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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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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

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.
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.
Entertainment

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 University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts will present Manual Cinema’s “Mementos Mori” at 7:30 p.m. in Alice Jepson Theatre. Manual Cinema’s most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, and three screens to create a live “movie” in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling. Tickets are $17 to $34. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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