December 14, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Agency on aging offers two new programs for seniors

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging recently launched two new programs to assist seniors. Agency programs are free to Ventura County seniors 60 or older. Unlike the Elder Help Program, most have no income eligibility requirement. More...

New procedure may make hip replacement unnecessary

People who feel like they're much too young and too physically active to be suffering from arthritis pain probably also feel they're too young for a hip replacement. Thanks to a new technology, they may have other options. More...

The Art of Giving

"A well-chosen present is love made visible." I found this phrase in a catalog selling upscale women's clothing, and it started me thinking about what we believe (and are led to believe) about gifts. I used to agonize over what to give people. More...

Schools

Author comes to Monte Vista

CULTURAL PRIDE- Ventura County author Michele Serros, left, speaks to Monte Vista Middle School seventh and eighthgrade students last week during a presentation and book signing at the Camarillo school. More...

Cornerstone gives more than gifts to reservation families

Cornerstone Christian Schools students and faculty and the local community have donated more than 300 gifts to the school's Christmas toy drive, which ended on Wednesday. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

MEOW- Newton is a friendly, talkative black domestic shorthair with big green eyes. Strange people make him nervous, so he would like to be an inside cat. More...

Faith

Chabad Jewish student center opens on CSUCI campus

The lighting of a 9-foot-high menorah marked the grand opening of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at California State University Channel Islands last week. The university is home to about 115 Jewish students and faculty members. More...

Community Briefs

Move out of depression An experimental workshop to help people dealing with depression, anger and helplessness will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 at the Camarillo Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Ave. in Camarillo. More...

Historic Protestant church site of Christmas broadcast

Norman Vincent Peale was church pastor for 52 years

CBS and the National Council of Churches will celebrate Christmas Eve with a TV special at Marble Collegiate Church, the nation's oldest Protestant ministry and a historic landmark in New York City. More...

On The Town

'Cirque on Ice' showcases beauty of human body in movement

"Cirque on Ice" is a stunning performance piece that celebrates the grace and strength of the human body in motion. This multimedia show, running at the Camarillo Community Theatre through Jan. More...

Shakespeare to make curtain call

The Curtain Call Youth Theatre presents its fall Shakespeare production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this weekend at Camarillo Community Theatre, 330 Skyway Drive, inside the airport. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13; 8 p.m. More...

Harbor parade to include fireworks

Ventura Harbor will host a Parade of Lights and Fireworks display on Fri. and Sat., Dec. 14 and 15. Festivities and a carnival will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boat light parade at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. More...

Editorials

Officials work to keep taggers from making their mark

As you may have noticed, there has been an increase in graffiti vandalism in many areas of Ventura County, including Camarillo. More...

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Real Estate

Cooperative on the West Coast?

When purchasing real estate on the East Coast it is not at all unusual to buy into a cooperative building. As a matter of fact, it is more the rule than the exception. It is tough to find a coop this side of the Mis sissippi. More...

Lori Mills

Prudential California Real Estate agent Lori Mills of the Camarillo office has been nominated and selected as agent of the month for the central coast. She will be featured in the December issue of Broker/ Agent magazine. More...

Hula-day spirit comes to Camarillo parade

POLYNESIAN HOLIDAY- Ventura resident Jessica Orosco, 13, swings and sways down the street with the girls of Venturabased "Dance With Aloha" during the Camarillo Christmas Parade 2007 on Saturday afternoon. More...

The growing viciousness of graffiti

Summit brings together cities to tackle the worsening problem; officials say taggers are becoming more violent

Increasing costs and a rise of violent crime prompted about 150 city, law enforcement and justice officials to call for a united approach in combating the growing problem of graffiti. More...

Community

Peeping Tom spotted in park bathroom

Three female youths reported a peeping Tom in the women's restroom at Pleasant Valley Park the afternoon of Dec. 6, according to Camarillo police. At about 2:30 p.m. More...

Six midtown homes burglarized

Police: lock doors, report suspicious activity

Daytime burglars have struck six midtown Camarillo homes in the past month, prompting the Camarillo Police Department to warn residents to lock their homes and report any suspicious activity to police. The six burglaries- from Nov. More...

Emergency funds available to county agencies

Ventura County has been selected to receive funds for supplementary emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The local board will determine how the funds will be distributed to qualifying agencies requesting funding. More...

Business

Send us your business brief

If you have business news to announce regarding your operation, such as an award, a promotion or a new location, please write to us at The Acorn , Attention: Business Briefs, 30423 Canwood St. Ste. 108, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. More...

TV show follows home's makeover from eye-sore to eye-popping

Camarillo mortgage broker sent in video

Gone are the abundant weeds and overgrown trees in the front and back yards. More...

Sports

Kern named to College Hall of Fame

Out of 4.7 million college football players, only 813 have been inducted

The last time Camarillo resident Rex Kern and coaching legend Joe Paterno were together, it was 1971 and the two were on the sidelines of the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. More...

Pirates on the road to Cooperstown

A team of 11- and 12-year-old Camarillo boys will play baseball on their field of dreams next summer. More...

Spartans look strong

Rio Mesa girls' water polo team ranked third in Division IV

It's difficult to top perfection, but that's exactly what the Rio Mesa High girls' water polo team is trying to accomplish this season. Last year the Spartans won the Pacific View League title with a record of 10-0. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Camarillo Vandals caused less than $400 in damage to Monte Vista Middle School, 888 N. Lantana St., sometime between Dec. 2 and 3. A car parked in the 100 block of Ripley Avenue was burglarized sometime between Dec. 2 and 4. More...

Family

That's the spirit

GETTING IN TUNE- Camarillo Community Band member Douglas Dystra warms up his mellophone before the start of the Christmas Concert at the Camarillo Community Center on Sunday. More...

Family man tries to get happy about birthdays

That night, my wife and I slept like we were in comas. But before we knew it, it was Sunday, and we were at the next party, and kids were running up and down my back again.

Weekend of birthdays When I was younger my parents just dropped us kids off at our friends' birthday parties then picked us up when the party was over. Not today's generation. More...

'And I want . . .'

CHATTING WITH SANTA- Camarillo resident Devon Swartz, 3, tells Santa his Christmas wishes at Santa's Village Holiday Carnival in Camarillo on Saturday evening. More...

Calendar

Datebook

FRI., DEC. 14 Folk Dancing West Valley Folk Dancers host international folk dancing, 7:15 to 10 p.m., Canoga Park Senior Center, 7326 Jordan Ave. Line, couple, set, mixers. All ages, skill levels. Wear soft shoes. $4. (818) 591-9078. More...

Letters

Says school board president is real cause of delay

It is beyond me how Ron Speakman, president of the Pleasant Valley School District board of trustees, can look this community in the eye and claim the 11 individuals involved with the appeal process of the district's application to unify cause More...

Cam mom upset by teachers' silent protest

This letter is in response to Suzann Zeigler's Dec. 7 letter, "Union head asks parents to get involved." I want to begin by saying that I come from a family with four generations of public school teachers. More...

Neighbors

Hair salon has been a family business for 30 years

Customers have been coming to beauty shop for decades

For Lynn Kuske, life in the salon business has brought her family closer together. More...

Taking the lead

LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE- Young Leaders Society member Adriana Quintanilla-Rico, left, and Jayme Dryden talk during the Young Leaders Society of the United Way of Ventura County (YLS) social mixer in Camarillo last week. More...