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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 11/07/2013


The Sportsman Restaurant at 4426 Central Ave. in Camarillo is now the Bamboo Steak House. The restaurant will hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov.13 at 4:45 p.m. The menu will feature Asian, vegetarian and American dishes as well as Sunday brunch and a full bar with happy hour and daily specials. … Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, which replaced Hollywood Beach Wine Company, 3500 Harbor Blvd, suite 111, in Oxnard, in the Marine Emporium Landing, Channel Islands Harbor, will be holding a grand opening this weekend, Nov. 8-10. Waterside will feature seasonal California cuisine. … Summer Camp, a custom framing, vintage, home and lifestyle goods store, will hold its grand opening at 1020 W. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. The opening will be on Nov. 9, 4-9 p.m. with food by Scratch food truck, music, drinks, games and more. … galerie102 opened in downtown Ojai at 102 E. Matilija St. The gallery is dedicated to contemporary art, focusing on painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video. …  B.Cozy, a store with a wide selection of unique gifts, home décor, jewelry, ceramics and more, has opened at 1807 E. Main St. in Ventura. Luna Vapes, opening this week at Victoria Village at 1437 Victoria Ave., suite f, Ventura , offers a wide selection of smokefree personal vaporizers and an open tasting bar for ages 18 and older.  New flavors showcased monthly. … Poppa Dogs, a new hot dog cart, recently opened on the C-Street promenade in Ventura. Poppa Dogs sells 100 percent all beef hot dogs, along with special surfer package deals. … Sprinkles Cupcakes recently opened at The Promenade (100 Promenade Way) in Thousand Oaks. The famous bakery is well-known for its freshly baked and handcrafted treats (more than 20 flavors, including gluten-free and vegan).
And the award goes to …
Jay Locher was named October’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Locher is an English and language arts teacher at Ventura High School and has more than a decade of teaching experience. … California Lutheran University (CLU) alumnus Jim Berk was presented with the Outstanding Alumni Award. Berk graduated from CLU in 1985 and embarked on a successful career in the education and entertainment field; he is currently the CEO of Participant Media. Berk received the award during a private pre-release screening of his company’s latest film, The Fifth Estate. … CSU, Channel Islands, campus police officers Sgt. Jeff Cowgill and Officer Stephen Osman were recently recognized for their heroic actions this past March. During a Police Officers Association of Ventura County ceremony, Cowgill and Osman received Medals of Valor for their effort and courage, which helped save the man’s life. … Annie Alward, a sophomore at CSU, Channel Islands, is the recipient of CSU’s 2013 Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. The awards, which include a scholarship, recognize student scholars and humanitarians who have overcome significant adversity on their paths to higher education. Alward is double-majoring in nursing and biology and she received a $6,000 scholarship.
Moving up

Sarah Williams of Ventura and Veeneta Lakhani of Oak Park are the newest additions to the Board of Directors for Ventura County’s nonprofit Conejo Free Clinic. Williams is the director of sales and marketing for TOPA Diagnostics and Lakhani is vice president of payment innovations operations for WellPoint in Thousand Oaks. … Project manager and nonprofit consultant Emily Barany recently joined the Ventura County Civic Alliance (VCCA) as its project consultant. Barany will help VCCA promote a healthy and sustainable future for Ventura County by expanding its efforts and collaboration. … Krystal Nunally has been named location manager for one of Dignity Memorial’s providers, Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura. Nunally will be responsible for day-to-day operations; she has worked with Dignity Memorial for seven years. … Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, has been appointed by Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, to serve on the California State Assembly’s new Select Committee on Justice Reinvestment. The Committee will aim to find solutions to the current prison crisis and reduce overcrowding by late January 2014. John P. Webster Sr. has been appointed as the new Roadrunner Shuttle assistant transit manager. Webster was previously the transit manager for the city of San Luis Obispo and brings 36 years of transportation experience to his new position. … Michelle Steinberger has been promoted to division manager of the Juvenile Facilities’ operations divisions of a Ventura County Probation Agency. Steinberger will be responsible for a staff of 46 at the 24-hour detention facility in Oxnard and will oversee the operations budget, facility maintenance, electric monitoring operations, annual inspections and more. … Attorney John M. Andersen recently joined law firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP as a partner. Andersen is a certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law and brings more than 20 years of legal expertise in his field. … Primary Medical, a medical practice with five offices in Ventura and Oxnard, has announced the addition of three new physicians and a physician assistant: board-certified family practice physicians Dr. Jeffrey Dyer and Dr. Sherilyn Wheaton, board-certified pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Hughes and physician assistant J. Michael Diaz. … The New West Symphony recently announced the appointment of new principals and section leaders within the orchestra: Marissa Sorajja, Lauren Chipman, Lara Wickes, Joshua Ranz, Ran Kampel, Duncan Massey and P. Blake Cooper.The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) recently announced the addition of Iris Ingram to its board. Ingram is vice president of business services and interim acting president of Moorpark College and she will be representing the Ventura County Community College District. WIB also reappointed Jim Faul, Victoria Jump, Alex Rivera and Nancy Williams.
In the name of charity
As it approaches its 20th anniversary, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families recently held a celebration to honor its founders and their inspiration and vision at its Carl Lowthorp Field of Dreams, which also included a $500,000 donation from Wells Fargo for transitional youth housing at Casa Pacifica. … California Lutheran University (CLU) received more than $800,000 from its first employee, Ethel Beyer. The funds will be used for the construction of a center for the arts. Beyer was hired in 1957 as an administrative assistant for the foundation that formed to develop the college (1959) and retired in 1997. … The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, a local private foundation, recently awarded $588,000 in grants during its fall 2013 cycle to agencies that support Ventura County youth and for cancer research.
The U.S. Green Building Council has presented The Collection at RiverPark with an LEED certification, which is verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s most prestigious program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
Economic Report
The Port of Hueneme reported a record total of $13.4 million gross operating revenue in fiscal year 2013, a 10.4 percent increase over fiscal year 2012. For the third year in a row, the port received the Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. 


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