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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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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > 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


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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The Spring Children’s Consignment Sale at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 9801 Fort King Rd., will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Half-price sale is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is open to all consignors at http://www.myconsignmentsale.com/saumc. Proceeds benefit the church’s Kidz Kupboard program, which provides weekend meals to local students who might otherwise go without. For details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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