Business in brief
Puritan Cleaners recently announced its 8th annual 100,000 Meals campaign. The program, which supports the Central Virginia Food Bank (CVFB), will run through June 9. Puritan Cleaners will be collecting monetary and food donations at all 13 Puritan locations during the campaign and home delivery route managers will be collecting on their routes as well. Puritan will also be partnering with area schools and businesses during the campaign. Monetary donations are especially useful and give the CVFB greater flexibility to purchase high-need items at lower-than-retail costs. The CVFB can typically provide five meals with one dollar. The campaign will culminate June 6 at Puritan’s Staples Mill location from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with “Matt’s Great 8 Tailgate” featuring TV 8’s weather anchor Matt DiNardo and others. There will be live music and free food. For details on the 100,000 meals program, visit http://www.puritancleaners.com .
The following local residents recently became independent consultants with Tastefully Simple, Inc.: Wendy Barlow, of Glen Allen, and Neicy Callahan, of Sandston. Tastefully Simple, Inc. is a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.
The Richmond Tennis Association’s (RTA) newly released book “RICHMOND – One of America’s Best Tennis Towns” is currently available for purchase by local publisher Dementi Milestone Publishing, at http://www.dementimilestonepublishing.com Co-a.uthored by Eric Perkins, Tom Hood and John Packett, the book includes rare accounts of many great players, teams, events and organizations that have made Richmond an award-winning tennis town for years. Featuring a foreword by John McEnroe and over 200 photos, the book attempts to recognize the past, celebrate the present and inspire the future of tennis in our community. Net proceeds from the project will be used to support junior tennis throughout the community.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently ranked metro Richmond 17th on its 2012 American Fitness Index™ (AFI) data report titled “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas,” which evaluated the most populous city areas to identify the healthiest and fittest places in the United States. Richmond scored 57.2 (out of 100 possible points) in the 2012 report, a decline from the area’s 12th spot in 2011 with a score of 64.2. The AFI data report reflects a composite of preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease conditions, health care access and community resources and policies that support physical activity. New to the 2012 AFI data report is a benchmark for each data indicator to help identify areas that need improvement. For details, visit http://www.americanfitnessindex.org .
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and related topics on the attorney general’s website recently underwent a comprehensive expansion. The site will be routinely updated with upcoming community meetings, important case information and other pertinent details. Two new buttons – Medicaid Fraud and Elder Abuse and Neglect – have also been added under the Hot Topics portion of the website, located at http://www.ag.virginia.gov This. allows visitors to more easily access information under these categories.
The CarMax Foundation recently awarded $300,000 in grants to Richmond area nonprofit organizations. The grants are for programs that focus on education, youth leadership and, for the first year, wellness. The wellness grants in Richmond support resources focused on healthy living, physical activity and prevention. A $100,000 grant to the Enrichmond Foundation will go toward operating expenses of the sixth season of the CarMax Summer Basketball League, a valuable partnership between the foundation and the City of Richmond. Other recipients include: Boys & Girls Club, FeedMore, SCAN, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comfort Zone Camp, St. Joseph’s Villa, Special Olympics Virginia and more.
Capitol Financial Solutions (CFS) recently welcomed W. Lee Wallace to the firm. Wallace has more than 20 years of experience in management roles of increasing responsibility at Philip Morris USA. In addition, he has approximately 10 years of experience leading the finance function of a niche publishing company in Washington, DC. A Richmond native, Wallace holds a life/health insurance license, as well as the FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 securities licenses. His office is located in Henrico and he can be reached at 665-1588.
Yukon Learning recently moved its corporate headquarters to 10900 Nuckols Rd. in Innsbrook. The new location includes multiple state-of-the-art Articulate® training rooms, additional meeting spaces, an open and airy atrium for training attendees to enjoy and virtual training rooms to foster further engagement with customers and other e-Learning partners. In addition, a full “green screen” production studio allows the company to showcase their video and simulation capabilities. Yukon Learning phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute recently awarded a $1.4 million, four-year grant to the University of Richmond to build upon its successful Integrated Quantitative Science course and develop a new program to promote diversity in math and science. It is the third HHMI grant awarded to Richmond in the past eight years. The new grant will build on IQS and create URISE (University of Richmond Integrated Science Experience), a program that will address the low percentage of underrepresented populations that graduate with science and math majors and pursue careers in those fields. URISE students will spend five weeks in a paid, pre-freshman summer program, then enroll either in IQS or a new series of interdisciplinary science and math courses — Science, Math and Research Training (SMART) — for students with less rigorous high school preparation in those disciplines. They will participate in full-time research the following summer. The new program also will add post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows to support students’ transition from college and graduate school into careers in science and math (STEM) fields.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.
The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).
It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
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