Business in brief
Draper Aden Associates recently announced that Jennifer L. Bunting, P.E. and Victor Valenzuela, P.E., Utility Division staff engineers in the Richmond office, have earned their professional engineer license. Bunting, a member of the Infrastructure Evaluation and Rehabilitation Team, is responsible for the video review, system assessment and evaluation, and CAD design of wastewater infrastructure rehabilitation and replacement. She has been with the firm for four years and is a graduate of Clarkson University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Valenzuela is responsible for preliminary water and sewer infrastructure design, construction drawing and technical specification development assistance, construction administration services, preliminary analysis and feasibility and engineering reports. He has been with the firm for five years and holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing recently ranked first out of all nursing programs in the United States for passage of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for the time period October 2010 to September 2011, as reported by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The college ranked first out of 1,752 nursing programs, including associate’s, diploma and bachelor of science programs. Each graduate of the last seven classes of the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing has passed the NCLEX on his or her first attempt. Students at the College receive nearly 1,000 hours of laboratory and clinical training, nearly twice the minimum required by the Virginia Board of Nursing and that offered by most comparable colleges of nursing.
The Center for Surgical Innovation at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently was the site of the first minimally invasive, da Vinci Single-Site robotic surgery in the mid-Atlantic region. The surgery, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder), was performed by Dr. William Kelley, who was also the first physician in the United States to successfully complete da Vinci surgery following the initial FDA approval in 2000. The new Single-Site computer-assisted surgical technique was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Dec. 12, 2011. Traditionally, da Vinci surgery has been performed using four incisions and the patient may be required to stay in the hospital overnight. Da Vinci Single-Site laparoscopic surgery allows surgeons to make only one cut with more stability and greater triangulation and dexterity. Patients are generally able to leave the hospital the same day. The Centers for Surgical Innovation at HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’, Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals will be the only facilities equipped to offer da Vinci Single-Site surgery.
Blaes Communications Consulting, LLC, a marketing communications company, recently opened in Richmond. The company will offer professional services such as copy writing, social media management and training, corporate communications, proposal management and corporate identity and branding consulting. Owner Valarie Blaes has over 20 years’ experience in marketing. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a journalism emphasis and a minor in speech press from Old Dominion University. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information, as well as blogs on topics such as marketing, business development, social media and copywriting, can be found at http://www.blaescommunications.com .
Tom McAlhany, sales associate with CENTRAL 21 Option 1 Realty, recently received the CENTRAL 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award for 2010. The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey (QSS) which is emailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home through a CENTURY 21 System office. To be eligible for the award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 30 percent of their transactions from Jan. 1, 2010 to Oct. 31, 2010 with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.
Richmond International Raceway employees Linwood Burrow, director of track operations, and Seiji Kashiwabara, nursing director, recently earned the Track Services Award for Excellence and Nursing Director of the Year Award for Excellence, respectively, at the 2012 NASCAR Summit. NASCAR presents The Track Services Award for Excellence annually to an individual who has taken the initiative to significantly improve track services at a NASCAR National Series Track over the duration of a career of 10 or more years. Burrow has been a member of the RIR staff for over 40 years. The Nursing Director of the Year Award for Excellence honors a nursing director who shows outstanding leadership and organizational skills, quickly addresses concerns and delivers an immediate and positive outcome. Kashiwabara has been a part of the RIR team for the past 11 years.
Local mother Tara Brinkley recently launched Richmond Childcare Referral Agency to assist Richmond area parents in finding trustworthy childcare. The agency offers services in both nanny placement and home daycare referral. For more information, visit http://www.richmondchildcare.net .
Bon Secours Virginia recently was named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The award, given by Virginia Business and administered by Best Companies Group, recognized Bon Secours for providing employees with an exceptional workplace and positively impacting Virginia’s economy, work force and businesses. Best Companies Group used a two-part evaluation process in determining which employers made the list of Best Places to Work in Virginia. The initial company survey examined Bon Secours’ workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second component was an employee survey, which measured employee satisfaction in several categories. The combination of these two scores determined the rank of each company. Top organizations were divided into categories according to size, with award recipients from small, mid-sized and large-sized companies. Bon Secours joins a group of 70 companies who represent the best employers across Virginia. The complete list of 2012 award recipients will be published in the February 2012 issue of Virginia Business.
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of 2502 Waco St. in Henrico. David R. McGeorge Car Co., Inc. purchased the approximately 5,000 square feet office/warehouse property from Wilton Parcels Company, LLC for $410,000 to be used for used car sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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