Business in brief
St. Joseph’s Villa recently hired Nicole Garrett as property manager of the Villa’s Hollybrook apartment complex and Claudia Perez as coordinator of the Villa’s new Flagler Housing Resource Center in Petersburg. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s Villa, Garrett worked as a leasing consultant for Forest City Enterprises and a property manager for Landmark Property Services. She is a 2005 graduate of Christopher Newport University. Perez has worked with Flagler Family and Community Services since 2004, serving first as a family life counselor and recently as the Villa’s first housing specialist, where she was responsible for the Villa’s Rapid Re-housing services for homeless families. As coordinator of the Housing Resource Center, Perez will lead efforts to provide prevention and rapid re-housing services.
Capitol Financial Solutions recently hired Bo Grant as brokerage manager. Grant will be involved in personal production, recruiting and contribute to the organization’s brokerage arm, a growing financial services firm which provides a dynamic open architecture of financial service offerings. Grant has a previous career spanning nearly two decades in construction materials and is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He resides in Glen Allen with his wife Emily and daughter Ginny Claire, a student at Holman Middle School.
Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center were recently named among the top hospitals in the nation, and the only two in Virginia, for inpatient cardiovascular services by Thomson Reuters, an industry leader in health care data. The Bon Secours hospitals are honored for superior clinical outcomes, a recognition based on a comprehensive review measuring key areas that include mortality, complications, readmission rates, length of stay and costs. The study, in its thirteenth year, singled out 50 top hospitals among hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The performance of the top 50 hospitals exceeds average outcomes indicated by: better risk-adjusted survival rates (23% fewer deaths for bypass surgeries); lower complication indices (40% lower rate of heart failure complications); fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days; shorter hospital visits and lower costs; and increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries. In addition to recognition from Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades recently recognized Memorial Regional Medical Center, ranking it Virginia’s number one Overall Cardiac Program. HealthGrades also named St. Mary’s Hospital as the number one Cardiac Surgery Program in Virginia.
Hawthorne Healing Arts, a multidisciplinary natural health and wellness center, recently opened at 7400 Brook Rd., Suite 201. Partners Craig T. Fasullo, N.D., and Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac., offer Naturopathic and Chinese medical care in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. For more information, call 266-3104 or visit http://www.hawthornehealingarts.com .
St. Joseph’s Villa recently announced that it will begin an after-school program at Lakeside Elementary School, 6700 Cedar Croft St., in early January 2012. The new program will operate from the end of the school day until 6:30 p.m. each night. Each day's program will include snack time, recreational activities and dedicated time for homework. Lewis Children's Center is a full-service child development center on the campus of St. Joseph's Villa. Founded in 1982, the program can accommodate, but was not created for, children with special needs. Children with special needs account for less than 10% of the center's population. Parents seeking more information about the program should contact Lewis Children's Center at 553-3244.
Romp n’ Roll will celebrate BabyPalooza Jan. 9-15. All children, ages 3-18 months, and their grown-ups, are invited to try RNR’s baby and toddler classes and open gym for free all week at the Midlothian, Mechanicsville and West End (9677 W. Broad St.) locations. Space is limited. Call 420-4100 to register. Class times and descriptions are available at http://www.rompnroll.com .
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of 2203 Perl Rd. The Wilton Companies purchased the approximately 12,924 square feet office/warehouse property from Mary C. Bradshaw for $515,000 as an investment.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Long Floors – leased 48,240 square feet at 2801 Hermitage Rd.; Dynamex, Inc. – renewed its lease of 10,000 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building III at 9878-9898 Mayland Dr.; Goodwill Industries – renewed its lease of 6,958 square feet at 6202 W. Broad St.; Tru Power Corp. – renewed its lease of 3,576 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building I at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; Zinga Frozen Yogurt – leased 2,346 square feet in the Shops at Willow Lawn at 1700 Willow Lawn Dr.
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.
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.
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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Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress
The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.
Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.
On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.
‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.
Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.
In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.
So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.
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CalendarNorthstar Academy, located at 8055 Shrader Rd., will host an Open Caboose event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nine spots remain for the 2014-15 school year. Northstar Academy is… Full text