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Henrico resident John Testement recently developed an iPhone app that is in use internationally and has been featured on the iTunes “What’s Hot” page. Available as a free download from the iTunes store, ThankYouPro combines the convenience and speed of mobile technology with the personal touch of a handwritten card by enabling users to create and mail a paper thank-you note in less than a minute. A real card is printed and mailed with a first class stamp with guaranteed mailing within 24 business hours. Users can choose from more than 20 card designs and a variety of handwriting font styles and colors. A company logo or other photo can also be used on the inside of the card, and the app allows users to handwrite their own signature on the phone. For more information, visit http://www.ThankYouPro.com.

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Krispy Kreme Richmond, 4910 W. Broad St., will reopen after a 40-day interior renovation project at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4. The store closed its shop to interior store sales, but continued to serve its customers via the drive-through as the 13-year old location underwent its first major remodel since opening in 1999. Guests will notice a fresher, brighter color scheme with new floors, paint and décor that highlights its popular doughnut theatre and product display case based on the designs Krispy Kreme is incorporating into all of its newly built shops. The first 100 guests on April 4 will receive a punch card good for one free dozen original glazed doughnuts each month for a year. For details, call 355-9111.

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Entrust Financial Credit Union in Richmond recently was honored with a Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. Entrust Financial CU won the Complete Campaign category for its entry entitled “Knock Down Your High Rate.” For the promotion, Entrust Financial CU offered to beat your vehicle loan rate – if they couldn’t beat it, you received a $50 Visa gift card. The refinancing campaign yielded the credit union triple the amount of vehicle loans from the previous year and since then has yet to give out a gift card. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council, a national network comprised of nearly 1,000 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 33 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Deanna Cooke, Attorney at Law – leased 4,212 square feet in Highwoods Centre at 4101 Cox Rd.; Initiatives of Change – renewed its lease of 3,200 square feet at 2201 W. Broad St.; Once and Again – leased 2,700 square feet in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4758 Finlay St.; Metropolitan Driving School – renewed its lease of 2,320 square feet in Parham One at 827 Parham Rd.; The Natural Path Meditation Center – leased 2,000 square feet at 6010 W. Broad St.; Title Max of Virginia, Inc. – leased 2,508 square feet in Parham One at Parham/Brook Roads; Mooyah Burgers – leased 2,250 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump at W. Broad Street/Lauderdale Dr.; Randstad General Partners – leased 1,862 square feet in Colonnades West Shopping Center at 10901-10973 W. Broad St.; and Medifast Weight Control Systems – leased 1,470 square feet in The Shoppes at Westgate at 11753 W. Broad St.

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Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy-Richmond will host a graduate school information session on Tuesday, April 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Rd., Suite 300. The session will discuss the Center’s two part-time, evening programs: the Master of Public Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree intended to train early and mid-career individuals with the skills needed for positions involving policy, management, or executive responsibilities in public and not-for-profit settings. The Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management is meant to be the first step in an ongoing process to ensure that there are master’s level courses available to prepare the next generation of local government managers in the Commonwealth. A flyer for the information session is available at http://tinyurl.com/89nhkbz.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will conclude its 16th season with Robin and Linda Williams at 8 p.m. For more than four decades, the Williams’ have made it their mission to perform the music they love – a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Tickets are $20 to $25; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com. Full text

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