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.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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