April 2014    
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Hathaway Law Firm in Ventura Welcomes 3 New Attorneys
The law firm of Hathaway Perrett Webster Powers Chrisman & Gutierrez welcomes three new attorneys specializing in estate planning and other business matters.

Frank Corral
Frank Corral
Frank Corral
, a Ventura resident, represents clients in estate and business planning matters with a unique and creative focus on tax planning strategies. Corral advises in the federal, state and municipal process of taxation as it relates to estate and intra-family transfers, income from all sources, and business transactions of all kinds. Corral earned a bachelor's degree in accountancy from the University of San Diego and his law degree from California Western School of Law. He also earned a master's degree in tax laws from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Geoffrey J. Farwell
Geoffrey J. Farwell
Geoffrey J. Farwell
, of Thousand Oaks, specializes in estate planning, such as drafting wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives, as well as advising on associated tax matters. He has additional experience in civil litigation, corporate formation and trademark registration. Farwell graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Redlands Business School. Farwell earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. 

Seth P. Shapiro
Seth P. Shapiro
Seth P. Shapiro
, of Ventura, focuses on real estate, business and estate planning and has also handled civil litigation in these areas. Shapiro frequently advises small and medium-size businesses and individuals in negotiating and documenting business transactions including commercial leases; the formation, dissolution and sale of business entities; purchase and sale agreements; employment contracts; trademark registration; and loan agreements. Shapiro earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with minors in political science and theological studies, and received his law degree from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law.

The Hathaway Law Firm is located at 5450 Telegraph Road, Suite 200, in Ventura. Call (805) 644-7111 or visit www.hathawaylawfirm.com.

Ventura City Council Rates
Public Hearing is May 5   


Ventura Water Rate graphic The Ventura City Council welcomes the public's input during a public hearing on May 5 to consider the proposed water and wastewater rate increases. The hearing is at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 501 Poli St. All Ventura Water customers and property owners should have received a mailed notice in early March about the proposed rates.

Under California law, both customers and property owners have the right to protest the rates in writing by the close of the Public Hearing. No action is needed on your part if you support or accept the reasons for the rate increases. For more information about the rates, how you can protest and a Bill Calculator, visit cityofventura.net/water/rates

City of Oxnard Steps Up Recycling at the 2014 Strawberry Festival

Vendor recycling for Strawberry Festival The City of Oxnard seeks to make this year's California Strawberry Festival a successful, environmentally friendly and sustainable event.

Since 2004, when the City of Oxnard and the Oxnard City Corps kicked off its recycling program at the popular festival, almost 70 tons of material has been recycled, including cardboard, plastic water and soda bottles, glass bottles, cans and plastic buckets. Guests are asked to use the recycling bins and vendors are asked to donate usable leftover food to FOOD Share. Last year, 200 pounds of food was donated to FOOD Share and 10 tons of material was recycled and diverted from landfills, according to the Conejo Valley Happening newsletter.

This year, a pilot program for food and organics recycling is being instituted for vendors. Vendors will be asked to separate materials that can be composted and made into soil amendments.

The 2014 festival is May 17 and 18 at Strawberry Meadows at College Park in Oxnard. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information, visit www.strawberry-fest.org. For more information about the city of Oxnard's Environmental Resources Division, visit www.CityofOxnard.org.

Harrison's Nan Drake Again Makes Pac Biz Times' Top 50 List      


Nan Drake For the seventh year in a row, Nan Drake, director of public relations and governmental affairs for Harrison Industries, has been selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Tri-Counties by the Pacific Coast Business Times. This year, Drake also received the Editor's Pick in the award's "Science & Industry" category.

Stan Whisenhunt, owner of Whisenhunt Communications, nominated Drake for the honor. WC has provided public relations services for Harrison since 1996, working closely with Drake to produce informational and promotional materials for the Ventura-based trash hauling company and its business partners Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin Premium Soil Products.

Drake was a member of the Ventura City Council when Ventura established the first citywide recycling program in the county in 1990 and remains heavily involved in Harrison's "Zero Waste" movement. All of the client cities Harrison services - Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria - as well as the unincorporated areas of Ventura County have consistently surpassed the state's strict waste diversion goals.
Sheeler Moving Among Top 25 Wheaton Movers in the Nation  
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Mel Sheeler, left, and his wife, Cathy, receive Top 25 Award from Mark Kirschner, CEO of Wheaton Van Lines.
Out of hundreds of agents nationwide, Sheeler Moving and Storage for the second time in its 10-year history has been named as one of the top 25.

