Business in brief
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
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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