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Chuck Hennessey passes away

Charles "Chuck" Hennessey died this past Saturday evening after a long fight with cancer, in which he showed remarkable class, grace, positivity and courage. Chuck graduated from Gonzaga University and California College of Mortuary Science. He had been a funeral director and embalmer since 1955 and worked as the third generation owner of Hennessey-Smith Funeral Homes. The funeral home business and serving Spokane families was one of Chuck's passions and he did it very well. He was also a connoisseur of food and wine and was known throughout the Inland Empire for his knowledge of the bounty of the vine. Another of Chuck's passions was fireworks, and he was licensed in pyrotechnics. He was a world traveler who had photographic recall of where he'd been, the people he met and just about everything else about the places he visited. Chuck also had one of the best senses of humor on the planet and for years created laughter and hilarity among his friends and colleagues. He had been extremely involved with numerous local organizations, serving as president of many of them throughout the years. One of his proudest achievements is being one of the founders of St. Margaret's Hall. Chuck was married to Barbara for 27 years. His family was the delight of his life. Services are pending with Hennessey Smith in charge of arrangements. Thanks for everything Chuck. Rest in peace.

David's Pizza on the move

David's Pizza at Boone and Hamilton is gone...but not for long. The building was demolished last week to make way for a strip mall. It was actually a blessing in disguise for owner Mark Starr because he needed more space anyway. He has found a new building that's just perfect for David's Pizza in the neighborhood of the Spokane Arena at an undisclosed location. Renovations are being made and he plans to be back up and running in the next 2 to 3 months. In the meantime you can enjoy David's Pizza at Starr's other location, Famous Ed's on the South Hill at 57th and Regal. What a great name for a restaurant!

TransWellness kicks off the Mr. Universe Core Safety Challenge at K & N Electric

Merri Lou Franzella, principal at TransWellness, and Jan Schmidlekofer, CEO at K & N Electric did some brainstorming. Jan wanted to help her staff gain some core strength which in turn would help reduce company L & I Claims. Merri Lou came up with an idea of having a "core competition" amongst her employees. Jan loved it and the 1st Annual "Mr. Universe Core Safety Challenge" kicked off last Wednesday, July 27th!

The competition is similar to The Presidential Physical Fitness Awards used in our schools. The Challenge is divided up between three physical stations that are timed and logged. Internal department teams are competing against each other. Team names include, "The Fabulous Fabricators", "The Amazing Administrators", and the "Marvelous Mechanics". This is a six week challenge that happens once a week. The goal is to obtain some measurable physical results for employees and decrease injuries for K & N. Winners will receive prizes for overall winners, and Most Improved. K & N has over 30 participants right now and more wanting to join this next week. What a great way to motivate your employees!

If you are looking at a fun way to increase employee morale and motivation, while decreasing health care costs for your company, call TransWellness. Merri Lou will come in and do a company assessment and set up a plan. You can reach her at www.Transwellness.com or 509-688-7090.

Alison Roberts joins Banner Marketing

Alison Roberts has joined Banner Marketing as an assistant account manager. Ms. Roberts graduated in December 2010 from EWU (as a returning student) with an emphasis in Marketing and Communications. She previously worked as an account manager for Inland Publications and as an account executive and on-air traffic reporter for Clear Channel and Citadel Radio groups. Roberts has acted as a volunteer for the Lilac Festival, March of Dimes and served as an Ambassador for Greater Spokane, Inc.

In business since 1983, Banner Marketing helps businesses grow through integrated marketing: a combination of digital and traditional strategies. The company is headquartered in Spokane, and provides sales-driven marketing and advertising solutions across a range of industries nationally. They continuously expand their menu of services to keep ahead of the evolving needs of today's consumers. Banner integrates the right combination of digital and traditional marketing tools to reach and influence key consumers. As a result, their clients benefit from cohesive programs and experiences that translate into stronger brands, improved advertising spend and frequency, and increased sales.

The team of 40 employees is led by CEO John Dresel, and vice president of sales Shirley Griffiths. The phone number is 800-843-9271 and the website is www.bannerretail.com.

