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David M. Smith, of Richmond, recently was promoted to senior vice president of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer, located in Henrico. Smith has been with Thalhimer since 1989. He specializes in medical and retail sales and leasing, as well as site sales for high-density and mixed-use residential development. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Home Building Association of Richmond.

Family-owned Tuckaway Child Development Centers has announced its newest location in Varina, at the intersection of Midview and New Market Roads, to open in June. Located on five acres just ten minutes from downtown Richmond, the center has two in-ground pools with swimming lessons and other family events. The school will be led by Director Stacie Price, a graduate of Cambridge College in Boston and former teacher in the Richmond Public Schools system. Ashley Gordon will be the assistant director. For information on open house dates, enrollment specials and employment, visit http://www.tuckaway.cc .

The Central Virginia chapter of the American Cancer Society recently was awarded a $5,000 grant by The Willis Foundation, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with Willis Group Holdings, a global insurance broker with operations in Virginia. The donation was in honor of Jim Kitchin, Managing Partner of Virginia operations, who lost his battle with brain cancer in Nov. 2010. A check was presented to Patricia Jackson, Area Executive Director of the ACS, in the Willis of Virginia, Inc. office in Innsbrook.

Ken Wilcox, a solutions specialist with The Oracle/Sun User Group, recently gave a live presentation of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, the industry’s first converged hardware management solution for Oracle’s Sun environments, at the Genworth Financial Building. During the demonstration, Wilcox explored inventory and discovery, provisioning (OS and Firmware), virtualization management, patch management and compliance reporting. To learn more about how OEM Ops Center can improve the efficiency of IT operations, call 800-820-5592, ext. 9164 or visit http://www.oracle.com .

Tami Wyrick, executive director of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, recently participated in a certification program sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council and the National Crime Prevention Association. The program helps to train and enhance the skills of those within the crime prevention field and it provides the much needed and long-awaited national recognition of their professional expertise and experience. The program is open to all qualified law enforcement and crime prevention practitioners.

Lisa Bainbridge was recently appointed catering sales manager at The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen. She will be responsible for overseeing the catering market segment for the hotel, which consists of weddings, banquets and other social events. Prior to joining Wyndham Virginia Crossings, Bainbridge worked in various catering positions in the Richmond market, including catering sales manager at the Hilton Short Pump and event and catering manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
recently was honored as Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ Count On Me! Committee of the Year for 2010. The committee demonstrated exceptional performance through its sustainability initiatives and education; associate safety training and audits; active involvement in the community with locally based Northside Free Market and the Hanover County Animal Shelter; regular associate events and recognition initiatives; improved business results; and increased guest satisfaction.

The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB) recently honored individuals in the travel and tourism industry who have made a positive impact on the industry regionally. Brian Mitchell of Comfort Suites at Virginia Center Commons received the 2011 Easy to Love Customer Service Award for his work as a guest service representative. He was congratulated for his willingness to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to make sure that hotel guests are happy.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

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