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Alan Wurtzel, former CEO of Circuit City Stores, will speak about his experiences leading a consumer electronics and appliances organization on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium. Wurtzel joined Circuit City in 1966 as vice president of legal affairs and served as CEO from 1972-86. More recently, he has been a trustee of Virginia Commonwealth University and member of the Virginia Board of Education and State Council for Higher Education. He also served on the boards of Dollar Tree Stores and Office Depot. Wurtzel is the first speaker in the 2012-13 Robins Executive Speaker Series. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/d93jr5p.

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United Methodist Family Services has won the inaugural Carol S. Fox “Making Kids Count” award from Voices for Virginia’s Children. The award is named after Carol Fox, a Voices founder, long-time board member and tireless advocate for children. The award is given in recognition of exemplary efforts to better the lives of Virginia’s children. Winners will be honored at an evening reception on Oct. 23 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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Lindsey Floyd, of Richmond, has joined Rappaport Retail Brokerage as a leasing and brokerage representative specializing in the Richmond retail real estate market. Formerly with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Floyd’s tenant representation clients currently include Jimmy John’s, Verizon, Smoothie King and The Little Gym. She also handles landlord representation, pre-development leasing and land sales.

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Sonic Drive-In has launched Limeades for Learning, a five-week program that puts Sonic donation dollars in the hands of voters to support public schools. Sonic has partnered with DonorsChoose.org and the program allows the public to vote online at http://www.limeadesforlearning.com for their favorite public school classroom projects and direct more than a half million dollars in Sonic donations. Anyone with a valid email address can vote online once per day. In addition, customers can visit their local Sonic and receive two extra votes via special bag stickers with any purchase.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 1600 Willow Lawn Dr. in Henrico. FM1 LLC purchased the approximately 5,000 square foot office property from Feed More, Inc. for $550,000 as an investment. John G. Myers, Jr. of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of an office condominium located within Springfield Professional Center at 4424 Springfield Rd. in Henrico. Seltzer Realty LLC purchased the approximately 1,900 square foot condo from Stuart Kirkland for $237,000 and will operate their business, Groundforce IT, at this location. Mac Wilson of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of the former Friendly’s restaurant property located at 10601 Patterson Ave. in Henrico. SDC I Patterson LLC, an affiliate of Morgan Property Group based in Charlotte, NC, purchased the approximately 3,573 square foot building from O ICE LLC for $1,125,000 as an investment. Bruce Bigger of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > Read more.
Community

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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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Henrico County will hold its monthly sale of unclaimed, forfeited and surplus property on March 7 (Henrico residents and taxpayers) and March 8 (general public) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4323 Carolina Ave. Items for sale generally include office furniture, supplies and old computer equipment. All sales final. For details, call the Surplus Hotline at 501-5660 (option 3) or visit http://www.henrico.us/purchasing/surplus-sales. Full text

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