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Halloween from Harrison Industries
Have fun! Be safe! Eat candy! (But maybe not too much
candy!) We wish you all these things as you celebrate a happy, healthy
Halloween, a feliz Dia de los Muertos and a wonderful November!
Keeping It Green at the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria
Clean, green and always a delight, the 33rd annual Avocado Festival was another stellar event this
Taking place the weekend of Oct. 4-6 along Linden Avenue in downtown
Carpinteria, the festival "is one of the cleanest and most
organized events I have ever been to," said Donald Sealund,
Harrison's representative at the low-waste event. Harrison is a proud sponsor and a big presence at the
festival, where we have a full crew working hard at waste diversion
throughout the event every year.
The city's largest family-friendly community celebration, the annual California Avocado Festival drew more than 100,000
visitors during its three-day run. And it's not just big; it's green -
and we're pleased to help with the AvoFest team's all-out efforts to divert most of
the waste to either recycling or composting instead of the landfill.
"The Avocado Board does a great job setting up and organizing the
event," Sealund said. "This was my ninth year setting up and
shooting for a zero-waste event. Every year, our recycling and compost
get cleaner and cleaner, and the contamination level was at its all-time
low this year."
"It's nice to see that people are doing their part to help us to
be more environmentally friendly," he said, adding, "We make
sure everyone working on our crew gets to take breaks to wander around
and enjoy all things avocado. What a wonderful celebration!"
We still are seeing
plastic bags in our blue recycle barrels and white recycle bins. Those
plastic bags are our biggest residual item, or what's left after the
sorting machine gets done with the recyclable sorting. They are nothing
PLEASE KEEP YOUR
RECYCLABLES LOOSE AND CLEAN! DO NOT PLACE THEM IN PLASTIC BAGS!
Thank you for your cooperation. We appreciate your dedication to
"doing the right thing."
... About the Environment
Coastal Cleanup Day
is the world's largest volunteer day to protect our environment, and
it's an especially big deal here in California. Held this year on Sept.
21, the annual event was once again a great success, drawing tens of
thousands of volunteers to take part in our state alone.
Over the course of three short hours, these volunteers
removed some 1 million pounds of trash and recyclable material from our
coastline and inland waterways.
As always, Harrison Industries was proud and happy to participate in
this vital event by providing free trash and recycling bin service at
several sites in our service areas of Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai and
Ventura as well as County of Ventura beach sites. "We always help
however we can with Coastal Cleanup Day," said Peter Gutierrez,
our recycling and special events coordinator. "It's such a worthy
Community Gathers to
Eat, Drink, and Support Iconic Pier
The warm sunny day
gave way to a perfect autumn night under the stars - just right for the
very special gathering on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Ventura Pier.
Held as a benefit for the iconic old pier, the 2019 Pier Under the Stars food-and-wine-tasting
event drew hundreds to the pier-side Ventura Promenade for eating,
drinking and taking in an awesome view. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., the
event was perfectly timed to include a classic Ventura sunset.
We are a proud sponsor of this gorgeous and important gathering to
support our beloved old Ventura Pier, a local monument and a popular
fishing spot. Originally built in 1872, the pier has stood as a symbol of
the region's rich coastal history. In 1993, a group of community leaders
created Pier into the Future, a nonprofit organization to establish an
endowment fund to preserve and maintain the Ventura Pier for future
generations. It's our honor to help.
CSUCI Celebrates Agriculture, Education and Mentorships at
19th Annual President's Dinner
County's natural agricultural bounty, the California State University
Channel Islands Foundation's 19th annual President's Dinner featured a
custom three-course farm-to-table dinner under the stars on the CSUCI
campus in Camarillo.
With a delicious, locally harvested meal served on a gorgeous October
night, the benefit event was a real hit. The 7 p.m. dinner followed a
5:30 p.m. cocktail hour.
Hosted by the CSUCI Foundation and Mechanics Bank, the evening also
included the presentation of the 2019 Robert J. Lagomarsino award to Neil
Kreisel. A valued friend of the university, Kreisel, of Santa Barbara, is
a regional radio host and former Wall Street executive.
"With his energy and passion for education, Neil has been such an
asset to CSUCI and its mission," said CSUCI President Erika D. Beck,
who added before the event that it "will be my distinct honor to
thank Neil with the university's highest honor."
Kreisel is a big supporter of CSUCI's peer mentorship program, which was
named as one of 20 "Examples of Excelencia Programs to Watch"
nationwide by Washington D.C.-based Excelencia in Education, which
recognizes outstanding Hispanic-serving educational institutions.
