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Nominations sought for annual Business Excellence Awards

The deadline for nominations to the 27th annual Business Excellence Awards is noon tomorrow.

The awards, which are put on by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the City of Richmond, honour Richmond businesses.

This year's awards gala takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Vancouver Airport Conference Resort.

The categories include:

  • Business Ethics Award,
  • Excellence in Business, with categories for enterprise and master,
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, with categories for emerging and established businesses,
  • Newsmaker of the Year,
  • Chamber Leader,
  • Distinguished Business Leader,
  • Community Champion.

Nomination forms are available at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce or at richmondreview.com.

For information, call 604-278-2822.


Maritime Fest starts Friday

The Richmond Maritime Festival is coming to Britannia Heritage Shipyard this Friday through Sunday.

The event will give visitors the chance to see all manner of maritime exhibits, such as boat restoration, model boat building, net making and mending and rope making.

At least a dozen boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including a 1930s rum-runner, historic fishing boats and old powerboats from the '40s and '50s.

The event kicks off Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Richmond Maritime Festival, call 604-718-8050. Britannia Heritage Shipyard is at 5180 Westwater Dr.


Trio sought in home invasion

Three young Caucasian men are being sought by the Richmond RCMP in connection with a violent home invasion Monday night around dinner time.

Around 7:40 p.m., police responded to a home on the 7600 block of No. 4 Road following a 911 call.

A 32-year-old man told them that three men had broke into his home and held a knife to his throat.

The victim, who had been asleep prior to hearing the knocking at his front door, managed to break free and call police.

The trio fled the home in a vehicle which had been stolen from Vancouver earlier that day.

A 1985 grey Toyota van was found, with the engine running, abandoned on Bridge Street.

The men are described as:

  • about five feet 10 inches tall, with short brown hair and wearing a powder blue shirt,
  • more than five feet tall, with a white tank top and wearing a red bandana,
  • a man of unknown height wearing a red checkered shirt and khaki pants.

Anyone with information about his home invasion is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-207-4764 or CrimeStoppers.

Investigators said the home invasion may have been prompted by a search for drugs.


Caught on video

Richmond RCMP are looking for this man, shown wearing a yellow jacket, baseball cap and with a goatee, in connection with 40 vehicle break-ins Tuesday night in various residential parkades.

The images are from a surveillance camera.

Police have already received tips from the public since releasing the images on Wednesday, and are following up.

One Richmond condo resident who contacted The Richmond Review Thursday said his underground parkade has been targeted four times since June 19, with three vehicles hit each night. On the last occasion less than a month ago, a security guard chased a man with a goatee by foot, but he got away.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 604-669-8477.


Maritime Festival to set sail

Exhibits and entertainment to showcase local sea-faring heritage

The community's sea-going heritage will be the subject of celebrations next weekend when the Richmond Maritime Festival weighs anchor.

The family oriented event at Britannia Heritage Shipyard (5180 Westwater Drive) will give you the opportunity to see all manner of maritime exhibits, such as boat restoration, model boat building, net making and mending and rope making.

"We're going to showcase some of those maritime traditions that the city has grown up with," said Bryan Klassen of Britannia Shipyard.

Klassen said the family event is meant to follow the successful Tall Ships Festival in Richmond two years ago.

"It's building on that celebration of our maritime heritage."

At least a dozen boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including a 1930s rum-runner, historic fishing boats and old powerboats from the '40s and '50s.

There will also be live entertainment with Celtic music, storytelling, Japanese fish printing, and other traditional maritime activities to try your hand at.

Plus the water will showcase a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure.

The event kicks off Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Events in the park are free. Admission to the docks to view the boats is $2 per person and $5 per family.

For more information about the Richmond Maritime Festival, call 604-718-8050.


Drivers warned, three strikes and you're out!

Drivers in Richmond, and the rest of the Lower Mainland, who speed will be targets of a speed awareness initiative starting Monday (Aug. 16) and lasting until September.

The "Three Strikes-You're Out!" campaign is a partnership between Richmond Speed Watch Volunteers, Richmond RCMP and ICBC. It is aimed at drivers who refuse to slow down even after repeated warnings about their speed.

Speed Watch volunteers, who are members of the public dedicated to traffic safety, will be manning speed reader boards on various roads and highways during the course of the campaign. Motorists will be given two chances to review their speed and to slow down if they are driving above the speed limit.

Drivers who fail to slow down after the two warnings will be issued an appropriate violation ticket by police waiting at the third checkpoint.

"Reminding drivers to slow down and use their road sense helps to reduce crashes and fatalities, making our roads safer for everyone," said ICBC loss prevention co-ordinator Alex Lee.

The program is part of the summer "It wouldn't kill you to slow down" campaign coordinated by ICBC's Fraser Valley loss prevention team.

Tragically, last year in the Fraser Valley 110 people were killed in vehicle crashes.

Unsafe speed was a leading cause in many of those deaths.


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