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Exit First International recently announced that The Marc Austin Highfill Team of Exit First Realty in Glen Allen, has been ranked fourth out of more than 40,000 Exit Realty Agents worldwide for closed sales in 2012. The team was ranked first out of 500 Exit First agents in Virginia for total sales volume and listings in 2012. In addition, Richmond Association of Realtors named The Marc Austin Highfill Team in the top 10 for sales and listings among all real estate brokerages in the Richmond area.

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Entrepreneurs Scott Wagner and Gil Grattan have launched their newest project, MosquitoGO, an innovative new approach in the growing exterior pest control market. The company will primarily serve residential customers, though it will also offer services geared towards businesses and special events. MosquitoGO’s offerings include barrier sprays, natural alternative mosquito treatments and tick control protocols aimed at controlling pest populations around homes. For more information, visit http://www.gomosquitogo.com .

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Richmond area resident Matt Whitely, customer service manager at Allegra in Richmond, recently was recognized with a Gold Milestone Award by the Allegra Network franchise system for his outstanding sales achievement in 2012. This annual award is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service. Allegra in Richmond is a full-service marketing communications provider.

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Les Davis, a native and resident of Richmond, and his wife Claudia have opened the only TCBY self-service frozen yogurt franchise in Henrico at 9468 W. Broad St. They chose to open the store primarily because it is an established brand and also because their location is a storefront on West Broad Street. The Davises used BoeFly for their start-up SBA loan. The Davises have an entrepreneurial background; before retiring in the early 2000s, they sold the company they founded, Focus Packaging, which produced packaging for products such as Irish Spring soap and Crest and Colgate toothpaste.

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Virginia Interventional Psychiatry, Richmond’s first outpatient TMS therapy treatment center for depression, opened in Glen Allen this month. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for depression of patients who have not found relief from antidepressants, are unable to or do not want to take typical antidepressants. Rather than electroconvulsive therapy, which requires anesthesia and a longer treatment regimen, TMS therapy has very little side effects; the patient remains awake and cognizant of the entire procedure. For more information, call 464-8471 or visit http://www.viptms.com .

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Costen Floors, located in western Henrico, is celebrating its 65th anniversary in the flooring business. A family-run business, it was founded in 1948 as Costen Lumber Company by Ralph L. Costen, Sr. Now serving at the head of the reins is Ralph (Tripp) L. Costen, III, while Ralph L. Costen, Jr. presides as CEO. The company will be celebrating their 65-year history with various sales throughout 2013.
Community

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.

Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Extras sought for AMC’s ‘TURN’

Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.

No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.

Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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