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The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee will host the 37th annual Legislative Reception to kick off the 2012 General Assembly Session on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UNOS, 700 N. 4th St. The reception will honor Capital Region legislators and local officials from the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, including Henrico. Registration by Dec. 28 is $80 per person. Payment after Dec. 29 and at the door is $95 per person. Free parking is available in the UNOS surface lot, UNOS deck (levels 1 and 2) and the Jackson Street lot across from the UNOS building. For more information or to register, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.grcc.com.

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Ann S. Albrecht recently joined Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer as director of human resources. Albrecht will be responsible for defining and aligning the firm’s human resource strategy with its business strategy at all levels. She has 20 years of hands-on experience in human resources, as well as tactical operations, talent acquisition and management and organizational and strategic development. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and formerly worked for Federated Department Stores, Primedia, Inc., Plow & Hearth, LLC and 1800flowers.com.

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The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) recently presented its J. Curtis Hall Award to Jane G. Watkins, president and CEO of Virginia Credit Union. The annual award recognizes a community leader who has devoted time and energy to the cause of economic literacy in Virginia schools. The award is named for J. Curtis Hall, a retired professor and former dean of the VCU School of Business, who founded the VCEE and devoted his life to enhancing the quality of economic education in Virginia. Watkins was recognized at the organization’s annual board meeting in December. Under her leadership, Virginia Credit Union has actively promoted financial literacy among elementary, middle and high school students and others. A financial supporter of the VCEE for many years, Virginia Credit Union is a sponsor of the VCEE’s high school initiative and Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Watkins has served on the Board of the Virginia Council on Economic Education since 2001.

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Parham Doctors’ Hospital, home of The Orthopaedic Hospital, recently was named the Best Hospital for Orthopaedics in Virginia by HealthGrades, the industry’s leading independent quality ratings organization. Parham Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, was rated among the top five percent in the nation for orthopedic care, best in Virginia for orthopaedics and best in Richmond for joint replacement for six years in a row (2007-2012). The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications. HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes - risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications – and its analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores – leased 19,000 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; LCA Vision, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,740 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10571 Old Telegraph Rd.; Design Line Remodelers, Inc. – leased 2,542 square feet at 3615 Mayland Ct.; and Mount Rich Media – leased 1,732 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Henrico County Community Revitalization will present a free home maintenance workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. The topic will be “Outdoor Improvements.” Learn how to take care of decks and patios, how to properly paint indoor and outdoor spaces, how to design a landscape that works for you, and how to prepare your yard for spring. The workshop features local experts, practical hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and light refreshments. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For details, call 501-7640 or visit http://www.henrico.us/revit. Full text

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