Buddy Escoto, Fillmore Club Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley took 10 students to the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. The group was excited and 7 of the students had never been there before. They all got to feed the fish and it was exciting. On the way home they stopped at McDonalds for a treat. It was a great afternoon out!
Buddy Escoto, Fillmore Club Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley took 10 students to the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. The group was excited and 7 of the students had never been there before. They all got to feed the fish and it was exciting. On the way home they stopped at McDonalds for a treat. It was a great afternoon out!
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Applications for the Miss Fillmore/Miss Teen Fillmore Pageant are available. The Mother/Daughter Tea will take place at the Memorial Building on Wednesday, February 22nd beginning at 6:30PM. Points will begin that evening. Refreshments will be provided. Questions and answers will also be addressed at that time. The first practice begins Wednesday, February 29th. Miss Contestants must be a Junior or Senior girl in good standing. Teen Contestants must be a girl between the ages of 13 (by January 1st) and 17 in good standing, but not a Junior or Senior. All contestants must reside within the Fillmore Unified School District boundaries. Applications are available at Fillmore High School, Fillmore Middle School and at Fillmore Chamber of Commerce or by contacting Pageant Director Lori McLain at #524-4432.

 


 
Ventura County youth challenged to compete in three categories, entries due April 2

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County (SJF) is accepting entries from teens, ages 14 to 18, for its Second Annual Social Justice Fund Teen Multimedia Contest.

Ventura County teens are asked to express what social justice means to them through essay, song lyrics, poem, poster, or video. Original work should address a social justice issue by identifying the problem and imagining a positive change the artist or author would like to see.

First-place winners in each of three categories – written word, poster and video - will win $250 and be invited to present their work May 6, as part of “Social Justice Center Stage,” SJF’s annual community event, at The Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks. Winning entries will be on display at this event, and the winner in each category will be invited to attend and to show his or her work.

“Social Justice is more relevant in today’s world than ever before,” said Yvonne Tang, chair of the contest committee and a member of the Social Justice Fund Giving Circle. “From the Arab Spring to the Dream Act to college tuition increases to peer prejudice and bullying, social justice issues are shaping our lives and will greatly impact our future.”

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County is a social change grant making and educational organization created and guided by Ventura County donors, hosted by the Ventura County Community Foundation. SJF has been established to advance equality and opportunity for all. It brings together the resources of a “Giving Circle” – a place where SJF donors come together and have a say in the grants given – and the organizing power of grassroots groups. Together, we are working to advance solutions to poverty and inequality.

The contest entry deadline is Monday, April 2. Full contest rules are available on SJF’s website: SocialJusticeFundVC.org.

 
This is Ricky (Lucy is his sister). Ricky is a Chihuahua mix, neutered male, 6 months old. All Shots & License included.  Walks on leash/newspaper trained, but will and wants to potty outside. $100.00 to Qualified Home Only. Call Alex at (805) 524-7387 or see at AM Pet in town.
This is Ricky (Lucy is his sister). Ricky is a Chihuahua mix, neutered male, 6 months old. All Shots & License included. Walks on leash/newspaper trained, but will and wants to potty outside. $100.00 to Qualified Home Only. Call Alex at (805) 524-7387 or see at AM Pet in town.
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Ventura, CA - The Breast Center located at Community Memorial Hospital has become the first medical facility in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the by the American College of Radiology.

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that The Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and eleven family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 
 
A glueboard in a local citrus tree.
A glueboard in a local citrus tree.
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Scentry Biologicals Inc. has a glueboard in a local citrus tree, on the lookout for negative bug infestations like Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an invasive, aphid-like insect pest. Although the psyllid is not a serious problem by itself, it can transmit a devastating bacterial disease to citrus trees. Known as Huanglongbing (HLB), the disease ruins the taste and appearance of citrus fruit, and eventually kills infected trees. There is no treatment or cure for Huanglongbing, and all commercially valuable varieties of citrus are vulnerable. If ACP and HLB reach Ventura County, and cannot be eradicated or contained, it is likely that the county will cease to be a significant producer of citrus fruit within a decade. But the potential threat posed by ACP and the disease it transmits goes well beyond commercial citrus production and the jobs, income and tax dollars it generates. Tens of thousands of trees in residential yards also are at risk. They, too, will die if infected with HLB, meaning that this iconic element of the suburban Southern California landscape — the backyard orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit or tangerine tree — also might disappear from Ventura County. Courtesy Farm Bureau of Ventura County.

