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Federal Realty Investment Trust has announced the addition of seven new retailers and restaurants at The Shops at Willow Lawn – American Tap Room, Ashley Stewart, Claire’s, Crazy 8, Red Nail 2, Tropical Smoothie Café and Yapple Yogurt. Federal Realty Investment Trust recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation to transform The Shops at Willow Lawn into an open-air lifestyle center with a full range of amenities including a community gathering space with central stage and children’s play area, new retail store fronts, inviting sidewalks and centralized parking. For more information, visit http://www.willowlawn.com.

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Phoebe Hall and Julie Cillo, partners at Hall & Hall, PLC, have been named to the Virginia “Super Lawyers” list as two of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2012. Partner Melissa VanZile was named a Rising Star. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

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Catherine Marquis has opened Marathon Therapeutics of Richmond in the Libbie Medical Center, 5700 Old Richmond Ave., Suite D18. Marquis is a licensed acupuncturist with experience in treating conditions such as gynecological and digestive disorders, knee and low back pain, headaches, stress, weight management, smoking cessation and stroke. Also a licensed massage therapist, her experience includes assisting in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of orthopedic, sports, work and occupational injuries. Hours are by appointment only, Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 573-9654 or visit http://www.marathontherapeutics.com.

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Allianz Global Assistance USA has announced that Chairman Jon Ansell and CEO Beth Godlin will join Fusion Company, a new technology venture being launched by Allianz on July 1. Incorporating the staff and resources of the former AGA Interactive Company, Fusion Company has been renamed and spun off from Allianz Global Assistance as a separate entity with Allianz as an investor. Also on July 1, AGA will welcome a new CEO, Mike Nelson. Nelson has spent over 11 years at Orbitz Worldwide and was part of the management team that launched the business. He most recently served as its president of partner services and prior to that was the global chief operating officer.

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Annemarie Young, of Henrico, recently became an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Young can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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West Cary Group, a marketing communications and advertising agency headquartered in Richmond, has been honored with a 2012 Summit Creative Award (SCA) by the Summit International Awards (SIA) organization. The firm received a silver award in the Government Website category for its redesign work on the Henrico Economic Development Authority (EDA) website, Henrico.com. Improvements were made to the site’s architecture, content and navigation so that the most sought-after information became easier for visitors to access. Additional site upgrades included an interactive map on the home page, as well as design elements that visually complemented the EDA’s new marketing materials and its digital newsletter Henrico Now—both designed by West Cary Group.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Gexpro – leased 37,180 square feet at 2522 Hermitage Rd.; Legacy Foodservice Alliance, LLC – leased 5,527 square feet in West Shore III at Wyndham at 301 Concourse Blvd.; Cingular Wireless – renewed its lease of 4,745 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Phyzique, Inc. – leased 4,370 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Roanoke Engineering Sales Co., Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,325 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Title Max of Virginia, Inc. – leased 4,000 square feet in Audubon Crossing at 4720 S. Laburnum Ave.; Marcellus Wright Cox Architects, PC – leased 3,000 square feet in Shrader Commons at 7818 Shrader Rd.; and Marriott Coach, Inc. – leased 1,040 square feet at 2506 Westwood Ave.

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Customers at MARTIN’S Food Markets have donated $12,324 through the stores’ annual Support Our Troops in-store campaign to benefit USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. From May 6 through May 19, customers were invited to donate $1 at the checkout toward their regional USO. The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities involved or supporting civilian communities. Since the inception of Support Our Troops in 2005, MARTIN’S customers have donated over $1.5 million.

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A.C. Moore will offer free craft projects for kids ages four and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, June 27 to August 15. No reservations are necessary. The program will kick-off June 27 with personalized cards for U.S. military veterans and active troops receiving treatment at V.A. hospitals. A.C. Moore is hoping to make 10,000 cards in a single day throughout all 140 locations. The store is also offering more than 220 creative crafts, keepsake treasures and summertime projects available for $1 each. Suitable for rainy days, camps or car trips, DIY projects include masks, Nicole™ Kids fun kits, camp memory books and glow necklaces. A.C. Moore locations in Henrico are: 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. (288-2430); 8524 Patterson Ave. (740-7306); and 3500 Pump Rd. (364-2852). For details, visit http://www.acmoore.com.
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Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.

Walk, ceremony to observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week

In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 2-8), and to honor victims of crime in Henrico County and raise awareness about crime victims' rights and issues, Henrico County Victim/Witness will hold a commemorative ceremony and informative walk April 5. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present banjoist Noam Pikelny at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble. In September of 2010, he was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny is a three-time Grammy Award Nominee. His next album, the purely solo endeavor “Universal Favorite” is released this month. Tickets are $32. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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