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Kroger recently opened a new fuel center location at its store at 4816 South Laburnum Avenue. The new site brings the number of centers to 53 in Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region. 
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Martin's Food Markets recently named Vicki L. Kiger as its community relations coordinator for the company’s south region, which encompasses the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities. Kroger formerly served as the director of marketing at SportsQuest and has more than 20 years of marketing and special events experience.
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The Henrico Business Council cabinet voted Nov. 17 to approve a resolution supporting the establishment of a Defense Manufacturing Zone. One of the legislative requests that Henrico County has proposed for the General Assembly session, the Defense Manufacturing Zone legislation may expand in scope to become a regional or statewide initiative. 
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Century 21 Option 1 Realty recently sent Jeff Tuck as a representative to the annual Century 21 Leadership Conference, held by Century 21 Real Estate LLC to provide its brokers, owners and managers the chance to learn about relevant real estate industry trends and new system resources. 
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Keith L. Smith, broker associate of Weichert Realtors in Glen Allen, recently was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond.  Smith has been a member of the church since 2003. 
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Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. (EVB), which is commemorating 100 years of banking at its 25 branches across Eastern Virginia in 2010,  recently donated 20 new computer systems to the public libraries in Henrico and other localities in eastern Virginia. Each of the new PCs includes a widescreen monitor and will enable local libraries to help their patrons with Internet research and more.
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Richmond-based design firm H&A Architects & Engineers donated 4,237 pounds of food for the Central Virginia FoodBank. H&A encouraged its 250 employees to donate by organizing the departments into competing teams. The electrical department in the Richmond office donated more than 2000 pounds, contributing close to half the total amount of donations. 
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Virginia Commonwealth University recently leased 3,420 square feet in the 3600 Centre, 3600 West Broad Street in Henrico County. N. Dean Meyer of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Snipes Preferred Properties recently leased 3,196 square feet in the Daniel Building, 3805 Cutshaw Avenue in Henrico County.  Brian K. Berkey and Mac Wilson of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Kipling Financial Services, LLC recently leased 3,132 square feet at 4300 South Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County.  Austin H. Newman of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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