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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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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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