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Wheeler Farms Winery, the latest project from Bart and Daphne Araujo, has completed construction and is now open to host guests by appointment. The St. Helena winery complex includes a custom-crush facility and a hospitality space to welcome visitors.

On the production side, the facility’s staff offers its winemaking clients the capacity of making 50,000 gallons of wine each year, the winery operations are carried out in 8,000 square feet of fermentation space and 12,000 square feet of underground climate-controlled barrel storage.

Santa Rosa’s Advanced Security Systems (707-443-6366) plans to merge with one of Sonoma County’s longest established alarm companies. Allied Alarms Inc. has served the Sonoma County area for 30 years.

The combined firms will offer security, fire, surveillance and medical monitoring.

The merger is said to benefit Allied’s customers by utilizing Advanced Security Systems’ 24-hour alarm-monitoring center. All systems have been transferred to that center, and Allied customers will not have any disruption in services.

St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care’s Breast Center, led by cancer specialists with St. Joseph Health Medical Group, earned a three-year full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

The centers’ program is administered by the American College of Surgeons. During the survey process, the center voluntarily underwent a thorough evaluation and demonstrated its compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Standards include proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

The company announcement stated that according to outcomes of the survey, the group excelled in all 29 components of care and exceeded every national standard. The NAPBC surveyor described the Breast Center as providing an “excellent level of care” for both malignant and benign breast disease with noteworthy programs, including a “robust” education, prevention and early detection program and active access to clinical trials.

Fairfield has announced the chance to book the city manager to speak.

Beginning May 1, City Manager David White can be booked to attend meetings and provide city updates and plans. The talks are 30 minutes and allow time for questions and answers. To schedule an appointment, contact City Manager’s Office assistant Shelley Tiran, at 707-428-7400 or

The annual El Verano Golf Tournament, put on by Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and Sonoma Golf Club, on April 17 raised more than $41,000 to support local El Verano Elementary School.

Maite Iturri, principal El Verano Elementary School, said in the announcement that since its inception the annual event proceeds have helped to provide the school a new playground, a family resource center, one-on-one laptops for all second- through fifth-graders and 300 new books in each classroom.

Heffernan Insurance Brokers, said to be one of the largest full-service independent insurance brokerage firms in the United States, acquired Phoenix-based National Truck Services Group, effective April 1. The group’s leadership, Sales Manager AJ Planeta and Commercial Lines Manager Kathy Herter will oversee Heffernan’s newest office, located in Phoenix.

The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

Formed in 1988, Heffernan is headquartered in Walnut Creek and has an office in Petaluma.

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