Sheeler Moving and Storage, founded in 2003 by Mel Sheeler, was recognized as a Top 25 Quality Award Agent out of 225 Wheaton Van Lines agents nationwide. The award was presented to Sheeler at the annual Agents Conference in Las Vegas and is the latest in a series of awards for the progressive company and its community-minded leader.

The company earlier was recognized at Wheaton's partnership conference in Orlando, Fla., with a Bronze Level Hauling Medallion Award based on shipments distributed between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Sheeler is an agent for Indiana-based Wheaton World Wide Moving. Wheaton presents this award annually to agents that haul between $250,000 and $499,999 during this period.

Sheeler Moving and Storage also has been honored as a Business of the Year by the Ventura and Oxnard chambers of commerce, and the Ventura City Council has recognized the company as the Business of the Month. In 2009, Sheeler received a "Spirit of Small Business" Award from The Pacific Coast Business Times for his vast community involvement and volunteerism. In 2004, Sheeler was named as one of five local Jefferson Award winners for his years of community service to charitable organizations serving Ventura County. He has also been named Ventura's Citizen of the Year.

Sheeler Moving and Storage is located at 6020 Nicolle St. Sheeler's services include moving and storage for residential, commercial and industrial clients, including moves out of state or out of the country. Call (805) 658-1943 or e-mail Mel Sheeler at msheeler@sheelermoving.com.
Ventura Yacht Club Teaches
Kids and Teens to Sail

Youth sailor Children ages 8-18 who love the ocean are invited to sign up for the Ventura Yacht Club's Summer Sailing Camp. This long-running camp offers children and teens the opportunity to spend an entire week learning to sail small, one- and two-person boats.

One-week camp sessions run from Monday, June 16, through Friday, Aug. 15 at the  Ventura Harbor, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Students learn the basics of sailing, strategy, sportsmanship and safety from experienced instructors. They learn to rig and sail the boats and compete in short races. Campers also learn self-reliance, good decision-making skills and using sound judgment.

The cost is $200 per session for nonmembers and $175 for members. Scholarships and discounts are available to qualified campers. To receive a scholarship, VYC members must verify that the student can swim. Interested campers can demonstrate this ability on any VYC "Sailing Sunday-Funday" at Ventura Harbor in April, May or June, before the camp starts.

Interested children also can apply for a Keith Turner Sailing Scholarship, named for the late Keith Turner, a sailing enthusiast who served as a Ventura Port District Commissioner. The Ventura Port District is also funding 10 scholarships in honor of the Keith Turner Scholarship Fund for 2014.

Annie Rossi is the Junior Sailing Program coordinator. For camp details, call (805) 642-0426, email vycyouthsailing@gmail.com or visit www.vycyouthsailing.org.
'Water Wise' Watering Class
Offered May 3  by Ventura Water
Waterwise graphic Join Ventura Water and help to conserve this precious resource. Learn ways to irrigate your landscape efficiently with the use of drip, rotating nozzles and smart controllers that maximize water and energy savings. Ewing Irrigation professional Raul Topete will lead a hands-on information and educational class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 3 at the City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road. Sign-up at cityofventura.net/water/landscape or call (805) 652-4501.
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Kyle Sallee Photographer Kyle Sallee Joins Whisenhunt Communications
We're pleased to announce that photographer Kyle Sallee has joined the Whisenhunt Communications team.

In addition to providing photography for brochures, newsletters, websites, press releases and other marketing materials prepared by Whisenhunt Communications, Kyle provides additional photography services including event photography, weddings and family portraits.

Kyle, a lifelong Ventura resident, has been a professional photographer for six years, with a focus on shooting portraits and events. In 2013, this talented young man completed the photography program at Ventura College. While at Ventura College, Sallee received the Future Award, which is given to one photography student each year who shows promise of a successful career in photography.

We're pleased to welcome Kyle to our team. Samples of Kyle's work can be viewed on his website, www.SalleeStudios.com
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City of Oxnard
Harrison Industries
Sheeler Moving and Storage
Ventura Yacht Club
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