Business in brief

Equity Concepts, a Richmond-based financial services firm with offices in Henrico County and Carytown, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1991 by Michael Thaler, the firm started off as a two-person operation that has now expanded to two area offices, as well as two additional associate firms in Altoona, Penn. The company serves more than 2,000 households and oversees approximately $800 million in assets. It recently was ranked sixth on this year’s Richmond BizSense annual list of area wealth and asset management companies. Thaler has also established his own nonprofit, Effective Ministries, Inc. (EMI), also known as The LINK. The LINK oversees partnerships and projects that meet the physical and spiritual needs of the communities it serves in Richmond and Niger, Africa. > Read more.

82-year-old man struck, killed by vehicle on Quioccasin Road

OCT. 27 – An 82-year-old Henrico man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Quioccasin Road early Thursday morning.

The victim, Luis Franco, was struck by a Toyota SUV near the intersection of Quioccasin and Westridge Road shortly before 7 a.m. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. > Read more.

Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning. > Read more.

Business in brief

David Posner, president of Royal Productions, has announced the sale of three Richmond-area home shows – the Richmond Home Show (October 8-9, RIR Complex), the Virginia Home Show (January 28-29, 2017, Meadow Event Park), and the Richmond Home & Garden Show (March 3-5, 2017, RIR Complex) – to Marketplace Events, LLC effective immediately. Royal Productions has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show which was held recently at the Richmond Raceway Complex and also produces the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show. > Read more.

Middle school redistricting process to be delayed

The start of a redistricting process that could alleviate crowded conditions at Hungary Creek Middle School is on hold for another seven months or so while Henrico County Public Schools officials first consider the possible implementation of new instructional programs at the middle school level.

The Henrico School Board had hoped to begin the redistricting process this fall, but Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Beth Teigen told the board last week that it wouldn't make sense to start yet. That's because officials are weighing the possibility of establishing special "academies" at some middle schools to provide focused instruction in several topics – potentially including leadership, coding and/or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). > Read more.

HBL to supply students with classroom essentials

The Henrico Business Leaders organization is conducting its annual school supply drive to benefit its partner school of the last three years, Hermitage High School.

HBL members are collecting pens, pencils, highlighters, index cards and other typical classroom materials for students who cannot afford to buy their own items, so that those students will be properly equipped when the school year begins next month.

The drive is taking place through the end of August, and supplies will be distributed to Hermitage Aug. 22. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Virginia Center Commons will host the annual Mall-o-ween event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This safe, indoor alternative to traditional outdoor Halloween activities will offer free mall-wide trick-or-treating for the whole family to enjoy. Participating stores will have a special pumpkin flyer posted in their store-front window (while supplies last). For details, call 266-9000 or visit or Full text

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