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Greg Cuenin, of Midlothian, recently joined MetLife Bank as a reverse mortgage consultant for the Richmond region. Prior to joining MetLife Bank, Cuenin worked as an area director at MetLife Home Loans for 13 years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Education and is currently president of the Richmond Mortgage Bankers Association.
Local nonprofit organization Shop RVA will host the Local Moguls Social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 23 at The Tobacco Company, 1201 E. Cary St. The gathering was created to give thanks to Richmond’s local business owners for bringing creativity and uniqueness to the city. The celebration will include guest speakers from the area, networking opportunities with other business owners and learning more about Shop RVA. All of this and more will be offered in an informal environment with hors d’oeuvres provided by The Tobacco Company. For more information, visit http://www.weshoprva.com .
Riad Moroccan Grill recently leased 9,959 square feet in Gold’s Gym Plaza, 8902 W. Broad St. in Henrico. ABC Board – Property Management Services has renewed its lease of 4,473 square feet in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1370 Gaskins Rd. in Henrico. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.
Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center recently partnered with Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions (OWLS) to expand its offerings to corporate and association clients in Central Virginia OWLS’ corporate development and team building programs are designed to help employees, managers and executives develop and hone important business-related skills, such as motivating others, goal alignment, taking calculated risks and communicating within a group while enjoying a guaranteed return on investment. The facility also recently appointed Chris Moore as guest service manager. Moore will be responsible for overseeing the hotel’s front office, including day-to-day management of Wyndham ByRequest®, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand’s guest recognition program. He brings more than seven years of operations experience to his new position.
The Jeanette and Harry Snipes Team, along with Greg Baron at Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes in Glen Allen, recently were honored with the Richmond Association of Realtors' distinguished achiever silver award for 2010. In addition, Jeanette Snipes was recognized with an award for her 20 consecutive years as a Distinguished Achiever.
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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