Henrico County VA

Business in brief

Local business owners and key staff are invited to Shop RVA’s Local Moguls Social at The Tobacco Company, 1201 E. Cary St., on Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nonprofit organization Shop RVA created the informal gathering to give thanks to Richmond’s local business owners for bringing creativity and uniqueness to the city. The celebration will include guest speakers, networking opportunities, hors d’oeuvres and more information about Shop RVA. To register, visit http://www.weshoprva.com .
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Stewart D. Roberson, the former superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools, recently was chosen as the next chairman of the board and president/chief executive officer of Moseley Architects. Roberson succeeds Robert L. “Bob” Mills, III, who will continue to actively serve the firm and its clients as a member of the board of directors. Roberson has over 30 years of experience as a public sector executive. Prior to coming to Hanover County in 1995, he spent four years as superintendent of schools in Falls Church, Va. Moseley Architects provides architectural and engineering services to the public sector.
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SeniorNavigator, a statewide resource that provides free health and community support information and guidance to seniors, caregivers and professionals has launched the disAbilityNavigator (http://www.disabilitynavigator.org) in the metro Richmond area. The site was designed by and for adults with cognitive, physical or sensory disabilities. It features several programs and services, as well as hundreds of educational articles on a variety of topics. For details, call 525-7728 or visit http://www.disabilitynavigator.org .
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Freddy Preston of Play It Again Sports, 8003 W. Broad St., recently attended the sporting goods franchisor’s annual summer meeting and trade show. In addition to sessions on perennial top market categories like fitness and baseball/softball, the program included a preview of the lacrosse market, reflecting the growing popularity of the sport. The show also brought owners up-to-date on the latest trends, regulations and market conditions both locally and nationwide so stores can remain stocked with the right items at the right time for the best price. For more information, call 527-1988 or visit http://www.playitagainsports.com .
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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College recently was awarded an $809,474 grant from the National Science Foundation for the development of new automotive courses focusing on Accident Avoidance Systems and Autonomous Controlled vehicles. As these new advanced safety systems are incorporated into vehicles, the automotive industry will need to develop and maintain qualified technicians. This new program will provide a source of educated technicians in addition to providing opportunities in these new technologies for existing technicians. For more information, visit http://www.reynolds.edu .
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St. Joseph’s Villa recently announced “Career and Transition Services” (CATS), a new integrated program to help at-risk youth. The CATS program has been evolving over the past two years and includes services to help students acquire skills for employment. The steps are: Assessment – Individual students are evaluated through computer software, personal discussions and observations to determine current skill levels, aptitudes, interests and learning styles; Plan Formation – Villa counselors work with the student to develop a systematic plan and how to acquire the skills to make that plan a reality; Classroom Instruction – A controlled classroom setting provides greater focus for skill acquisition; Work Adjustment Training – Students work on-site at one of the Villa’s five specialized work centers to use the skills and behaviors they have learned; and Off-Site Instruction – Students work with community partners including Positive Vibe Café and Old Navy stores to develop a stronger skill set in an actual work environment. The CATS program provides a comprehensive, systematic way to help train students for better lives as adults.
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled lease negotiations with the following firms: Markel Insurance Corporation – 10,450 square feet in The Park at Dickens Place, 6401 A-C Dickens Place; Brazilian Best Granite, Inc. – 9,000 square feet at 6512 W. Broad St.; Just Care – 7,144 square feet in Glen Lea Centre, 3800-3824 Mechanicsville Tnpk.; Q BBQ – 4,000 square feet in Virginia Center Station, 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy.; PayTime, Inc. – 3,072 square feet in Commerce Plaza I, 2809 Emerywood Pkwy; Northwestern Mutual – 2,405 square feet in Westerre III, 3900 Westerre Pkwy.; Club Zero – 2,272 square feet at 900-904 W. Broad St.; Yummy Chinese Restaurant – 1,943 square feet in Newbridge Square Shopping Center, 6007-6027 Nine Mile Rd.; and Snipes Preferred Properties – 1,785 square feet at 7200 Glen Forest Dr.
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St. Joseph’s Villa recently operated a Therapeutic Day Treatment Program at Highland Springs Elementary School from Nov. 1, 2010 through June 7, 2011. During this period, counselors from St. Joseph’s Villa provided support services, such as group and individual therapy sessions, at the school to help students who were exhibiting problem behaviors and were at risk of being removed from the school. Fourteen students received services. At the conclusion of the academic year, St. Joseph’s Villa surveyed parents, school staff from Henrico Schools and Communities in Schools (an independent company under contract with Henrico) and students. The research indicated: 94% of school personnel (HCPS and CIS) agree that students’ grades and behavior improved during the program; nine of eleven parents who had a child in the program said that their child’s behavior had improved during the program and six of the eleven parents said that their child’s grades had improved; 62% of students strongly agree with the statement that their grades and behaviors improved as a result of the program; and 92% of students participating in the program said that they felt better about themselves. For more information about the St. Joseph’s Villa Day Treatment programs, call Craig Hedley at 553-3226.
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The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a leading college guidebook, recently selected the University of Richmond for its 2012 edition of the 300 “best and most interesting colleges in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.” Richmond made two special lists in this year’s book for having strong programs in business and international studies. Compiled by former New York Times Education Editor Edward B. Fiske, the guidebook bases its selections primarily on academic quality. It includes information about each college’s academics, social life, student body, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities. UR has been featured by the Fiske Guide every year since the book began 25 years ago.


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Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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