Business in brief
Michael Gibrall, of Henrico, recently won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2012 Spirit Quest Film Festival for his romantic dramedy “Available.” This is the second acknowledgement for the script, which was also a semifinalist at the 2012 Action on Film Festival, a Top 25 Film Festival according to MovieMaker Magazine. Spirit Quest is in the fourth year of the festival and receives films and screenplays from around the world. The festival is geared towards uplifting and inspirational works. Gibrall is a 1987 graduate of Mills E. Godwin High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in communication from St. Vincent College in 1990. For more information, visit http://www.oneofeachproductions.com .
The Law Offices of John M. Vandenhoff, PLLC recently opened in Henrico. The firm is located at 4914 Fitzhugh Ave., Suite 105, and can be reached at http://www.vandenhofflaw.com .
Kristopher T. Olexy, CLTC, of Capitol Financial Solutions, recently qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and the John Hancock Financial Network’s Achieving Client Excellence (ACE) program. Robert E. Snidow, CLU®, ChFC®, also with Capitol Financial Solutions, qualified for ACE. In addition, the following advisors, part of Capitol Financial Solutions as affiliate brands, qualified for both MDRT and ACE: John Cory Hoffer, CFP® – president, Hermitage Wealth Management in Henrico; Matthew D. Brotherton, CLTC – president, 1752 Solutions in Richmond; and Kenneth (Kappy) Gross II, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC® – 1752 Solutions in Richmond.
Eisenman & Associates, Inc. (E&A) recently named Jill McKenzie, CAE as vice president of professional development and communications. In her role, McKenzie will focus on two primary areas for E&A’s largest association management client, the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE): directing the content-related aspects of VSAE’s educational offerings and developing and implementing VSAE’s communications strategy to include website, email marketing, printed newsletter and social media campaigns. McKenzie has experience in association and sales management. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in June 2009. She is a graduate of The University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in English.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love & Learn Child Care – leased 2,686 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Brandito, LLC – leased 2,426 square feet in Grove Park I at 11551 Nuckols Rd.; Key Personnel, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,943 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St.; and Sinnen-Green and Associates, Inc. – renewed its lease of 1,168 square feet in Vistas II at 5516 Falmouth St.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Disney has spent the past few years in search of that certain something; that ‘Disney Magic.’ It’s been a slow process. From The Princess and the Frog to Tangled to Wreck-it Ralph, the studio took slow steps, welcoming its princesses and fairy tales and musical numbers back into the fold. Every film was an improvement on the last, but none of them had anywhere near the charm or lasting appeal of the early ‘90s highs of the “Disney Renaissance.”
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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