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Martin’s Food Markets has completed three-month remodels of its stores located at 3460 Pump Road and at 10150 Brook Road, both in Henrico. Short Pump and Virginia Center customers will find key departments such as produce, deli, meat, and bakery have been freshened with new décor and fixtures along with an increased variety of product. Key areas such as grocery, dairy, frozen foods and beer/wine have been expanded as well. With an eye on energy conservation, LED lighting was newly installed in many areas of the store, including overhead track lights, spotlights on specialty areas & displays, exterior store signs and in the frozen food cases.

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Glen Allen-based KSA Interiors has announced several promotions. Karen Burton, a KSA Facilities team leader, is promoted to associate. She joined KSA in 2005 with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Melissa Moseley, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. Her work at KSA has received recognition by the Virginia chapter of ASID and the Virginia/West Virginia chapter of IIDA. Sara Lasseter, a KSA design team leader, is promoted to associate. She has over 12 years’ experience with KSA and has a diversified background in design specializing in higher education and environmental graphic design.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has completed two deals totaling 32,158 square feet of office space in the newly named Lakeview Center in Innsbrook, 4800 Cox Rd. Major capital improvements are already underway on this lakefront four-story 63,000 square foot building, formerly the headquarters location for Owens & Minor. Wine wholesaler and importer, The Country Vintner, Inc., has leased 17,866 square feet for its company headquarters. Free Agents Marketing, LLC has taken the entire first floor (14,292 square feet) for the relocation of their marketing, public relations and advertising agency.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 74.76 acres of land situated along W. Broad Street in Henrico. Markel|Eagle Advisors, LLC purchased the Nuckols Farm land assemblage from Oscar N. Nuckols Family Trust (68.91 acres) and Sheila and Hugh A. Worcester (5.85 acres) for a total of $8.5 million. Located near Route 288 at the intersection of W. Broad Street and the new Gayton Road extension, this assemblage represents one of the few remaining available large block sites in Henrico County along W. Broad Street. Markel|Eagle plans on rezoning this new 75-acre site to a mixed use development to include office, medical, retail and residential housing.

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Patricia Green has been promoted to the position of executive director for the John Rolfe Family YMCA. She previously served as operations director since 2010. In her new role, Green will be responsible for providing strong leadership in board development and fiscal integrity to the John Rolfe branch, as well as increasing community awareness through program delivery, fundraising efforts and services offered.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Charter One Mortgage – renewed its lease of 117,142 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10561 Telegraph Rd.; Presidio – leased 3,391 square feet in the Hillcrest Building at 1801 Bayberry Ct.; Velocitel – renewed its lease of 2,518 square feet in the Park III Building at 4164 Park Place Ct.; Crestwood Associates, LLC – leased 2,500 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; and Supercuts – renewed its lease of 1,540 square feet in Colonnades West Shopping Center at 10901-10973 W. Broad St.
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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.
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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.
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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Jewish Family Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” March 1-11 at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble gum rock and rock ‘n roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. Enjoy dinner with the show on March 8. Tickets are $20 for JCC members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for seniors and students. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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