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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 07/03/2013

 
Opening
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme held the grand opening of a teen center at 127 E. Seventh St. in Oxnard. It is the clubs’ first standalone teen center and it will provide engaging and enriching activities for 13-18-year-olds, especially in the evening hours during which statistics prove juvenile crime is highest. …Gen Korean BBQ recently opened at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard. The all-you-can-eat cuisine offers a large selection of meats and vegetables at moderate prices. … On July 11, Yard House will also open at The Collection at RiverPark, offering an extensive menu of American fusion cuisine featuring appetizers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and more, with a variety of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers. … Center for Autism and Related Disorders Inc.  (CARD) will open its Thousand Oaks treatment center on July 31 at 325 E. Hillcrest Drive, suite 140. The grand opening will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments and child care will be provided. Special guests will include CARD founder/CEO Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and 10-year-old Ethan Gorin, who received treatment from CARD and recovered from autism. … Studio 805 Fitness opened at 2100 Outlet Center Drive (Palms Outlet Shopping Center) in Oxnard, offering classes in yoga, weight training, cardio and much more. … Island Packers has started its summer dinner cruise program Saturday nights, 7-9 p.m. They include dinner/live Music on boat while touring harbor. For more information, go to www.islandpackers.com.


Studio 805 Fitness


Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo

And the award goes to …
The 2013 Workforce Investment Board Awards (WIB) were recently presented to individuals, employers and organizations who have played significant roles in building a strong workforce in Ventura County. State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, (pictured) received the WIB Champion for Prosperity Award; Capt. David Sasek of Naval Base Ventura County received the WIB Leadership Award; Tavi Udrea, global training and development director for Haas Automation Inc. in Oxnard received the WIB Collaborative Action Award; and the Port of Hueneme, Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital’s Auxiliary received the WIB Youth Opportunity Award. … Gail Uellendahl, a practicing psychologist, was named the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at California Lutheran University (CLU), and she will deliver the keynote speech to welcome new students in September. The award recognizes professors held in high regard by peers, the students and the rest of the university community. Uellendahl joined CLU in 1992 and currently chairs the counseling and guidance department in CLU’s Graduate School of Education. … TOTV, the city of Thousand Oaks’ government television channel, was honored by SCAN National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors with the 2013 Star Awards for excellence in government television programming. TOTV received first-, second- and third-place honors for various shows in the categories of economic development, special audience and documentary.  … National Public Radio station KCLU was the most honored small-market radio station at the 66th annual Associated Press Television and Radio Association Mark Twain Awards on June 22. KCLU received five awards at the Pasadena Convention Center ceremony for stories that aired in 2012. The station competed in Division II against small-market stations in the 13 western states represented in APTRA. The station has won more APTRA awards than any other TV or radio newsroom in Ventura or Santa Barbara county.

 


Karen Kelley

Moving up
Richard Trogman, Ernie Villegas, Pete Turpel, Joe Ravens, Heather Hanna, Madeline Hess and Jessie Hawkins have been appointed to the board of directors of United Way of Ventura County. … Karen Kelley (pictured) was recently appointed as Ventura County’s film liaison by the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County, which oversees the county’s film commission and online directory. Kelley is expected to promote the county’s role in film while strengthening the local economy. … The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties recently added four new experts to its team: Greg Bracy (engineering), Randall Peede (multimedia), Julie Samson (marketing), Kevin McVearry (hospitality). … Patricia Post has joined Ventura environmental sciences and planning consulting firm Rincon Consultants Inc.. Post will serve as the firm’s marketing manager, having more than 15 years of local, regional and national strategic marketing experience. … Civil engineer Susan Mulligan, general manager of the Calleguas Municipal Water District, has joined the Economic Development Collaborative  — Ventura County (EDC-VC) board of directors. Mulligan will act as board liaison between EDC-VC and the water district, helping to increase communication. … Larry Oliver (pictured) has joined Ventura’s full-service design and marketing firm ZestNet Inc.. Oliver has more than 15 years of marketing, branding and Internet strategies experience and is also the founder of 805 Web Designs.


Larry Oliver


In the name of charity
VCCool’s Ventura Bicycle Union (VBU) was recently awarded grants to continue its effort toward creating a safer bicycling environment. VCU received $20,000 from the McCune Foundation and $4,149 from Patagonia, which will also donate $1 per mile that each VCCool employee logs during “bike-to-work” week.


Education
Patty Peinado was recognized as June’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. With more than 20 years’ experience, Peinado is a bilingual kindergarten teacher at Sheridan Way Elementary in Ventura, where she runs the Reading Recovery Program and Kindergarten Intervention. … Pediatric dentists Betsy Kaplan and Cathy Chien of Oxnard Children’s Dental Group have launched the Children’s Dental Group Spaceship Scholarship Program. The $500 scholarship is designed for high school seniors who are also patients at the practice. For more information, e-mail Oxnard@spaceshipdentist.com


Closing
Longtime Oxnard law firm Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton announced it will close this summer after 75 years of service in Ventura County. Numerous judges and new law firms in the county have roots in the firm, and the Ventura County Bar Association gives tribute each year by awarding the Nordman Award to extraordinary leaders in the community.


Anniversary
The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) celebrated its one-year anniversary with an animal petting zoo, raffles, live music and a dunk tank where attendees could dunk SPARC’s executive director William LeFeuvre. SPARC is the only no-kill shelter in Ventura County. … The Ventura Harbor is celebrating 50 years and welcomes the public to commemorate the event throughout the year. … The Ventura Yacht Club will celebrate 75 years this summer. It is one of the few clubs on the coast that owns its own clubhouse and slips.

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