 

A Street Self Storage is selling items that have been repossessed
Everything will be sold for $1.00 per item 9:00 to 3:00 2/12/12 Saturday

There will also be FREE items

Directions: Go down A street over the railroad tracks take a left on Sespe pass the fire station you will see a self torage signe take a right into the driveway.

 

The Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame is having their first Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, February 24, 2012. It will be held at Elkins Ranch Golf Course. Registration time starts at 9:30 a.m. First tee time will be at 11:00 a.m. Entry fee is $100.00 per player. This includes: Greens fees with cart, a raffle ticket, awards ceremony, with a tri-tip Bar-B-Q.

We will have Closest-to-the-pin, Longest drive contest. You willable be able to shoot for a hole-in-one contest with the player that hits a hole-in-one will drive of in a car donated but Wm. L. Morris in Fillmore. This Tournament is a four person Texas Scramble. So all golfer's good or bad come out and have a great time and help out a great cause, The Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame.

We also offer sponsorship options for the tournament from $4000.00 to $100.00 tee sponsor's. For registration and or Sponsorship opportunities please contact Lynn Cole at 805-524-8491, F.H.S. Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 697, Fillmore Ca. 93015. Lynn's e-mail is lcole@fillmore.k12.ca.us. Fillmore come out and play some Golf and have a great time with some Hall of Famers!

 

In a deal consummated February 1st, 2012, Sunkist Growers and Ventura Coastal have joined forces, uniting their long-time juice processing operations in order to provide more extensive service to their customers.

The newly formed company, Ventura Coastal LLC, a 50%/50% joint venture, will be headed by William (Bill) Borgers, CEO of Ventura Coastal. It will operate both the current Ventura Coastal plant in Visalia and the Sunkist plant in Tipton.

“The two processing facilities are extremely complimentary,” said Borgers. “Both Sunkist and Ventura Coastal bring a steady supply of products grade fruit, a skilled group of employees, state-of-the-art processing equipment and high quality products into the new company.”

“We believe the efficiencies achieved will better serve both our customers and growers,” added Sunkist President & CEO Russ Hanlin. ”

During 2012, Borgers expects the new joint venture will transition to a single set of processes and systems. “Our goal,” Borgers said “is to grow the joint venture and provide our employees with opportunities and a high quality work experience. Additionally our customers and the growers who provide the joint venture fruit will see additional value created as we blend the capabilities of the two operations.”

 

Yes Fillmore it is that time again. The Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame is hard at work for this years Induction Ceremony. This will be the third class to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame, 98 players, 8 coaches, and 24 teams have been inducted in the past two years.

Fillmore we need your help. If you would like to have somebody nominated into the Hall of Fame, this is what we the committee of The Hall of Fame will nee name of the player, coach, or team, along with their full address, the year of the team or player when he or she went to Fillmore High School. We will then send that person a form to fill out. With that information the Committee will go over everybody on the list from the past three years, and the new one's we get this year.

We ask that you send your information to Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 697, Fillmore Ca. 93015. We need the nominations and the information as soon as you can please. All nominations will be cut off on June 1st. The faster we receive the information, the faster we can send out forms to the nominee's. The Committee Members are Dick Mosbarger class of 1947, John Scoles class of 1959, Mike Marostica class of 1965, Debby Basolo Curnett class of 1969, Joe Woods class of 1979, Lynn Hasty Cole class of 1985, and Jamie Arundell Latshaw class of 1993.

 

Come enjoy a night of Donkey Basketball, a showdown between the Fillmore Fire Department and the Fillmore Sheriff Department. Family fun, entertainment, thrills & spills, lots of laughs—you’ll have it all. The match takes place on Saturday, February 25, 6pm, Fillmore High School gymnasium. Advanced tickets are adults $8, children & students (k-12) $6; Gate tickets are adults $10, children & students (k-12) $8. Presented by Donkey Sports, Inc. of Entiat, Washington. May the best Donkey win!!

 

OXNARD, CA - Agromin, the organics recovery company for more than 50 communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange counties, recycled 386,680 tons of organic material from residents and businesses in 2011, up from 379,792 in 2010. The increase comes despite the continued sluggish economy and reduction in new construction, which affect the amount of organic materials generated by households and businesses.

