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Arrow Benefits Group has allocated $100,000 to place automated external defibrillators (AED) at workplaces locally in the next five years.

“Arrow is the first company in our area to make this kind of a donation for AED machines,” said Stacy Gibbons, executive director of American Heart Association in the North Bay.

The program builds on the Petaluma company’s Arrow Wellness Initiative, which was established two years ago to offer free CPR and first-aid classes to its clients and the community.

“The Arrow Wellness Initiative has been utilized by businesses since its inception, and it was always our goal to build on this program,” said Arrow Benefits Group principal Andrew McNeil. “Our clients see value in implementing employee benefits that go beyond the norm and that improve health and cost outcomes, as well as performance in the workplace. We are dedicated to helping our clients take proactive actions to keep their employees healthy and safe.”

Arrow’s funds will be donated to clients who wish to purchase AEDs for their locations. To help implement its CPR and first-aid training, as well as AED installation, maintenance and registration, Arrow has partnered with the Petaluma Health Care District’s HeartSafe Community initiative and Healthquest training center.

Access to AEDs are said to significantly increase the chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest. It is the leading cause of death within the workplace, claiming 10,000 lives each year. Immediate CPR and AED deployment within three to five minutes of collapse increases survival rates to as much as 70 percent. Without intervention, survival rates average 7 percent.


The Cancer Institute at Marin General Hospital has received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer for the fourth consecutive time, the hospital announced.

The recognition is the highest possible from the college: Gold-level designation. It qualifies for the commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition, the institute fulfilled all 27 additional standards required for comprehensive community cancer programs.

To earn this voluntary accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the commission’s quality-care standards, be evaluated by survey every three years and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

Three-year accreditation with commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey, the hospital said.

The Model Bakery opened Mini Model in Yountville. Its third location, the store located in the former Coffee Caboose space at 6523 Washington St.

Mini Model is open 7 a.m.–2 p.m. daily, offering Stumptown Coffee drinks, pastries and other daily-baked goods, including the The Model Bakery English muffins and breakfast sandwiches. In addition, Mini Model also offers grab-and-go lunch items that are popular at the original location in St. Helena and at Napa’s Oxbow Public Market.


A Grocery Outlet store in Cloverdale, owned and operated independently by Troy Bass, opened June 10 at 111 Treadway Drive.

Based in Emeryville, Grocery Outlet aims to offer products at 40 percent to 70 percent less than conventional retailers. It has over 270 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Bass served in the National Guard and has managed two Grocery Outlet stores, the retailer said.

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Family RV has been named Sonoma Raceway’s official RV sponsor for the 2017 season.

Through its new official status, Northern California-based Family RV will offer raceway visitors an enhanced camping experience, handling delivery, setup and removal of RVs throughout the race season. Family RV can even stock the rental vehicle with a kitchen kit, bedding and towel kits, camping chairs, tables and more.

Special camping spots throughout the raceway have been reserved for Family RV customers at each major event, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend, June 23–25.

Race fans can simply call Family RV to select from a variety of RV and trailer camping packages ensure a seamless camping experience. Family RV boasts a friendly team of RV professionals who will take care of all the hard work.

River Terrace Inn in Napa opened its new dining experience, ALBA. Its executive chef is Matthew Grigg and will feature Northern Pacific fare.

ALBA (707-320-6911, alba@riverterraceinn.com) will be open seven days a week for breakfast from 7–11 a.m., drinks 3–10 p.m., and dinner 4–10 p.m.

The inn is owned by privately held Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. Headquartered in Seattle, it owns and manages 15 U.S. properties as well as operates 45 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges.


Healdsburg’s Wine Industry Network has brought on the WineAmerica trade group as a presenting sponsor for its U.S. Wine & Beverage Conference and Expo, held in Washington, D.C.

WineAmerica, which represents wineries across the United States, will help develop conference topics, select speakers and provide networking opportunities for attendees.

The conference and trade show will take place Feb. 20–22. Wine Industry Network also hosts the North Coast Wine Industry Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds every December.

“The quality of wines being produced in the East are finally getting the recognition they deserve and our goal is to produce a conference of similar quality, the region deserves it,” said George Christie, president of Wine Industry Network.

Golden Gate Salmon Association will host its fourth annual Sonoma Dinner, honoring former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, on July 21. Boxer will honored with the trade group’s Salmon Champion Award for advocacy for salmon fisherman and protection of California Chinook salmon and its habitat.

The event will be held at Ramekins Event Center, 450 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 855-251-GGSA (4472) or visiting www.goldengatesalmonassociation.com. Tickets are $150 per person or tables of 10 and will not be sold at the door, the group stated.

CORRECTION: Marin General Hospital received the accreditation for the fourth consecutive time, not the third, as in the original item.