July 3, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Mother who lost daughter advocates for vaccine

She testifies before a CDC panel

A Moorpark mother who lost her 18-year-old daughter to a rare form of meningitis spoke in support of teens being immunized against the deadly disease at a federal hearing in Atlanta last week.  More...

Health & Wellness

Life in the Single Lane

H-e-l-p!

I was enjoying a delicious homemade popsicle recently when a chunk of it lodged in my throat. I immediately went into panic mode, and my very first thought was that this was how someone would find my cold, dead body.  More...

Business

Residents invited to hear about, comment on county’s General Plan

Study session to help officials plan for future

As Ventura County grows, so too will the day-to-day challenges of ensuring the county’s infrastructure and its natural resources—namely water—keep pace with the rise in population.  More...

Roll of the dice to raise funds for those with cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will host a Casino Night fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. More...

Sports

A long, long day at the park

Moorpark falls to Thousand Oaks in tourney opener

Thousand Oaks Little League’s All-Stars wasted no time scoring runs.  The 11- and 12-year-olds put up 10 runs in the first inning of its 22-0 win in four innings against Moorpark Little League in the opening game of the District 13 Tournam More...

Wild run at Wildwood

Acorn reporter offersfirst-person perspective on race

Editor’s note: Acorn staff writer Jonathan Andrade ran the 10-kilometer race at the Wildwood Trail Run on June 27 in Thousand Oaks. This is his account of the experience. More...

Pets

Pet of the week

LOVES TO PLAY—Apollo is a 3-year-old female pit bull. She is full of energy and loves to play with squeaky toys. Apollo understands basic commands and takes treats nicely. More...

Faith

Food for thought, a religious perspective

There’s a joke that Protestants have three sacraments: baptism, Holy Communion and potlucks. Church people rarely get together without food: doughnuts and coffee after services, fundraising bake sales and belt-busting potluck dinners.  More...

Parables of Jesus dramatized in ‘Godspell’

The Conejo Players Theatre will present “Godspell” from July 3 through Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at 351 S. More...

Vacation Bible School this summer in Simi Valley

Centerpoint Church will host a free Vacation Bible School from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Mon. More...

Calendar

Calendar

FRI., JULY 3  Moorpark July 3 Fireworks Extravaganza   More...

Editorials

Council can do a better job of connecting with residents

For those whose only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.  The Moorpark City Council has a problem— it again approved a budget that was balanced with money taken from its reserve fund—and its only tool to solve the prob More...

Killing wildlife with kindness

Leave injured animals alone

If you find an injured or orphaned bird or mammal and call the California Wildlife Center for advice, the first thing you will be told is to put the animal in a box with air holes and a towel as a cushion and, above all, leave the animal alone. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

City still balancing budget with reserve fund

Officials say costs continue to outpace revenue

While Ventura County and neighboring cities have seen an uptick in revenues due to the rebounding economy, Moorpark has had a more difficult time recovering from the recession that hit the country seven years ago, according to Ron Ahlers, the city&rs More...

Law mandates vaccines for state’s schoolchildren

Those who refuse shots must be home-schooled

A law that bars religious and other personalbelief exemptions from school vaccinations received majority approval in the state Assembly last week and was signed into law Tuesday by Gov.Jerry Brown. More...

Community

Medical examiner under investigation

Officials remain tight-lipped as to why

It remains unclear why Jon Smith, the county medical examiner for three years, is being investigated by the Ventura County district attorney’s office and Health Care Agency.  Barry Fisher, the director of the county healthcare agency, plac More...

A meaningful journey of love

MHS teacher walks to raise scholarship funds in memory of son

With each step he takes, Dan Burchfield will honor the memory of his son Joel.  As the 59-year-old father travels by foot from Santa Barbara to San Pedro over eight days this month, he hopes his steps will inspire others to donate to the Joel Bu More...

Weather forecast; clear, sunny for holiday

COOLING OFF—Noah Pena, 9, squirts his cousin Joshua Pena, 8, both from Moorpark, with a water gun on June 24. More...

Schools

Teens find academic success despite odds

30 students received diplomas at state correctional facility

Patrick Jefferson assured teens at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility that it was okay to smile during a milestone some may have thought they would never experience: their high school graduation.  The speaker said men, especially those of c More...

College Corner

Tackling those college application essays

The school year ended several weeks ago, and it’s not too early for incoming high school seniors to start working on college application essays.  If you begin the process now, you will have time to write multiple drafts of each essay. More...

College standouts

Natalia Marrache of Moorpark graduated from the University of San Diego on May 24 with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience.  The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution that was chartered in 1949 and enrolls approximat More...

Police Blotter

Sheriff's Blotter

June 17  A woman, 28, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and three counts of misdemeanor battery on a peace officer in the 500 block of E. Los Angeles Avenue. More...

Family

Family Men

Freedom on the Fourth

“Do you wanna have people over for the Fourth of July?” my wife asked.  “No,” I said.  Then she suggested all the people we could invite over.  “Why’d you ask what I want if you’re gonna have p More...

On The Town

The Movie Nut

“Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on in their head?”  More...

Now is the summer of our content

’Richard III’ at Kingsmen festival

The 19th season of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival will conclude on a tragic note with “Richard III” in Kingsmen Park on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.  Performances are 8 p.m. More...