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A Mountain Mike’s Pizza restaurant operated by Santa Rosa-based franchiser Chandi Restaurant Group has opened in Ukiah at 1090 S. State St.

The 4,400-square-foot Mendocino County restaurant features an updated restaurant design with two private party rooms, a full bar and a kids’ activity area with arcade games and big-screen TVs throughout.

The restaurant chain, which began in 1978 in Palo Alto, reports nearly 200 locations in California, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. Chandi has opened 11 Mountain Mike's locations in Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Mendocino counties, including one destroyed in the October 2017 firestorm in Santa Rosa.

Hennessy Funds of Novato has received six 2018 STAR Awards, marking the 10th consecutive year that the fund has been honored by the Investment Management Education Alliance (IMEA).

Hennessey said it has earned 36 STAR Awards. The awards are described as recognizing excellence in marketing, education and communications, judged by peer companies in the investment management industry.

Hennessy Funds this year received awards for their recently redesigned website, thought leadership content, and educational videos. The firm was also recognized for Best Overall Advisor Communications among companies with assets under management of less than $10 billion.


Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center, making it the only certified primary stroke center in Napa County.

The hospital stated it received the certification after successfully completing an on-site evaluation and demonstrated compliance with nationally-developed standards for stroke care. Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, the Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed acute-care facility operated by St. Joseph Health, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.


Private Ocean and the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California in San Rafael have partnered to host their first small-business workshop, set for this coming spring.

Audience for the May 16-17 event is business owners and their employees, as well as private investors, advisers and Family Office managers.

Topics include establishing guidelines for accumulating wealth versus supplying growth capital, navigating fierce competition, generational shifts and globalization, and understanding the pros and cons of family involvement in the business.

The Farley Family Charitable Foundation has granted $660,000 to Audubon Canyon Ranch, over the next two years, to develop its Fire Forward initiative “to rehabilitate the North Bay’s relationship with prescribed fire, lower the risks of future wildfire, and restore the ecology of our region.”

The Farley Family Charitable Foundation was founded in 2003 by Jim and Nancy Farley of Chicago. Jim Farley founded SpeedFam-IPEC, which was acquired by Novellus Systems in 2002 and is now called LAM Research.

Audubon Canyon Ranch is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit environmental conservation and education organization based in the San Francisco North Bay Area.


Leff Construction Design Build has been named as one of the 2018 Top 550 best full-service remodelers in the nation by Remodeling Magazine annual list, according to the company.

The Sebastopol-based construction firm was also recognized on the 2018 Customer Satisfaction Report compiled jointly by Qualified Remodeler Magazine and QuildQuality.com, a third-party, independent rating company for the construction industry. The report, based on thousands of homeowner surveys, recognizes the top 60 award-winning designers and contractors for their customer experience during their remodel project.

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Founded in 1978 in Sebastopol, Leff designs builds and remodels homes in Sonoma County.


Three Bank of Marin customers from the North Bay will receive grants totaling $85,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco as part of its 2018 AHEAD program (Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development). The bank identified these grant recipients: Cedars ($35,000), based in San Anselmo; Integrated Community Services ($20,000) based in San Rafael; and Petaluma People Services Center ($30,000). In total, Bank of Marin submitted applications for 12 qualified nonprofit customers.

The announcement stated that Cedars will use its grant for its Artists Unlimited Program that will explore new art markets for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Integrated Community Services plans to spend its grant toward developing new partnerships and building new gardens. Petaluma People Services Center will spend the money for staff and materials to create an employment program for women age 50 and over.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Novato, the bankis the wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Marin Bancorp (Nasdaq: BMRC). A leading business and community bank in the San Francisco Bay Area, with assets of $2.5 billion and 23 retail offices throughout San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Alameda counties.


Creative Sonoma, a division of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, has awarded a second round of Pop Up Creative Grants to eight projects that will take place between this month and March. Funds will be used for temporary creative experiences or installations that enliven neighborhoods and communities, including through participatory arts activities. Grant awards totaled nearly $37,000.

It identified recipients as including a light installation that will “brighten a traffic island in downtown Santa Rosa,” a chalk-art project at the La Luz Center that will explore community values, a “gallery” of storefronts of participating Petaluma businesses exhibiting new work created by Alchemia art students, and a series of Saturday arts events by and for seniors at their mobile home park in North Santa Rosa.

Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) will join six other county offices named as geographic lead agencies in forming a statewide support network to help county offices meet their new responsibilities under the state’s continuous-improvement system.

“Under the changes recently made to California’s educational system, school districts are expected to show student improvement each year on a range of measures, including standardized test scores and graduation rates. They are encouraged to achieve this progress through an approach called continuous improvement, where data is used to reveal gaps in student performance as well as underlying causes. Based on the data, schools and districts adjust course to change what isn’t working and amplify what is,” the office’s announcement stated.

SCOE will receive a base grant of $250,000 a year for the next five years to support this work. Additional funds will be provided based on how many school districts qualify for differentiated assistance in the area SCOE is serving.

With these funds, SCOE will hire a director to serve as a liaison to Mendocino, Lake, Napa, and Marin county offices, connecting them with resources and support throughout the state on issues including equity, special education, community engagement, and support for English Learners, it stated.