August 2012   
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Jim Friedman, Everard Ashworth Join Ventura Port District Board      


Ventura Port District Commisioners Jim Friedman, Greg Carson and Everard (Ev) Ashworth.
Reappointed Commissioner Greg Carson (Middle), joins newly appointed Ventura Port District Commisioners Jim Friedman (Left) and Everard (Ev) Ashworth.
Facing a dynamic growth period at the Ventura Harbor, former Ventura Mayor Jim Friedman and environmental consultant Everard Ashworth have become the Ventura Port District's newest commissioners.
At its Aug. 6 meeting, the Ventura City Council appointed both Friedman and Ashworth to fill vacancies on the Port District board. The council also reappointed Commissioner Greg Carson to serve another term, expiring June 1, 2016.
Ashworth, 56, will serve out the remaining term, through June 1, 2014, of Ed McCombs, who resigned to travel. Friedman, 56, was appointed to fill the remaining term of Keith Turner, who resigned for health reasons. Friedman will serve until June 1, 2013.
Friedman was a Ventura City Council member from 1995 to 2003 and served as Ventura's mayor from 1997 to 1999. Ashworth is a principal with Ashworth Leininger Group, an environmental consulting firm based in Camarillo, and an avid sailor.
Friedman said he hopes to see a closer working relationship between the Port District Commission and the Ventura City Council, and he looks forward to exploring enhanced marketing of the Ventura Harbor.
Friedman expressed his delight over a major new 21-acre development being planned at the Ventura Harbor. The sweeping project, by Sondermann Ring Partners, is planned on waterfront land at Schooner and Anchors Way drives. It is to include apartments, shops, a promenade, a public park and other public amenities. "The Sondermann Ring mixed-use project can provide a tremendous shot in the arm to the harbor," Friedman said.

Ashworth agreed, adding that maintenance and marine commerce also will be among the board's primary concerns in planning for the harbor's future.
"I know that the commission, the city, the Port District and its consultants are working closely to restore funding for dredging the harbor, which must be the focus in the short term," Ashworth said. Dredging is needed to keep the harbor clean and safe for navigation. "In the longer term, the Port District should continue to expand and enhance the opportunities for commercial fishing and expert marine repair."

NICU Golf, Benefactors' Ball Set for Same Weekend in September


The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding two of its most well-known events on the same weekend in September at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa and invites the public to attend one or both.

The 15th Annual NICU Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 28. The 40th Annual Benefactors' Ball is set for Saturday, Sept. 29.

Community Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, providing care for premature and struggling infants, benefits from the funds raised at the NICU Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will go toward the purchase of a birthing simulator.

The tournament features a four-person "Texas Scramble" and also includes lunch, prizes and awards. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time. For more information visit, or call the foundation office at 667-2881.

The Benefactors' Ball will begin with a wine-tasting reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, with the cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m.  Dinner is set for 7 p.m., followed by dancing and music performed by the world-renowned sound of Soul City Survivors. The evening is black tie optional.

This year's Benefactors' Ball will raise funds toward the purchase of a CT scanner for the Emergency Department in the new Community Memorial Hospital. For more information visit, or call the foundation office at 667-2881.

NICU Golf, Benefactors' Ball

Fillmore Chamber of Commerce Honors Harrison Industries


Harrison Fillmore 80th anniversary
George Harrison, holding the 80th anniversary cake, is flanked by (from left), Jim, Myron, Ralph and Lynn Harrison.
The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce honored Harrison Industries as its Business of the Quarter during a chamber mixer on Aug. 9 at the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club's Fillmore clubhouse.

More than 100 people, including Fillmore and Ventura County dignitaries, attended the event which also celebrated Harrison's 80th year in business. Harrison, which collects trash, recyclables and yard waste in Fillmore and surrounding areas as Santa Clara Valley Disposal, sponsored the mixer and donated all proceeds to the Fillmore B&GC .

Founded in 1932, Harrison Industries is one of the oldest and largest privately owned trash and recycling collection businesses in the United States, serving about 90,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Issue: 37
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Unplug and Recharge


Raise your hand if: 


  • You have a computer at home or at work.
  • You are on your computer a lot at home or at work.
  • You have an iPhone or iPad or other smartphone or tablet.
  • You are on you iPhone or iPad or other smartphone or tablet a lot at home or at work.
  • You watch TV in the evening.
  • You can't live without your cellphone or other electronic device, even though 10 years ago you managed to just fine. 

Well, how about unplugging everything and giving it a try for a couple days? Many business people are so heavily wired all day and evening long that they don't take enough time to unwind and enjoy simple pleasures like going to the beach or talking with friends. Getting away from your computer, email, texts and all the intrusions brought all day and night by electronic devices can help you feel refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle a new work project when you plug back in.

Why do we suggest this, you ask? This summer, all of us at Whisenhunt Communications enjoyed getaways with friends or family and were forced to unplug because the places we went (remote family vacation cabin in Montana, RV park at the beach, Maui, sailing in the Pacific, friend's vacation house in Lake Arrowhead, to name a few) had no internet connection, had poor Wifi or no cellphone reception, etc.

And guess what- not only did we live but we enjoyed being off the grid. We read books. We played games. We went fishing. We swam in the ocean. We sailed. We talked to people face-to-face. Give it a try!  

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