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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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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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The Bizarre Bazaar returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex Mar. 31 to Apr. 2. A Virginia tradition for 25 years, unique offerings include seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women's and children's clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, spring and summer perennials, furniture and jewelry. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mar. 31 and Apr. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apr. 2. Admission is $7 for adults and $1.50 for children 2-12. For details, visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com. Full text

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