Henrico County VA

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Blue Ridge Exteriors, LLC, a Henrico-based home improvement company, is the 2013 recipient of a Service Excellence Award presented by Replacement Contractor Magazine. The award recognizes contractors who deliver an exceptional customer service experience. Blue Ridge Exteriors, LLC was one of three companies nationally recognized in the under $10 million category as chosen by Guild Quality and Hanley Wood publishing.

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Virginia Eye Institute doctors performed nearly two dozen free cataract surgeries as part of VEI's 20th annual Cataract Mission on Feb. 23. The 2013 Cataract Mission included 80 VEI volunteers, from the front desk staff to physicians, serving central Virginians who lack insurance and a way to pay for the life-altering surgery. To date, VEI’s Cataract Mission program has donated more than 800 eye exams and 240 surgeries in the program’s 19-year history. Patients are provided with post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens for eyeglasses. More than $5,000 worth of services is provided at no charge to each patient undergoing cataract surgery.

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First Capital Bank has launched a free mobile banking app for customers to view their account balance and history, transfer funds and find branches and ATMs that are closest to their current location. The mobile app is free and available for both Android devices and Apple iPhones or iPads. Included as part of the app are Mobile Purchase Rewards, which lets customers turn their smartphone into a savings tool. Using the app, customers can receive and activate customized merchant-funded discounts or rewards that are based on their personal buying habits. Customers simply swipe their bank debit card to redeem and save money. The savings are automatically deposited back in the customer’s checking account at the end of each month. Other features include direct access to customer service emails and phone numbers in case questions or help is needed with the users account or mobile banking.

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Weichert Realtors – Baron & Snipes Co., located in Glen Allen, has awarded Greg Baron and Keith Smith the WREA 2012 Sales Achievement Award. The awards are based on minimum requirement per award category in gross commission income or units earned in 2012. These agents earned their recognition from among associates in 35 states at year’s end. Also honored is Christy Kitchens who was named Rookie of the Year by the Weichert Virginia and E. West Virginia Broker Council.

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SyCom Technologies has been named to CRN’s third annual list of the Tech Elite 250. Companies on the 2013 Tech Elite 250 list represent an elite group of IT solution providers that have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications in the IT Channel for data center or cloud.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Robert Half International – leased 4,716 square feet at 4880 Cox Rd.; Diamedix Healthcare, LLC – renewed its lease of 2,538 square feet in the Technology Park II Building at 4959 Cox Rd.; and Eagle Energy Solutions – expanded in their current space and now lease a total of 3,000 square feet in Interair Center at 5371 Glen Alden Dr.

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Scents of Serenity Organic Spa has expanded into a new retail space to accompany their treatment rooms. The spa is housed in a historic farmhouse in Olde Glen Allen located at 3016-C Mountain Rd. Scents of Serenity features the Eminence Organic skincare line along with great local names such as Mac’s Smack. For more information, call 426-2799.
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

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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