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Windes, AH&M Merge

Two full-service accounting firms, Windes and Allen, Haight & Monaghan (AH&M), have merged, and will practice under the Windes moniker.

AH&M, based in Orange County, has been in business for more than three decades, with offices in Irvine, Long Beach and Los Angeles.

AH&M Managing Partner R. Lee Haight said, “AH&M clients will continue to receive excellent client care from the same great team and, furthermore, will have access to enhanced resources along with a new array of services. Windes has a similar practice, but on a larger scale.”

Windes, based in Long Beach and in business for more than 90 years, also has offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Windes Managing Partner John Di Carlo said the growing company saw the merger as an opportunity to be even more competitive.

“Our goal has been to combine with firms that have built quality practices — a solid client base, a great staff, a well-managed organization, high-quality work, and a culture based upon strong values. AH&M meets this goal,” Di Carlo said.

For details, visit Windes.com.

Drop Off Meds

CVS Health has installed safe medication disposal units at the CVS Pharmacy locations at 4400 E. Los Coyotes Diagonal and 233 E. Willow St.

The company is offering free disposal services at more than 60 different pharmacies in California and more than 750 across the country, to keep unused opioids out of the wrong hands, according to a release.

CVS Health Foundation also recently announced plans to donate $330,000 in grants to community health centers across California, to help combat opioid abuse.

“Through the launch of our in-store safe medication disposal program at CVS Pharmacy locations in California, we aim to help remove unused prescription medications from medicine cabinets where they could be otherwise diverted or abused,” said Tom Davis, R.Ph., vice president of professional services for CVS Health.

CVS has more than 9,800 locations. For details, visit CVSHealth.com.

Cargo Volume Down

Port of Long Beach container volume declined in July, compared to the same month a year ago.

The drop of 4.4 percent was attributed to shipping alliances’ moves to shift vessel deployment and port calls, according to officials, who also raised concerns that escalating tariffs could slow trade activity for the rest of the year.

Still, for the calendar year, the Port of Long Beach is on pace for its busiest year ever; through July, volumes are up 11.3 percent over the same period in 2017, and June 2018 volume was the highest in the port’s history.

The latest cargo numbers are available at POLB.com/stats.

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