Business in brief
The A+ School Rewards program will return to Martin’s Food Markets on Oct. 9. Customers will be able to designate up to two local schools and points will accrue every time that customer uses the designated Martin’s BonusCard through March 31, 2012. Schools can earn cash for technology, scholarship programs, summer programs, field trips, playgrounds and other educational needs. Customers can earn double points by purchasing select bonus products and triple points by purchasing Healthy Ideas labeled items. These items will be specially marked on store shelves. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $10 million has been donated to local schools. To sign up, visit your local store or go online to http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.
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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia announced recently the recertification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients with pulmonary problems such as COPD recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants will offer two free seminars in celebration of Virginia Certified Public Accountants Week, Sept. 18-24. “Nonprofit Finance” will be held on Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richmond CPA Center, 4309 Cox Rd. The seminar will examine basic accounting and financial issues for nonprofits, including IRS concerns, fundraising, budget practices, financial reporting, enhancing management and more. It is designed for nonprofit managers, staff and boards of directors. “Budgeting 101” will be held on Sept. 20 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. online and via conference call. The workshop will highlight money, income, spending, debt, savings, investments and more. Both seminars are free and open to the public. To register, call 800-341-8189 or visit http://www.vscpa.com/
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Aarrow Transmissions & Automotives’ fourth “Shoot Down Hunger” food drive to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank yielded donations totaling 23,397 pounds of food. Aarrow’s approach to success was to invite local BNI groups to participate competitively. The winning BNI chapter was Synergy, who contributed 3,300 pounds of food – a donation that exceeded the entire amount of the first Aarrow Transmission/BNI effort. As the winner of the competition, each member of the Synergy group was awarded an Aarrow Transmissions “Good Neighbor Card,” which is good for two free oil changes. Aarrow is locally owned with two locations on Midlothian Turnpike and in Short Pump.
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Cox Media Group, including K95, WKLR 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 The River, and over 30 area employers and educational development outlets have joined forces for the Richmond Employment & Education Fair, to be held Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies will host free hourly seminars with topics on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Over 500 career seekers are expected to attend. For more information, visit http://www.k95country.com http:,//www.965klr.com, http://www.hot1009.com or http://www.1037river.com.
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Linda Carne, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced recently the closing of Camp Kittamaqund and Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp due to damage from Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.
At Pamunkey, 200 large trees are down with many more uprooted and leaning. Many structures were damaged or destroyed from wind or downed trees and most of the hiking trails are completely impassable. Camp Kittamaqund has downed power lines and trees as well. Access roads to both camps are extremely difficult to navigate. It is estimated that repairs and debris removal for Pamunkey alone will be a minimum of $100,000. A Camp Restoration Fund has been created for donations. For details, visit http://www.comgirlscouts.org.
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School-age children with special needs enrolled in Greater Richmond ARC’s after-school program are learning how to help save the environment one piece of paper, plastic and can at a time. A year-round recycling program shows children in the after-school program ages five to 22 the importance of preserving the environment by separating disposables in containers at the ARCenter, 3600 Saunders Ave. Twice a month they also travel with ARC staffers to Wise Recycling Center to watch the cans being crushed and recycled. Students attending ARCenter’s after-school program come from Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield, a year-round program on 22-wooded acres near Pocahontas State Park also provides after-school care from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Activities there include nature walks, arts and crafts and quiet time relaxing at the Camp’s sensory garden.
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.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > 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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