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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 Subm.issions 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 m.ore 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.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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