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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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