The intention to change to healthier behaviour may be good, but to accomplish it is a challenge, especially if you don’t have the knowledge about how to achieve this change. Change usually does not happen all at once, it is a gradual process that involves several stages. Psychologist James Prochaska, John Norcoss, and Carlo DiClemente developed the Transtheoretical Model of stages of change to aid with the process of self-change. This model identifies six stages in the process that describes underlying processes that people go through to change most problem behaviours and adopt healthy behaviours. Most frequently, the model is used to change health-related behaviours such as physical inactivity, smoking, poor nutrition, weight problems, stress, and alcohol abuse. Understanding each stage of the model will help individuals to determine where they are in relation to their personal healthy lifestyle behaviours. It will also help to identify processes to make successful change. The stages are as follows: CONTEMPLATION People in this stage acknowledge that they have a problem and begin to seriously think about overcoming it. They are not quite ready for change, however, they are weighing the pros and cons of changing. People may remain in this stage for years although in their minds they are planning to take some action within the next six months. Education and peer support is valuable during this stage. PRECONTEMPLATION People in this stage are not considering change or do not want to change a given behaviour. They typically deny having a problem even though other people around them, including health-care practitioners, identify the problem clearly. They have no intention of changing in the immediate future and may even avoid information and materials that address the issue. These people frequently have an active resistance to change and seem resigned to accept the unhealthy behaviour as their ‘fate’. At this stage, educating them about the problem is critical to helping them start contemplating the change, by helping them to realise that they are ultimately responsible for the consequences of their behaviour. PREPARATION In this stage, people are seriously considering change and planning to change a behaviour within the next month. They take initial steps for change, like even trying the new behaviour for a short while such as quitting smoking for a day or exercising a few times during the month. During this stage, people define a general goal for change and write specific objectives to accomplish these goals. Continued peer and environmental support are helpful during this stage. ACTION People at this stage are actively doing things to change or modify the problem behaviour or to adopt a healthy behaviour. This stage requires the greatest commitment of time and energy on the part of the individual. The person is required to follow specific guidelines set forth for that behaviour. Relapse is common during this stage, and the individual may regress to previous stages. Once the individual is able to maintain the action stage for six consecutive months, they move to the maintenance stage. MAINTENANCE During this stage, the person continues the behaviour for up to five years. This phase requires continued adherence to the specific guidelines that govern the behaviour, example, exercising aerobically three times per week. The person works to maintain the gains made through the various stages of change and strive to prevent lapses and relapses. TERMINATION/ADOPTION Once a behaviour has been maintained for over five years, a person is said to be in the termination or adoption phase and exits from the cycle of change without fear of relapse. In the case of negative behaviours that are terminated, the stage of change is referred to as termination. If a positive behaviour has been successfully adopted over the period, this stage is designated the adoption stage or the ‘transformed stage of change’. This phase is the ultimate goal for all people seeking a healthier lifestyle and the quest for wellness. However, the likelihood for relapse is always high and can happen at any stage. Relapse, however, does not mean failure. Failure comes only to those who give up and don’t use prior experiences as building blocks for future success. The chances of moving back up to a higher stage of the model are far better for someone who has previously made it into one of those stages.
