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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 03/06/2014

Opening
ZZYZX Smoke Shop recently opened in Camarillo at 2127 Pickwick Drive. It features an assortment of glass pipes and wares, e-cigs, vaporizers, vaporizer liquid (e-juice) and more. … The Blue Cube, a contemporary art space, will hold its grand opening on March 20, from 5:27 – 8:32 p.m., at 86 S. Laurel St. in Ventura. For upcoming exhibitions, go to www.BlueCubeGallery.com. … DNA Fitness, a spinning studio, opened at 1744 E. Main St. in Ventura. The studio provides the latest spin equipment and techniques and classes for beginners to advanced individuals. …


Fleur de Rye is a new floral and hair studio in downtown Ventura
specializing in a natural meets vintage design aesthetic,
owned by Caitlyn Rylander (right).

Fleur de Rye Studio opened at 77 S. California St. in Ventura, providing both floral and hair design services. It is owned by Caitlyn Rylander, who combined her experience as a hair stylist with her passion for floral arrangements. … The Hong Kong Inn is reopening under new ownership at 435 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura. The restaurant is fully remodeled, offering authentic Chinese cuisine and more with a variety of alcoholic beverages and entertainment (Polynesian dancers). … Main Street Meats & Real Food Market opened at 3049 E. Main St. in Ventura. The butcher shop offers a considerable selection of goods such as grass-fed meats, cheeses, gourmet coffees, locally grown produce and much more. … Spencer Makenzies, located at 806 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura, has reopened this week after a remodel. The restaurant will now be serving beer and wine.
And the award goes to …
Fundi Legohn received the 2014 African American Achievement Award from CSU, Channel Islands. Legohn is Oxnard High School’s music and band director and was honored for his contributions and empowerment of Ventura County’s African American community; he was also recently recognized by 805’s Got Talent with the 2013 Music of the Year Award for his commitment in promoting music and art education. … Mark Larson was named February’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Larson is a third-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Ventura who has taught for more than 20 years while being actively involved in numerous school and district committees. … At its 21st annual award ceremony, the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation will honor seven health care professionals for their commitment and contribution to health care: Dr. Robert Pazen, Dr. Ronald Guzman, Dr. Ronald Thurston, Marianne Cody, Alicia Zaragoza, Dr. James Hornstein and Dr. Thomas Kong Jr. The Limoneira Company will also be recognized with the Community Health Innovator Award; the ceremony will take place on April 3.
Moving up
Thomas Cohen was named chair of the board for the United Way of Ventura County and will hold the position until June 30, 2015. Cohen is an attorney and shareholder at Jackson, DeMarco, Tidus and Peckenpaugh in Westlake Village. … Carmen Nichols was appointed as the deputy city manager for the city of Port Hueneme. Nichols has served the city for 19 years and her new role will include overseeing several departments and acting as a substitute when the city manager is unavailable. Also, Chris Theisen was named the public works director; Theisen is a registered engineer with the state of California with a 24-year career in engineering and public works. He recently worked as the assistant director of public works services for the city of Beverly Hills. … Edwin T. McFadden III was selected to be the director of the United Water Conservation District. McFadden will be representing the District’s Division 1, which ranges from the Santa Clara River Valley (Los Angeles County line) to the western limit of the city of Santa Paula. … The Free Clinic of Simi Valley held a celebratory luncheon in honor of the Simi Valley Hospital for the assistance it has provided. The hospital offers support through the donation of medical lab and diagnostic imaging services, assistance in medical equipment repairs and as a partner in the production of the Annual Simi Valley Community Health and Fitness Expo. … Tim Hagel succeeded Randy Pentis as the police chief of Thousand Oaks. Hagel has nearly 30 years experience in law enforcement and was recently the director of the Sheriff’s Department West County Operations; he has also served as police chief for the city of Fillmore. … Gerhard Apfelthaler, Ph.D., was appointed to a three-year term on the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. Apfelthaler is the Dean of the School of Management at Cal Lutheran University. … Attorney Anna L. Bijelic joined Ventura law firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP. Bijelic will practice in employment litigation and counseling and business litigation and transactions; she also has a graduate certificate in entertainment law. … Rebecca Chambers, the social media manager of the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau (VVCB), will also undertake the duties of public relations. Chambers has been managing social media for Downtown Ventura Partners and VVCB. …

 
Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya

On March 24, Ventura City Fire Department Fire Chief Don McPherson will retire and Assistant Fire Chief David Endaya has been selected as his replacement. Endaya has worked fulltime for the city for more than 15 years; he also holds a California paramedic license, is a certified hazardous materials specialist; and in 2013, he was accepted into an elite post-grad executive fire officer program at the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. … Bonnie Weigel, president and CEO of FOOD Share Inc., was recently appointed as the president of the Ventura County chapter of California Women for Agriculture (CWA). She will serve a two-year term during which she will facilitate Chapter meetings as well as invite and inform the community about CWA. … Cari Shore was selected as Rabobank’s retail market manager for the bank’s South Coast Retail Division. Shore has 20 years’ experience in retail banking and will now oversee seven Rabobank branches (Ojai, Oak View, Downtown Ventura, Mills Road, County Center, Downtown Oxnard and the Oxnard Esplanade office).
Eco-Friendly
Navy Engineers David Chavez and Bruce Holden received the Society of American Military Engineers Project of the Year Award for their work on energy and sustainability at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. Chavez and Holden work for the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in Port Hueneme and were recognized because of their invaluable energy improving developments. … Ohana Pet Hospital was among one of the recipients of the CoolCalifornia Small Business Climate Leader Award from the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board. The award is presented to state businesses that are actively reducing their impact on the climate (including staff and customer education) in an effort to keep California cool.
In the name of charity
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley received $37,500 from Southern California Edison to be used for the clubs’ science, technology, engineering and math programs. …

 
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley received $37,500
from Southern California Edison for the clubs’ science, technology,
engineering and math programs.

FOOD Share of Ventura County will host its fifth annual charity event, Fish4Food. On March 18, the boat will depart Channel Islands at 7 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. There will be free raffle prizes at the end of the day and the fish will be donated to FOOD Share’s food bank. For more information, call 382-1612. … FOOD Share also recently surpassed its goal to raise 200,000 pounds of food during its annual Tackle Hunger campaign by receiving a total of 218,828 pounds in donations and $55,975.
Investment
The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County (EDC-VC) partnered with City National Bank for a $250,000 contribution to EDC-VC’s Revolving Loan Fund, which totals $4.4 million. EDC-VC will use the funds to help local small to medium-size businesses that may not qualify for commercial credit.

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