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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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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

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

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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