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ajax’s David Neres scores his side’s 2nd goal during the Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID, Spain—Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid’s Champions League reign is over.More than 1,000 days since winning the first of three consecutive European titles, Real Madrid unprecedented era of dominance ended with a whimper when the Spanish giant was stunned 4-1 by Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Dusan Tadic, who set up both first-half goals, added to the lead in the 62nd, and Lasse Schone sealed the Dutch team’s triumph with a free kick from a tight angle in the 72nd. Marco Asensio had pulled the hosts closer a couple of minutes earlier.“We always believed we had a chance, and we had 4,000 fans here who believed as well,” Ajax coach Erick ten Hag said. “Over the two matches we definitely deserve to progress to the next round.”In Tuesday’s other game, Tottenham won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund to go through 4-0 on aggregate, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.Ajax was playing in the last 16 for the first time since 2006 and will be making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2003For Madrid, it was the fourth straight home loss in all competitions, something that hadn’t happened since 2004, and capped one of the worst weeks in the club’s recent history. The team was coming off two demoralizing home losses to archrival Barcelona — 1-0 in the Spanish league and 3-0 in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.ADVERTISEMENT Out of the Copa del Rey and 12 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league, the Champions League was Real Madrid’s only realistic chance of winning anything this season.“We are sad. We are hurt,” Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. “We gave our best but it wasn’t enough. All we can do is come back tomorrow and keep working hard. The season continues and we have to keep playing.”Madrid hadn’t lost a Champions League knockout tie since the 2015 semifinal against Juventus. It had reached at least the semifinals in eight straight seasons and hadn’t failed to make it past the last 16 since 2010.In the group stage this season, it had lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow at the Bernabeu for what had been its worst ever European loss.Madrid was without suspended captain Sergio Ramos, who was sanctioned by UEFA for deliberately earning a late booking late in the first leg, and the defense struggled from the start on Tuesday. The attack also faltered again, with the forwards missing chance after chance.The Bernabeu crowd went silent early when Ziyech opened the scoring after a breakaway that started with a run by Tadic through the right flank. The already nervous crowd was stunned again about 10 minutes later when Neres added to the lead from close range after Tadic got past a few Real Madrid defenders with a run from near the midfield, clearing Casemiro with a superb spin move and dribble. Neres beat Luka Modric to Tadic’s through ball and went past Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois before finding the open net.Things got worse for Madrid as both Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior had to be substituted before halftime because of injuries — being replaced by Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.Vinicius Junior was hurt at the end of a long run in which he nearly opened the scoring for Madrid. The young Brazilian appeared to be crying as he made his way back to the bench.Bale struck the woodwork with a shot over Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana just before halftime.Raphael Varane had hit the crossbar with a header less than five minute into the match, and he also missed from close range later in the first half. Asensio and Nacho Fernandez also wasted opportunities as Madrid’s lack of scoring touch was costly again. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Asensio gave his team a glimmer of hope in the 70th, but it was snuffed out just two minutes later when Schone’s curling free kick from the left flank beat Courtois and sealed the stunning triumph.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The humiliating loss meant Madrid was eliminated 5-3 on aggregate in the round of 16, leaving the club looking at a trophy-less season in its first campaign since mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus.“We were not going to win the Champions League forever,” said Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, who was sent off in the final minutes of the game. “Reigns eventually come to an end. Something like this was going to happen sooner or later.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the end, the club renowned for assembling its team with expensive “Galactico” signings was undone by a club centered around a core of homegrown young talents.Ajax, which is enjoying a resurgence thanks to young stars like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, needed less than 20 minutes to reverse a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, with Hakim Ziyech scoring in the seventh minute and David Neres in the 18th.
