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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

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.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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