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Glen Allen-based Snagajob has announced a national contest to find the best undiscovered musical talent. The Hourly Gig invites hourly employees and job seekers to submit videos of original songs that highlight their skills for a chance to perform as the opening act at the Brantley Gilbert concert at Innsbrook After Hours at the Snagajob Pavilion on Sept. 19. Participants can upload videos, which should not exceed three minutes in length, to YouTube and submit links to those videos at http://www.snagajob.com/hourlygig. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 29. The contest is open to U.S. residents, ages 14 and older, who are currently working in or searching for an hourly job. Both group and solo acts are eligible.

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University of Richmond Robins School of Business will host “Summer of Scandal: Lenses on Ethical Failures in Business” Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at Ukrop Auditorium. Faculty members from the university’s schools of law, business and leadership will discuss how a business school should respond to corrupt practices in the marketplace and what students should be taught to decrease the chances such events will recur. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nancy A. Bagranoff, Robins School dean. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://tiny.cc/summerofscandal082912. For more information, contact Andi Minor at 289-8813 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Honeywell International, Inc. – leased 14,085 square feet in Villa Park III at 7870 Villa Park Dr.; Auto Solutions, LLC – leased 13,714 square feet at 6102 Nine Mile Rd.; Velocitel, Inc. – leased 4,200 square feet in Dabney Corporate Center at 2026-A Dabney Rd.; Sheltering Arms – expanded in their current space and now leases 4,000 square feet in Audubon Crossing at 4740 Audubon Dr.; and Millennium Investment Solutions – leased 1,959 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.

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BrownGreer PLC has purchased the historic 37,000 square foot Cedar Works building at Rocketts Landing in Varina, the first commercial sale at Rocketts. The law firm, which specializes in the administration of settlements in legal cases, plans to bring over 300 employees to the space. After renovations that include the construction of a three-story glass atrium, the firm plans to move in by April 1, 2013. Originally built in 1895, the Cedar Works building was part of Richmond Cedar Works Manufacturing Co., a factory complex that produced ice cream freezers and decorative woodenware.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $89,000 to Jerry Gilfoyle, professor of physics at the University of Richmond, to continue his research in medium energy nuclear physics. The award is the latest DOE support for Gilfoyle who has been funded by DOE since 1990. Prior awards bring Gilfoyle’s total research grants to nearly $2 million. Gilfoyle will use the grant to fund Richmond undergraduates’ summer research and for a graduate-level visiting student from the University of Surrey in the U.K. Gilfoyle has taught at Richmond since 1987.

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CiCi’s Pizza will host its first National Guest Appreciation Day, in honor of the busy back-to-school season, on Thursday, Sept. 6. CiCi’s endless buffet will be $2.99 all day from 11 a.m. until closing time. The custom buffet has a wide variety of classic and specialty pizzas, garlic parmesan knots, salad, breadsticks, hot soup and oven-baked desserts. For locations, visit http://www.cicispizza.com.

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Alan Mudd has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as a portfolio manager in their Richmond office. Mudd will manage a portfolio of commercial properties, including office, office-medical, retail and industrial properties. He was most recently with Jones Lang LaSalle, and prior to that had been a portfolio manager with Thalhimer for five years. Mudd is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in real estate and urban studies and holds the Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > 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.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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