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Henrico-based Gavin Law Offices, PLC recently received national recognition in the 2011-12 “Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®. The firm achieved a Metropolitan/Richmond Tier 2 ranking in two legal practice areas: copyright law and trademark law. Nearly 10,000 U.S. law firms were ranked.

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The Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section recently named Terrence R. Batzli, president of Henrico-based Batzli Wood & Stiles, PC and a career family law lawyer, the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated excellence and integrity and have made a substantial contribution to the practice of family law in Virginia. Practicing law for nearly forty years, Batzli was a founding member and the first president of the Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He received his law degree from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 1975.

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The former Staples Mill Road Auto Park at 8409 Staples Mill Rd. recently was sold to Bellwood Road, LLC from 8409 Staples Mill Road, LLC for $525,000. John Jay Schwartz, managing director of Have Site Will Travel, Ltd., represented the seller.

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Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond No. 1 in international business education in its rankings of top undergraduate business schools by specialty for the second consecutive year. The Robins School ranked in the top 20 in six other specialty categories, including No. 3 in microeconomics, No. 5 in entrepreneurship, No. 7 in accounting, No. 13 in ethics, No. 13 in macroeconomics and No. 19 in quantitative methods. Rankings are determined by responses collected from a survey of senior business students enrolled in the 123 participating schools.

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Advance Auto Parts recently leased 9,736 square feet in Parham Plaza at 1501-1567 N. Parham Rd. Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.
Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > 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.

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