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Marc Highfill, of EXIT First Realty in Glen Allen, recently was named to EXIT Realty Corp. International’s list of Top 100 real estate professionals for both closed transaction sides and gross closed commissions earned for 2011. The list is compiled from thousands of professionals across North America and represents the “best of the best.”


The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently awarded its Design-Build Merit Award for Transportation to the Richmond Airport Connector Road, a turnkey design-build project. Dewberry, as engineer-of-record, teamed with the contractor, American Infrastructure-VA, Inc., on the design of the roadway leading directly into Richmond International Airport and reducing travel time to the airport by about 10 minutes. Prior to the construction of the connector road, access to the airport from the south was limited to small country and urban roads. This project was designed to improve traffic flow between Virginia State Route 895, known as Pocahontas 895, and the airport. The 1.6-mile four-lane divided toll road, which includes a trumpet-style interchange, provides motorists with direct access to Richmond International Airport from Pocahontas 895.


Charles S. Luck IV, president and chief executive officer of Luck Companies, will be the guest at a C-Suite Conversation March 22 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Richard Coughlan, Robins School senior associate dean, will interview Luck, who is the third generation family member to lead the 88 year-old privately held and family-owned organization. The hour-long program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m., following a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at


Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love of Jesus-East, Inc. – renewed its lease of 16,929 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Cuts & Styles Hair Studio, LLC – renewed its lease of 1,250 square feet in Brook Road Retail Shops at 6000 Brook Rd.; Zorba’s Pizza – renewed its lease of 1,125 square feet at 4206 MacArthur Ave.; The Sherwin-Williams Company – renewed its lease of 6,000 square feet at 4918 W. Broad St.; Uptime Solutions PSG – renewed its lease of 5,002 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building 1 at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; Friendly Advanced Software Technology – leased 4,212 square feet in Highwoods VIII at 4470 Cox Rd.; Central Virginia Waste Management Authority – renewed its lease of 3,826 square feet in Interstate Center at 2100 W. Laburnum Ave.; Gurkin Plumbing, Heating and A/C Co. – leased 2,796 square feet in Hermitage Industrial Park at 8447 Glazebrook Dr.; Appendix R Solutions – leased 1,874 square feet in North Park at 4701 Cox Rd.; and Spanish Soul Restaurant LLC – leased 1,575 square feet at 1412 Starling Dr.


WellAWARE Systems, the developer of breakthrough technology that enables proactive and preventive senior care, recently announced a new partnership with premiere technology services provider, Zigmo. Zigmo, headquartered in Glen Allen, will provide installation, on-site support and installation training services for WellAWARE customers across the U.S. WellAWARE’s advanced “smart sensor” solution supports caregivers by providing insightful, actionable data about resident wellness and overall health. By proactively responding to data trends that may indicate emerging health conditions, caregivers can significantly improve health related outcomes. WellAWARE also helps providers drive operational efficiencies by reducing emergency room visits and preventable hospital readmissions, stabilizing occupancy and creating a tangible marketing differentiator.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Knights of Columbus Council 395 will hold a Brunswick Stew sale from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Rd. Prices are $8.50 for one quart and $16 for two quarts; additional quarts are $8 each. Proceeds will benefit the charitable projects of the Council. To pre-order, call Tom Giannasi at 355-3866. Full text

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