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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.

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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.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

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.
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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The Henrico County Historical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. The speaker will be Dr. Bruce M. Venter, who will discuss his new book, “Kill Jeff Davis – The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.” Venter’s major interest is Civil War cavalry with an emphasis on the career of Union general Judson Kilpatrick. He frequently lectures on the cavalry and has led bus tours on the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid, the focus of his book, “Kill Jeff Davis – The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864.” Full text

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