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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance.

4 Henrico residents among Allen & Allen’s ‘Hometown Heroes’

Four Henrico residents are among the 2015 class of 50 "Hometown Heroes," as selected by the Allen & Allen personal injury law firm. The firm began the program in 2010 to honor local acts of kindness and heroism in the Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg regions, where it has offices.

The Henrico winners are Robert Bell, Jr., Shaw Blackmon, Kimberly Braine-Tillem and Patricia Clement. They and the other 46 winners will be recognized July 17 at the Fridays After Five concert in Fredericksburg; July 21 at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game in Richmond; and July 29 at the Celebrate Virginia Live concert in Charlottesville.

Lakeside introduces “Bike-Friendly Saturdays” discount program

The Lakeside Business Association has partnered with Bike Walk RVA, a program of Sports Backers, to bring the region's first permanent bike-friendly business district to Lakeside in northern Henrico. Lakeside builds upon the temporary bike friendly business district in another Northside neighborhood, Bellevue, which was established to celebrate National Bike Month this past May.

Twenty-one businesses along Lakeside Avenue are participating in "Bike-Friendly Saturdays" by offering discounts, free merchandise and other promotions for anyone who arrives by bike on a Saturday. A full list of participating businesses and details about their offers can be found at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zu7XOTYB4GCY.kc-An3x79a5s&usp=sharing.

Bon Secours begins use of da Vinci Xi

Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently became the first hospital system in the Central Virginia region to acquire the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System, providing surgeons with real-time visualization, greater dexterity and precision during minimally invasive robotics procedures.

The next-generation robotic surgical system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for highly complex, multi-quadrant surgeries in which instruments must be able to reach up and down and across large areas of the body, such as the abdomen or chest.

Henrico Business Bash attracts more than 60

Bill Eastman of Richmond Biz Live talking with an attendee

The Henrico Citizen and T3 Media, LLC hosted the Henrico Business Bash July 8 at Texas de Brazil in Short Pump, and more than 60 attendees participated in business networking and heard from speakers representing Synapse, Yelp! Richmond, Zuula Consulting, Richmond Biz Live, Richmond Bubble Soccer and the Henrico Christmas Mother program. Bill Eastman of Richmond Biz Live, a weekly business radio show on WLEE-990 AM, sponsored the event.

Business in brief

Orangetheory Fitness will locate its first Richmond-area studio in The Corner at Short Pump, located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and West Broad Street in the Far West End. The high-intensity interval fitness franchise has opened three studios in Virginia so far and has several more sites in development. The Short Pump studio will celebrate its grand opening in late September.

Dominion offering $50 for your old refrigerator or freezer

Are you one of the many people who keeps an old refrigerator or freezer in your garage as a back-up or extra appliance? Did you know that it could be adding more than $100 to your annual energy bill?

Through its new Residential Appliance Recycling Program, Dominion Virginia Power is making it easier for customers to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers. Dominion will pick up and recycle appliances at no cost and customers will receive a $50 incentive for participating.

“Refrigerator efficiency has improved dramatically in the past 20 years,” said Ken Barker, vice president of Technical Solutions at Dominion.

‘NuckolsPlace’ shopping center planned in Far West End

A new shopping center will sprout at the intersection of Nuckols Road and Twin Hickory Road in Henrico's Far West End.

NuckolsPlace will sit on 15 acres surrounding an existing Walgreens store and will feature about 90,000 square feet of what developers are terming high-end retail. Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc. sold the site to Nuckols Place VFI, L.C., for $8.1 million, the companies announced Thursday. A Ukrop's grocery store had been planned for the site years ago, but then the company was sold to Martin's in 2010.

Business in brief

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital recently received prestigious designations from several national organizations that rate the quality of cardiac care in hospitals throughout the United States. Becker’s Hospital Review has named Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital to the 2014-15 edition of its list of “100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs.” The hospitals in this list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic health care based on results from several nationally known ranking and award agencies. St. Mary’s has earned the prestigious “3 Star” Rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS developed a comprehensive rating system that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 10 percent of hospitals receive the “3 Star” rating from STS, which denotes the highest category of quality. CareChex, a national hospital and health system quality ratings service, has ranked Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital as #1 in Cardiac Surgery-Major in Virginia in 2014.

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