"I support peer mentorship because nobody succeeds on
their own," Kreisel said. "I look back on whatever success I
had, and I know I had help. I had tutors, I had mentors. You can't take a
first-generation student with no sense of educational requirements and
just throw them into the mix and expect them to make it. I had a whole
team helping me. That's why I've been so impressed with CSUCI, because
they help these first-generation students navigate their environment.
They keep supporting them through the process."
Harrison has sponsored this event since its first
year and, as usual, we were well represented at this year's event, with
Myron and Sharon Harrison, George and Danielle Harrison, and Darren and
Lisa Harrison in attendance. We were thrilled as always to come out to
support youths in our communities.
All proceeds from the President's Dinner will support CSUCI students in
critical need of financial aid, programs, new technology, facilities and
CSUCI is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving
Institution located near Camarillo. For more information, visit csuci.edu.
'Evening in Bloom' Benefits Girls Inc., Honors a Special
The Harrisons were proud to help sponsor a very special
"Evening in Bloom" to benefit the nonprofit Girls Inc. in
Carpinteria - and to honor a very special supporter.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring girls ages 4½ to 18 to be
"strong, smart and bold," Girls Inc. hosted the
Polynesian-themed dinner gala on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Girls Inc.
campus on Foothill Road in Carpinteria.
With colorful flowers abloom all around, the tropical
influence was everywhere at the gala - and so was the spirit of Ann
at the annual fundraiser, Garcelon was a great friend and supporter of
the nonprofit organization until her death last year at 75.
An accomplished writer, poet and journalist with a colorful and storied
career, Garcelon settled in Santa Barbara in the early 2000s and went on
to devote herself to the vital work of investing in the future of local
girls through Girls Inc.'s Legacy Society. Upon her death, Garcelon left
a generous bequest from her estate to Girls Inc.
Founded in 1971 as a
summer camp for 33 girls, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria "seeks to
empower girls and women to achieve personal, social, economic and
political success," the group states in its mission statement.
"We strive to inspire critical thinking and progressive action in
Over the decades, the group has gone on to offer year-round programming.
In 1994, it began a $2.4 million capital campaign resulting in the
building of a 16,000-square-foot facility, which tripled its programming
capacity. Currently, Girls Inc. serves over 700 youth in the Carpinteria
Valley and Ventura County. For more information, visit girlsinc-carp.org. (Photos by David
Our partners at Gold Coast Recycling have a new picking
line (pictured) and a new, advanced sorting system - to ensure all
recyclables get processed efficiently. Even if it's for far less money
in the current down market, we still sell all recyclable goods.
E.J. Harrison & Sons has a simple message for all
of its customers:
Mixed messages about the down market in the recycling
industry statewide may have confused people, but our partners at Gold Coast Recycling want everyone to know: DO NOT CHANGE the outstanding
recycling habits you've formed over the past several decades.
We are still processing what our residential and commercial
customers put in their recycling containers - and the company has brand
new equipment to ensure that all materials get sorted efficiently.
The bottom line is this: You do your part and keep recycling
paper, plastic, glass and metal at home and at work, and you can rest
assured that we will do our part by going through each item to be sure
it's properly processed.
Ventura Chamber Presents Hauntingly Fun Fall Expo
Once again, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's annual Fall Business
Expo lived up to its billing as the chamber's networking event of the
Held at the Four Points Sheraton, Ventura Harbor Resort, the Oct. 10 expo
drew hundreds of businesses and community members together for prizes,
giveaways, refreshments and sharing. The dozens of vendors who set up
booths at the expo seem to always outdo themselves, as they did this time
with their very fun takes on its "Haunting at the Harbor" theme.
As always, Harrison had a booth at the event and we were a
sponsor. And, as a member of the Ventura Chamber Board of Directors, I
take a special pride in this amazing civic gathering of business leaders
and community members. For Harrison, it's a great way to meet our
customers, learn about their experiences, and share with them what we do
and how we can work together to keep our environment cleaner and more
Carpinteria Chamber Hosts Culinary Crawl
We were happy to again sponsor this local business promotion event, which
took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September and featured a band
of aproned patrons stopping to taste some of the area's finest cuisine.
Sixteen local restaurants and breweries took part, some for the first
time. The event wrapped up with a gathering of foodies at the courtyard
of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center.
A new feature this year was "Rail Alley," set up for guests who
may have traveled by Amtrak train to the event. Here they got to meet
some of the chefs while sampling tasty tapas near the tracks.
Once again, a truly satisfying event!