Dear Editor,The two consecutive victories by the PPP/C at the 2016 and 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE), is indeed significant in the context of wider national embrace. The overwhelming evidence indicate the party’s increasing popularity for all the right reasons, and this must certainly be a tremendous motivation for their members and supporters to work for a big victory in 2020.The electorate’s view and increasing demonstration of unflinching support to the PPP/C, perhaps among others, is in recognition of the comparatively greater and tangible opportunities which were present and evolving not so long ago. In fact, the APNU/AFC Coalition is in its fourth year of government and these options have dissipated into thin air. They have failed to demonstrate to the young people of this country that they are prepared to create the much-needed job opportunities.Shortly following the 2015 General and Regional Elections, the increased hardships were initiated with the Coalition callously ripping apart and throwing by the wayside supportive mechanisms that were in place for youths while providing no substantial alternatives.Broad testimony is revealed from the dismissal of approximately 2000 Amerindians, 7000 sugar workers; together with the closing down of this country’s first Call Centre in Linden where approximately 200 persons, particularly youths, were kicked out of their jobs. The exit of Bi-Shin-Lin, the Barama Company, along with the numerous deals, led to reduced contributions from the Mining and Forestry Industries, and serious hardship to our people in this country.In this framework, the haughty, manipulative, disrespectful and self-aggrandising attitude of several of the Coalition’s leading Ministers cannot be understated. There have been too many bullish conflicts resulting in unwanted legal challenges (often lost by the Government), together with suppression of citizen’s and other constitutional bodies’ rights. From the teachers to the cane and rice farmers.The PPP/C’s significant net increase votes in Essequibo and Berbice must be most heartening to General Secretary and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo. It signals that many of the rice farmers duped by the coalition in 2015, have certainly recognised the double-dealing nature of the government. Although delayed, their quick turnaround and no-nonsense position was anticipated, appreciated and very much welcomed in the national context.It would be useful and strategic for the PPP/C to take advantage of their broader connectivity to the people, to ensure that residents are comfortable in their respective communities. There has already been a signal from persons in the government that there is likely to be a suppressive approach to Local Government Areas won by the PPP/C at the recent Elections.In response, however, it is anticipated that Councils must take up the challenge of providing unparalleled community service within their limits, and the leaders should continuously follow the Jagdeo masterstroke of being with the people in the streets and house-to-house. The low-voter turnout speaks volumes of the people’s disenfranchisement, but establishes the need for harder work.The work in ‘mass’ organisations making representations for the people, is strongly required and very relevant today. While the PPP/C has a supporting base, including the workers and farmers, their policies advocate broad based national improvements for all citizens.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Last week Friday was the first sunny day of the week. Monrovia has been under torrential rains for the past six to seven days, rainy dark days. The day was declared “national holiday” so that all public places can be disinfected. After the early morning rain, a summer like-sun came out. I decided to go for a drive, starting in Paynesville to Mamba Point and New Kru town. Just to see, to get a feel of a city on the verge of panic, facing an invisible enemy.The streets were nearly empty. The dreadful traffic that moved at snail pace during workdays was clear. A few cars, almost no taxis. The few that ventured out were limited to carry only 4 passengers, one in front and three in the back.Monrovia is under siege. Attacked by a deadly virus that defies medicine. It is scary. We no longer shake hands, we no longer touch each other and we no longer hold hands. Hugging is out of question. I ran into a friend in a store, we had not seen each other for years. We rushed towards each other and stopped mid-way. We were going to shake hands but stopped, with our palms just a few inches from each other. We joked about not being able to touch each other. The store clerk wore gloves. There was a bucket with chlorine at the entrance, with a security guard sternly ensuring that people to wash their hands in a chlorine water before entering the store. The price of plastic buckets and sanitizers has shot through the roof. Bleach and soap have become more expensive. Some people wear plastic gloves around the clock. In public places, we dodge each other. No touching. Fear is very palpable and visible people’s faces. For a week, I have not seen a single member of my staff. We work from home. When I returned home from my round-about town, I picked my phone and dialed all my friends and family. “Hey, how are you doing?” “I am here, alive.” “Just checking.” “Hm, this Ebola business.” The conversation went in the same direction. We gave each other the same advises: “Don’t go anywhere you don’t have to go. Don’t visit anyone. Don’t eat out. Wash your hands. Don’t let the children out.” I am about to lose the skin on my hands for washing them so much. Bleach. Everywhere in Monrovia, the scent of bleach is overwhelming.Radio programs