December 24, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Williams’ flight of fancy draws to a close Jan. 1

Moorpark CHP boss set to retire after lengthy career

After nearly 30 years with the California Highway Patrol, Capt. Cliff Williams says he remembers too many tragedies. More...

Health & Wellness

Emergency preparedness key during storms

Floods can happen at a moment’s notice

The American Red Cross, Ventura County Chapter offers these tips to keep everyone in the community safe during this flood season.   •Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. More...

Prevent home fires during the holidays

Because of the heightened use of energy due to low temperatures and the increased use of candles, fireplaces and holiday lights, home fires during the holiday are a major concern.   More...

Valve disease: Getting to the heart of the matter

There is hopeful news for the estimated 5 million Americans who are diagnosed with heart valve disease each year.   Defects in heart valves can exist from birth or develop from damage later in life. More...

Schools

Grant allows Title I students to attend arts performances

Performances To Grow On has been awarded a grant to enable students from Title I schools to attend performances at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for free. More...

Teachers spend their own money on school supplies

Average of $500 per classroom

Public school teachers spend about $3.5 billion of their own money on educational products a year, according to a National School Supply and Equipment Association study. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

WHERE’S DINNER?—Tigger is a neutered male brown Tabby about 6 years old. He is good with kids, but not with dogs. He is housebroken and de-clawed. More...

Koi can bring joy

A long time ago in a distant city, a regular amusement of mine was visiting airless, artificially lit museums to admire amazing arrays of art on exhibit—till I moved west and discovered open space and natural beauty.   More...

Faith

Sisters of Notre Dame elect new leaders

Sisters of Notre Dame in California celebrate the homecoming of Sister Mary Kristin Battles of Thousand Oaks, the newly elected superior general of the congregation, and Sister Mary Anncarla Costello, the incoming provincial superior. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Moorpark festival looking for featured artist

The city of Moorpark invites Southern California artists to compete for selection as the featured artist for the 2011 Moorpark Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Simi theatre opens new year with ‘Rent’ reprise

Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Rent” will run again from Jan. 2 through Feb. 13, 2011, at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley.   Show times are 8 p.m. More...

Young jazz musicians invited to compete

For the fifth year, the Ventura Music Festival will host a music competition for young jazz musicians in middle and high schools throughout Southern California. More...

Columns

Where are the cards?

Is it just me, or are people sending fewer Christmas cards?   According to the Internet, I’m right; people aren’t sending as many holiday cards.   My problem is that I don’t trust the Internet. More...

Healthy holidays

My son has toys, but he plays with cardboard boxes, scrap paper, wrapping paper tubes and recycled Christmas bows.   If he were a toddler, I’d understand, but he’s 7. More...

Be observant when visiting the elderly

The holidays are a wonderful time to visit family and friends— bringing the kids to see Grandma, visiting Aunt Betty or taking some homemade cookies to an elderly neighbor. More...

Flood map approval expected this week

Revisions would leave 433 structures in danger zone

Up to 850 Moorpark homes and commercial structures may be removed from the city’s floodplain by early next year if a recent request to revise the local flood map is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   More...

Perez named to fill seat on college board

Because of his new role as mayor of Simi Valley, Bob Huber was forced to resign from his position as chair of the Ventura County Community College District just halfway through his fouryear term. More...

Community

VCSD communications boss retires

Claudia Tolmie, 911 communications supervisor, will retire from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department after 23 years of service.   More...

Powers taking over as county CEO in March

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Michael Powers as the county’s new chief executive officer during a special meeting Dec. 2. More...

MUSD providing parents expanded school choices

Moorpark parents now have the option of sending their children to any of the school district’s elementary schools, regardless of neighborhood boundaries, school officials said this week.   More...

Business

Women’s Economic Ventures helps launch new businesses

When high school counselors Kelly Springer and Laree Henning had their work hours greatly reduced due to budget cuts, they knew many collegebound students would be in need of advice and guidance. More...

Sports

Improved Musketeers moving up the chain

Marmonte League winter overview: Girls’ water polo

There’s no mystery.   One school is favored to run away with the Marmonte League girls’ water polo championship.   Everything else is up in the air. More...

Moorpark grapplers fight back

Wrestling team can make school history

The storm of the century rages outside.   Musketeers aren’t staying dry inside the Moorpark High wrestling room.   Grapplers work relentlessly while music blares from a stereo during a Wednesday morning practice. More...

Tough to call it ‘recruiting’ when players come knocking

Commentary

My Christmas gift for local high school football fans is a reality check.   And I’m not talking about a check you receive for going on a reality show. No sir, I’m talking about the cold, hard truth.   More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

Dec. 10   A 26-year-old man was arrested on Yale Street at Amherst Street and charged with providing false identification to a peace officer. He also had out-of-county warrants for his arrest. More...

Family

Make holidays family time

In the rush to check off holiday lists, the true meaning of the season can get lost. Here are some ways parents can encourage children to spread cheer this holiday season and throughout the year. More...

Families needed for foster children

For many children without permanent homes, the promise of a stable loving family to call their own is the only gift on their holiday wish. Aspiranet, a nonprofit California social services agency, is seeking adults to serve as foster parents.   More...

Gingerbread village on display at Four Seasons

Pastry chef David Laufer has created a gingerbread village in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Drive, to benefit the children of Casa Pacifica. More...

Editorials

Cartoon

Full Story

This holiday season, put your gadgets down

As the holiday season begins to wind down, many of us are giddy over the prospect of receiving the latest, coolest electronic gadget underneath the tree. The lucky ones have already received their high-tech gifts for Hanukkah.   More...

Your turn to speak

Just as physical exercise is good for the body, First Amendment exercise is good for democracy. More...