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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently named Lisa Licata, Esq. vice president of human resources. Licata will spearhead the initiatives relating to human resources and benefits for Henrico, Parham and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals. Prior to joining Henrico Doctors’, Licata most recently served as the senior vice president of human resources and corporate secretary for Cadmus Communications Corporation. She has served as attorney at area companies including Troutman Sanders, LLP and Swedish Match North America, Inc.
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recently announced that General Manager Bob Nelson has been honored by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® with the hotel chain’s prestigious General Manager of the Year Award. Since joining the hotel in 2010, Nelson, who is responsible for overseeing operations and management of the AAA Four Diamond property, was credited with demonstrating strong leadership and impressive business results in 2011. Under his direction, the hotel also completed a major renovation including all meeting rooms and banquet facilities, The Tavern Grill, pool and terrace area and major additions to its 20 acres of lushly manicured grounds.
Capitol Financial Solutions (CFS) recently welcomed Bart Davey to the firm. Davey has more than 34 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a graduate of Rollins College and St. Christopher’s School. He holds life/health insurance licenses, a long-term care insurance license and the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 securities licenses. His office is located in Henrico and he can be reached at 665-1531.
University of Richmond President Edward Ayers will teach a week-long enrichment seminar for teachers, historical society staff and National Park Service interpreters on the history of the American South June 26 to July 3 at the university. Sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the seminar will be the fifth Ayers has taught at Richmond. He previously taught and co-led Gilder Lehrman summer seminars for more than 10 years before joining the university. The seminar will cover the central role the South has played in American history. Major themes will include the development of the colonies and the new nation, emergence and spread of slavery, immigration and development of the West, the Civil War, emancipation, the creation of segregation and the civil rights struggle. For more information, visit http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teacherseminars .
Private equity real estate investment and development firms New Boston Fund, Inc. and RER Equities, Inc. have leased 83,414 square feet of Class-A office space to SunTrust Bank, Inc. for its mortgage group at WestMark Two in Glen Allen. The two firms manage WestMark Two in the joint-venture partnership RER/New Boston West Broad Street, LLC. WestMark Two is a five-story, 204,622-square-foot office building situated on a 40-acre business campus. SunTrust will occupy 41 percent of the building. The RER/New Boston joint venture purchased WestMark Two in August 2004.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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CalendarTwin Hickory Library will host a discussion of the All Henrico Reads book, “Silver Sparrow,” by Tayari Jones at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/ahr Full text