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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.

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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.

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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-authored 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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

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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The Weinstein Jewish Community Center’s Patrons of the Arts Season Finale, “An Evening of Multi-Cultural Dance,” will start at 7 p.m. The Latin Ballet of Virginia and Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company will perform. Admission is $18 for members and $27 for nonmembers. For details, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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