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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.
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Community

RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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