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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.”

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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.

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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 http://robins.richmond.edu/speaker-series/c-suite-conversations.html .

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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.

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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.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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