March 9, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Get ready to spring ahead

The Acorn reminds you that daylight saving time begins everywhere in the U.S. except Arizona and Hawaii at 2 a.m. Sun., March 11. It continues until Nov. 4. More...

Health & Wellness

The OTHER Side Of Fifty

California caregivers stressed, in poor health

Compared to caregivers in the rest of the United States, those in California have higher levels of stress and poorer health. More...

Annual conference helps brain injury survivors

The Ventura County Office of Education will host a “Building a Toolbox of Resources” conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 24 at 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. More...

Unsecured furniture can be dangerous

Protect small children from tip-overs

It doesn’t take long for a curious toddler to climb onto a dresser drawer or a bookcase, sometimes with tragic consequences. More...

Schools

These teens kick ash

Preston Hill, a freshman at Newbury Park High School, was stunned to learn that smoking a cigarette is hardly better than smoking rat poison. More...

CLU students serve businesses as consultants

Program helps bring real-world experience into classroom

Twelve students in the Consulting to Small Business class at California Lutheran University will provide services to three businesses, blending academics with real-world experience. More...

Flamingo season

Flocks of plastic blue flamingos roost on community lawns

There’s a rare migration of unusual birds flocking toward the front lawns of Camarillo homes this month. The birds have long necks and “ stand on one leg; they’re blue in color and made of plastic. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Camarillo A man, 19, was arrested Feb. 28 in the 300 block of Westpark Court on drug charges and for domestic battery. A man, 55, was arrested Feb. 28 in the 900 block of Arneill Road on an outstanding warrant. More...

Family

High school Leos roar onto campus

ALL TOGETHER—Above, ACE Charter High School students, from left, Vincent Gasca, 16; Sierra Cathcart, 16; Jareth Clemensen, 17; and Eugene Alforque, 18, are sworn in as members of the Camarillo More...

Bookstore hosts adventure novel author

Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm will host a book signing of “The Dark Eagles: First Flight” by local author David Smith from 5 to 7 p.m. Fri., March 30 at 93 Daily Drive, Camarillo. More...

Student honored

A GO- GETTER— Lauren Nagel, left, a sixth-grader at Las Colinas Middle School, was recognized by the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club as the “Youth We Appreciate” student of the week at the club’s regular Monday meeting at Rou More...

Dining & Entertainment

History tour includes Camarillo sites

Attention history buffs, your stagecoach has come in. A new program called Passport 2 History will make visits to more than 50 museums, old homes and ranches—many of them in the area—easy, fun and educational. More...

Children’s choir to perform African music

Songs are sung in English, five African languages

Los Robles Master Chorale and Los Robles Children’s Choir join forces for “Zimbe!” a program of African and world music at 4 p.m. Sun., March 11 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Editorials

How best to stem the tide of transfers

It’s easy to understand why Oxnard Union High School District officials have made it tougher for the roughly 300 students a year— most of whom are from Camarillo—to leave the district and attend high school elsewhere, usually the Co More...

Editorial Submission Policy

The Camarillo Acorn welcomes your letters and comments. “Letters to the Editor” should be no longer than 350 words, although the Camarillo Acorn reserves the right to make occasional exceptions to this policy. More...

Community Notes

For the record

Gus Franco’s name was spelled incorrectly in the caption of the photo accompanying the story of the Friends of the Library’s grand piano purchase in the March 2 edition of the Camarillo Acorn. More...

Rise in traffic deaths prompts more tickets

In response to the increase in fatal traffic collisions on freeways and county roads in western Ventura County in 2011, the Ventura area CHP office conducted four special enforcement campaigns in February. More...

Walk to combat hunger

The 29th annual CROP Hunger Walk will be held at 1:15 p.m. Sun., March 11 with registration at 12:30 p.m. on the field at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. More...

Oxnard Union takes hard line against out-of-district transfers

When Camarillo resident Janet Friedrichs and her husband applied in January for an out-of-district transfer so their eighth-grade daughter could attend Newbury Park High School next fall, they figured it was a slam dunk. They were wrong. More...

Transportation plan on road to completion

How can county public transportation attract more riders? More...

Parks makes it ocial,files as an independent

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks reregistered last week as an independent candidate, a move that shakes the partisan politics already at play in the race for the newly drawn 26th Congressional District. More...

Community

Meadowlarks celebrate 40 years

At the February meeting of the Meadowlark Service League, representatives from FOOD Share and the New West Symphony congratulated the organization on its 40th anniversary. More...

FOOD Share needs more volunteers

Info nights on tap

To learn more about FOOD Share volunteer opportunities, there will be two information meetings at 10 a.m. Sat., March 10 and Sat., March 31 at 4156 Southbank Road, Oxnard. More...

All wound up

SURREAL SCULPTURE—Artist Phoebe Sarason, center, talks with Long Beach resident Sandy Abrams about the yarn she used to wrap her 7-foot-tall rabbit sculpture during the opening reception for he More...

Business

St. Paddy’s Day fundraiser supports county rescue mission

On March 17, it doesn’t matter who you are, according to Camarillo resident Thomas Colbert, because on St. Patrick’s Day, “everybody’s just a little bit Irish.” More...

Workshop to educate consultants

The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties will host a free workshop titled “Consultant Support Group” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. More...

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Event March 29

SCORE Ventura County Chapter will present a small business event from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs., March 29 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Pacific View League baseball an arms race

Camarillo, Rio Mesa hit the diamond

The Camarillo High baseball team entered March like a lamb but hopes to go out like a lion. After dropping the first three games of the season, the Scorpions have won their last two outings. More...

Pets

Pet Of The Week

LOVES KIDS—Bashful, a 4-year-old Maine coon, lives up to his name, but he’s only grumpy because his owners turned him in when they had to move. He is great with kids and a real sweetheart. More...

Faith

The Art Of Being

“How often do you have to practice the presence of gravity? All the time! Any time you forget about gravity, and fail to practice your relationship with it, you fall on your face. So it is with practicing the presence of God. More...

From student to teacher

In Hebrew, the word rabbi means teacher. For Lisa Bock, the role of rabbi suits her perfectly because teaching the Torah and Jewish traditions to congregants is her calling in life. More...

Calendar

Calendar

The Acorn's Guide To What's Going On

FRI., MARCH 9 Senior Center Spring Arts And Crafts Fair More...

Letters

The U.S. is not a democracy

comments by Cal State University Channel Islands President Richard Rush about enrollment. President Rush—mistakenly— refers to our government as a “democracy.” More...

Landscaper deserves recognition

With regard to President of Cal State University Channel Islands Richard Rush’s comments at the CSUCI Connection luncheon as published March 2, it’s wonderful that the university is growing again and will be able to accept more students i More...

A Pollock supporter

The newly created 26th Congressional District represents an immense opportunity for Ventura County. We have the opportunity to gain a more unified and representative voice in Congress than we have endured seemingly forever, especially us Democrats. More...

Neighbors

Camarillo’s Youth of the Year tends garden, helps hospice and library

Camarillo teen Samantha Pinsak seems to personify the old saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” The 17-year-old Rio Mesa High School senior juggles volunteer work and remains one of the top-ranked students in the More...