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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 07/03/2014

 

Opening
LOVE Organic Spa, Salon and Yoga opened at 2944-E. Tapo Canyon Road, offering skin, hair and body care as well as yoga classes. … Holistic Wellness Community Center of Ventura LLC opened a new office at 2319 Alameda Ave, suite 2E, in Ventura. The center will offer innovative experiential education programs for self-healing, plant-based nutrition, sustainability and peace. … Beyond This and That opened at 3639 Harbor Blvd., suite 102, in Ventura. It features artisan jewelry Swarovski crystal, women’s accessories and clothing and more.


Changes
Rico’s Italian Villa, formerly Angelo’s, at 233 E. Channel Islands Blvd. in Port Hueneme has a new owner but will continue to serve authentic Italian food and the same pizza recipe as for the last 50 years. … Cara Mia Makeup Studio, Day Spa, Skincare Salon and Boutique relocated to 1484 E. Main St. in Ventura. …

Sandbox Coffeehouse at 204 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura is now serving barbecue, grilled tri-tip, chicken, portobello mushrooms and grilled vegetables Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. … Ventura County real estate brokerage leader Prudential California Realty joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, and will be operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty.


And the award goes to …

Frank Barajas
Frank Barajas was the recipient of the 2014 Latino Leadership Award from El Concilio Family Services at its 25th Leadership Awards ceremony. Barajas is a history professor at CSU, Channel Islands, and was recognized for enriching the Latino community through his teaching, writing and activism. … Jayme Riggio, owner of Oxnard Allstate Agency, received two Agency Hands in the Community awards for outstanding volunteerism from the Allstate Foundation. The awards also included $1,000 grants to Donut Dash and Simi Youth Baseball Inc., where Riggio volunteers. … Marcelo Lehninger was recognized by the League of American Orchestras with the Helen M. Thompson Award. Lehninger is the music director of the New West Symphony and associate conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was honored for his artistic excellence, exceptional musical leadership and commitment to organizational vitality. … Lisa Rowan, a graduate of California Lutheran University (CLU), was awarded a Fulbright grant by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to teach English in Nepal. Rowan, of Port Townsend, Washington, is the fourth honoree in five years from CLU to receive the grant; participants are chosen for their academic accomplishments and leadership potential. She will begin her eight-month stay in Nepal on July 18. … CLU English professor Joan Wines was honored with the 2014 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students and the rest of the university community. Wines pioneered the use of technology in the classroom at CLU and Southern California English departments; she will deliver the keynote speech to welcome new students at opening academic convocation on Sept. 2. … Estela Flores, owner of Stel Housecleaning, received the 2014 WEV Business of the Year award at the Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) annual Empowerment is Priceless event. Mike Kauffman, Ph.D., and Maura Raffensperger, M.A., were named as volunteers of the year; Kauffman for Santa Barbara County and Raffensperger for Ventura County. … Attorney Michael S. Martin of Ventura-based law-firm Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold LLP was named a 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. The list recognizes up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 or younger or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less; this is Martin’s second year in a row on the list. He specializes in many aspects of civil litigation. … Ladyface Ale Companie, Alehouse and Brasserie was named the 27th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. Ladyface Ale Companie was recognized for its successful small business and contributions to its community. … Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort in Oxnard was recognized by the American Automobile Association as a AAA Four Diamond establishment. The recognition defines a property as upscale, refined and stylish with many amenities and a “high degree of hospitality, service, and attention to detail.” …  Hasan Consultants, a civil and environmental engineering firm, received a Certificate of Recognition from the city of Ventura to commemorate its 30th anniversary and for its contributions to the community as a professional and through nonprofit and charitable organizations. The owner and principal engineer, Mohammed A. Hasan, was also honored.

Mohammed A. Hasan 


Moving up
Realtor Michael Delgado recently joined the real estate team of Coldwell Banker Oxnard Beach. Delgado was awarded Top Listing Agent, Top Producing Agent and the prestigious Chairman’s Circle 10-Year Legend Award every year from 2003 to 2013. … Joel Reznick was elected as president-elect and future president of the Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors (CSMAR). Reznick is a licensed real estate broker and has been on the CSMAR Board of Directors for the past four years; he will succeed JoAnn Levine, beginning his term as president in 2016. … Attorney Lane Lopez recently joined full-service law firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP.  Lopez specializes in tax law, estate planning and administration, business law, real property law and related litigation. ... Commissioner Everard Ashworth was reappointed for a second term to the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners by the Ventura City Council. Ashworth, an avid sailor and environmental consultant with Ashworth Leininger Group in Camarillo, will serve his second term until June 30, 2018. … Alison Balter, Diane de Mailly, Robin Martina, Maura Raffensperger, Jessie Rushing, Joy Sakata, Janis Shinkawa and Brenda Terzian will be installed as the National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County (NAWBO) 2014-2015 board members and committee directors. … Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) earned five-year national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The program is jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and it sets standards against which more than 3,000 of the nation’s governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance. VCPH is the first public health department in California to achieve this accreditation.


In the name of charity
The Ventura County Community Foundation’s (VCCF) Veterans Fund received $15,000 from the Gold Coast Veteran Foundation, bringing the total donation amount so far to $30,000. The funds allowed VCCF to support and improve the nonprofit services that local veterans receive. … United Way of Ventura County launched its fifth annual Stuff the Bus campaign as part of Day of Action to help send children in need back to school feeling confident and prepared. Last year, 667 backpacks filled with new school supplies were given to kids in our local communities; this year’s goal is to provide kids with at least 800 backpacks. …The McCune Foundation awarded a total of $330,000 to 12 nonprofits for community organizing projects in Santa Barbara and Ventra Counties. The grants will help pay for salaries for community organizers, trainings and other program expenses. … The Ventura College Foundation received a $4,500 grant from the Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation. The grant was provided for the college’s Women’s Safety Net program that provides emergency funds of up to $500 to female students who are experiencing crises that threaten to derail their educations. The money can only be used for child care, textbooks, materials, fees, transportations and other education-related expenses.

…The American Heart Association 2014 Ventura County Heart Walk drew more than 500 participants and raised more than $110,000. Participants did a 5K walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke and they enjoyed free health screenings and CPR demonstrations and visited health-related exhibits.


Election
Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura (CAPS) is seeking nominees for two open board seats each with a term of two years. Each nominee must be at least 18 years of age, an individual member in good standing of CAPS (living, working or attending a school in the city of Ventura) and must complete a Board Candidate Statement of Interest. Completed statements must be received at the CAPS Media Center at 65 Day Road in Ventura no later than 5 p.m. Friday Aug.1. For more information, contact 658-0500, info@capstv.org, www.capstv.org

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