December 16, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Tree lot bene>ts MHS music program

FRESH CUT— Moorpark High School parent volunteer Vito Farello brings out a fresh Christmas tree at the tree lot sponsored by the school’s instrumental music program. More...

Health & Wellness

Being there when you are far away

My parents were in their 60s when I moved to California, 3,000 miles away from “home.”  Caring for my aging parents long distance wasn’t even a consideration at that time.  More...

Painting a path to heroin

Availability of painkillers at all-time high across nation

Part two of a three-part series  In his six years as an ER physician at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Dr. Matthew Beatty has treated scores of individuals who’ve harmed themselves with drugs or alcohol. More...

Business

Real estate agents turn to custom websites to sell homes

Any successful realtor will vouch for the fact that the most important tool in selling a home these days is to focus on prime real estate not just on land, but online too.  Kevin Lehman of Prudential California Realty in Thousand Oaks has been a More...

Sports

Little League sign ups

Registration for the Moorpark Little League 2012 Spring Season is open through Jan. More...

Singer making sweet music on the mat for MHS

Moorpark’s top grappler off to a strong start

Andrew Singer wrestles like a man.  It only makes sense that his primary drill partner the past seven years has been Moorpark High wrestling head coach Travis Lavallee, who looks like the distant cousin of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.  More...

Moorpark Mighty Mite squad makes Packer program proud

GRIDIRON GREATS—What began as a rebuilding year with only four returning players and 22 first-time athletes turned into a magical season in Moorpark. More...

Faith

A Christmas message

Resident gives out nativity scenes to counter ‘war on Christianity’

Is there a war on Christmas?  The question came up last year in a heated debate among members of the women’s Bible study group at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks.  More...

Hanukkah event

The community is invited to join Temple Etz Chaim for a free public menorah lighting for Hanukkah at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21 at the Janss Marketplace food court, 275 N. More...

The Art of Being

“As we encounter the questions— Who are we? What do we love?—the gift we bring will be easy, because our gift naturally emerges from who we are. The offering we bring is ourselves, just as we are. Our gift is our true nature.  More...

Letters

Shocked by apartments’ cost

I was shocked to read that the City of Moorpark spent $9.6 million to build a mere 20 units for low-rent housing.  More...

Columns

Shop till you pop

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so a popular Christmas song tells us.  I love the Christmas season. More...

Guest opinion

Take time to talk to teens about alcohol

The holidays can provide happiness and excitement as friends and family come together for celebrations. More...

Local gang member to be sentenced

Man faces 25 years to life

A Moorpark gang member convicted of shooting a Simi Valley man point-blank last September will be sentenced next week at the Ventura County Superior Court, officials said.  Richard Jess Corralejo, 20, of Moorpark will face 25 years to life at hi More...

Welcome to Whoville

Walnut Canyon fifth-graders stage winter play

Nobody can steal Christmas from the kids at Walnut Canyon Elementary School—not even the Grinch.  Donning colorful costumes and full of holiday cheer, about 100 students from the Moorpark magnet school brought the whimsical land of Whovill More...

College district chancellor retires unexpectedly

Ventura County’s community colleges will have to replace their district chancellor this summer, a year earlier than James Meznek’s contract was set to expire.  Meznek, who became chancellor of the Ventura County Community College Dis More...

Community

Beware of holiday scams

The elderly are often con game targets

As the holidays approach, criminals are looking for creative new ways to steal from citizens.  Recently, victims have been called by people claiming to be members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. More...

Window to the past

PIECE OF HISTORY— Moorpark resident Steven Singer, center, marvels at the high ceiling and stained glass window in the church at the Strathern Historical Park and Museum in Simi Valley during an open house on Dec. 11. More...

Library 93021

Moorpark City Library presents Wacky Winter Adventure Puppet Show at 2 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 29 at the High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St.  Have you ever wondered how puppeteers make everyday objects come alive? More...

Schools

Supreme Court justice offers a civics lesson

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice of the U.S. More...

Parents of special needs children to meet

Special Education Advocacy Group, for parents of schoolaged children with special needs, will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 6 at 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste 201, Westlake Village. The meeting will feature a question and answer format. More...

Police Blotter

Blotter

Dec. 2 In the 800 block of Los Angeles Avenue, a 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with petty theft. He was cited and released. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Community theaters celebrate

High Street’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ takes eight awards

The winners of the 2011 Four Star Theater awards have been announced. More...

Local teens dance in ‘Nutcracker’

New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy with partner and Cavalier, Gonzalo Garcia, in Pacific Festival Ballet’s 18th season of “The Nutcracker” at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oa More...

What the Dickens!

Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks and radio theater troupe Every Now and Then Theatre will present “Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story” as a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects, period commercials and spontaneous audience More...

Editorials

Be safe this holiday season

The holiday season always feels like an inappropriate time to delve into what ails our society.  However, as we prepare for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other winter celebration of choice, it’s important to remember that yuletide ch More...

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For the record

Chris Kelley, principal of Mountain Meadows 21st Century Learning Academy, pictured on the front page of last week’s Moorpark Acorn was incorrectly referred to as a male.  Mark Van Dam’s name was given incorrectly in the Dec. More...