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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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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > 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


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The fifth annual Youth Triathlon, presented by Endorphin Fitness, will take place at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 West Broad St. The race is open to ages 5-14 and features a short pool swim, loop bike course closed to vehicular traffic, and a run on level playing fields. An optional four-day youth triathlon camp will precede the event, taking place Aug. 14-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Participants will be taught essential skills of the sport in a safe, fun environment. Cost of the camp is $95. All proceeds from the event will benefit the children at VHBG. For details, fee information and registration for the VHBG Youth Triathlon and camp, visit http://www.endorphinfitness.com/vhbg-youth-triathlon. For details about sponsoring or volunteering at the triathlon, contact Joan Marble at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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