Summer is more fun with safety first

There’s almost nothing better for good health than getting some exercise under the summer sky. But it’s also important to consider summertime safety and take steps to avoid accidents. Start is with recreational equipment. Make sure bikes are in proper working order by checking the brakes and tire pressure, and make sure the seat and handlebars are secure. For night […]

Questions remain infireworks mishap

Spectators injured during Simi Valley July 4 show

The state fire marshal’s office announced Tuesday it would be the lead agency in the investigation into the accident at the 44th annual Simi Valley Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4 at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park that left more than 40 people injured. Ventura County Fire Department officials, who will assist the fire marshal’s office in the investigation, are still […]

Church waives fees for same-sex weddings

The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 3327 Old Conejo Road, Thousand Oaks, will waive its sanctuary rental fee for gay and lesbian couples who are wed at the church. The Rev. Lora Brandis, minister of the church, will also waive her fee to perform the ceremony for gay couples who are not members of the congregation. The church will […]

Stephenson takes helm at Chaparral

Plans to oversee pilot program to bring iPads into classrooms

Middle school is often a crossroads for youngsters trying to discover who they are and what path they want to take in life. For many of these preteens, finding their way can be scary and confusing, with peer pressure and the need to be accepted making things even more diffi cult. That is why Joshua Stephenson, Chaparral Middle School’s new […]

Honor roll

Eric Bodjanac of Moorpark received a Master of Health Science in pathologist’s assistant from Quinnipiac University last spring. Quinnipiac is a private, nonsectarian institution in Hamden, Conn. Springfield College has named Matthew Madison of Moorpark to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2013 term. Madison is studying athletic training. The college, in Springfield, Mass., is known as […]

Social host ordinance discourages teen parties

Homeowners arefined $2,500 for minors drinking at gatherings

Sgt. John Reilly has seen his fair share of teenage debauchery. Four years ago, after neighbors complained of loud music, he and several other deputies arrived at a Moorpark home to find nearly 60 high school students, many of whom were drunk. Although teens drinking at parties are not uncommon, that night was particularly memorable, Reilly said. “When we walked […]

A trip for the taste buds

A WORLD OF FLAVORS— Above, Quintt Landis, 12, of Moorpark tries Vegemite, a yeast extract popular in Australia, on a piece of bread at Weird Eats, an event at the Moorpark City Library on June 25. During the program, youngsters could taste unfamiliar foods from around the world. At right, it’s clear what 10-year-old Moorpark resident Julia Sherman thinks of […]

Health screenings can save lives

As the percentage of the older population increases, health care providers want to stop disease before it starts. A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of obesity and related health conditions than do members of the previous generation. Here are the most- recommended screenings for keeping older adults […]

Free talks on health issues

The Moorpark Active Adult Center will host two presentations of interest to seniors, both taking place at 1 p.m. Tues., July 16 in separate rooms at the center, 799 Moorpark Ave. House Call: Signs of a Stroke. Simi Valley neurologist Kaveh Sermi, MD, will explore this topic and answer questions. Persons should learn the signs of stroke so that medical […]

Ruggers will be ruggers

Idea for local rugby club proves to be a big hit

Shawn Love wanted to continue playing rugby after college, and the only way to do that was by forming a club team. Love, who competed on a rugby club at Arizona State University, returned to Thousand Oaks in 2009 and started the Ventura County Men’s Rugby Club. Finding players to join the club was the easy part. Love had 70 […]