around the clock have turned into discussions about Ebola and biblical hymns. People want to go to church or to the mosque and pray. But then you would sit next to someone else you don’t know. Children playing in the streets, kicking ball could brush against each other. Sweat transmits the Ebola virus. Bodily fluids are to be avoided.First, there was denial. A senior senator even said that government had invented Ebola to get money from donors. Some religious leaders ask people to pray or buy holy water to immunize them against the Virus. In every building, posters about the Ebola remind workers what not to do and what to do. If you have a headache that doesn’t go away, rush to the hospital. Nurses at times refuse to touch people coming with diarrhea or high fewer. The Ebola symptoms are akin to those of malaria. Malaria is a sort of a rite of passage in our county. Every respectable Liberian has had malaria. But now it is different. Fever, headache, running stomach, indigestion could all be sign of Ebola. And now, when people have these aches, they run away from the hospitals. Where Ebola kills all those brought in. Healthcare workers have been the greatest victims before public opinion accepted that Ebola really exists.Early July, In Kampala, where I went attend the African Faith Leaders on Post-2015, Dr. Thelma Awori, the Liberian Honorary Consul cancelled a business trip to Liberia where she was taking a group of people interested in aviation services. We were at the conference one day when we learned of the death of the Ugandan doctor, “Dr. Sam” as we all called him in Liberia, one of the first victims of Ebola. We met his wife and his children, including a ten-month baby. The family was preparing to visit him in Liberia during the school vacation. When Princess Sawyer caught the virus, he was the only one who tried to heal her. She died. He died. The brother of Princess Sawyer, our good friend Patrick Sawyer who drove to the hospital while she was bleeding died in Nigeria and caused panic in the mega city of Lagos. He was cremated, with all his belongings. Nigerian airlines stopped their flights to Monrovia and Sierra Leone.In Bomi, Dr. Sirleaf, the chief county medical doctor died. His son died. His girlfriend died. The rest of the family is quarantined.The Chief medical officer of JFK Medical Center, the oldest and largest hospital in the country, Dr. Brisbane died of Ebola. Two American doctors caught Ebola, both evacuated. Nine out of ten who catch the virus die. Now medical centers and clinics are shutting their doors.The level of fear, panic is at its peak. Rumors of dead bodies rotting in homes where nobody want to touch them or call the healthcare workers, because they would have to be “quarantined.” And being quarantined means death. There are rumors about doctors killing people to take their kidneys. Ambulances have been attacked and healthcare workers chased with cutlasses. Bitter cola is now on sale everywhere, even in the form of liquid. They say it cures Ebola. Or prevents it.The President put it simply: “Ebola is real. Ebola is here. Ebola kills.” On the same day she was to leave the country to attend the US-Africa Summit, she went to Conakry to meet with leaders of Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea. The joint border of Guinea-Sierra Leone and Liberia seems to be the epicenter of the virus. People flee the area and carry the disease with them. In the forest region, where people eat “bush-meat” Ebola has killed many. Traditional funeral services led to the contamination of dozens of people.Cultural and religious beliefs about death and illness linked with mistrust in anything that has to do with government are the best allies of the Ebola virus. In the first cases in Guinea, one death lead to more than a dozen other deaths. Ebola virus is more potent on a dead body, because the entire body turns into a huge deposit of virus. But one only get it when you come in contact with a sick person.The level of fear and panic in Monrovia is now akin to that the days of Octopus, in 1992, when the NPFL attacked Monrovia and rockets were dropping at random, killings entire households. The difference now is that we knew where the rockets were coming from, we knew the face of the killer and we could fight back as we did. But this time around, we are fighting a war against an invisible enemy. We once exported violence and child soldiers, now, we could be exporting a deadly virus. But, it can be contained, as said Dr. Peter Piot, who identified the virus in Zaire, in 1976 and named it after the river Ebola.These are scary days in Liberia. At this rate, we will soon be cut off from the rest of the world. Already, flights are being suspended, borders are being closed. This is the unluckiest generation of Liberians, having lived through a deadly war that went on for decades, blood thirsty dictatorships and Ebola. What else can go wrong? Camus’s Pest or a Kafkaesque story seem to be unfolding, all at the same time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At least 16 Ebola survivors were Monday, September 15, discharged from the Ebola treatment unit within the compound of theJohn F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor. The treatment center is run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and managedby Ugandan medical personnel assisted by Liberian volunteers. Ugandan doctor Attai Omoruto, who is WHO consultant heading the center, said it is very important for everyone to know that early presentation helps to save lives.Dr. Omoruto stated that patients, who present themselves very early when they start to show signs of the deadly disease, are likely to survive then those who wait until they are weak. “We all know that this