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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.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia will celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary with Mysterypalooza from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library. This day of mystery will showcase local mystery/thriller writers and includes an “Our Pathways to Publishing” panel discussion with Mary Burton, LynDee Walker, Mollie Cox Bryan, Mary Behre, and Tracey Livesay, followed by a meet and greet and book signing with twelve local mystery/thriller writers. Full text

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