Biz Buzz

Biz Buzz

By Daphne Khalida Kilea 02/06/2014


Porch Gallery, formerly known as THE/Main Gallery, in Ojai is open at 310 E. Matilija St. The gallery represents both emerging and contemporary artists while producing local artistic events. … With help from Food for Thought Ojai and Agromin, the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) recently opened the first (of 12) Ventura County Learning Gardens Program at Rio del Norte Elementary School in Oxnard. The program is aimed to help students as they learn to tend to their gardens. … Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen will open at 1708 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura at the Montalvo Square Shopping Center. The menu will include specialty and vegetarian sandwiches, hotdogs, all-day breakfast, homemade desserts and more. … KO Gym opened at 20 N. Oak St. in Ventura. The gym is open 24hours a day, year-round and offers MMA training, Olympic training, speed bags, cardio equipment and more. … Shanghai Beer Garden opened at 34 N. Palm St. in Ventura, offering gourmet Chinese cuisine, Asian fusion dishes in an Italian bistro style with an onsite microbrew pub. … Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) held a grand opening for a location at 374 E. Main St. in Ventura. SPARC accepted donations at the opening with 95 percent of all proceeds going to the animals at the Santa Paula shelter.  … York’s Core and Fitness opened at 300 Bunsen Ave., unit N, in Ventura. The center focuses on functional training, which targets more than one body part with each exercise/movement. Classes include yoga, circuit training, aerobic boxing, Pilates and more.
The public launch ramp at the Ventura Harbor will be closed until June due to its first major renovation in 50 years. During the closure, launching and hauling will be accommodated through reservations and on a first-come, first-serve basis. For reservations, call 642-6755.
And the award goes to …
Anna Heath has been named as 2014’s Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP). Heath has been a member for 11 years and has been involved in a variety of programs while maintaining academic excellence at Pacifica High School where she is a senior.  … The BGCOP gave awards to more than 30 youth in 10 different categories in its annual fine arts contest. The members with top awards will compete at the regional competition between Feb.17 and March 28; winners of that competition will move on to nationals in May, where more than 1,100 clubs will be participating. … The Port of Hueneme received the Business of the Year Award from the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2013, the Port generated $7 billion in goods movement and $1 billion in other economic activity. … Galen Marks was named as the 2014 Civilian Engineer of the Year by the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in Port Hueneme. Marks was chosen for his work as team lead overseeing the hardened installation protection for persistent operations (HIPPO) joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) project. HIPPO and JCTD will enable troops to resume battle within six hours after an attack instead of days and weeks later as with previous systems. … With 27 years of teaching experience, Judi Kelly was awarded January’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Kelly is a K-5 teacher at Citrus Glen in Ventura and was recognized especially for her outstanding efforts in school programs and activities like Reading Safety Net, which she helped initiate.
Moving up
Jack Gleason was appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley board of governors. Gleason has a background in commercial and industrial real estate development and construction. He has been in involved with Boys & Girls Clubs for more than 30 years. … Jill Muchow Rode was named chief financial officer for Channel Islands YMCA. Rode has more than two decades of experience in fundraising and is a certified fundraising executive. … Michael Pynn is the new general manager for The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard. Pynn was previously at The Collection in San Jose and is an expert in retail, office and residential management. … Mary Anne Rooney became the first female board president of the Port of Hueneme after a unanimous vote by the board of commissioners. Jess Herrera was named vice president and Manuel Lopez as secretary. … Jesus Torres was appointed board chairman of the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation. Torres is the director of external affairs for Verizon. Judy Diaz, Brandon Katz, Bobbie McCaffrey and Kim Wilson were also added to the foundation’s board of directors. … Kai Luoma was promoted to executive officer for the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission. Luoma served as the commission’s deputy executive officer for five years and as a senior analyst prior to that. … Sim Tang Paradis, Sylvia Munoz Schnopp and Kathy Long were elected to the board of the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County (EDC —VC). Paradis was named board chair, Schnopp the vice chair, and Long will serve as the secretary/treasurer. … Rose Marcario has been appointed as the CEO and president of Ventura’s Patagonia Inc., an international outdoor company. Marcario served as CEO of Patagonia’s parent company and brings  more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance and global operations to her new role. … Attorneys Charles Cohen, Tom Cohen, Andrew Begun and Carrie Deck recently joined law firm Jackson DeMarco Tidus & Peckenpaugh (JDTP). The attorneys all have extensive experience in land use and real estate development law and will be at JDTP’s Westlake Village office. … The Board of Directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, better known as the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has elected Leah Lacayo to the office of president. Lacayo is serving her second appointment to the Ventura County Fairgrounds board of directors. Her first appointment included a term as president in 2005. The board elected Director Bonnie Weigel to the office of vice-president. Weigel is President and CEO of FOODShare, Inc., and serves on the board of directors of the Ventura County Community Foundation.
In the name of charity
Thousand Oaks’ Mustang Marketing will provide free services to nonprofit organizations For the Troops and Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. Mustang Marketing is a full-service marketing, advertising and communications firm and it will create logos, brochures, host a fundraiser and more. … Hope’s Haven recently donated nine iPads to Oxnard’s Dignity Health — St. John’s Regional Medical Center through the nonprofit’s The iPad Project. The purpose of the long-term project is to provide a better quality of life to children who are suffering through life-threatening illnesses; they can keep up on school work, with friends and family, and have entertainment. … Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ventura County (CASA) honored 139 advocates at its annual appreciation event. The honorees have dedicated more than 330 hours of service to more than 200 children in the last year. … The In-N-Out Burger Foundation awarded a $7,500 grant to the Lighthouse for Women & Children, an outreach ministry that provides refuge, recovery and restoration for the homeless. The funds will be directed toward the homeless and needy children at the shelter. … The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation invested $2 million to support the work of Camarillo’s Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF). The VCCF houses 16 local nonprofits, providing free meeting space to community organizations, and offers low-cost professional training. … The Ventura Family YMCA has launched its 2014 annual campaign to raise $122,000 to better support youth and families through various programs. The campaign has more than 90 volunteers; last year, the funds helped 800 kids, 1,500 families and 300 seniors.
California Lutheran University (CLU) will open a new facility in Westlake Village (31416 Agoura Drive, #110) this summer as an expansion for its Community Counseling Center and School of Management. The center will also have working space for CLU students and the public as well as a coffee bar and patios with fire pits.
A group of environmental organizations and local businesses commemorated Underwater Parks Day by removing trash on a half mile stretch of beach during a day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The event, attended by about 40 volunteers, resulted in the collection of 910 pounds of garbage, which was disposed of by the National Park Service. … Rincon Consultants, a Ventura-based environmental sciences and planning consulting firm, is now a City of Ventura Certified Green Business. The city’s certification program encourages businesses to help protect the environment with recycling, water conservation and renewable energy practices.


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