sickness is very deadly and in order to save your live, it is always good for the patient to come in early to the Ebola treatment center for test; if you are tested and found positive the nurses and doctors will give you the necessary treatments that will make you to survive. But if you report yourself very late at a dying moment you won’t survive because the virus has destroy most of the active parts of your system,” she stated.The Ugandan Doctor thanked the Liberian Government for the support. She also thanked the volunteer health workers for joining them (Ugandans) in the fight against Ebola. She used the occasion to disclose that the Ugandan health team at the treatment center would move to Island Clinic when renovations works are completed.Reading the statistics, Dr. Omoruto stated that since they opened on August 17, the center has received 146 patients, of which 60 have survived and 83 have died. She warned the 16 survivors to abstain from sex for at least four months, stating: “The Ebola virus still lives within the semen and could infect others,” even though they are now immune to the virus as survivors.Serving as the spokesperson for him and fellow survivors, Mr. Joseph S. Baker, a former worker of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), thanked the Liberian government for the level of work in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.“I worked for LEC; I had four Ebola suspected dead bodies in my house, my little daughter and I were arrested by the Ebola Health team and they brought us to this center, the situation was tough but God helped us and save our lives through the Ugandan and the Liberian doctors.He called on all Liberians to join the Ebola fight by reporting themselves or patients early to treatment centers when they show symptomsof the disease. Among the survivors, was a toddler.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Bobcats got the first goal of the game on the power play 11:53 into the first period. Dawson Creek answered back in the second with two goals from Kelyn Opel, with the first one coming only 50 seconds into the second period and the other one at the 10:14 mark.From then on it was all Bismarck as they scored another in the second and three more in the third. The final scored was 5-2 Bobcats.- Advertisement -The Rage will look for revenge Saturday night as they face off agains Bismarck again. Game starts at 7 p.m. At the EnCana Events Centre. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Rage Stuff the Truck weekend. All the food will go towards the food bank.
To demonstrate its commitment of recognising academic achievements of its members’ children, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Friday hosted its annual bursary awards ceremony, which saw some 156 students who sat the 2019 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and obtained excellent grades receiving monetary awards.Chief Education Officer(CEO) Marcel Hutson during his presentationThe 156 students received over $5 million. Statistics of this year’s performance revealed that of the total recipients, the highest recipient gained 519 compared to last year’s 515. This year, the figures have shown an increase in overall performance of the awardees, and was deemed most outstanding from previous years.Recognising this success, Police Commissioner Leslie James in his brief remarks directed words of encouragement to parents and guardians, in which he urged them to show continuous support towards their children’s educational journey as they are Guyana’s future.Top award recipient, Dellon Graham, receiving his award from Commissioner Leslie James“I would equally urge the parents and guardians who have brought you thus far, to continue to support you towards that achievement towards that goal. It’s not difficult as you would realise today, because whatever you would’ve put in that is what you achieve…it is required of us to mould you as being the potential person for the next generation,” the Commissioner noted.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, in his feature address, conveyed a similar message to the attendees, as he stressed on the significance of education in today’s society.“I believe it is opportune, it is right, it is timely to celebrate this fundamental resource, because if as a nation we are going to expand, we are going to grow, we are going to develop, education is pivotal…no nation can really advance purposefully without education,” he underscored.On this note, the CEO reiterated how important it is for a child’s family, especially their parents, to be involved in his/her upbringing, particularly in the area of education.“Change does not happen, it has to be caused and what better place for change to take place than at the level of the family which is considered the basic unit of society. So parents have a fundamental role to play in equipping children and allowing them to enjoy some degree of education,” Hutson affirmed.The student receiving the Force’s top prize of $200,000 was Dellon Graham— grandson of Assistant Police Commissioner Maxine Graham— who secured 519 marks at the NGSA.The awards were handed out at the officers’ Mess Office in Eve Leary, Georgetown, and each of the 156 students received financial grants of $25,000 each, along with a $2000 voucher. Some of the organisations which would’ve contributed financially to offer these awards include: the Ex-Police Association of Canada, Guyana Mutual Insurance Company, and the Zara Group.Most students who received bursaries on Friday have obtained 400 marks and above at the NGSA examination. On April 17 and 18, some 14,715 pupils wrote the examinations to complete their primary education and gain entrance into the secondary education system.
