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Raymond James branch manager Moe Jacobson and his son Noah Jacobson formed the Jacobson & Breen Financial Group in Petaluma with partner Brian Breen.

Health Care

The American Heart Association awarded the American Heart Association of Santa Rosa and Medtronic Inc. of Santa Rosa platinum-level Start! Fit-Friendly Company awards. Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center received gold-level fit company recognition.

Kaiser Permanente donated more than $1 million to Northern California nonprofit agencies that provide basic human services. Santa Rosa-based Catholic Charities was among the recipients, taking $50,000 to provide food and shelter to homeless or at-risk of being homeless children and adults.

The Marin IPA was recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association as a top performer in the Bay Area for quality performance measures.

Partnership HealthPlan of California expanded its managed Medi-Cal program to Sonoma County. The network also includes Napa, Solano and Yolo counties.

A Marin county judge ordered Sutter Health to appear in expedited arbitration Sept. 29 to close a dispute with Marin Health Care District, which has requested information needed to transition Marin General Hospital’s IT program to public control.

Hospitality

San Francisco-based hospitality and restaurant consultancy Andrew & Freeman Co. was recently commissioned to do marketing and publicity work for The Lodge at Sonoma and the River Terrace Inn.

The h2hotel in Healdsburg is seeking volunteers for its ongoing Foss Creek restoration project with the Russian River Keepers. The team needs volunteers on Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. For more information visit www.russianriverkeeper.org.

Green

Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, awarded Fairfax Lumber & Hardware the October sustainable North Bay award for its comprehensive offerings of green building materials and products.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

The Audubon Canyon Ranch, a reserve for conservation science, habit protection and restoration in Stinson Beach, received $50,000 from the Marin Community Foundation to support a 1,000-acre lagoon preserve project.

More than 500 Marin business volunteers donated 700 gardening, gleaning, coastal cleaning and food preparation volunteer hours during the “Week of Caring” Sept. 14-19. The annual event is a joint program of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the United Way of the Bay Area and the Volunteer Centers of the Bay Area.

The Community Medical Center of Marin hosted a grand opening Oct. 10. The nonprofit manages two non-commercial cable channels that will include programming on local and state government and public information for and from community members.

The Syar Foundation donated $50,000 to the Sutter Solano Charitable Foundation’s capital campaign to expand their joint replacement program.

Professional Organizations

The Yountville Chamber of Commerce is leading a promotional campaign encompassing specials with local hotels and restaurants. The “moveable feast program” will run from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 and offer discounted hotel and dinner packages.

Retail

Michael’s Custom Built Upholstery of San Rafael received a silver award in the Upholstery Journal 2009 Design and craftsmanship awards.

Technology

Santa Rosa-based Parker West International won recent litigation defending its patented pressure washing, steam cleaning and wastewater recovery and treatment system. The United States District Court ordered Clean Up America Inc. and Clean Up America Franchise Development Corp. of Virginia and Florida to pay damages and attorney fees to Parker West to intentional patent infringement.

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