Business in brief
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 Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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