October 2013   
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Primary Medical Welcomes New Physicians, Physician Assistant


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(L to R) Jeffrey Dyer, MD, Sherilyn Wheaton, MD, Jennifer Hughes, DO and J. Michael Diaz, PA-C.

Primary Medical, which has served Ventura County patients since 1994, is pleased to welcome three new physicians and a physician assistant to the practice.

Jennifer Hughes, DO, is a board-certified Pediatrician

with a focus on holistic wellness who works at 2593 Telegraph Road. She believes strongly in educating families about infant nutrition and breast-feeding. She is a breast-feeding specialist and is studying to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Jeffrey Dyer, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice physician working at 2593 Telegraph Road. Dr. Dyer served in the United States Navy until 2002 and then began practicing in Ventura County. He previously worked with the Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program and at the Fillmore Family Medical Center. 


Sherilyn Wheaton, MD, is a board-certified Family Practice physician. She holds a Masters in Public Health and she is fluent in Spanish. She works at 10885 Telegraph Road. Dr. Wheaton previously worked in the Urgent Care at the West Ventura Medical Clinic for several years and was the Medical Director of Ventura County Healthcare for the Homeless.


J. Michael Diaz, PA-C is the new physician assistant who will staff Primary Medical's two new offices opening this fall: 2772 Johnson Drive in Ventura and 1751 Lombard Street in Oxnard. He is a former paramedic who graduated from USC's Physician Assistant Program in 1986 and has been helping Ventura County patients since 1990.


Primary Medical, a new WC client, welcomes new patients at all office locations, including those insured with Commercial and Senior HMO plans, PPOs and Medicare. Specializing in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, visit one of Primary Medical's offices in Ventura and Oxnard: 10885 Telegraph Road; 3555 Loma Vista Road, #110; 2953 Telegraph Road, 2772 Johnson Drive (opening in November) and 1751 Lombard Street in Oxnard (opening in October). Online: www.primarymedical.net.

Water: Take 1 Short Film 

Contest Announces 10 Finalists 

Public is Invited to Attend Awards Ceremony on November 14


 Ventura Water, with Ventura Water Take 1 postcardpartners Patagonia and iThentic, have announced the top 10 water-focused films to be considered for the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Grand Jury Prize. 


The $1,500 Grand Jury Prize, sponsored by Patagonia, will be awarded to one finalist during a community celebration hosted by Brooks Institute of Photography on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The top 10 and winning films will be screened at the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. An R.S.V.P. is required by visiting www.watertake1.eventbrite.com. Light refreshments will served.


Also to be announced is the Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel and presented to a film shot in and around the city of Ventura. Other awards and prizes are the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by E.J. Harrison & Sons (winner gets an iPad2), and the Best Student Short Film Award, sponsored by Carollo Engineers and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (winner gets a Go Pro camera.)


In its second year, the contest aims to elevate the value of water by inviting filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films in any genre (drama, documentary, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental) about water. All 45 entries can be seen at http://www.watertake1.com.


The finalists are: "A Ride Towards the Sea," directed by Damien Stein (France); "Granted," directed by Michele Guieu (USA); "Never Waste A Drop," directed by Bob Lazo, Jo Lazo, John Lazo and Elle Lazo of Newbury Park; "Lofty Thirst," directed by Febrianto Pudi Utama (England); "The Big Ventura River Bottom Clean-Up," directed by Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura; "The Lake," directed by Geoff Tompkinson (England); "The Rainforest Waters of Cascadia," directed by David Saiget (USA); "Water and the City," directed by Jeremy Kagan (USA); "Water Collaborations," directed by Crelis Rammelt (the Netherlands); and "Wax," directed by Mark J. Blackman (England).

Harrison Industries Makes Benefactors' Ball a Zero 
Waste Event

Harrison's at CMH Benefactor's Ball 2013
Agromin's Bill Camarillo (left), Jim Harrison, Ralph Harrison and Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy are happy with the amount of food waste that was collected at the Benefactors' Ball.
The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation held its 41st Benefactors' Ball on Sept. 28, with proceeds going toward the purchase of a CT scanner in the Emergency Department of the new Community Memorial Hospital that is scheduled to open in 2015.

