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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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