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June 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Bank Funds Senior Crimestoppers Program

American Perspective Bank supports program at Danish Care Center

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Residents at the Danish Care Center in Atascadero owned by Compass Health will have enhanced security in an already safe environment with the implementation of the Senior Crimestoppers Program funded by American Perspective Bank (APB). The bank’s investment loan of $1.3 million, through a portion of the interest earned, will provide $13,000 annually for seven years which will be funded through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, Inc. (SHCPF), an organization devoted to reducing crime in the nation’s senior housing facilities.

Since its establishment in 1995, the SHCPF has cut crime such as abuse, neglect, fraud, theft and vandalism by more than 92.5 percent at sponsored senior housing facilities across the country.

“We are proud at APB to be supporting such an important program as part of our commitment to the community,” said APB President and CEO Mark Crawford. “Compass Health has been a great partner and it’s clear they have made it a priority to ensure the quality of life for their residents at the Danish Care Center.”

By funding the Senior Crimestoppers Program, Danish Care Center residents will each receive lockboxes to help prevent theft and loss of personal property; establishment of a completely anonymous 24-hour hotline for reporting problems, cash rewards for information that helps the facility solve or prevent an incident, and on-going training of residents, staff, and management.

“The Senior Crimestoppers program will allow another layer of security and/or a deterrent to all visitors, employees and residents who enter Danish Care Center,” said Linda Lindsey, administrator at Danish Care Center. “We thank American Perspective Bank whole-heartedly in selecting and sponsoring Danish Care Center for this program.”

A Charter Presentation will be held Friday, June 24 at 2:30 at the Danish Care Center, located at 10805 El Camino Real in Atascadero. American Perspective Bank representatives will join Vice President of Senior Housing Crime Prevention at Danish Care Center, George Clinard, who will present the Charter.

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation Inc. is a national non-profit organization focusing on reducing all aspects of crime in the nation’s nursing homes and to provide ongoing, effective crime prevention programs that ensure a safe and secure environment for the residents of senior housing. The Foundation has grown to more than 300 bank partners supporting roughly 4,000 senior care facilities in 45 states. For more information, visit www.shcpfoundation.org.

Since 2007, American Perspective Bank has served commercial enterprises, professionals, real estate investors, family business entities, and residents in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County. For more information visit their website at www.AmericanPerspectiveBank.com or call (805) 226-5300. For more information about Danish Care Center, please visit their website at www.DanishCareCenter.com.

June 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Three Locals Honored for Contributions to Equal Access for All in SLO County

The Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards Ceremony

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Three winners were announced at the Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards (PWAAA) Ceremony presented by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation and Access for All, held on April 30, 2011. Now in its 10th year, this gala evening honored an individual, a business, and a community organization for their outstanding efforts to create a more accessible San Luis Obispo County.

Recognized for their efforts this year, were:

  • Individual: Chris Parker-Kennedy – As one of the founding members of Access for All and along time advocate for people with special needs, Chris led a major revision of the organization’s website. Chris has worked tirelessly, putting in countless hours outside of her full-time work schedule. This new version is model for accessible websites and is designed to make it even easier for businesses and community members with or without disabilities to locate information and resources, “a virtual one stop shop.”
  • Community Organization: PathPoint – SLO County Division – For over 45 years, PathPoint has been providing employment services, community access programs, and independent living programs for people with special needs. This past year, it led several major initiatives aimed at creating a barrier-free community for people with disabilities in the county. The “Self-Advocacy and Safety” project addressed the unmet and ongoing needs of emergency preparedness by empowering people with disabilities to advocate on their own behalf in the event of a disaster or widespread emergency. The program was the first of its kind in the county. Additionally, PathPoint established a fund to support the self-advocacy activities of PathPoint’s program participants and co-hosted a Voter Registration/Legislative Reception Day at the Rotary Bandstand Park in Arroyo Grande.
  • Business: San Luis Coastal Adult School – Dedicated to helping adults with disabilities in the community for over 46 years, San Luis Coastal Adult School has consistently donated its facilities and technology to groups assisting adults with disabilities to enhance and educate these individuals. They have also facilitated People First of SLO and their support staff to attend the yearly People First Conference in Sacramento by offering scholarships, transportation and supplies for their trip. The administration and staff have been nothing but supportive and have always encouraged adults with disabilities to become better advocates for themselves.

