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.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.
Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
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