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A new retail location for Super Buzzy has opened at 1794 E. Main St. in Midtown Ventura. Owned by Kelly Stevens, the store specializes in Japanese fabrics and craft supplies. Craft classes will be offered in the future.  … United Cancer Advocacy Action Network (UCAAN) has opened a new office in Thousand Oaks. UCAAN is inviting the community to come to the grand opening celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. UCAAN will have an official ribbon cutting, tours of the new office space, raffles, appetizers supplied by Fiamme Restaurant, light music and a sparkling cider toast.

Moving up

 John Chamberlain, director of marketing for Limoneira Company, has been named chairman of the board for the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. His term will run for one year, which started on Jan. 1. … Four community leaders have joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s board of directors, helping to create an expanded, more diversified board. The new members include Stephen MacIntosh, general manager of Republic Services Inc.; Stuart Nielson, attorney with Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLP; Robert Sills, community advocate; and Chief Jeri Williams, Oxnard Police Department. … Ventura County native Jon R. Schwalbach has joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP as a new associate focused on business litigation, and labor and employment matters. Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP is a full-service law firm offering efficient solutions and advocacy for individuals and business clients in Ventura County and throughout California.


 Jon R. Schwalbach


In academia

Ysabel Trinidad was named the new vice president for finance and administration at CSU, Channel Islands. Trinidad brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in finance and operations in the field of higher education.  … The U.S. Department of Education awarded California Lutheran University a $1.2 million grant to prepare teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Beginning this month, the grant will enable CLU’s Graduate School of Education to prepare 48 new credentialed teachers for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in California public schools over the next five years. … University of La Verne Ventura County campus in Oxnard is getting a makeover and moving to a new home at 500 E. Esplanade Drive, suite 1000. It is located within the Topa Financial Plaza.

In the name of charity

The 22nd Annual Donald K. Facciano Kids Auction, put on by the Boys & Girls Club last month, raised more than $304,000 for the group’s 18 club sites and the nearly 9,000 kids they serve. … Ventura firefighters raised more than $3,800 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the Fill the Boot drive last month.  

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Boys and Girls auction


And the award goes to …

Aaron and Evan Steed opened Meathead Movers in 1977 in San Luis Obispo, and it has now spread to Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Diego. The brothers received the Empact 100 award, an honor granted by Empact, a conglomerate of businesses, chambers of commerce and others who vote on the top 100 entrepreneurial private startup companies run by people 30 and younger. … Mohammad A. Hasan, a local consulting engineer, was named a fellow of the American Public Works Association. This honor is given to individuals who have provided dedicated service, along with exemplary leadership in the profession. … Tamara Mann, a fifth grade teacher at Juanamaria Elementary School in Ventura, was named Teacher of the Month for December by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. … The California Central Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has honored Community Memorial Health System with its 2011 Green Healthcare Award. CMHS was cited for its state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly Vineyard Center for Family Health office in Oxnard, which opened in November 2010. 


Mohammed A. Hasan

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