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Best of Ojai Valley contest voting starts next week

It is once again nearing the time when Ojai Valley residents get to vote for the businesses that were their favorites over the past year.
The Ojai Valley News will open voting in its 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley contest Aug. 1 at 12:01 a.m. Voting will end Sept. 15 at noon and the results will be published in the 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley supplement that will be included in the Oct. 17 edition of the Ojai Valley News.

Like last year, voting will be entirely electronic. Unlike years past, however, instead of going to a third party survey website, the survey will be hosted on www.ojaivalleynews.com, the Ojai Valley News and Ojai Valley Visitors Guide website.
“We work hard to find new and innovative ways to make the contest as fair as possible, but also keep the fun in it for our voters,” explained Ojai Valley News publisher Tim Dewar. “This year, everyone who wants to vote will register on our website first. Current subscribers will be able to vote without registering again as soon as the survey is posted. Non-subscribers will have to fill out a short form and verify their email address before voting. That way,” Dewar explained, “we can make sure people are only voting once and will be better able to administer the survey.”
Last year, according to Dewar, 41,307 votes were recorded from 1,413 voters answering 132 questions. This year, there are 134 questions and voters can skip any they wish. Each question will also allow voters to "write-in" an answer if their favorite is not included in the menu list.
“Businesses getting the highest percentage of votes are those that will be included in the following year's list,” Dewar added.  “So write-in votes are important not only in helping businesses win this year, but in having them included in that question’s list next year.”
To become a registered user, voters must go to www.ojaivalleynews.com and click on the “create an account” link inside the login box near the top left side of the page. After supplying a username and password that can be linked to a valid email address, voters will need to verify their registration by clicking the link contained in the email the system will send to them.  Dewar said this information will never be sold or given to a third party and will not be used for purposes other than the administration of the Best of the Ojai Valley survey.
To begin the survey, voters should log in to the site using the login box near the top of the home page and then follow the Best of Ojai Valley contest link in the menu bar at the top of the home page.
To help voters find the questions that most interest them, the survey is segregated into services, retail, food & drink, health & beauty and other sections. Voters can skip categories by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking the next button.

Click here to register to take the survey. It's free.

If you are a subscriber, simply log in to our site and then click the Best of Ojai Valley link in the main menu bar.
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Weil Academy brings in Italo to launch track-and-field program

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Weil Academy founder Mark Weil (from left) is joined by his new track and field team members Angie Ruiz, Molly Harrold, Tess Edwards, Claudia Adelman and head coach Ed Italo.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
In July, former varsity sprint and middle distance coach at Nordhoff High School (NHS) Ed Italo, joined Weil Tennis Academy as head track coach. Italo’s task was to add an
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Nordhoff hosting varsity basketball tournaments

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff's boys' and girls' basketball programs will be hosting their annual varsity tournaments during the next two weekends. 
The 74th annual Nordhoff varsity boys' tournament opened Nov. 30 and continues
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Softball clinics offered

Six local high school softball players have been selected to be part of a national team that will travel to Italy for a series of games next summer.
Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) players are Tessa Bartholio, Rebecca Saucedo, Grace Davis, Sidney York and Annie Hyndman.
Representing Nordhoff High School will be Taylor Erickson.
In order to help pay for the trip, Team USA will host
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Youth softball sign-ups under way

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Lexi Kehoe, Willow Williams, Hannah Ignacio and Marley Loza enjoy a break between softball games during last year’s Ojai Valley Girls’ Softball Association (OVGSA) action. The 2017 softball season is right around the corner and interested players can register at www.OVGSA.org or in person between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Sarzotti Park.

Thacher harriers take sixth in state meet

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Thacher runners Rico Lopez (from third from left), Ford Sharper and Colin Kirkpartick attack the Woodward Park cross-country course at the CIF state meet Nov. 26.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Despite losing its top two runners from the group that finished seventh at State Cross Country Championships in 2015, The Thacher School boys’ team found a way to improve
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Thacher cross-country runners make a dash for state meet

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Thacher junior Rico Lopez (right), shown here last season, helped propel the Toads to the State Championship Cross-Country Meet. Thacher continues to be one of the most successful distance running programs in California.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Thacher's School boys' cross-country team recorded the fastest team time in school history (81 minutes, 34 seconds) in Riverside Nov. 21, and the team placed fourth in its CIF-Southern
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Matilija volleyball crew achieves perfect season

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The Matilija squad celebrates a point in late-season action.
The Matilija Junior High School volleyball program finished a perfect season by winning the championship of the Oxnard Recreation seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ volleyball league.
The final game of the tournament was a hotly contested match, played
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Nordhoff hopes new coach will add kick to boys’ soccer

Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti
Nordhoff High School teacher Ann Inman will take over as head coach for the boys’ soccer program.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
After capturing its only CIF-Southern Section championship in program history in 2014, Nordhoff High School (NHS) boys' soccer program has gone through four head coaches in three years.
Seeking to right the ship, Nordhoff administrators have taken a unique
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NHS golf program finishes fifth

The Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ golf team recently wrapped up its 2016 season with a fifth-place finish in the Tri-Valley League. The Lady Rangers finished with a 4-8 record and were led by Stella Delgado, who earned Tri-Valley League honorable mention honors after posting a 53.2 average this fall. Delgado also was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Also earning Honorable Mention recognition was Amaya Garcia, who averaged
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Golfers turn out to support Villanova Prep athletics

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Villanova Preparatory School held its annual golf fundraiser last month. One of the 20 teams to take part included (from left) Jay Ackerman, Mark Ackerman and Matt Murphy who were sponsored by Cover Pro. All proceeds from the event will support VPS athletics and scholarships. More than 100 guests attended the Oktoberfest-themed dinner that also featured two auctions. The winning team of the golf tournament was sponsored by TACT Construction and included Tim Silvestri, Scott Morgan, Eric Luna and Ben Barraza.

Thacher falls to Faith Baptist in semifinals

The Thacher School’s 2016 run in the CIF-Southern Section football playoffs came to an end Nov. 19 when they faced rival Faith Baptist in a 68-36 semifinals loss. The two programs played earlier this season and the Contenders won that game as well.
In the semifinal game, the Contenders jumped out to a quick 22-0 lead.
The Toads chipped away at the Faith Baptist lead and
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Neiderhiser earns Rotary P.E.P. award

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Topa Topa’s Tayten Neiderhiser earned the Rotary Club’s Physical Education Project Student of the Month award for October. 
Tayten Neiderhiser was recently honored by the Rotary Club of Ojai as Physical Education Project (P.E.P.) Student of the Month. Neiderhiser is a sixth-grader at Topa Topa Elementary School and was
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Soule Park tops Ojai Valley Inn to retain Ojai Cup for third time

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Mark Ackerman (right) receives congratulations from Ojai Valley Inn playing partner Rick Tharp after his hole-in-one.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
When Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley promised a “three-peat” after his teams
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