"It's Agromin's mission to divert green waste from landfills and transform it into quality compost and mulch for growers, landscapers and consumers," says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. "The conversion process is completely natural. We use similar methods as homeowners who maintain compost piles in their backyards."

Residents who put their organic waste in their green recycling bin are doing their part to help the planet. "Organic material that ends up in landfills produces greenhouse gas emissions that have been proven to heat up the atmosphere," says Camarillo. "We're finding that more and more residents and businesses are making a conscious effort to do their part to reduce the amount of these emissions."

Agromin's potting mix and Compost 100 are listed by the non-profit Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) so they can be used to produce certified organic products in accordance to the USDA National Organic Program standards.

Agromin soil products are sold in bulk and in bags at locations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Orange and Los Angeles counties. For a list of locations, go to www.agromin.com.

 

WASHINGTON - William H. Nurick, 76, of Camarillo, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and ordered to pay $286,443 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer in Los Angeles, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. On Sept. 14, 2011, Nurick was convicted of evading the payment of more than $150,000 in taxes following a five-day jury trial.

Nurick’s conviction arises from his involvement with the Genesis Fund. According to evidence presented at trial and summarized in the government’s sentencing memorandum, the Genesis Fund was an investment fund that operated from approximately 1994 through 2002. Genesis Fund literature described foreign currency trading as the principal activity of the fund. The evidence at trial proved that Nurick received approximately $1.1 million in distributions from the Genesis Fund between 1995 and 2002. During this time, he used eight different entities to conceal his control over bank accounts, vehicles and real property.

The evidence at trial further demonstrated that in May 2000, Nurick filed an amended 1995 individual income tax return admitting he owed $106,542 related to his investment in the Genesis Fund. Thereafter, Nurick deliberately and systematically attempted to conceal assets between May 2000 and April 2001 in order to evade payment of the balance owed to the IRS for his 1995 income taxes. Following a notice of balance due from the IRS, Nurick transferred approximately $133,000 from an offshore bank account that he controlled to a witness’s offshore bank account. Nurick also submitted a false “Offer in Compromise” to the IRS, offering to pay less than one tenth of his outstanding debt. Nurick’s Offer in Compromise, signed under penalties of perjury, falsely understated his net worth and income, and failed to indicate a bank account in Costa Rica with a balance in excess of $200,000, which consisted primarily of distributions he had received from the Genesis Fund. Nurick also falsely claimed on this document that he would receive no further distributions from the Genesis Fund, when in fact, he received over $350,000 from it through distributions to multiple entities that he controlled.

Of the nine defendants originally charged in this case, eight pleaded guilty to charges including tax fraud, obstruction of justice and securities violations. Judge Fischer sentenced many of the defendants to significant prison terms and ordered restitution payments totaling millions of dollars. The last of the eight guilty pleas was entered in court on Dec. 12, 2011, by defendant Marlyn D. Hinders. Hinders was a fugitive until June 2011 when he was deported from Mexico and arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service. After a detention hearing in July 2011, Judge Fischer ordered Hinders held without bond pending trial. Hinders, formerly a resident of Colorado, pleaded guilty to tax fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2, 2012.
This complex fraud case was investigated by special agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Lori A. Hendrickson, Matthew J. Kluge, Ellen M. Quattrucci and Danny N. Roetzel of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

 

Ventura, CA - The Ventura County Fair is having a poster contest for the 2012 Ventura County Fair. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 - 12 who reside in Ventura County.

The theme of the 2012 Fair is "Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos" and will serve as the only guideline to the imagery. Artwork may be created in any style and medium, but may not be 3 dimensional or include glitter.

Winning images will be used for the official 2012 Ventura County Fair collectable art poster and for the 2012 Ventura County Fair marketing poster as well as in other marketing materials.

Prizes in the amount of $500 (1st Prize), $250 (2nd Prize), and $100 (3rd
Prize) will be awarded. Two Fair admission tickets will be awarded for every valid entry. All contest participants will be invited to ride on the Junior Fair Board float in the Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 4.

Deadline for entry submission is Saturday, March 31. Entries should be delivered to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

"Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos", the Ventura County Fair begins on Wednesday August 1. The Fair continues through Sunday, August 12.

