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The Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable is hosting Disability Awareness and Etiquette training on Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, 2001 Maywill St., Suite 202. Participants will learn how to build better relationships and increase their awareness level of the needs of people with disabilities. The program is free and open to the public but will be of special interest to business and community leaders, human resource personnel and those pursing diversity within their organizations. To register, call RADR Chair Dorene Scarangella McKelvy at 420-6337 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Glen Allen-based The Wine Loft is celebrating Virginia Wine Month by donating a backpack of food to FeedMore for every bottle of Virginia wine purchased in October. The backpacks The Wine Loft is donating are part of FeedMore’s Backpack Program which feeds children in need. The Wine Loft carries around two dozen different Virginia wines from wineries such as Barboursville Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard and Winery, Jefferson Vineyards and more. The Wine Loft opened in 2010 and is located in West Broad Village. For more information, visit http://www.wineloftrichmond.com.

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University of Richmond’s Office of Alumni and Career Services has hired Bonnie Graham as project manager of career and recruitment events and Lynn Busby McMullin as assistant director for regional initiatives, focused on alumni events. Graham is responsible for planning and managing all student career events, including Spider Road Trips and Career Expos. McMullin works with regional alumni volunteers to coordinate programs, including networking events, Spider athletic pre-game and game watch parties, receptions with university speakers, and other social and cultural activities.

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BCWH Architects have promoted Charles W. Tilley to principal. Tilley, a resident of Henrico, has over 17 years of experience in the planning and design of educational, cultural and civic facilities for public and private clients. He earned a bachelor of science degree in design and a masters of architecture at Clemson University. BCWH recently completed Henrico’s Gayton Library renovation and is currently working on renovations at Dumbartion and Varina libraries.

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Stephanie Quinby, owner of RVA Massage and Wellness, LLC in Henrico, recently was appointed to Virginia’s Advisory Board on Massage Therapy by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Quinby is also a massage instructor at the American Institute of Massage and a yoga instructor at Project Yoga in Richmond.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 9220 Brook Rd. Dana’s Habitat, Inc. purchased the approximately 1,982 square foot property from VanHuss Holding, LC for $387,000 to be used for an adult daycare facility. Isaac DeRegibus of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Big Lots – renewed its lease of 36,900 square feet in Parham One at 8191 Brook Rd.; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure – leased 2,400 square feet in Dabney Corporate Center at 2028 Dabney Rd.; Little House Green Grocery – leased 1,625 square feet at 1227 Bellevue Ave.; and Jackson Summer & Associates – leased 1,152 square feet in Glenburnie Office Park at 5413 Patterson Ave.

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Eisenman & Associates, Inc., located in Glen Allen, has named Cathy Drewry Grieve as vice president of business development. Grieve will serve as a key contact, establishing, cultivating, and maintaining client relationships. Grieve has been in hospitality sales for over 22 years. In 2001 she helped open the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and most recently served as the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University.

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For the fifth consecutive year, Innsbrook-based Snagajob has been named one of the best companies to work for in America on the Great Place to Work annual ranking published recently by Fortune magazine. Snagajob ranks 12th on the list of 25 best medium-sized companies. Snagajob, which was named the No. 1 Best Small Company to Work for in America last year, graduated to the medium category this year as the company experienced significant growth in 2012. Companies were judged according to employee surveys, an in-depth culture questionnaire and factors such as credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.
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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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Henricus Historical Park will commemorate the death of Pocahontas in England on Mar. 21, 1617 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join Henricus historians as they highlight the significant impact Pocahontas made, and honor her on the 400th anniversary of her death. Additionally, Powhatan interpreters will demonstrate how Pocahontas’ people may have treated her death and explore their traditions of burial. Native America historians will offer lectures on the history and legacy of Pocahontas. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org. Full text

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