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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

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.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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