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The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will distribute $273,072 to 38 qualified organizations in Sonoma County for the 2011 season.  Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns and operates Infineon Raceway. Some of the groups include: Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley; California Parenting Institute;  Catholic Charities; Committee on the Shelterless (COTS); Community Action Partnership; Conservation Corps/North Bay; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); DeMeo Tenn Club; Individuals Now; Hanna Boys Center; La Cruz Center; Lifeworks of Sonoma County, and others. The monies awarded in 2011 were generated through a combination of events including those held during the raceway's major event weekends.Education

The new main building complex on the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus (IVC) has garnered the U.S. Green Building Council’s top Gold certification, an award signifying environmentally sustainable achievement in both project design and construction.  The IVC Main Building is one of several buildings on the college’s two campuses that have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Silver certifications from the Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.Insurance

Serving southern Sonoma County from the edge of Petaluma to the Marin County line, the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department’s service area encompasses miles of the Petaluma River and its tributary streams and creeks. During past water emergencies, San Antonio firefighters were forced to wait for mutual aid because they lacked the necessary gear to enter the water. Now EPIC is partnering with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to solve this problem by donating $13,373 to San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department to fund a rescue boat with an outboard motor and utility trailer. The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. The program is designed to provide needed equipment, training and educational tools to local fire department and burn prevention organizations. Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has issued grants to nearly 1,800 different organizations totaling more than $28 million. Independent insurance agencies and brokers that sell Fireman’s Fund products, like EPIC, are able to direct these grants to support the fire service.Government 

Assemblymember Jared Huffman presented  his November Sustainable North Bay Award to EO Products  for its environmentally responsible business practices and certified organic facility in Corte Madera. Founded in 1995, EO Products is a maker of personal care products using the highest grade natural and certified organic ingredients, and its products are packaged in bottles that use at least 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.Pharmaceuticals

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) announced the initiation of a Phase 2 study for GALNS (N-acetylgalactosamine 6-sulfatase) in patients under five years of age with mucopolysaccharidosis IVA (MPS IVA). The primary objective of the Phase 2, open-label, multinational clinical study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of infusions of GALNS at a dose of 2.0 mg/kg/week over a 52-week period in ten to fifteen MPS IVA patients under 5 years of age.  The secondary objectives are to evaluate urinary keratan sulfate (KS) levels and growth velocity.Transportation

Alaska Air Group Inc. will be added to the Dow Jones Transportation Average,  according to Dow Jones Indexes. Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) will replace American Airlines parent company AMR Corp. (NYSE:AMR), which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be removed from the 20-component Dow Jones Transportation Average.  Through its Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air subsidiaries, Alaska Air Group serves 90 cities, hrough an expansive network in Alaska, the lower 48 U.S. states, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Horizon Air serves Santa Rosa through the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.