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Capital One to Add 700 Jobs in Henrico County

Virginia-based Capital One Financial Corporation recently announced that it would expand its Virginia operations by more than 1,000 new positions in 2010 and 2011, with 700 of those positions located in Henrico County.  Capital One recently purchased two new commercial office buildings for its campus in the Innsbrook Office park in Henrico, where it plans to open a new call center and operations center in 2011. The new positions will support all segments of the Fortune 500 company’s business.

“Capital One’s decision to select Henrico County’s Innsbrook office park to grow its operations again is very welcome news,” said Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Patricia S. O’Bannon.  “The company’s purchase and plans to refurbish two existing buildings is testament to Henrico County’s quality workforce, pro-business climate, and high quality of life, and we couldn’t be more pleased by Capital One’s continued faith in Henrico.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Henrico County and the Henrico Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia, successfully competing against Florida and Texas. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell approved a $300,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities. 

“Not only is Capital One Financial Corporation a nationally recognized name, in the Commonwealth it is a household name and our 11th largest private sector employer,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said.


Community

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

Varina Ruritans honor students

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.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘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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