For more information about the poster contest, please call the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org. For regular updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

725 E. Main Street, Santa Paula
Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center
805-933-8452

Monday, March 19 - Power of VOS (Virtual OneStop), 9:00 am – 12 noon – Learn about the Virtual OneStop website and how you can use the various tools in the system to build your resume and customize your job search to a specific location and occupation. Must have basic computer skills. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Wednesday, March 21 - Resumes that Sell, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm - Hands-on workshop providing assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Tuesday, March 27 - Winning Interviews, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm - Supplies the tools to make a lasting first impression when interviewing. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Spanish language workshops:

Monday, March 12 - Tecnicas para la Busqueda de Trabajo (Job Search Techniques), 9:00 am – 4 pm - Presentado por Los Centros de Empleos y Carreras Esta sección de 3 a 4 horas está diseñada para personas que están buscando empleo. Los temas incluyen donde y como buscar empleo, como crear una red de comunicación, técnicas de cómo usar el teléfono apropiadamente para buscar empleo y como usar la red del Internet para buscar empleo. También aprenderá técnicas apropiadas para hacer una entrevista. 805-933-8452

Career Shops are presented in partnership with Ventura County Job & Career Centers and are sponsored by the Human Services Agency and the Workforce Investment Board. Equal opportunity Employer/Program/Service – TDD/TT Inquiries call 1 (800) 735-2922. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individual with disabilities.

 

Applications for the Miss Fillmore/Miss Teen Fillmore Pageant are available. The Mother/Daughter Tea will take place at the Memorial Building on Wednesday, February 22nd beginning at 6:30PM. Points will begin that evening. Refreshments will be provided. Questions and answers will also be addressed at that time. The first practice begins Wednesday, February 29th. Miss Contestants must be a Junior or Senior girl in good standing. Teen Contestants must be a girl between the ages of 13 (by January 1st) and 17 in good standing, but not a Junior or Senior. All contestants must reside within the Fillmore Unified School District boundaries. Applications are available at Fillmore High School, Fillmore Middle School and at Fillmore Chamber of Commerce or by contacting Pageant Director Lori McLain at #524-4432.

 
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The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has joined forces with the Love / Avon Army of Women to be a part of the battle to find a cure and prevent breast cancer. More than 360,000 women have stepped up to fight this disease. AND YOU CAN, TOO!

Soroptimist International of Fillmore would like to invite you to join us for a special evening program on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 P.M. at El Pescador Restaurant in Fillmore (1305 W. Ventura Street) across the breeze way in the over flow room. If you wish to eat, the cost for dinner is $10.00 and may be paid at the door.

Soroptimist International of Fillmore is a woman’s group that works to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. We also raise money to give scholarships to students in our area.

If you have any questions please call: Jane David / Vice President of Soroptimist International of Fillmore at (805) 727-1145 or E-Mail Jane.David@ventura.org

 

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office was awarded a new grant for “The Vertical Prosecution of Drug and Alcohol DUI Offenders and Repeat Offenders.” This California Office of Traffic Safety grant totaling $359,736 funded the newly created Drug and Alcohol DUI Vertical Prosecution Team, comprised of two full-time Deputy District Attorneys devoted solely to drug and alcohol DUI prevention and prosecution.

The DUI Vertical Prosecution Team is designed to aggressively prosecute impaired drivers within Ventura County, while simultaneously raising public awareness of the fatal consequences caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs, both illegal and prescription. Driving under the influence laws prohibit driving while impaired by alcohol, or a drug, or the combined influence of both, by any person, when their mental or physical abilities are so impaired they can no longer drive with the caution of a sober person. Legal entitlement to use a prescription drug is not a defense, nor is there any requirement of proving a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In California, 23 percent of drivers in fatal crashes have tested positive for drug involvement.

The DUI Vertical Prosecution Team will review, file and prosecute DUI cases from beginning to end. These cases range from misdemeanor DUI through felony DUI vehicular homicide. The DUI Prosecution Team targets repeat offenders, those in violation of probation, and is structuring an approach to assist law enforcement with the identification and apprehension of defendants with bench warrants for failing to appear in court on open DUI cases.

The DUI Vertical Prosecution Team is committed to seeking restitution for the victims of DUI, including agencies that provide law enforcement and emergency personnel in response to traffic collisions. Funding for the grant is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Traffic Safety Administration.