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Paul Queally, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, will moderate a panel of Wall Street executives at “The Word from Wall Street” Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Queally received a bachelor of arts degree from Richmond in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1990. He was a general partner at The Sprout Group, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s private equity group prior to joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in 1996. “The Word from Wall Street” is a featured event in the Robins Executive Speaker Series. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/d93jr5p.

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nTelos Wireless has activated a new cell site near the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Hilliard Road, which will enhance coverage for areas that include the Dumbarton Business Center, Staples Mill Amtrak Station, Hermitage Court and Eldridge Grove. The new cell site was activated Sept. 26.

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Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) recently hired Stacey Williams as admissions coordinator and Deborah Cooper as program coordinator/assistant principal. Monica Manns was promoted to vice president of education. VHBG Teaching-Parents Erin Lawrence and Wakeena Corbin received Teaching-Family Association (TFA) Certification. TFA Certification indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the Teaching-Parent’s services from their youth, community stakeholders and administration. Monika Mitchell received her second certification. Wakeena Corbin also has been given the Teaching-Family Distinguished Service Award from the TFA. The annual award honors Teaching-Parents who distinguish themselves by their commitment to helping youth and families reach their greatest potential.

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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. has appointed Diane Lewis, a sales associate with its Short Pump office, to serve on the board of directors of EarthCraft Virginia, an organization whose mission is to advance sustainable, affordable, resource and energy efficient construction through education and technical support. She will serve on the board’s education committee.

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Dreama Nuttycombe has joined Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in their Short Pump office. She has been a real estate professional for eight years.

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FeedMore’s board of directors has named Douglas “Doug” Pick as chief executive officer effective Nov. 26. Pick succeeds Fay Lohr, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of FeedMore since 2008 and, prior to that, as president of the Central Virginia Food Bank from 1998 to 2008.

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Nancy Bagranoff, dean of University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, has been named to the American Institute of CPAs board of directors. AICPA is the national professional organization of more than 370,000 CPAs, setting generally accepted professional and technical standards and providing credentialing, technical support and other services to its members. From 2009-10, Bagranoff was president of the American Accounting Association. She holds a doctorate of business administration from George Washington University, a master’s of accounting from Syracuse University and undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and Briarcliff College.

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Martin's Food Markets and Giant Food Stores recently donated a total of nearly $37,000 to four organizations in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that support breast cancer research, education and awareness. Locally, the stores donated $8,250 to VCU's Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. The donations were made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated in October. During October, the stores sold pink reusable shopping bags to customers, who purchased 64,000 of them. Martin's and Giant donated a portion of those sales to the four organizations.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. – leased 11,800 square feet in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; Environmental Alliance, Inc. – leased 3,268 square feet in Staples Mill Business Center at 8201-8261 Hermitage Rd.; Insurance Doctor – leased 3,150 square feet at 7111 W. Broad St.; Dominion Sign – renewed its lease of 2,992 square feet in Gaskins Centre at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; School of Rock Short Pump – leased 2,602 square feet in Short Pump Commons at 4300 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Cardinal Camera Video Center, Inc. – leased 2,330 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11709 W. Broad St.; Dragon’s Den, LLC – leased 1,776 square feet in the IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; James Ringer Insurance – leased 1,713 square feet in Westerre Commons Office Condos at 3701-3781 Westerre Pkwy.; OptimumEd – leased 1,517 square feet in Interchange Corporate Center at 3850 Gaskins Rd.; Effex Management Solutions – leased 1,400 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2925 Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hair Institute – leased 1,215 square feet at 8503 Patterson Ave.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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