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Puritan Cleaners recently announced its 8th annual 100,000 Meals campaign. The program, which supports the Central Virginia Food Bank (CVFB), will run through June 9. Puritan Cleaners will be collecting monetary and food donations at all 13 Puritan locations during the campaign and home delivery route managers will be collecting on their routes as well. Puritan will also be partnering with area schools and businesses during the campaign. Monetary donations are especially useful and give the CVFB greater flexibility to purchase high-need items at lower-than-retail costs. The CVFB can typically provide five meals with one dollar. The campaign will culminate June 6 at Puritan’s Staples Mill location from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with “Matt’s Great 8 Tailgate” featuring TV 8’s weather anchor Matt DiNardo and others. There will be live music and free food. For details on the 100,000 meals program, visit http://www.puritancleaners.com .
The following local residents recently became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, Inc.: Wendy Barlow, of Glen Allen, and Neicy Callahan, of Sandston. Tastefully Simple, Inc. is a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.
The Richmond Tennis Association’s (RTA) newly released book “RICHMOND – One of America’s Best Tennis Towns” is currently available for purchase by local publisher Dementi Milestone Publishing, at http://www.dementimilestonepublishing.com Co-a.uthored by Eric Perkins, Tom Hood and John Packett, the book includes rare accounts of many great players, teams, events and organizations that have made Richmond an award-winning tennis town for years. Featuring a foreword by John McEnroe and over 200 photos, the book attempts to recognize the past, celebrate the present and inspire the future of tennis in our community. Net proceeds from the project will be used to support junior tennis throughout the community.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently ranked metro Richmond 17th on its 2012 American Fitness Index™ (AFI) data report titled “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas,” which evaluated the most populous city areas to identify the healthiest and fittest places in the United States. Richmond scored 57.2 (out of 100 possible points) in the 2012 report, a decline from the area’s 12th spot in 2011 with a score of 64.2. The AFI data report reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity. New to the 2012 AFI data report is a benchmark for each data indicator to help identify areas that need improvement. For details, visit http://www.americanfitnessindex.org .
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and related topics on the attorney general’s website recently underwent a comprehensive expansion. The site will be routinely updated with upcoming community meetings, important case information and other pertinent details. Two new buttons – Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse and Neglect – have also been added under the Hot Topics portion of the website, located at http://www.ag.virginia.gov This. allows visitors to more easily access information under these categories.
The CarMax Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in grants to Richmond area nonprofit organizations. The grants are for programs that focus on education, youth leadership and, for the first year, wellness. The wellness grants in Richmond support resources focused on healthy living, physical activity and prevention. A $100,000 grant to the Enrichmond Foundation will go toward operating expenses of the sixth season of the CarMax Summer Basketball League, a valuable partnership between the foundation and the City of Richmond. Other recipients include: Boys & Girls Club, FeedMore, SCAN, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comfort Zone Camp, St. Joseph’s Villa, Special Olympics Virginia and more.
Capitol Financial Solutions (CFS) recently welcomed W. Lee Wallace to the firm. Wallace has more than 20 years of experience in management roles of increasing responsibility at Philip Morris USA. In addition, he has approximately 10 years of experience leading the finance function of a niche publishing company in Washington, DC. A Richmond native, Wallace holds a life/health insurance license, as well as the FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 securities licenses. His office is located in Henrico and he can be reached at 665-1588.
Yukon Learning recently moved its corporate headquarters to 10900 Nuckols Rd. in Innsbrook. The new location includes multiple state-of-the-art Articulate® training rooms, additional meeting spaces, an open and airy atrium for training attendees to enjoy and virtual training rooms to foster further engagement with customers and other e-Learning partners. In addition, a full “green screen” production studio allows the company to showcase their video and simulation capabilities. Yukon Learning phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently awarded a $1.4 million, four-year grant to the University of Richmond to build upon its successful Integrated Quantitative Science course and develop a new program to promote diversity in math and science. It is the third HHMI grant awarded to Richmond in the past eight years. The new grant will build on IQS and create URISE (University of Richmond Integrated Science Experience), a program that will address the low percentage of underrepresented populations that graduate with science and math majors and pursue careers in those fields. URISE students will spend five weeks in a paid, pre-freshman summer program, then enroll either in IQS or a new series of interdisciplinary science and math courses — Science, Math and Research Training (SMART) — for students with less rigorous high school preparation in those disciplines. They will participate in full-time research the following summer. The new program also will add post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows to support students’ transition from college and graduate school into careers in science and math (STEM) fields.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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CalendarThe University of Richmond Chamber Ensemble will present an evening of music performances by student instrumentalists, vocalists and pianists at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.… Full text