A 26-year-old mechanic, who the court heard maliciously wounded his co-worker during an argument over money, was on Friday arraigned for the offence when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jailed: Seon BobbThe defendant, Sean Bobb, called “Banks” appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and admitted to the allegation which stated that on September 9, 2019, at High Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Anthony Allen.Police Prosecutor Christopher Morris, who presented short facts to the court, explained that both the defendant and Virtual Complainant are known to each other.The court heard that on the day of the incident, the duo was fixing a minibus and upon completion of the job, the VC refused to pay Bobb for the work done.This annoyed the defendant, who left the location and later returned armed with a cutlass. The court was told that Bobb approached the VC from behind and dealt him a chop to the left side shoulder.As a result, Allen was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he underwent emergency surgery. Bobb was subsequently arrested and the present charge was instituted.Meanwhile, in an explanation to the court, the defendant stated that it is habitual for the VC to not pay him for work done.Nevertheless, Magistrate Daly, after listening to the facts, handed down the sentence.
1 Matteo Darmian Manchester United is a perfect fit for Matteo Darmian, according to ex-United striker Federico Macheda.The Italy full-back is close to completing his move from Torino to Old Trafford for around €18m, plus add-ons, and his fellow countryman Macheda, currently at Cardiff, thinks it will be a smooth transition.“Matteo must certainly expect great things when joining a world-class club,” Macheda said. “I wish him all the best and feel he is ready for this adventure.“Wearing the Red Devils jersey is certainly a big responsibility, because you feel this scary weight of history on your shoulders and realise that every time you pull the shirt on.“Darmian has character and if he finds consistency then I am sure he’ll settle in very well. English football is much more physical and in his role it’s important to push forward as well as defend, but his characteristics already suit that.”
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SIMI VALLEY & MOORPARK ALMANAC POPULATION Simi Valley: 111,351 Moorpark: 31,415 ETHNIC BREAKDOWN Simi Valley: White/non-Hispanic: 72.7% African-American: 1.3% Asian/Pacific Islander: 6.5% American Indian: 0.7% Hispanic: 7.8% Other: 6.5% WEATHER Average annual rainfall: 13.6 inches Average high temperature: Upper 70s Average low temperature: Lower 50s LOCAL GOVERNMENT Simi Valley: a general law city with a council/manager form of government City Hall: Simi Valley, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, (805) 583-6700; Moorpark, 799 Moorpark Ave., (805) 517-6200 City’s Web sites Simi Valley: www.ci.simi-valley.ca.us Moorpark: www.ci.moorpark.ca.us Local officials, Simi Valley: Mayor Paul Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Glen Becerra; Council members Barbra Williamson, Michelle Foster, Steven T. Sojka. Call (805) 583-6703 Local officials, Moorpark: Mayor Patrick Hunter, Mayor Pro Tem Roseann Mikos; Council members Clint D. Harper, Keith F. Milhouse, Janice Parvin. 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For reservations, (805) 375-5467 Rail service: Metrolink, (800) 371-LINK; Amtrak, (800) 872-7245 UTILITIES Water Simi Valley: Southern California Water Co., (800) 999-4033; Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8, (805) 583-6736 Moorpark: Ventura County Waterworks District No. 1, (805) 584-4829 Power Simi Valley, Moorpark: Southern California Edison, (800) 655-4555, (800) 684-8123; repairs and outages, (800) 611-1911 Gas Simi Valley, Moorpark: Southern California Gas, (800) 427-2200 Telephone Simi Valley, Moorpark: SBC Global, (800) 310-2355 Cable TV Simi