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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 08/02/2012

 

Opening

OJAI: The Marché Gourmet Deli has opened at 133 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. The contemporary restaurant offers a variety of fresh-made salads, sandwiches on locally baked bread, fresh-baked cookies, gelatos and much more. … The Mob Shop opened at a new location, 110 W. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. The shop sells all types of bikes, bike accessories and clothing, offers bike rentals and tours, and also has a full-service repair shop. … FILLMORE: Decorated in railroad memorabilia, the Movie Train Cafe is now open on Santa Clara Street and Central Avenue in Fillmore. The cafe is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and the chef is Sassy Wright. … VENTURA: Andy’s New York Deli, formerly Savory Cafe, recently celebrated its grand opening at 419 E. Main St. in Ventura. Among other items, the deli’s menu includes house-made bagels and sandwiches. … Chef Andy Brooks closed his Ventura restaurant, Brooks in January. Now he’s mounting a comeback, teaming with Bombay Bar & Grill to launch a gourmet burger bar at the local-favorite hangout, which recently underwent a general spiffing up. Look for burgers served with toppings like Brooks’ IPA chili starting in early September (143 S. California St., 643-4404). … The Melaleuca Wellness Center has opened at 3875 Telegraph Road, suite B, in Ventura. The center offers a membership upgrade, savings, literature and much more with exclusive 350 wellness products. … The Refill Shoppe relocated to a larger space on Aug. 1 at 363 E. Main St. in Ventura. The eco-conscious store opened two years ago and offers bulk bath and cleaning products. … A new sandwich shop called The Sandwich Company will be moving into 2700 Loma Vista Rd.

Moving Up

Michael P. Engelhard has been named the new CEO of Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP). Engelhard’s appointment is effective Sept. 1, and he brings with him more than 20 years of health-care experience. … The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme have welcomed two new board members, Kim Wilson and David Wellik. Wilson is chief operating officer and vice president of St. John’s Regional Medical Centre, and Wellik is vice president and commercial banking officer at Rabobank. … The Conejo Valley Free Clinic has three new additions to its Board of Directors, who bring with them skills that will greatly benefit the clinic. The members are Jonathan Burke of Agoura Hills, Thomas H. Boone of Thousand Oaks, and Timothy Geckle of Westlake. … The commissioner at the Port of Hueneme, Mary Anne Rooney, has been named the third vice chair of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP). The APP is a trade and information association that aims to encourage the betterment of ports of the Pacific. Due to this honor, the Port of Hueneme will host the APP annual conference in 2016.


Mary Anne Rooney

And the award goes to…

The Oxnard Salsa Festival announced the winners of the Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge – Professional Division. The eight categories were won by Cabo Seafood Grill & Cantina, Vallarta Supermarket, BG’s Cafe and Tomas Cafe. … The Ventura County Fair unveiled the 2012 poster and announced the winners of the Ventura County Fair poster contest, which was themed “Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos.” Sam Coultas, 18, of Ventura won first place. Amanda Vassaur placed second, and Joel Mayorga, third. … SERVPRO Industries Inc., a network of more than 1,600 individually owned- and operated- franchises that provide services after disasters, honored two local franchise owners at its 43rd Annual National Convention. Patricia Vujovich of Camarillo received the Director’s Gold Award, and Michael Brooks of Thousand Oaks received the Director’s Silver Award. … The California Green Communities (CGC) honored the city of Simi Valley for its commitment to sustainability. CGC is an environmental recognition program that promotes environmentally conscious practices by cities. Simi Valley was awarded the Silver status for its energy efficiency, green building techniques, water conservation campaign and more. It is only the fifth city to be honored by CGC.


The California Green Communities (CGC)

In the name of charity


Executive chef, Tim Kilcoyne

Tim Kilcoyne, the executive chef and owner of the Sidecar Restaurant, was recently featured in the From Field to Fork fundraiser for House Farm Workers, showcasing the county’s agricultural bounty. He also ran Dinner at the Mission, where he promoted local and organic produce and proceeds went to the county’s nonprofit food bank. On Aug. 2, Kilcoyne will host a Customer Appreciation Day, which will feature a special sandwich. … The Ventura County Community Foundation granted more than $1.2 million in scholarships to local students at its annual Scholarship Awards Reception. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 students, families and donors. … The Conejo Free Clinic (CFC) has honored five donors whose contributions have launched the clinic’s Mammogram Fund. More than 1,000 women are dependent on the CFC’s mammogram screening and diagnostic services annually, and the Mammogram Fund will also aid in providing more advanced diagnostic mammograms.

Making Changes

Gold Coast CareGivers, a partner of Livingston Memorial in Ventura, has changed its named to Livingston CareGivers. The new name is the only change; Livingston CareGivers will continue to offer the same quality home care service throughout Ventura County. … Fred W. Robinson, chief executive officer (CEO) of The Arc of Ventura County recently announced his retirement. Robinson has been CEO of The Arc since June 1990 and is considered to have played an integral role in the nonprofit’s growth. His retirement will be effective Dec.31.

Business building

The Ventura and Santa Barbara Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County (EDC-VC) is heading the launch of Kiva Zip, a pilot program that allows small businesses to access peer-funded micro-loans of up to $5,000. The loans aim to support business entrepreneurship and provide capital for businesses that would otherwise be lacking startup resources. … Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom recently introduced and announced the launch of a new economic development program at a press conference in Thousand Oaks. The Gold Team will draw out-of-state companies into California and specifically to relocate their operations to Ventura County.


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