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation so Diamond Park'N Jet is helping

Diamond Park'N Jet is partnering with 2nd Harvest in August to help raise awareness about hunger in the community. To thank businesses and individuals who joint their efforts, Diamond Park'N Jet is providing free airport parking and car washes the entire month of August. Diamond Park'N Jet will also provide counter cards and posters for local businesses to display that encourage the public to donate food or cash at the Diamond Park'N Jet location. Individuals donating 3 or more cans will receive a FREE day of airport parking or a FREE car wash. Businesses that want to help by displaying the posters or counter cards will receive FREE unlimited airport parking and car washes for ALL employees during the entire month of August.

For more information, call Debra Smith at 509-389-2185 or e mail at DSmith@diamondparking.com. The website is www.Diamondpnj.com and the facebook site www.facebook.com/diamondpnj.

LaunchPad INW New Member Orientation

LaunchPad INW is hosting New Member Orientation on August 3rd from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the LaunchPad Training and Coworking Center (120 N. Stevens). The orientation will focus on the vision of LaunchPad, proper netiquette, and how to use the website as a tool in your overall strategic networking plan. It will also include some basic information about how to: complete your profile, add and respond to discussions, post blog entries, and publish events, etc. Visit www.launchpadinw.com/events/new-member-orientation-4 for more information and to RSVP.

August 11 Shoe event moved to Lincoln Center

The "If the Shoe Fits, Wear It" event that will take place August 11 has been moved to the Lincoln Center. The event which is raising 1000 pairs of shoes for disadvantaged kids in our community will feature exciting shoe musical numbers with dancers who will be wearing the latest fall shoe fashions and clothing. Live auction items will include one of a kind art shoes designed by Inland NW professional artists, shoes created by Miss Spokane and a dozen decadent edible chocolate shoes created by a local Chocolatier and more. The gala will also feature a no host bar and gourmet food and dessert samples from several local restaurants. Over 50 vendors are expected to participate in support of this first ever, community shoe drive! To register go to iftheshoefitswearit.eventbrite.com.

Inland Imaging Business Associates Receives National Technology Innovation Award

Inland Imaging Business Associates received a technology innovation award in a competition conducted by the Radiology Business Journal and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM). The results of the competition were announced in the June/July 2011 issue of the Radiology Business Journal. Inland Imaging received "Winning Entry #5" in the nationwide competition for its leading-edge work in developing a streamlined, Web-based workflow system that functions in multi-specialty clinics, hospitals and imaging centers. As a result of the implemented workflow system, radiologist productivity has increased while improving quality in report turnaround meaning physicians and patients get their imaging results more quickly. The comprehensive system includes a radiologist scheduling and credentialing component allowing patient exams to be routed to the best suited radiologist based upon their subspecialties and across multiple locations. The system also has built in peer review and other quality improvement based functionality. Criteria for the competition were innovation/ingenuity; meeting a critical, urgent, or unmet need; validating/evaluating a tool; and having the potential to be generalized to other institutions.

As a leader in diagnostic medical imaging, Inland Imaging has been providing radiology services since 1930 and is recognized for offering breakthrough imaging technology and the highest level of service delivery. The organization is comprised of more than 55 subspecialty radiologists and nearly 500 staff members. Inland Imaging interprets more than 800,000 exams and archives over 1.4 million medical imaging exams each year for medical centers, hospitals, and multi-specialty clinics. The company serves physicians and patients throughout the western United States through free-standing imaging centers, radiology service contracts, business services and information technology services. The website is www.inlandimaging.com.

Interplayers keeps 'The Miracle' going

Patty Duke's 'The Miracle Worker' will be brought back to Interplayers Professional Theatre by popular demand for 12 performances August 26 through September 4. Sarah Denison won Best Actress for her performance as Annie Sullivan in Jim Kershner's critic's awards published in the Spokane Spokesman-Review. The show also stars ten year old Sophia Caruso who does an amazing job playing Helen Keller and Patrick Treadway as her father Col. Keller. Rebecca Cook has been named associate director of this staging of the William Gibson classic.

