July 24, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Impact of El Nino still up in the air

Experts say heavy rains may not come, water conservation still needed

Record-breaking rain experienced across Southern California earlier this month could be a harbinger of a very wet El Nino winter to come—a “Super El Nino” some forecasts say has the potential to be the strongest such event in more t More...

Health & Wellness

Medicare, Medicaid launched 50 years ago

Programs cover over 1 million people

It’s easy to forget that before 1966 roughly half of all American seniors were uninsured and living in fear that the high cost of healthcare could plunge them and their families into poverty. More...

Bariatric services program earns accreditation

The Ventura County Health Care Agency announced that Ventura County Medical Center’s Bariatric Services Program has received a Comprehensive Center accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation More...

Deputy director of healthcare agency retires

Recruitment is underway for replacement

The Ventura County Health Care Agency announced that Meloney Roy, licensed marriage and family therapist, retired from her position as deputy director effective July 15. More...

Schools

Young gymnast with Olympic dreams sets the bar high

Middle school student to compete in the U.S. Secret Classic

On the good days, it takes Sophia McClelland’s mom, Teresa, about 45 minutes to drive from their Camarillo home to the Van Nuys gymnastics studio where Sophia puts in six-hour workouts. More...

Sports

The puck stops here

East County Outlaws hockey team, sponsored by L.A. Kings, will playfirst game in September

Traditional sports, including football, basketball and baseball, dominate the Acorn country landscape. The Los Angeles Kings want to give area athletes another option with the creation of the Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League. More...

East County Outlaws in a nutshell

The Los Angeles Kings High School Hockey League’s inaugural season begins in September. The league’s local team, the East County Outlaws, will practice and play home games at the Iceoplex in Simi Valley. Practices start next month. More...

Redman has memorable year from the hill

Former Camarillo High baseball standout Blake Redman had a breakout season on the mound for the Oxnard College baseball team. Redman, 20, carried the Condors to a share of the Western State Conference North Division title. More...

Family

Just plane crazy

I used to dream of being an airline pilot. I’m deathly afraid of flying. I’m guessing something happened to me between childhood and adulthood where flying became worse than jumping into an arena with a ferocious bull. More...

Calendar

The Acorn's guide to what's going on

FRI., JULY 24 Westlake Village TGIF 7 p.m. at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. Outdoor screening of familyfilm “Despicable Me.”Food for sale starting 6 p.m. Bring lawn seating, picnics. Free admission. More...

Letters

In defense of transgender

I am writing regarding the letter in the July 17 issue. I read with sadness what the individual had to say regarding Caitlyn Jenner. I cannot imagine living a life where I felt I inhabited the wrong body. More...

Water usage at golf courses

In response to the letter by Danette Banyai, June 26, “Drought impacts everyone:” Banyai asks if anyone can explain why golf courses can continue to use water to “keep things green” while the average citizen is expected to com More...

The problem with fake grass

I was dismayed to read that the Camarillo City Council is doubling the allowable amount of artificial turf that homeowners can install in their front yards. More...

Neighbors

Project HOPE helps homeless father of four rebuild his life

Program connects those in need with resources

Greg Randall said he was always surprised when his daughters managed to find him during the years he had no permanent address. More...

City takes proposals for its shuttle service

Fleet of 7 buses, 6 minivans

Camarillo Area Transit, a transportation program that provides fixed-route and Dial-ARide services, provides between 10,000 and 11,000 rides a month to residents. Roadrunner Shuttle, a familyowned company, has run the program for three years. More...

Library to add new section

Area to be tailored to teens

Plans for the young adult area of the Camarillo Public Library are down to the details, and city officials say everything—including wood finishes, upholstery fabrics and carpet patterns—has been selected through careful consideration. More...

Community

‘Flowers for Algernon’ now playing

The Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will present “Flowers for Algernon” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. July 24 through Aug. 23 at 330 Skyway Drive. More...

Domestic dispute ends in suicide, officials say

A domestic dispute ended in tragedy last week when a Santa Paula man died several hours after he shot himself in the head with a handgun during a heated fight with his wife, police say. More...

Motorcyclist dies after accident

A 19-year-old Ventura man has died of injuries he suffered when his motorcycle entered into an intersection in Camarillo and collided with a car, a sheriff’s officials reported this week. Refugio Gomez Jr. More...

Business

Haggen’s cost-cutting moves frustrate longtime employees

Store struggles to compete with local supermarkets

Three months after Haggen Inc. More...

Legal intake call center moves to Camarillo

Alert Communications, a legal intake call center, celebrated its 50th anniversary by moving to Camarillo. Consolidating its three Ventura offices to one larger location, Alert Communications is now at 3601 Calle Tecate. More...

Course for those who want to own a business

Women’s Economic Ventures will present a free informational orientation session from 6 to 7 p.m. Wed., July 29 in Camarillo to help determine readiness for its Self-Employment Training course beginning in September. More...

Pets

FRIENDLY

FRIENDLY— Magic is an a l tered male Labrador retriever-pit bull mix about 7 years old. He is a little shy at first but warms up quickly. More...

Police

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER

July 6 More than $950 in property was stolen from a construction site in the 3000 block of Gazebo Lane between July 6 and 13. July 8 More...

Faith

Food for the soul: remembering God who provides daily bread

Finding the link between eating and faith

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 beltbusting potluck dinners. More...

Dinner event for men, women

The Men’s and Women’s Club of Temple Ner Ami will present a gala event Sat., Aug. 1 at 515 Temple Avenue, Camarillo. The program will begin at 5 p.m. More...

On The Town

Release of sequel to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ a boon for booksellers

Harper Lee’s lost manuscript, “Go Set a Watchman,” took the literary world by storm last week. More...

Student brings ‘immersive theater’ to Hillcrest Center

This weekend, a daring new kind of play will be presented in three performances at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. More...

Annual chili cook-off is approaching

The seventh annual Camarillo Hospice Chili Cook-off and Music Festival still has openings for chili cooks and food vendors for the event taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 6 at the Camarillo Ranch. More...

Editorials

It’s high time we take stoned driving seriously

As hard as it may be for some of our more conservative readers to grasp, many in the state—law enforcement included— have already come to grips with the fact that it’s not a matter of if, but when, California will decriminalize the More...

Photo

“If this is a smart TV, then why does it show reality shows?” More...

Real Estate

Westlake Island home offers lakefront living and private boat dock

To reach this property, pass through the guard gates and cross over the bridge leading to Westlake Island. The house is set on a point lot on the lake. More...

Zandria Bernhardt joins Dilbeck Westlake Village office

Chuck Lech, manager of Dilbeck Estates, welcomes Zandria Bernhardt to the sales staff of the Westlake Village office. Bernhardt has had a successful career in the real estate industry since 2006. More...

Justine David joins White House Properties

Ruth Rose and Linda Hutchings of White House Properties announce that Justine David will be joining them. David has many years of residential real estate experience, and now she adds leasing and property management to the team. More...