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BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Holiday Food Drive is currently underway. The food drive will benefit local Feeding America food banks and help ensure those in need receive well-balanced and nutritious meals this holiday season. The public can donate nonperishable, non-glass food items through Dec. 12. The BJ’s Wholesale Club in Henrico is located at 1320 Starling Dr. in the county’s west end. Members and nonmembers are welcome to donate items. Nonmembers can visit the Member Services desk to receive a free 60-day trial membership. For more information on BJ’s Feeding Communities Program, visit BJ’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bjswholesaleclub.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently promoted David R. “Chip” Dustin to senior vice president and treasurer. Dustin is assuming the responsibilities from Edmond S. Pittman who is retiring from the firm after 32 years of service. Dustin joined Thalhimer in 2002, assumed the Controller role in 2004 and most recently served as vice president of operations. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a business degree and earned an MBA from Loyola College. Dustin started his career with Westinghouse and has held financial management positions with Sprint PCS and Great Coastal Express. Pittman started his career with Thalhimer in 1979 and during his three decades with the firm, he has managed Thalhimer’s financial operations as well as the human resource function. He also significantly contributed to the growth of the firm by managing the operations of MGT Services and MGT Construction.

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St. Joseph’s Villa recently received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation in support of its Career and Transition Services (CATS) program. The CATS program helps students develop skills necessary for success in the workplace. The program uses a sequence of services to assess student aptitudes and interests and to develop plans for success. After classroom instruction, students take part in on-campus internships and, eventually, off-site internships. More than 140 students took part in the program during the past year.

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Hair Cuttery salons throughout metro Richmond are collecting donations for Krausey’s Koats through Jan. 1, 2012. Krausey’s Koats is a national effort to gather gently used coats, jackets, hats, scarves and mittens for those in need this winter. All collected items will be delivered to local missions and homeless shelters in collaboration with the United States Army. Hair Cuttery partnered with the Krausey’s Koats campaign last year in the Philadelphia area and successfully collected 6,500 coats. Krausey’s Koats was started by Philadelphia radio personality Joe Krause with the support of IBEW Local 98 six years ago. Donations can be brought to any Hair Cuttery location in Richmond during normal business hours.
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FirstComp Insurance Company, Markel Corp. named top insurance carriers


Two Glen Allen-based insurance carriers have been named among the top such companies in the nation.

Markel Corp. and FirstComp Insurance Company (now owned by Markel) are among 38 carriers recognized on the Insurance Business America list of the top insurance carriers in the country. > Read more.

Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too. > Read more.

‘It’s such a blessing’


On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side. > Read more.

Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First. > Read more.

Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital. > Read more.

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Meadow Farm Museum will host “Saturday Live” from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month through the summer. Enjoy an afternoon of interactive, living history demonstrations as you explore this mid-19th century farm. Today’s topic is “Children’s Toys & Games.” Admission is free. For details, call 501-7275 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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