All seats are $24 and may be purchased from the Interplayers box office at 455-7529 or through Ticketswest at 1-800-325-7328 or www.ticketswest.com. Dates for the revival are Aug 26, 27 (2 shows), 28, 30, 31, Sept 1, 2, 3 (2 shows), Sept 4 (2 shows). The theatre is located at 174 S. Howard Street in downtown Spokane.

In a first for Interplayers, the play will be filmed by Hamilton Studio for a potential documentary project. The production is sponsored by the Hotel Ruby.

Auction to benefit Shane Reilly

Last March, a shooting took place in Spokane, leaving 27-year-old Shane Reilly fighting for his life. Over the past several months, Shane has made a remarkable recovery due to incredibly hard work and the support of his loving family and friends. He may soon be leaving his long-term care facility to go to his parents home, but many costs are involved in getting his home handicapped accessible.

There is a live and silent auction event planned to benefit NTAF Northwest Spinal Cord Injury Fund in honor of Shane this Friday, August 5, from 7-10pm at the Knights of Columbus, 302 E Boone Ave in Spokane. The goal is to raise $50,000 to help remodel Shane's home and purchase a handicapped accessible van.

Admission to the auction is $10, which includes appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine will be available with all proceeds benefitting NTAF in honor of Shane. If you would like to donate and are unable to attend the auction, you can visit www.ntafund.org and enter 'Shane Reilly' in the 'find a patient' section of the homepage.

First Friday at the Flour Mill

A very special art exhibit will take place this First Friday for artist Sandi Ashton. Ashton is the 87-year-old mother of Wonders of the World owner Pamela Barclay. Ashton is an award-winning artist originally from Phoenix, Arizona and now resides in Spokane who has sold over a thousand paintings in the 1970's and 80's. At the peak of her career, she worked in six mediums. She has also published three books.

Samples of her work in various mediums as well as her books will be on display at a Retrospective Art Show this Friday, August 5, from 5 to 8pm at the Flour Mill, 621 W Mallon. Refreshments will be provided.

Free Tai Chi and Qi Gong seminar

The Manito Park Bench Cafe is partnering with Chinese Culture House to host a free 6-session Tai Chi and Qi Gong seminar. It will be held at the Manito Park Bench Cafe, beginning Thursday, August 4th between 8:15am and 9am and will run every Thursday morning for 6 weeks. Master Steve Wang, who opened the Chinese Culture House in downtown Spokane, will be conducting the seminar and has been teaching Tai Chi for over 15 years.

The Manito Park Bench Cafe Bingo program will start Monday, August 8th, between 3pm and 4pm, and run every Monday for 6 weeks. This is a no-fee bingo, offered to paid Manito Park Bench Cafe customers only. Prizes vary from lunch meal, drinks, ice cream, Riverfront Park IMAX tickets to refillable cup.

New North Side Restaurant Opening Soon

Look for a new neighborhood restaurant opening soon in the space formerly occupied by Stadium Pizzeria at 4423 W. Wellesley, across from Joe Albi Stadium and the VA Hospital. Local business owners, Todd Phelps, and Curtis and Liz Nelson (Nelson, Phelps, Inc.) are currently renovating and updating the space to make way for the Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub. The Fieldhouse will offer a full bar, great pizza, popular sandwiches, and other selections, and will have outdoor seating. Nelson, Phelps, Inc., currently own and operate The Steelhead Bar and Grille, Morty's Tap and Grille, The Screaming Yak, and Fat Daddy's Pizza. They anticipate opening near the end of August.

Western Systems & Fabrication honored

Western Systems & Fabrication Inc., Spokane Valley, was a semifinalist for the highest Department of Defense award given to supportive employers of National Guard & Reserve members, The Freedom Award. Western Systems & Fabrications employee Scot Frazer is a platoon sergeant with the Army Reserves, and he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Frazer nominated his employer for their outstanding support to the military. Nationwide there were 4,049 nominations for the Freedom Award and only 15 companies were awarded the top honor. Western Systems was one of 148 semifinalists for the tribute.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what needs to be done and self restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Teddy Roosevelt

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