The ball, which featured dinner, dancing, fine wine and music by blues and rock band Kal David and the Real Deal, and was held at the Limoneira Ranch in the Santa Clara Valley.


This year marked the first time Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries collected food waste at the ball, with food scraps and leftovers being handled by the Plated Events' staff. Harrison collected the food waste and transported it to its strategic partner Agromin, which employs a Covered Aerated Static Pile System to mix the food waste with yard waste to create enriched compost. These products save water, help reduce soil erosion and reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.


Donald Sealund, Harrison's food waste coordinator, said more than 815 pounds of food waste and 455 pounds of recyclable materials were collected during the evening. Gary Wilde, CEO for Community Memorial Health System - another WC client - thanked Harrison, Agromin, Plated Events and Ventura Rentals for making the ball even more successful as a "Zero Waste" event. WC also congratulates the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Harrison Industries for their corroboration.

Thousands Remove Tons of Debris Locally for Coastal Cleanup Day


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The 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 21 was a major success in Ventura County and across the state. 


Countywide, 2,848 volunteers picked up 8,545 pounds of debris and 1,328 pounds of recyclables from our coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines, according to the Ventura County Coalition for Coastal & Inland Waterways. Thousands of cigarette butts and lots of plastic bags, as well as other unsightly trash, were removed and prevented from going out to sea where they would have had a negative effect on marine life.


Statewide, 51,543 volunteers participated at 850 sites in 53 of California's 58 counties. They removed more than 470,000 pounds of trash and more than 30,000 pounds of recyclable material, totaling well over 500,000 pounds. That's 251 tons.


Coming at the end of the summer beach season and near the start of the school year, Coastal Cleanup Day - the largest volunteer day on the planet - is a great way for families, students, service groups and neighbors to join together and take care of our fragile marine environment. 


Mark your calendar for the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. For participating beaches and waterways, visit www.vccoastcleanup.org. 

Harrison Sponsoring First Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament 

on Nov. 11 


Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament flier Golfers take note: Harrison Industries is sponsoring the first Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament on Nov. 11 at Saticoy Country Club. Since the event is scheduled on Veterans Day, what better way to spend the holiday than on a beautiful golf course?


Featuring a full day of four-man Texas Scramble (Callaway handicap system) play, prizes will be awarded to first through third place. There will be additional chances to compete in the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Hole-in-One and Putting contests, with prizes for each.


Entry is $225 per golfer, and in honor of Veterans Days, there is a $25 military discount. Entry fees include green fees, cart and an awards dinner and reception. The cost to attend the awards dinner and reception only is $50.


Proceeds provide Saticoy Little League players with uniforms, equipment and improved field maintenance. Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.


To purchase tickets online, visit www.saticoyll.org. Sponsorship opportunities also are available. If interested, go to www.sponsorship.saticoyll.org, or call Sandy Harrison at (805) 612-9378.

Issue: 51
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Soroptimist Program on Oct. 30 Features WC Social Media Expert Julie Price


From Facebook to Twitter to YouTube, social media channels have helped to reshape the worlds of advertising, marketing and public relations.


Members of the local business community and our WC friends have a great opportunity to learn more about social media as a vital marketing tool from WC's very own Julie Price McLean. Julie will be speaking at the Ventura Soroptomist Club meeting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Ventura Marriott Beach Hotel on Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.


A newspaper journalist for more than 30 years, Julie transferred her communications skills into public relations. For the past three and a half years, she has worked for Carpinteria-based CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. She also does editing and social media work for WC.


Julie is the Twitter voice of both @CarlsJr and @Hardees, which have nearly 100,000 followers. The brands also boast more than a million Facebook fans, plus their edgy, often racy TV ads have gone viral online many times, with hundreds of millions of page views over the past 10 years on the brands' YouTube channels.


At the October meeting, Julie will discuss this new marketing world order, she'll take questions from the audience and - employing another good marketing tool - she will come bearing gifts from Carl's Jr.


If you would like to attend this meeting or learn more about the Soroptimist Club, call Whisenhunt Communications graphic designer Cindy Daly (a Soroptimist member) at 701-0882. Please RSVP by Oct. 28. The cost to attend is $15.


Soroptimist is a national and international service club for business and professional women, with a focus on helping women and girls. 


We think hearing Julie share her expertise would be well worth your time.


-- Stan Whisenhunt

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