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Paul Queally, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, will moderate a panel of Wall Street executives at “The Word from Wall Street” Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Queally received a bachelor of arts degree from Richmond in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1990. He was a general partner at The Sprout Group, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette’s private equity group prior to joining Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in 1996. “The Word from Wall Street” is a featured event in the Robins Executive Speaker Series. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/d93jr5p .

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nTelos Wireless has activated a new cell site near the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Hilliard Road, which will enhance coverage for areas that include the Dumbarton Business Center, Staples Mill Amtrak Station, Hermitage Court and Eldridge Grove. The new cell site was activated Sept. 26.

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Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) recently hired Stacey Williams as admissions coordinator and Deborah Cooper as program coordinator/assistant principal. Monica Manns was promoted to vice president of education. VHBG Teaching-Parents Erin Lawrence and Wakeena Corbin received Teaching-Family Association (TFA) Certification. TFA Certification indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the Teaching-Parent’s services from their youth, community stakeholders and administration. Monika Mitchell received her second certification. Wakeena Corbin also has been given the Teaching-Family Distinguished Service Award from the TFA. The annual award honors Teaching-Parents who distinguish themselves by their commitment to helping youth and families reach their greatest potential.

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Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. has appointed Diane Lewis, a sales associate with its Short Pump office, to serve on the board of directors of EarthCraft Virginia, an organization whose mission is to advance sustainable, affordable, resource and energy efficient construction through education and technical support. She will serve on the board’s education committee.

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Dreama Nuttycombe has joined Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. in their Short Pump office. She has been a real estate professional for eight years.

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FeedMore’s board of directors has named Douglas “Doug” Pick as chief executive officer effective Nov. 26. Pick succeeds Fay Lohr, who is retiring after serving as president and CEO of FeedMore since 2008 and, prior to that, as president of the Central Virginia Food Bank from 1998 to 2008.

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Nancy Bagranoff, dean of University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business, has been named to the American Institute of CPAs board of directors. AICPA is the national professional organization of more than 370,000 CPAs, setting generally accepted professional and technical standards and providing credentialing, technical support and other services to its members. From 2009-10, Bagranoff was president of the American Accounting Association. She holds a doctorate of business administration from George Washington University, a master’s of accounting from Syracuse University and undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and Briarcliff College.

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Martin's Food Markets and Giant Food Stores recently donated a total of nearly $37,000 to four organizations in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that support breast cancer research, education and awareness. Locally, the stores donated $8,250 to VCU's Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. The donations were made in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated in October. During October, the stores sold pink reusable shopping bags to customers, who purchased 64,000 of them. Martin's and Giant donated a portion of those sales to the four organizations.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. – leased 11,800 square feet in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; Environmental Alliance, Inc. – leased 3,268 square feet in Staples Mill Business Center at 8201-8261 Hermitage Rd.; Insurance Doctor – leased 3,150 square feet at 7111 W. Broad St.; Dominion Sign – renewed its lease of 2,992 square feet in Gaskins Centre at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; School of Rock Short Pump – leased 2,602 square feet in Short Pump Commons at 4300 Pouncey Tract Rd.; Cardinal Camera Video Center, Inc. – leased 2,330 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11709 W. Broad St.; Dragon’s Den, LLC – leased 1,776 square feet in the IceZone Retail Shops at Downtown Short Pump, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd.; James Ringer Insurance – leased 1,713 square feet in Westerre Commons Office Condos at 3701-3781 Westerre Pkwy.; OptimumEd – leased 1,517 square feet in Interchange Corporate Center at 3850 Gaskins Rd.; Effex Management Solutions – leased 1,400 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2925 Williamsburg Rd.; and The Hair Institute – leased 1,215 square feet at 8503 Patterson Ave.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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