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Through its A+ School Rewards program, MARTIN’S Food Markets recently donated $131,307 to schools in the greater Richmond community. The program allows schools to earn cash for educational needs. After customers designate the school of their choice, A+ School Rewards points accrue with each purchase made using a BonusCard. The top school this year is Mills E. Godwin High School who earned $9,251. Longdale Elementary School also earned $3,111. For a complete listing of participating schools and the A+ School Rewards they have earned, visit http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.

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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Prematurity Program, making it one of only four hospitals in the nation – and the only in Central Virginia - to receive the honor. The NICU underwent a rigorous on-site survey in April focusing on neonatal intensive care. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including leadership, quality of care and medication management. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers 20 Level III beds and 21 Level II beds for neonatal patients and was the first hospital to offer the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program®.

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John Jay Schwartz, managing director of Have Site Will Travel, Ltd., recently represented the following tenants in their lease negotiations: Richmond Telecom, LLC – leased 669 square feet at The Forest Plaza II Building from FC Richmond II, LLC.; Retirement & Estate Investment Services – leased 1,389 square feet at the Libbie Square Office Park at 1807 Libbie Ave. from TCRE, LLC.; and Guild Launch – expanded into 2,677 square feet at 7204 Glen Forest Dr. from The Chevy Chase Land Company.

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The Salvation Army of Central Virginia recently partnered with Daylight Donuts, 10260 W. Broad St., to announce “Donuts of Hope,” the first campaign of its kind in central Virginia. “Donuts of Hope” is designed to honor The Salvation Army’s rich history of service, raise funds for Salvation Army programs and services, and celebrate the significance of the donut. Throughout May, citizens will have an opportunity to purchase a dozen donuts or make a financial contribution at http://www.DonutsOfHope.org. The campaign culminates on June 1, National Donut Day, with a celebration of the donut at a Richmond Flying Squirrels game.

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KSA Interiors, located in Innsbrook, recently named Lynne Williams, CID, IIDA, LEED AP as director of business development. Williams will be responsible for developing relationships and expanding client opportunities across the Hampton Roads region and throughout Virginia. Prior to joining KSA, Williams was business development manager at Tactical Office Solutions. She has an MBA from Strayer University and attended Syracuse University as an undergraduate, earning a BFA in Interior Design.

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Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital recently was recognized for excellence in cancer care by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. It is one of three hospitals in Virginia, and the only hospital in central Virginia, to receive the honor. Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center won the award in 2010. Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Bon Secours Cancer Institute at St. Mary’s – among a total of 489 programs surveyed in 2011 – was evaluated in six areas: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
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‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

Governor vetoes Republicans’ ‘educational choice’ legislation


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed several bills that Republicans say would have increased school choice but McAuliffe said would have undermined public schools.

Two bills, House Bill 1400 and Senate Bill 1240, would have established the Board of Virginia Virtual School as an agency in the executive branch of state government to oversee online education in kindergarten through high school. Currently, online courses fall under the Virginia Board of Education. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.

Nominations open for 2017 IMPACT Award


ChamberRVA is seeking nominees for the annual IMPACT Award, which honors the ways in which businesses are making an impact in the RVA Region economy and community and on their employees.

Nominees must be a for-profit, privately-held business located within ChamberRVA's regional footprint: the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan; the City of Richmond; and the Town of Ashland. > Read more.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the sale of the former Friendly’s restaurant property located at 5220 Brook Road in Henrico County. Brook Road V, LLC purchased the 3,521-square-foot former restaurant property situated on 0.92 acres from O Ice, LLC for $775,000 as an investment. Bruce Bigger of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > 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.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving will present its annual Walk Like MADD 5k Dash/Walk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd. Walk Like MADD honors those killed or injured in impaired driving crashes. Funds raised support victim services and educational events in Virginia. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. For details, call 353-7121 x5153 or visit http://www.walklikemadd.org/richmond. Full text

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