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G. William (Bill) Norris, Jr., of Henrico, recently was appointed to the Capital Region Workforce Investment Board (Resource). Resource is a federally funded workforce investment board that strives to increase private sector employment opportunities. It also ensures the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business in the Richmond region. Norris is a director with the law firm of DurretteCrump, PLC. His practice focuses on equal opportunity law, labor relations and arbitrations, executive employment agreements, wage-hour law, and litigation of employment claims. He is a 1992 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his J.D. in 1997 from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

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Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named to the 2012 Top 10 list of nonprofits for executive women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices demonstrate their commitment to advancing women in leadership positions. This is the eighth consecutive year Bon Secours Richmond has been named a NAFE Top Company. As part of its selection process, NAFE looks at various areas and policies of the individual organizations including female representation at the executive level, hiring, attrition and promotion rates for women, access and usage of key retention and advancement programs, and company culture, manager training and accountability. More than 80 percent of Bon Secours Richmond’s 7,300 employees and many of its corporate executives are women. Working Mother magazine will publish the results of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women initiative in its February/March 2012 issue.

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The Princeton Review recently selected the University of Richmond for its 2012 list of 75 best value private colleges. Richmond is one of 150 colleges and universities that The Princeton Review chose for its new book, “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” on sale now. The book profiles the 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities it found that offer the best value to prospective college students. Richmond is among only around 60 American colleges and universities with fully need-blind admissions — meaning it does not consider ability to pay in the admission decision and it provides 100 percent of demonstrated financial need to admitted domestic undergraduates. The university awarded some $65 million in financial aid this year. The Princeton Review’s annual best value guide has selected Richmond every year since the publication began in 2004.

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The University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services recently hired Diana Burkett as communications manager and promoted Katybeth Lee to the new position of manager of internship programs. Burkett, of Goochland County, will oversee the planning, development and implementation of integrated communications for the office. She previously worked at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly Pew Center on Global Climate Change) as senior project coordinator of Make an Impact, an employee engagement program. Lee, of Henrico County, was assistant director of career development for six years, earning the university’s Advisor Excellence Award in 2009. In her new role, she will manage the internship application process, establish metrics for the program and assist students in understanding their roles and responsibilities related to their internships.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Mikowen – leased 3,400 square feet in Interair Center at 5377 Glen Alden Dr.; Q BBQ – leased 3,400 square feet in The Corner of Short Pump at W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; All Med Express – leased 3,000 square feet in Westpark Shopping Center at 9621-9691 W. Broad St.; Construction Labor Contractors – renewed its lease of 1,874 square feet in Interport Business Center at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Custom Braid Gallery LLC – leased 1,440 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hearing Aid Store Inc. – leased 1,330 square feet in Maybeury Shopping Center at 8900 Patterson Ave.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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