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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Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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