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Virginia Credit Union will open its newest branch at 9498 W. Broad St. on Jan. 17. Located in a former restaurant near the intersection with Springfield Road, the 6,166 square foot structure was extensively renovated and enhanced to serve the needs of credit union members. The West Broad Branch has four drive-through lanes. Two ATMs provide members with images of deposited checks as well as an itemized tally of cash deposits. The large interior space provides additional offices for personal assistance. Safe deposit boxes are also available. The new office is the credit union’s sixteenth branch and the thirteenth in the Richmond area. For details, visit http://www.vacu.org.

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Olive Garden will open its newest restaurant at 11829 W. Broad St. on Monday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. — creating 170 new jobs. The 7,441 square foot restaurant can host up to 246 guests. The restaurant will feature a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, enlarged windows to increase natural light, low-water landscaping and energy-efficient equipment. Cyndi Coupland has been named general manager. Coupland has been with the company for 21 years, serving most recently as general manager of the location on West Broad Street and Glenside Drive. The restaurant will serve dinner only from Jan. 23-27. Lunch will be served starting Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. daily. Olive Garden is now accepting applications for employment. Those interested in applying for a position should apply online at http://www.OliveGarden.com/Careers.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Yukon Group, Inc. – leased 4,203 square feet in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; and Dog and Cat’s World – leased 1,400 square feet in Three Chopt Center at 11000 Three Chopt Rd.

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Peoples Income Tax, Inc. founder and CEO, Chuck McCabe, recently announced that his firm is relocating the Peoples Tax office formerly at Cox Road and West Broad Street to The Forum Office Park, 10120-C W. Broad St. in Glen Allen. The new office location, which is adjacent to Peoples new corporate offices, will operate year-round providing individual and small business tax preparation, as well as small business bookkeeping and payroll services. The grand opening will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first day IRS will accept e-filed tax returns. During the tax season, The Forum office will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Service will be provided throughout the off-season during normal business hours. Appointments may be arranged by calling 204-1040. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > 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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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Richard Shindell will perform at 8 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shindell’s eight studio albums and two live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. His songwriting is truly eclectic, ranging from lighthearted ballads and adulterous love songs, to dirges and diatribes that skillfully skewer politics, prejudice, war and religion. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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