Valley, Moorpark: Adelphia Communications, (888) 683-1000 TRASH/RECYCLING: Simi Valley: G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400; Anderson Rubbish, (805) 526-1919. Moorpark: G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400; Moorpark Disposal/(Anderson Rubbish), (805) 526-1919 LAW ENFORCEMENT: Simi Valley Police Department, 3901 Alamo St., (805) 583-6950 Moorpark police station of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, 610 Spring Road, (805) 532-2700 Emergency: 911 Fire: Simi Valley and Moorpark: Ventura County Fire Department operates Stations 40-46 in the area, including the Mountain Meadows Station, Church Street Station, Moorpark Station, Susana Knolls Station, Wood Ranch Station, Pacific Street Station and Tapo Street Station Ambulance: American Medical Response provides ambulance services throughout Ventura County. Call (818) 808-2100 LICENSES Animal licenses Simi Valley: Dog licenses are required within 30 days of moving into the area. Moorpark: Dog licenses are required within 30 days of moving into the area. In Moorpark, cat licenses are also required Licenses available at county shelter and City Hall, and some private veterinarians and retail pet shops. Ventura County shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Call (888) 223-7387 Business licenses Simi Valley: City Hall, Customer Services, (805) 583-6736 Moorpark: City Hall business registration, (805) 517-6233 DRIVER’S LICENSES: Department of Motor Vehicles, 3855-D Alamo St., Simi Valley, (800) 777-0133; Department of Motor Vehicles, 1810 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, (800) 777-0133 OTHER SERVICES & INFORMATION: Libraries Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, (805) 584-4834 Moorpark Library, 699 Moorpark Ave., (805) 529-0440 Historical societies Simi Valley Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum, P.0. Box 940461, Simi Valley, CA 93094. Strathearn Historical Park and Museum, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA 93065; (805) 526-6453 Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society, 6503 Katherine Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063, (805) 581-3462, santasusanadepot.org Moorpark Moorpark Historical Society, P.O. Box 662 Moorpark, CA 93020; (805) 529-1373. Hospitals Simi Valley Hospital and Health Care Services, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, (805) 955-6000 Los Robles Regional Medical Center, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 497-2727 Postal service Simi Valley: Main office, 2551 Galena Ave., (805) 526-9819; Mount McCoy, 225 Simi Village Drive, (805) 584-0278 Moorpark: Main office, 215 W. Los Angeles Ave., (805) 529-3596 For additional postal services, call (800) 275-8777 Voter registration Simi Valley, Moorpark city halls Ventura County Clerk/Recorder, (805) 654-2295 Social Security offices Simi Valley: Social Security office representatives at City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, the first and third Thursdays. Call (805) 583-6700 Birth, death and marriage records In person or write to Ventura County Recorder’s Office, Philip J. Schmit, County Recorder, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Location 1260, Ventura, CA 93009, or call (805) 654-2295 Major shopping malls Simi Valley: Simi Valley Towne Center, Civic Center Plaza, Sycamore Plaza, Simi at the Plaza Moorpark: Mission Bell Plaza, Moorpark Town Center, Gateway Plaza, Moorpark Plaza, Mountain Meadows, Varsity Park Plaza, High Street, L.A. Spring, Moorpark Marketplace ANIMAL SHELTERS: Simi Valley and Moorpark: For lost animals, 670 W. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 388-4341. For adoptions, other services, Ventura County animal shelter, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Call (888) 223-7387. TV stations (local) Simi Valley: City Council meetings broadcast live on Channel 10 Moorpark: City government, Channel 10