Emergency Veterinary Care has opened (temporary location) at Ohana Pet Hospital located at 4547 Telephone Road in Ventura. The small-animal urgent care and emergency services are available seven days a week until midnight (24-hour care for overnight patients) and are provided by board-certified emergency and critical-care specialists Dr. Sarah Gray and Dr. Nancy Scott. … Ex Voto Chocolates & Confections will open at 2646 E. Main St. in Ventura. The dessert cafe offers fresh handcrafted chocolates and confections by artisan chocolatier Sophia Smith-Grunder. … Inner Soulstice Wellness opened at 4848 Colt St. in Ventura. The facility offers individual and group health programs, including yoga, Pilates, massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition and more. The studio has an open space with both private and semi-private rooms.


Lori’s Original Lemonade began a launch in March into 352 Southern California Albertsons, Pavilion and Vons locations, and will continue throughout April. The brand was created by Lori Volk in 2011 in Ojai at her children’s lemonade stand.

Under new ownership

Mexican restaurant Familia Diaz is under new ownership and is now known as Chapala. Located at 245 S. 10th St. in Santa Paula, the restaurant has undergone renovations and has an expanded menu of Mexican food prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Moving up

Barbara Impellizzeri joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley board of governors. Impellizzeri is a manager at PwC, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, which serves as one of the four leading auditors. She specializes in data and analytics for the financial services sector. … Geoffrey W. Chase, Ph.D., was chosen as the new provost of CSU, Channel Islands. Chase is currently a vice president at the WASC Senior College and University Commission and previously served as the dean of undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. He has 36 years of academic experience, which he will bring to his role when he assumes his duties in July. … Dr. Cynthia Azari, Alison Norris, Evan Scott and Michael Vasalos were selected to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme board of directors. Azari is the president at Oxnard College. Norris is the founder of Norris Consulting Services. Scott is a branch manager at Union Bank in Port Hueneme, and Vasalos is the vice president of finance at CBC Federal Credit Union. … Andrew Salinas was appointed as the police chief for Port Hueneme. Salinas began his career as a reserve officer with the city of Oxnard and earned experience through years as a police officer and, most recently, held the title of commander of investigative services. … Jessica Lavariega Monforti was named as the next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at California Lutheran University (CLU). Monforti is currently the chair of the Department of Political Science at Pace University in New York City, New York, and previously served as the associate dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Survey Research at the former University of Texas – Pan American. She begins her duties in July. … Keith Barnard joined the Ventura College Diesel Mechanic advisory committee. Barnard is the director of global grower relations for Mission Produce, one of the largest avocado companies in the world, which relies heavily on diesel equipment. … Tom Murphy is the latest addition to the board of directors of the New West Symphony. Murphy is a civil engineer who has owned and operated his own consulting firm in Camarillo for 25 years and currently serves on the Camarillo Planning Commission. … Emily Savage joined Consortium Media + Public Relations, a Ventura brand development firm. Savage is a journalist, public relations specialist, online content writer and social media strategist with an extensive background. … David Singer has been elected president of the board of directors of the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. Singer is a renowned clarinetist who has served as the principal clarinetist of the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has played in more than 100 recordings and has performed and recorded with notable and accomplished musicians. … Mati Waiya joined the Center for Biological Diversity board of directors. Waiya is a Chumash ceremonial leader of the Santa Clara River Turtle Clan and founder of the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, which aims to preserve and protect Chumash culture and the natural resources that all people depend on. … Alexandria Wright has been named as director for economic and workforce development for VCCCD. In her new role, Wright will provide leadership and strategic direction for VCCCD’s initiatives involving economic and workforce development, corporate training and grants. She previously served as the director for the Regional Economic Development Center of Yavapai College in Arizona.

Moving on

Sandy Nirenberg will retire as president and CEO of Camarillo Hospice. Nirenberg has led the hospice for 15 years and will work until April 28. In the immediate future after retirement, she plans to spend more time with her Italian foreign exchange student and her granddaughters, then ultimately travel to Italy, Africa and throughout the U.S. with her husband, Dave.

In the name of charity

Make-A-Wish TriCounties (MAWTC) raised more than $165,000 at its Wish Night 2017 gala. The funds are to help grant wishes to tri-county youth battling life-threating illnesses. … 16 nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $529,000 by the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation for its Spring 2017 grant cycle. The recipients are the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for children’s brain cancer research and local organizations that serve Ventura County children. Visit for more information and instructions for grant application. … The American Heart Association hosted its Annual Ventura County Go Red for Women Luncheon to raise awareness about the risk of cardiovascular disease among women. The event raised $236,000 and was sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by “Life is Why” sponsor Dignity Health Central Coast. The funds will be used toward research and initiatives that promote prevention, treatment, community outreach and improved patient care for cardiovascular diseases.


Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation will celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Camino Esperanza at 1384 Katherine Road South in Simi Valley. The complex is a senior housing community that features 31 affordable homes with modern amenities for seniors and those with special needs. The event will take place on April 6 at 11 a.m. … CalAtlantic Homes will break ground this month for Solana Heights, a community with 147 new homes at 2686 N. Ventura Ave. at School Canyon Road in Ventura. Solana Heights will feature 116 single-family homes and 31 townhomes, some with coastal views. The community with include three new neighborhood parks totaling 1.5 acres of outdoor space with a playground, a gated dog park, picnic and barbecue areas. The project is estimated to be completed this summer.


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office received an $86,270 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a program that promotes training, special enforcements and public awareness in an effort to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. The funds will be used to target drug -impaired driving through the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Training Program, which will allow for more DRE trained officers, DRE staffing at DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols, specialized DUI and drugged-driving training, etc.

Parks and Rec

The County of Ventura Board of Supervisors will celebrate the grand opening of the Nyeland Acres Community Center and Park at 3334 Santa Clara Ave. in Ventura. The park includes public meeting rooms, reactional facilities, sports fields and playground facilities. The event will be on April 6 at 10 a.m.


The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach in Ventura renovated its rooms and suites as well as the 24-0hour fitness center.

And the award goes to …

Max Copenhagen was named Man of the Year by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce and was honored at Camarillo’s 50th Top Ten Community Awards. Copenhagen is the senior hydrologist and project manager at Hasan Consultants in Ventura. He is currently the president of the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, secretary of Camarillo Rotary Club, co-chair of Rotary’s steps to eliminate poverty; he was recognized as a Paul Harris fellow by Rotary International. … Oxnard resident Nomi Wagner won the California Strawberry Festival 34th Annual Poster Contest. Wagner was awarded $2,000, and her artwork will be featured on Festival posters, merchandise and collectibles. The painting is of a picnic on the beach in Oxnard with a basket of grapes and strawberry wine, next to a plate overflowing with strawberries … Kim Evans, Alicia Flores, Dr. Cynthia Herrera, Sharon Hoshida, Nancy K. Johnson, Suz Montgomery, Cathy Murillo and Sherry Villanueva were recognized by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, as the 19th Senate District’s 2017 Women of the Year. The eight women were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community. … Julie Tumamait-Stenslie was honored by Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, as the 37th Assembly District 2017 Woman of the Year. Tumamait-Stenslie was recognized for her dedication to preserving her culture and continued collaboration with various organizations to further understanding of Native American history and traditions. Her family is one of only two to have lived continuously in the Ojai Valley since before the San Buenaventura Mission was founded in the early 18th century. …  The Honorable Michele Castillo was named by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, as the 2017 Woman of the Year for the 44th Assembly District. Castillo was recognized for her commitment to public service. She invites local schoolchildren into her courtroom to teach them about the role of law and the importance of the court; she became the first Latina to serve on the bench when she was appointed as superior court judge in 2016. Castillo previously served as a superior court commissioner and as a deputy public defender in Ventura and Fresno Counties. … Sue Chadwick, Chuck Cohen, Jim White and Patagonia will be honored by the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) on April 20. Chadwick is an active community leader who helped launch VCLA. She will receive the Founders Award. Cohen is an attorney at Cohen, Begun and Deck LLP and former mayor of Thousand Oaks. He will be recognized as Community Leader of the Year. White was a member of VCLA Class V and will be honored with the Alumni of the Year Award. He serves on the board of the Ventura Family YMCA, the Ventura County Transportation Commission and the city of Ventura Parks and Recreation, among others. Patagonia will be the recipient of the Business of the Year Award. It is an outdoor company based in Ventura and it is being recognized for its decision to donate 100 percent of its global retail sales on Black Friday to grassroots environmental organizations. … Ashley Chelonis of Oxnard College was selected by Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) board of trustees as the 2017 VCCCD Classified Employee of the Year. Her name will be forwarded to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for consideration for the statewide 2017 California Community Colleges Classified Employee of the Year Award. … Maria Ventura was named a 2017 “Latina of Influence” by Hispanic Lifestyle, a nationally syndicated PBS program that profiles influential and notable Latina leaders in the community. Ventura is a public affairs manager at SoCalGas and was recognized for her exemplary work representing the company and her commitment to serving and giving back to the community. … Ventura ranked in RewardExpert’s as one of the Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit in 2017 in the Pacific West region. RewardExpert analyzed over 250 mid-sized cities in the U.S. and picked the top five cities in all six of America’s major regions. Ventura ranked second and was recognized for its parks, beaches, gardens and opportunities for outdoor activities.