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Henrico Federal Credit Union has teamed with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to help local students learn to manage their money in a fun, real-world way. Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay their bills and balance their budget, as well as how to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. Banzai also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more. The program is available to students and teachers for free. To learn more, call 888-8-BANZAI or visit http://henrico.teachbanzai.com.

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Pam Dietz, of Richmond, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Dietz can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Pamela Heflin Strieffler, of Richmond, has rejoined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as vice president in the firm’s Glen Allen office and will continue to specialize in retail sales and leasing. Strieffler started her commercial real estate career with Porter Realty in 1996 and originally joined Thalhimer in 1999. She spent several years with The Rebkee Company and was most recently with The Shopping Center Group. Strieffler graduated from James Madison University and lives with her husband, Kevin, and their three children.

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Bon Secours Richmond Health System has been named to the “Working Mother” 100 Best Companies list for the 15th consecutive year. The list promotes the interests of working mothers by honoring companies that successfully help employees integrate home and work. Bon Secours Richmond offers family-friendly employee benefits such as flexible scheduling, three on-site child care centers and a wellness program which includes an on-site employee health clinic, pharmacy, health coaching and incentives for making healthy choices.

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The restaurant Mooyah will open in the Short Pump area in early 2013. Location owners, brothers Gurpreet “P2” Sandhu and Gurbhagat “Gulu” Sandhu, are looking to open at least 25 more locations in the next 10 years, all in the Richmond/Maryland/D.C. Virginia area. Mooyah specializes in burgers, fries and milkshakes. For more information, visit http://www.mooyah.com.

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Colonial Shooting Academy (CSA) has been recognized as a five-star shooting facility by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This distinction makes CSA the first five-star range in Virginia, the fourth on the East Coast and one of only 25 nationwide. The NSSF’s rating system for target shooting facilities is based on an evaluation of six criteria: appearance, customer/member focus, customer/member development, management, community relations and amenities. CSA is located at 6020 W. Broad St. For details, visit http://www.colonialshooting.com.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: FEMA – leased 18,325 square feet in Deep Run III at 9954 Mayland Dr.; Cannon’s Online Auctions, LLC – renewed its lease of 14,000 square feet in the TJ Maxx Shopping Center at 9125 W. Broad St.; Credit Union Service Company of Virginia, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,924 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Rd.; Maya Mexican Grill and Tequila Lounge, LLC – leased 3,683 square feet in IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump at 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; G’s Pizzeria & Grill – leased 3,400 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4730 Finlay St.; Virginia Health Care Association, Inc. – leased 1,250 square feet in Grove Park Square at 11541 Nuckols Rd.; The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia – renewed its lease of 7,547 square feet in Parham Professional Park at 2821 N. Parham Rd.; and Sarek Autowerke, Inc. – leased 6,900 square feet at 8401 Brook Rd.

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Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, will lead a discussion on women in finance at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in Queally Hall’s Ukrop Auditorium. A panel of four women will explore the challenges of succeeding in the financial services industry and will discuss leadership, professional experience in the industry and achieving work/life balance. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://tiny.cc/womeninfinance100312.

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Martin’s Food Markets’ A+ School Rewards will return Oct. 7 and continue through March 30, 2013. To participate in the program, customers must sign up and designate their chosen schools by visiting their local Martin’s or at http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus. A+ School Rewards are accrued with each purchase a customer makes using his or her BonusCard. There is no restriction on what schools can do with the cash they earn. Beginning in November, current school totals can be found on the A+ website.

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The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to nonprofits based in central Virginia, including three in Henrico: Circle Center Adult Day Services – received a $50,000 grant to provide funding for full daycare for seniors with limited financial resources; The Society of St. Andrew – received a $30,000 grant to support the Food Recovery Operation in Virginia; and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter – received a $15,000 grant to provide for respite care for seniors with dementia. In central Virginia, the ACECF has awarded 948 grants totaling $27.6 million in the last 11 years.

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Kitchen Thyme is forming a supper club. Once a month, guest chefs will be featured for a fine dining experience at Kitchen Thyme with a once in a life time menu. Prices, times and menus will vary. The club’s first meal on Sunday, Sept. 30 will feature Chef Carly Herring, of C’est Le Vin. The four-course fine dining brunch is $45 (includes tax). The fare includes one alcoholic beverage with a cash bar available. Seating times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with 20 seats available per seating time. Cash only. Kitchen Thyme is located at 7801-25 W. Broad St. To register, call 396-COOK.
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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.
Community

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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Henrico Live will continue its third season with Leland Grant at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Grant has written and produced multiple Top 40 songs while working with talent like Emma Stone, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. A Virginia Beach native, Grant and South Dakota native Hailey Steele make up The Line. Their music has the harmonic influences of The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel, vocal influences of Don Henley and Sheryl Crow and the lyrics of Fleetwood Mac. Tickets are $10. For details, visit http://www.henricotheatre.us. Full text

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