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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘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.
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.
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