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Maxwell Preston Chance recently was named senior project manager for the Richmond office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va. In his new role, Chance will manage engineering disciplines in the water and energy infrastructure design practices and assist in business development efforts throughout the firm’s Southeast region. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and is a registered professional engineer in the state.
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United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and Lift Caregiving recently announced their new partnership, which will make http://www.liftcaregiving.com a centerpiece of United Way’s online resource center for family caregivers. The website will offer guest authors, insights from subject-matter experts, live chats, invited provider listings and first-hand perspectives from actual caregivers. Lift’s resources are pre-screened, dependable and trustworthy. The partnership will help to enhance United Way’s support for people who are caring for the older adults in their lives.
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Sherri Roccafocte, of Chester, was recently declared the grand prize winner of Martin’s Food Markets One Year Anniversary Car Giveaway Sweepstakes, driving away with a 2011 GMC Terrain provided by Patrick Auto Group. One winner was selected from each of the 25 Martin’s in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities for a chance to win the grand prize. The remaining 24 finalists each received a $1,000 Martin’s gift card. Area winners include: Balwinder Singh and Leslie Stevenson of Glen Allen; Lisa Brooks, Fay Gardner, Linda Gunst, Demetrius Harris, Lucy McDougall, Roxie Pedroli, Lantha Smiley and Lisa Taylor, of Richmond; and Katherine Harris, of Sandston.
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Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is seeking nominees to honor for their dedication to enhancing the quality of life of older adults in the region. Four awards will be presented during its 8th annual Empty Plate Luncheon on Oct. 12 at the Science Museum of Virginia. Nominations are sought in four areas of service and/or advocacy: MaryEllen Cox Memorial Award for Advocacy – given to an individual who exemplifies the leadership and community involvement of the late MaryEllen Cox; E. Harris Spindle Award for Service to Seniors – given to a business, corporate or human service organization that contributes to the well-being of senior citizens and caregivers; Richard Hogan Memorial Award for Volunteer Service – given to an individual who volunteers in the community; and Eva Teig Hardy Award for Corporate Service – given to an individual in the corporate community who has made significant contributions to enhance programs for seniors and/or caregivers. Visit http://www.seniorconnections-va.org to download a nomination form. The deadline is Aug. 8.
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Two Bon Secours Richmond hospitals, St. Mary's Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center, were recently ranked among the top hospitals in Richmond by U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals St. .Mary's ranked #2 and Memorial Regional Medical Center ranked #3 in Richmond. Listed as a high-performing hospital, St. Mary's was recognized in nine adult specialties: Cancer, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Memorial Regional was recognized in eight adult specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery Orthopedics and Pulmonology. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will be available Aug. 30.
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled lease negotiations for the following Henrico businesses: Roma’s has renewed its lease of 6,000 square feet in Newbridge Square Shopping Center at 6007-6027 Nine Mile Rd.; William Pearson has leased 4,000 square feet in Brandy Centre at 7422-7440 Brandy Creek Dr.; and Jahangiri CPA has leased 1,300 square feet in Interchange Corporate Center at 3850 Gaskins Rd.
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Dean Myers, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting center at 9407 Old Staples Mill Rd., recently celebrated 30 years as a Maaco franchisee. Maaco specializes in value-driven repairs that can preserve the value of newer cars, increase the value of older vehicles and save on repair costs prior to lease turn-ins. The center has repaired more than 30,000 vehicles since its opening and it is one of 475 Maaco centers that repair and paint more than 600,000 vehicles a year. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies will offer massage therapy studies, including coursework to prepare for initial certification and continuing education coursework in the burgeoning profession, beginning in September. Accredited and approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the program will enroll a maximum of 14 students each in separate part-time and full-time tracks. Either option costs $9,000. Students will practice massage techniques in student clinics, on their own with family and friends, and will also be required to complete 30 supervised massages during their studies. An informational meeting will be held on Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the university’s Jepson Alumni Center. Reservations can be made by calling 287-1207 or visiting http://www.scs.richmond.edu/massage-therapy
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

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.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

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.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

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.

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Weekend Top 10


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.

A hero is born

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.

Authentically Italian

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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