scary style at parade

The Rotary Club of Simi Sunset will host its inaugural Howl- O-Ween Pooch Parade on Sun., Oct. 31 at the Rancho Tapo Community Park (Lemon Park), 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley.   Registration begins at 11 a.m. More...

Family

Cystic fibrosis doesn’t slow down Simi girl

Looking at 12-year-old Kyra Hoolihan, one would think she was a healthy preteen. But not long after she was born, Kyra was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. More...

Jason’s Race to benefit SIDS Foundation on Oct. 17

The third annual Jason’s Race, a fundraiser for the Jason Lutz SIDS Foundation, will include a 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. and a 25-yard dash for children ages 6 and under at 10:30 a.m. Sun., Oct. More...

Active adults get ‘spooky’ at luncheon

The Moorpark Active Adult Center’s October Birthday Luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. Wed., Oct. 27 at the center, 799 Moorpark Ave.   More...

Calendar

Datebook

FRI., OCT. 15   Ventura Harvest Festival   More...

Letters

LaGuardia, Sweet deserve votes

been challenging for public education, in particular smaller districts such as Moorpark Unified. More...

Teachers pension system works

The California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) is a defined benefit pension system that works. The California State Teachers Retirement System has worked to the benefit of educators and the public since 1913. More...

Monk thankful for welcome

On July 30, I submitted a letter to the Moopark Acorn introducing myself as a Buddhist monk living in Moorpark, thinking to assuage concern over my walking up and down Los Angeles Avenue every morning. More...

Editorials

Compromise key to project

With every election season comes the requisite platitudes by incumbent candidates that voters should keep them in office because the current body of elected officials works so well together. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

A story in the Oct. 8 edition of the Moorpark Acorn contained incorrect information about the number of candidates who challenged for an open Moorpark City Council seat in May 2009. Seven candidates appeared on the ballot.   More...

Plans for new civic center starting to take shape

Current library will be incorporated into expansion of city hall

Two sticking points appear to be resolved in the development of a new civic center in downtown Moorpark following a special City Council meeting Wednesday night to discuss the project.   More...

City seeks state’s OK on housing element

With the goal of becoming state-certified, the Moorpark City Council kick-started a process last week to update the housing element in the city’s general plan. More...

MUSD votes to apply for construction bond

The Moorpark Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to file an application for a construction bond allocation that would be used to build or rehabilitate K-12 school facilities.   More...

Pollock eyes full term following ‘09 win

This time around, David Pollock actually has time to breathe.   It didn’t feel that way last spring, when Pollock emerged from a field of seven candidates to win a special May 2009 election for a seat on the Moorpark City Council.   More...

Community

Former Moorpark Police chief to retire

Rouse leaving sheriff’s department after 30-plus years

After more than 32 years of service with the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department, Chief Dep. Marty Rouse has announced that he will retire at the end of the year. More...

City offering free rides to promote new buses

Moorpark City Transit will offer free bus service all day Fri., Oct. 22 to encourage residents to try the city’s new compressed natural gas buses.   The buses started service on Oct. 8.   More...

LaGuardia believes his work isn’t done

After six years of service on the Moorpark Unified School District Board of Education, Ron LaGuardia says there’s more work to be done. More...

Schools

Kids celebrate National Character Counts! week

Westlake Hills Elementary School will celebrate National Character Counts! Week from Oct. 18 to 25. The school will be hosting activities to celebrate “character” all week long.   More...

Class to help improve memory

The UCLA Center on Aging will offer a new four-week Memory Training course from 10 a.m. to noon on four Wednesdays, Oct. 27 to Nov. 17 at the UCLA Center on Aging, Ueberroth Building, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles.   More...

SELPA offers programs to parents

The Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Community Advisory Committee recently announced the availability of its Training and Information for Parents Series with topics of interest to parents of special education students.   More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

Sept. 29   In the 600 block of Spring Road, a 20-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of child pornography. More...

Faith

Can You Imagine?

“You may say that I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one” — John Lennon More...

Lutherans present arts fair in T.O.

Ascension Lutheran Church will host an arts fair and minihome show, TalentFest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 in Founder’s Hall at 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The event is free and open to the public. More...

Engineer to speak at UU forum

Jessica Krogstad of Engineers Without Borders will present “Engineering Your Perspective” at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. More...

Dining & Entertainment

‘Evita’ makes strong debut for new High Street Arts Center leadership

A Broadway premiere is one of the most electrically charged events one can attend in show business. More...

“Secretariat”

“Secretariat” is a good oldfashioned “feel good” film filled with slow men and fast horses.   More...

Vom Fass

I love to be creative with my cooking, always looking for inspiration from outside sources. The newly opened, sleek and inviting Westlake Village Vom Fass provided such an abundance of culinary inspiration I’ve already gone back twice.   More...

Columns

L.A. drivers drive me crazy

People in Southern California can’t drive. Except for me.   “That’s so arrogant,” my wife said when I told her that during a recent outing in the car. More...

Expo shows residents how to ‘live green’

Event will have displays, workshops, kids’ crafts

The Living Green Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 16 at the Simi Valley Town Center.   The Expo will feature exhibitors showcasing products, services and everyday practices for living a greener lifestyle. More...