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Arts and crafts specialty retailer Michaels will open its new store at White Oak Village, 4531 S. Laburnum Ave., on May 20 at 10 a.m. Key departments such as jewelry, scrapbooking and kids have been expanded and re-organized for easy shopping. A card-making event will be held during the grand opening and craft supplies will be donated to a local Starlight Children’s Foundation chapter. A week-long celebration with giveaways is also planned. The store is approximately 20,486 square feet and employs more than 60 people. For more information, visit http://www.michaels.com.

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Comcast recently opened a new Xfinity Service Center at the existing customer service center location at 5401 Staples Mill Rd. Designed around the needs and feedback of customers, the newly renovated retail store features a new queuing system that provides Comcast customers with an opportunity to explore, learn about and interact directly with Xfinity products and services at kiosks rather than waiting in line for service. Other features include flat screen televisions and a 3D TV set and glasses that allow customers to experience 3D viewing. The Xfinity Service Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Curves women's gyms in the Richmond area will give a free 30-day membership to any non-member who visits a club throughout National Women's Health Week, May 13-19. Area gyms will hold week-long Open House events to encourage interested women to check out their local club, pick up free health information, ask questions, get a free fitness assessment and take advantage of the free 30-day membership offer. Visitors may also sign up to attend a special program on National Curves Day, May 17, featuring messages from health experts and fun activities designed to raise awareness of small, practical steps women can take to get healthy. Locations in Henrico include: Curves of Glen Allen - 10278 Staples Mill Rd., 756-2002; and Curves of Richmond - 5623 W. Broad St., 288-1300.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Genghis Grill – leased 3,999 square feet at The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive; and Followmedia Consulting, LLC – leased 1,500 square feet at 4907 Fitzhugh Ave.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The Mega Challah Bake will come to the Chabad Community Synagogue at 212 N. Gaskins Rd. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join women of all ages for an evening of Jewish unity, pride and inspiration. Experience the holy, ancient art of Challah braiding and bake delicious Challah bread together. No experience or baking skills necessary. All ingredients and utensils provided. Ages 12+. Cost is $18 to $25. To register, call 740-2000 ext. 0 or visit http://www.chabadofva.org. Full text

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