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The 2012 Southern States Holiday Food Drive collected nearly 2.5 tons of canned, boxed and other stable food items for food banks and charitable organizations in 36 cities and towns in the company’s south and mid-Atlantic regions. The drive, in its second year, was held Nov. 12 through Dec. 16. Southern States is a Richmond-based farm supply and service cooperative, founded in 1923 that now has more than 300,000 farmer-members.

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Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., of Henrico, is one of four Central Virginia companies accepted recently into the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Fifty companies currently participate in the VALET program, which provides participating companies assistance from the commonwealth and from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. More than 188 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

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Bremo Pharmacy, a locally owned and operated pharmacy in Richmond for over 30 years, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy have joined forces to improve medication management and outcomes for seniors in Central Virginia. Seniors are at increased risk of medication adverse events, side effects, interactions, overlap in therapy and poor outcomes. Many of the symptoms that are considered a normal part of aging, such as confusion, falls, depression and incontinence, can be common side effects of the medications that seniors take. In order to reduce these risks and allow seniors to live more independently, the School of Pharmacy and Bremo will offer a variety of services, including medication checkups, special packaging, home delivery, automated refilling, reconciliation of hospital discharges and personal medication profiles for patients to keep with them at all times. For details, visit http://www.bremorx.com.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Goodwill Industries, Inc. – renewed its lease of 6,958 square feet at 6202 W. Broad St.; Neuropsychological Services of Virginia, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,393 square feet in Richmond Medical Park at 2000-2012 Bremo Rd.; Babystuff and Kids 2 – leased 1,609 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11759 W. Broad St.; Rocoto Chicken – leased 1,502 square feet in Gold Gym’s Plaza at West Tower at 8900 W. Broad St.; and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities – leased 1,443 square feet in Dumbarton Oaks at 5511 Staples Mill Rd.
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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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The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions. The interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. During the luncheon, Andreu will present “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey.” To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org. Full text

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