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Redwood Credit Union will hosting a free document-shredding, electronic waste recycling and security event Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3033 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa and San Rafael High School at 185 Mission Ave. in San Rafael. The Santa Rosa event also will feature a free seminar at 10:30 a.m. on credit and debit card fraud prevention: "What to Watch Out For." All seminar attendees will be entered into a raffle. For seminar questions or to RSVP, call 707-576-5259 or send a message to & Beverage

BevMo on Aug. 23 opened its Petaluma store, the 140th store location the Concord-based alcoholic beverage retailer. Leading the staff of the 9,931 square-foot store at the new East Washington Place regional mall will be Petaluma residents John Brenes, store manager, and Kate Price, assistant store manager. Join in on opening day and throughout the entire weekend for in-store events, demonstrations and tastings from popular brewers and vineyards, including Lagunitas Brewing, Beringer Wines, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Tito’s Vodka.Technology

Novato-based Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a biotechnology company, received clinical trial application approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the U.K. to conduct a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of UX003, recombinant human b-glucuronidase, in MPS 7, a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme b-glucuronidase. MPS 7 is a severe multi-system disease resulting in cellular and organ dysfunction. There is no approved drug therapy. The company expects to start enrolling patients later this year at a single center in the U.K. If the Phase 1/2 trial is successful, the company anticipates it would proceed with a pivotal Phase 3 trial in 2014

Healdsburg-based Metier received two awards from Best in Biz Awards 2013 International. Metier was named a silver winner in Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year and a bronze winner for Enterprise Service of the Year. The Best in Biz International competition is the only global business awards judged by top-tier press and industry analysts. The highly competitive Enterprise Service of the Year award recognizes Metier’s innovative project portfolio management (PPM) software, which provides organizations with an enterprise solution to manage and optimize their business portfolio. This is the second year in a row Best in Biz Awards has recognized Metier with a Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year award for their cloud PMO Services offering, which provides top-tier consulting with deep PPM subject matter expertise at a SaaS price point to Metier customers.

Cloverdale's Fred Young Funeral Home has launched a Web-or-fax-based platform meant to simplify an often complex array of obligations surrounding funeral and cremation planning. The "Alternative Cremation" service, which costs $1,095, allows for arrangements that include transportation of remains without the need to talk directly with a funeral director. Those seeking more information can call 1-855-303-6449 or visit

The board of directors of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) approved a cash dividend of $0.28 per share of the company's common stock. The quarterly dividend represents a 7.7 percent increase over the prior year. The dividend is payable on October 25, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 4, 2013.