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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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