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Virginia Eye Institute is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Cataract Mission program, an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers work with the program each year and the program has donated over 240 surgeries to date. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. Qualified candidates may call 287-4905 to request an application.
WTVR Channel 6, the Better Housing Coalition and Woodfin are currently accepting nominations for its second annual “A Warmer Winter,” a public service effort to bring a new furnace to a family in need in Metro Richmond. Nominations should include a description of why a family or friend deserves a new home heating system. Forms can be obtained at http://www.wtvr.com/warmerwinter or http://www.askwoodfin.com and will be accepted through Jan. 13, 2013.
K2 Trophies and Awards, an online trophy retailer, recently purchased a 50,000 square foot building on Jacque Street in Henrico as its new headquarters. The building previously served as the home of Binswanger Glass. K2 Trophies and Awards has been leasing space nearby on Dabney Road but outgrew the space and will move into its new location in March. The company was founded in 2002 and is led by President Charlie Moss.
HHHunt Communities has announced its newest community in Henrico, Westin Estates. Located near Short Pump, Westin Estates will feature custom homes on one-acre plus wooded lots. Home prices start in the upper $500,000s. The first phase of development includes 24 lots and construction of new homes will begin in early 2013. HHHC has developed other communities near Short Pump including Wellesley, Wyndham and Twin Hickory. For more information, including community maps and plans, visit http://www.hhhuntcommunities.com/community/westin/index.php .
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Peebles – renewed its lease of 59,524 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Road; MAACO – leased 9,510 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St.; American Family Fitness – leased 6,345 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr. to serve as their corporate office headquarters; Lynch & Associates – renewed its lease of 2,193 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; and Fresh and Press – leased 1,120 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7574 W. Broad St.
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has hired David Bass as public relations manager, Veronica Boyett as conference specialist, Jennifer Harris as business development associate and Amalia Melis as marketing and communications manager. Bass is responsible for leading strategies for VSCPA public and media relations and community outreach programs. Boyett will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and will work on other educational programs and events. Harris is responsible for creating high-value partnerships to benefit members and affiliated organizations. Melis will lead the strategies for VSCPA marketing and communications efforts as well as brand and social media management.
Sally Green, first vice president and COO of The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will be the guest in a C-Suite Conversation Jan. 16 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision-makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Robins School Senior Associate Dean Richard Coughlan will interview Green. The program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://tiny.cc/csuitegreen011613 .
Cliff Hamner has joined the Commercial Property Services team at Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as a senior portfolio manager. Hamner has over 20 years of experience in property management, including multi-family, retail, office, industrial and office-medical properties. He recently worked for Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to moving to Richmond, was a regional property manager for Weingarten Realty in Raleigh, N.C., where he oversaw a portfolio totaling over 3.3 million square feet of retail and industrial. He has also worked for Craig Davis Properties in Cary, NC.
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.
The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
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