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Local entrepreneur and Henrico resident Barbara Bennett is currently competing to “Get on the Shelf” at Wal-Mart. Bennett launched her company, The Mineral Case, in 2009. A passionate fan of the mineral makeup trend – but not of the mess and hassle of various jars and loose powders – Bennett launched The Mineral Case because it clears bathroom counters and makes cosmetics easily accessible at home or while traveling. If her company receives enough votes, her product will be available at every Wal-Mart location across the country. Fans can vote once a day through April 24 at http://www.getontheshelf.com/product/5505/The-Mineral-Case. To view Bennett’s contest entry, visit http://youtube/Miq5hdFxMG8.

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LOGO Dynamics, a distributor of promotional products in Henrico, recently received the All Star award from Constant Contact®, Inc. Each year, a select group of Constant Contact customers are honored with the All Star award for their exemplary marketing results. LOGO Dynamics’ results ranked among the top 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base. Owner Matt Davidson has been a partner with Constant Contact since 2010 and offers email marketing and social media seminars on a regular basis in Central Virginia. Constant Contact customers using any combination of the company’s email marketing, event marketing and online survey tools are eligible for the award.

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U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and Cap City Ballerz recently announced a new partnership between two of Richmond’s most successful youth developmental AAU basketball programs. The partnership between U-Turn and Cap City Ballerz will focus on combining the best from both organizations to better position athletes and teams to compete at the highest level of basketball and to help provide youth with the support they need to be champions in the classroom, community and life.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) recently hired Richard Gordon as conference planner and Christopher Murphy as marketing specialist. Gordon comes to the VSCPA from Benchmark Hospitality International at Capital One in Richmond, where he worked as an operations and learning events manager. He has 20 years of experience in telecommunications, accounting and finance, operations management and event planning. Prior to joining the VSCPA, Murphy worked at SunTrust Bank as a mortgage relationship specialist and did freelance graphic design and copywriting. He has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications and graphic design. In his role on the VSCPA Education Team, Gordon will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and work on other educational programs and events. As part of the VSCPA Marketing Team, Murphy will develop and execute marketing plans for VSCPA membership recruitment and retention, VSCPA Educational Foundation fundraising and CPA PAC of Virginia fundraising.

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Raymond Rudolph, Southern States Cooperative, Inc. – Williamsburg Road Service, recently attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify employees as “Certified FeedMaster Specialists” for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS), a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination.

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Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store recently opened a new location at Merchant’s Walk, 7504 W. Broad St. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 501-2356.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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March’s Innsbrook Wellness Forum, “Colorectal Cancer: Preventable, Treatable, Beatable,” will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Carpenter Room B at 4501 Highwoods Pkwy. The guest speaker will be Mary F. Baker of Cancer Survivorship Bon Secours. The forum continues every second Thursday of the month. A light lunch will be provided to those who register. For details, call 217-8804 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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