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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

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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