Business in brief
For the tenth year in a row, The Princeton Review has named University of Richmond to its list of 75 “best value” private colleges and universities. The editors of the annual guide chose the best value schools after reviewing the academic quality, cost and financial aid of 650 institutions around the country. Richmond has been selected for the book every year since its debut in 2004 and is the only Virginia private college or university to make the 2013 best value list.
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants' Marketing and Communications Director Jenny Hansen recently earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE. At the VSCPA, Hansen oversees and provides strategic direction for VSCPA marketing, communications and public relations efforts.
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants President & CEO Stephanie Peters recently was elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE). At the VSCPA, Peters leads national and state professional issues, legislative and regulatory initiatives, strategic planning and external relations. She is also a member of the VSCPA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Bermuda Distribution – leased 92,857 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building A at 4810 Eubank Rd.; Virginia School of Technology, Inc. – leased an additional 3,750 square feet for a total of 35,179 square feet in the Westmoreland Building at 2000 Westmoreland St.; Whitt & Del Bueno, PC – leased 3,425 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.; Dominion Technical Sales – renewed its lease of 3,300 square feet at 2510 Waco St.; Kumon Learning Center – leased 1,985 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower at 8900 W. Broad St.; Boka Vending – leased 1,575 square feet in Starling Plaza at 1412 Starling Dr.; Mid South Building Supply – renewed its lease of 30,000 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building B at 4700-4790 Eubank Rd.; Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. – renewed its lease of 11,317 square feet in Interport Business Center – Building C at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; NCS Pearson – leased 2,122 square feet in Franklin Commons at 5640 Cox Rd.; Dog Lovers Obedience School – leased 1,650 square feet at 1127 Gaskins Rd.; and Meadowbrook, Inc. – leased 1,547 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
Franchise owners Mike and Arleen Potestio, from Once Upon A Child of Henrico, recently were honored with a Sales Excellence Award at the franchisor's Annual Conference and Trade Show, held Jan. 21-24 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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