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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 01/02/2014

 

Opening

At The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, Famous Dave’s opened at 2770 Seaglass Way. The restaurant offers its award-winning ribs, barbecue combos and a variety of sandwiches and side dishes. … Also at the Collection, at 531 Town Center Drive, Republic of Couture recently held its grand opening. The store is known for the sale of the latest fashions in clothes, shoes and accessories. … The Grooming Room, a gentlemen’s barbershop, iust opened inside the Cabelos Salon located at 1601 S. Victoria Ave., suite 150, in the Seabridge Center in Oxnard. … Martial arts academy Gracie Morumbi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has opened a fourth location at 341 W. Channel Islands Blvd. in Port Hueneme. The academy has been voted Ventura County’s No. 1 martial arts school for kids and adults since 2009 and besides jiu-jitsu, it offers mixed martial arts, women’s fitness boot camp, muay thai kickboxing and more. … Brio Cafe opened at 2404 E. Main St. in Ventura. The cafe has an assortment of cookies, pastries, house-made soups, sandwiches, salads and more. … Latitudes Fine Art Gallery opened at 401 E. Main St. in Ventura. The gallery features local scenic and wildlife photography created by Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch.

And the award goes to …

Selected from the nation’s six largest financial services firms, Edward Jones was ranked No.1 for the 19th time in the WealthManagement.com/REP. Magazine annual survey. The firm’s overall score was 9.5 out of 10. It also ranked No. 8 on FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013.

Moving up

Attorney Lauren Clark Rad joined the business litigation group at Ventura County’s Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP full-service law firm. Rad has prior experience in business litigation and is bilingual in Spanish; she is a UCLA and Harvard graduate. … Tina Hernandez has been named as the new marketing and communications director for the Channel Islands YMCA. Hernandez has more than 12 years of marketing experience and she will offer marketing support to seven branches of the YMCA. … Nichole Ipach was appointed as the vice president for university advancement at CSU, Channel Islands. Ipach will help with development services for students, the university and its partners by implementing and overseeing fundraising programs; she has more than 12 years’ experience in fundraising. … United Way of Ventura County promoted Susan Walker to vice president of investor relations. She joined United Way in 2007 as director of planned giving and investor relations. Walker will oversee all of United Way’s revenue-related activities for corporate, individual and endowment giving while developing new strategies to enhance United Way’s revenue streams. Trina Pena joined the United Way staff on Dec. 2 as a community impact associate. She comes to the organization after years of experience in the banking industry, as an assistant manager for a local restaurant and as a paralegal. While Pena was attending school, she became a loaned executive with United Way. … Five new people join Cal Lutheran University Board of Regents. The new regents are Pleasant Hill resident Linda Baumhefner, a board member of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and CEO of a management consulting firm; Oxnard resident Sue Chadwick, the former senior vice president of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust; the Rev. Mark Holmerud, a Sacramento resident and bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Sierra Pacific Synod; Los Angeles resident Malcolm McNeil, a partner in Fox Rothschild LLP law firm; and Dennis E. Robbins, a CLU alumnus and Scottsdale, Ariz., City Councilmember. They will serve three-year terms on the 31-member board responsible for guiding the policies of the university. … Sixty six new entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara and Ventura County recently completed Women’s Economic Venture’s self-employment training program. For self-employment training courses are offered twice each year, with classes starting in September and February. The class runs for 14 consecutive weeks, one night a week for three hours, and includes two full Saturdays. The next Ventura County orientations take place Jan. 8, 6-7 p.m., in Ventura; Thursday, Jan.  9, 12-1 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-7 p.m. in Oxnard; and Thursday, Jan. 16, 6-7 p.m., in Camarillo. For more information, www.wevonline.org.

In the name of charity

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, donated $7,250 to the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF). The money was Brownley’s salary during the government shutdown in October and is intended to help VCCF and its partners provide support to local veterans. … To support social justice projects, the McCune Foundation awarded nearly $330,000 to 15 organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The funds will be used to pay for salaries for community organizers, trainings and other program-related expenses. The foundation is accepting grant applications from grass-roots groups until Jan.13. For more information, www.mccunefoundation.org.

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