Chris Parker-Kennedy, Aline Graham of PathPoint, Judy Adkison of SLC Adult School

            Winners were announced at the event which featured a performance by the all-inclusive International Barrier Breakers from Fresno.

Access for All is dedicated to breaking down physical, attitudinal, or informational barriers to equality for people with disabilities. Visit www.sloaccessforall.org to find out more. Established at the Community Foundation in 2000 by Bryan and Beverly Gingg, PWAAA honors local architect Paul Wolff for his contributions toward accessibility for all. For more information about the Foundation, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

June 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Ophthalmology Practice Grows

SLO Eye Associates Expands Team and Launches New Website

            SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – In an effort to provide patients with the best possible comprehensive eye care, local ophthalmology practice, San Luis Obispo Eye Associates (SLOEYE) recently expanded their team of highly experienced physicians by bringing on Dr. Terry Kaiura, MD, a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cornea and external disease, keratorefractive surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles and receiving her medical degree with honors in research from Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Kaiura completed a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Following her fellowship training, she joined the academic faculty as an assistant professor training residents, teaching, and lecturing. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Also joining the SLOEYE team is new Practice Administrator, Ed Laski bringing with him over 35 years of executive management experience. Laski has owned and operated several small businesses including a mortgage banking company, an insurance agency and a medical supply company.  “I have always had interest in medical practice management and am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the prestigious team of doctors at SLO Eye Associates,” said Laski.

SLOEYE recently launched a new website, www.SloEyeMD.com to offer the community and SLOEYE patients an abundance of online resources relating to eye health care and eye disease. By visiting the website, patients can also view appointment information, a FAQ page, refill their prescription and browse designer lenses on the Optical Shop page.

Established in 1995 by the merging of three successful ophthalmology subspecialty practices on the Central Coast, San Luis Eye Associates offers a full range of eye care services, experienced specialists who are leaders in their fields, state-of-the-art equipment, and the latest techniques in eye care. Visit them online at www.SloEyeMD.com.

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

$200,000 in Scholarships Announced to Local Youth

The SLO County Community Foundation scholarship program reaches $1 million mark after just eight years

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Over the past few weeks at awards ceremonies at every school in the County, 60 scholarships valued at more than $200,000 were presented to local students through funds coordinated by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF). This brings the total of scholarships distributed through the SLOCCF to more than $1 million over the past eight years.

The Community Foundation began its scholarship program in 2003 and, as of this year, has awarded more than six hundred scholarships to total the $1 million dollars. “We are very excited to reach this milestone,” says Barry VanderKelen, executive director of the Community Foundation. “These awards have helped students afford college and training programs that will expand their potential for future success.”

One of the largest scholarship programs is the Richard J. Wehyrich Leadership Scholarship. The Weyhrich Scholarship is funded through an endowment held at the Community Foundation. Mr. Weyhrich was a West Point graduate and served in the US Army. After retiring from the military service, he established a successful financial consulting business. Mr. Weyhrich passed away in 2002 and bequeathed a portion of his estate as an endowment for scholarships to recognize and assist students that possess the qualities associated with leadership potential. This year, students from every public and private high school in the county had the opportunity to apply for the award. Twenty one scholarships of $2,300 each were awarded to successful candidates.

Two additional students have been awarded four-year scholarships to study physical sciences or related fields through the Community Foundation’s Paul Yeager Science Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is available to students from either Paso Robles High School or Coast Union High School.

“It is wonderful that we are able to help these students,” says Angela Hollander, SLOCCF scholarship program associate. “Each scholarship transforms the recipient. We are confident that this investment in these students will return dividends to the community.”

Information about the Community Foundation’s scholarship program is available at http://www.sloccf.org or by calling (805) 543-2323.

