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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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RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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