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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

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

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