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Exit First International recently announced that The Marc Austin Highfill Team of Exit First Realty in Glen Allen, has been ranked fourth out of more than 40,000 Exit Realty Agents worldwide for closed sales in 2012. The team was ranked first out of 500 Exit First agents in Virginia for total sales volume and listings in 2012. In addition, Richmond Association of Realtors named The Marc Austin Highfill Team in the top 10 for sales and listings among all real estate brokerages in the Richmond area.

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Entrepreneurs Scott Wagner and Gil Grattan have launched their newest project, MosquitoGO, an innovative new approach in the growing exterior pest control market. The company will primarily serve residential customers, though it will also offer services geared towards businesses and special events. MosquitoGO’s offerings include barrier sprays, natural alternative mosquito treatments and tick control protocols aimed at controlling pest populations around homes. For more information, visit http://www.gomosquitogo.com .

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Richmond area resident Matt Whitely, customer service manager at Allegra in Richmond, recently was recognized with a Gold Milestone Award by the Allegra Network franchise system for his outstanding sales achievement in 2012. This annual award is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service. Allegra in Richmond is a full-service marketing communications provider.

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Les Davis, a native and resident of Richmond, and his wife Claudia have opened the only TCBY self-service frozen yogurt franchise in Henrico at 9468 W. Broad St. They chose to open the store primarily because it is an established brand and also because their location is a storefront on West Broad Street. The Davises used BoeFly for their start-up SBA loan. The Davises have an entrepreneurial background; before retiring in the early 2000s, they sold the company they founded, Focus Packaging, which produced packaging for products such as Irish Spring soap and Crest and Colgate toothpaste.

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Virginia Interventional Psychiatry, Richmond’s first outpatient TMS therapy treatment center for depression, opened in Glen Allen this month. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for depression of patients who have not found relief from antidepressants, are unable to or do not want to take typical antidepressants. Rather than electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS therapy has very little side effects; the patient remains awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. For more information, call 464-8471 or visit http://www.viptms.com .

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Costen Floors, located in western Henrico, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in the flooring business. A family-run business, it was founded in 1948 as Costen Lumber Company by Ralph L. Costen, Sr. Now serving at the head of the reins is Ralph (Tripp) L. Costen, III, while Ralph L. Costen, Jr. presides as CEO. The company will be celebrating their 65-year history with various sales throughout 2013.
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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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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.

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‘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.

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