June 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Paso Robles Businesses Gain New Perspective on Banking

American Perspective Bank Expands Services to Paso Robles with a New Office

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – American Perspective Bank (APB) has expanded to Paso Robles, opening a Loan Production Office (LPO) at 720 10th Street with plans to expand to a full service branch in the next 12 to 18 months. The bank hosted a grand opening event on May 18th at the new office that included a ribbon cutting with the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce.

“We have many banking and lending clients in North County and it was time we established a location there,” said President and CEO Mark Crawford. “With a lending team now in Paso Robles, and our advanced technology platform, we are in great shape to support new and existing clients with their banking needs.”

Heading up the new office is Greg Chilina who brings with him over 14 years’ banking experience. “We are very happy to have Greg as part of our team,” said Crawford. “He has the experience and drive to service clients at our high service level, and he knows the North County community, having lived there for seven years.”

Since 2007, American Perspective Bank has served commercial enterprises, professionals, real estate investors, family business entities, and residents in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County. For more information visit their website at www.AmericanPerspectiveBank.com or call (805) 226-5300.

Image: Paso Robles Chamber and employees from American Perspective Bank at Ribbon Cutting.

June 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Verdin Marketing Ink wins regional attention for public relations work


San Luis Obispo, CA – Verdin Marketing Ink (VMI) has recently received three prestigious industry awards from the Public Relations Society of America for its creative work in brand development, social media and web design.

In May, the Central California Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Image Awards presented three Awards of Excellence to VMI for its re-branding campaign for American Perspective Bank, social media campaign for the City of San Luis Obispo’s Shop SLO/Dine SLO program and for the website www.WineCoastCountry.com for the San Luis Obispo County Tourism Business Improvement District (CBID)

“We are so excited that the work we’ve done on behalf of our clients was recognized,” said Mary Verdin, president of VMI. “We feel honored to work with such a great list of clients and have the opportunity to make a difference in success of their businesses.”

The Central California Image Awards honor works of distinction in the practice of public relations by professionals in public relations, communications, marketing and advertising. The Award of Excellence is the top award given by PRSA.

Verdin Marketing Ink is located at 689 Tank Farm Road, Suite 210 in San Luis Obispo and serves clients throughout San Luis Obispo County. The firm was established in 2003 and offers full service branding and public relations services to a diverse list of local and regional clients. Visit them online at www.VerdinMarketing.com or follow them on Facebook at www.FaceBook.com/VerdinMarketing.

June 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Action Heroes: The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rizzoli’s Automotive Applauds the Community for Successful Book Drive

Local automotive repair shop collects over 600 books for Raising A Reader program

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – As the school year is ending, so is the book drive, sponsored by Rizzoli’s Automotive over the past seven months. The automotive repair shop launched the drive in October of last year to benefit the Raising A Reader program, supporting literacy in our community through the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation. A total of more than 600 books were donated at Rizzoli’s locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria, greatly surpassing Rizzoli’s initial goal of 100 books, and encouraging them to extend the drive past the original ending date of December 31, 2010.

The book drive was kicked off on October 20 at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Mixer, hosted at the SLO location of Rizzoli’s. According to General Manager Kyle Rizzoli, “We were very pleased with the final number of books donated and that we could support such a great program as Raising a Reader. However, I can’t say I wasn’t surprised with our community’s generosity. As a third generation, locally-owned, family business, we have seen what our community can do and we’re glad to support these efforts, just as Rizzoli’s has been supported throughout the years.”

Raising A Reader is an early literacy program that supplies simple training and preschool books to low-income families in our community. The program strives to prepare preschool aged children for school and lifetime success. For more information on this program, log onto www.sloccf.org and click on “Raising a Reader” under Featured Programs.

Rizzoli’s Automotive has been a family run business for three generations, taking pride in quality care and customer service. Rizzoli’s is located at 2584 Victoria in San Luis Obispo and at 1149 W. Tama Lane in Santa Maria. For more information please call (805) 541-1082 or log on to www.RizzolisAutomotive.com.

Kyle Rizzoli of Rizzoli’s Automotive and Pat Holley of SLO County Community Foundation

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment