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Business in brief

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event will be held Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Anthem, 2015 Staples Mill Rd. This social, after work event will feature table top exhibitors, refreshments, door prizes and networking opportunities. Tickets are $15 to $20 for members and $30 to $40 for nonmembers. For more information on exhibiting or attending, call Christy Schneider at 783-9322 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently announced that Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, co-founder of the Richmond-based IT company CapTech Consulting and member of United Way’s Board of Directors since 2004, will serve as the chair of the 2011 annual fundraising campaign. In his role as chair, Fitz-Hugh will lead the 13-member Campaign Cabinet, and the community, in raising at least $17.5 million over the next year for United Way, its partner agencies and impact initiatives. In 2010-11, United Way exceeded its fundraising goal achieving a total of $17.5 million. The United Way fundraising campaign brings together the region’s public and private sectors to support the most vulnerable members of the community. More than 40,000 individuals and more than 1,200 public and private companies, agencies and schools around the region participate in the campaign each year.
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Martin’s Food Markets announced recently that they will be collecting donations in all stores on behalf of the American Red Cross through Sept. 26. All proceeds will benefit local American Red Cross chapters to assist families who continue to struggle with basic necessities and cleanup efforts as a result of Hurricane Irene and recent flooding. Customers can make a donation at checkout.
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Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named among the top 20 in this year’s “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list for meeting the needs of working mothers and offering family friendly benefits for working parents. This is the 14th year Bon Secours has been named a top company, first making the list in 1998. The number one demand of working moms in 2011, according to “Working Mother,” is flexibility. Bon Secours was recognized for its flexible work arrangements including job sharing, compressed work weeks, telecommuting, flexible summer schedules and start times, phased retirement and full benefits with a part-time schedule of just 16 hours a week. Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s workforce is 85% female. Applicants were judged on answers to 650 questions including data on access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, child care, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. For more information, visit http://www.workingmother.com/bestcompanies .
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Securitas Incorporated – leased 2,000 square feet in Dabney Road Center, 2095 Dabney Rd.; Spirit Halloween Superstores – leased 9,736 square feet in Parham Plaza, 1501-1567 N. Parham Rd.; La Cabana Restaurant – leased 1,212 square feet in East Towne Plaza, 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and Organic Cleaners – leased 1,200 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

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.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


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.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

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.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


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.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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