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 threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.
Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.
The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.
Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.
The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
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