January 21, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

New device tackles DUIs

The fight against drunk driving got a boost last week when law enforcement agencies throughout Ventura County received new hightech gadgets designed to better detect alcohol levels in people suspected of driving under the influence.  Intoximeter More...

Health & Wellness

Be prepared in case disaster strikes

The American Red Cross in Ventura County offers disaster preparedness for the new year. Families need to plan how to deal with disasters. They need to know what emergencies are most likely to happen where they live, learn, work and play. More...

Baby boomers can apply online for Medicare

This January marks a historic moment: The nation’s first baby boomers are turning 65.  For many baby boomers, it’s time to hit the computer. More...

Seniors can learn about living transitions

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene its seventh annual Senior Congress from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 2 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, O’Riley Hall, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. More...

Schools

SELPA sponsors Feb. 3 workshop in Camarillo

The Ventura County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) will host a workshop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p. m. Thurs., Feb. More...

Educators raise scholarship funds

Three local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma raised funds for California Lutheran University’s Future Teacher Scholarship Fund on Jan. 8.  The chapters were Iota Phi of Moorpark, Epsilon Phi of Camarillo and Eta Psi of Thousand Oaks. More...

Golf tourney supports school

EARTHS Magnet School in Newbury Park will host its second annual Tee Off for Technology golf tournament, silent and live auctions and dinner on Mon., Feb. More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

Jan. 5  On Littler Court south of Nelson Road, a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of medications that impaired his ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Jan. 6  More...

Suspects arrested in burglaries

A man and a woman allegedly linked to several Moorpark vehicle burglaries and property thefts were arrested this week, local authorities announced Tuesday.  Anthony Nave, 21 of Los Angeles and Talaya Cooper, 20 of Pacoima were arrested in the 80 More...

Family

Annual Chinese New Year event features Lion Dance, music, art

California Lutheran University will host its annual Chinese New Year celebration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 3 in Soiland Recreation Center in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, corner of Olsen Road and Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Paratroopers wanted

The local chapter, Chuck O’Donnell Chapter Ventura County, of the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team is recruiting new members. Any qualified paratrooper is eligible for membership.  More...

Calendar

Datebook

FRI., JAN. 21  Conejo Valley Republican  More...

Letters

‘The Movie Nut’ a local treasure

A round of applause should be given to Dave Workman for his feature “The Movie Nut” which appears biweekly in the Acorn newspapers.  More...

Life under tyranny is unacceptable

Following the shooting in Arizona, liberals wasted no time blaming Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and other conservatives because of their “violent rhetoric.” As it turns out, the shooter was a lone, mentally disturbed individual with a questio More...

No one should politicize tragedies

On Nov. 5, 2009 the soldiers of Fort Hood were targeted by a Muslim extremist who killed 12 soldiers, and wounded 30 others. The suspect was Maj. More...

Editorials

Cartoon

Full Story

City leaders step up on project

Give credit where credit is due.  Just three weeks ago in this very space, we lamented the inability of Moorpark city leaders to make tough decisions and bring to fruition major projects that could benefit residents.  More...

Vacation Photos

Moorpark Acorn on vacation

HAIL BRITANNIA—Julien Moyer takes her Moorpark Acorn to London, England. Behind her is the famous Big Ben clock. More...

Human services center gets green light

City Council approves construction bids, hopes for Jan. 2012 opening

As he lay in bed a little more than a year ago, his body racked by the Parkinson’s disease that would ultimately take his life, Ruben Castro still kept an eye on one very big prize—a long-discussed human services center that Moorpark coul More...

Gil pleads not guilty in stabbing

An alleged gang member suspected in the 2008 stabbing death of a Camarillo teen pleaded not guilty to felony charges of murder and street terrorism at his arraignment hearing Jan. More...

Pool company closing doors, taking 232 jobs out of city

A locally headquartered pool product company will soon begin closing its Moorpark offices, eliminating more than 200 jobs in the city.  As part of a recent decision to relocate operations to its Vista location,  Zodiac Pool Systems Inc., a More...

Community

Moorpark Acorn wants to hear your love story

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to win your heart. More...

Volunteers needed for homeless count

Local agencies dedicated to helping the homeless are gearing up for the annual Homeless Count and are asking community members to volunteer their time for the tally.  Coordinated by the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition (VCHHC), this More...

Active adults get their groove on

CLICK, CLACK, CLICK—Moorpark Active Adult Center tap dancing instructor Margo King of Thousand Oaks, center front, carefully demonstrates a short step combination for Moorpark residents, from l More...

Business

Retirement planning for women

The past few years of the economic downturn have taken a substantial toll on the retirement confidence of many Americans. For women in particular, the retirement forecast remains gloomy. More...

Sports

MHS girls’ soccer squad ready to rekindle early-season magic

The Musketeers know how to win.  Now they need to go back to the game plan and stick with what works.  After starting 6- 1- 2, the Moorpark High girls’ soccer team has drifted away from its bread and butter. More...

Showdown Sunday: Who’s going to the Super Bowl?

Sportswriters Eliav Appelbaum and Stephen Dorman debate the NFL conference title games

In a time when the United States military fights in two countries for my freedom to write this column, analogies comparing sports to war seem bogus.  But not this week.  It’s Armageddon at Soldier Field. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

DRIVE MISS DAISY HOME—Daisy is a female brown/tabby longhair cat, about 2 years old. She was a stray and seems to do well with dogs. More...

Faith

Become the de-terminator

“The longer I live, the more I am certain that the difference between the great and the insignificant is energy—invincible determination— a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.”  More...

Dining & Entertainment

“The Green Hornet”

Seth Rogen as a capeless crusader? More...

First woman conducts New West Symphony

Guest conductor Shi-Yeon Sung will make her New West Symphony debut leading the orchestra in the third Masterpiece Series concert of the season. Sung is the first woman to conduct the orchestra.  More...

Art exhibit

The “Black and White Magic” art exhibit opens with a public reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 29 at the Proverbs CoffeeHouse at Peace Lutheran Church, 71 Loma Drive, Camarillo. More...

Columns

The Acorn Epicurean

To kick off the first Girl Scout cookie sale of the new year, a high-spirited 2011 Cookie Rally and Bake-Off took place at California Lutheran University on Jan. 15, sponsored by the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. More...

Acorn storage

Q: I took my kids to the park a few days ago. While they were playing, I was sitting under a really big oak tree and noticed that it had thousands of holes in the bark, many of which have acorns in them. More...

Have your cake and wear it, too

I love cake. So when I saw the table ad for chocolate cake at the restaurant, I knew I had to have a piece. My wife was against it. More...