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The University of Richmond police department recently purchased the university’s first hybrid vehicle, an unmarked 2011 Ford Fusion. Hybrid vehicles are being introduced in police departments throughout the nation but few college police departments have made the change. The University Police fleet consists of 10 cars, five golf carts and a Segway, as well as several bicycles. The department has plans to reduce the fleet over time but will continue to replace one car per year to meet current needs. As cars are replaced, the goal is to purchase only vehicles that get 35 or more miles per gallon and runs on six, rather than eight, cylinders. The next purchase will likely be another Ford Fusion, but a marked one with traditional police lights. It is also looking at alternative forms of deployment, including a Sentinel Police Mobility Vehicle, a three-wheeled vehicle that police could use while on duty at large campus events. While the police hybrid is the newest fuel-efficient vehicle on campus, other departments are looking at sustainability in their fleets as well. University Facilities uses electric carts and Information Services and the library have purchased Segways.

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Citi Trends, Inc. recently opened a store in Henrico, located at 7580 W. Broad St. in the Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at the intersection of West Broad Street and Sunnybrook Road. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Citi Trends operates over 490 stores in 28 states. Citi Trends offers a selection of urban brand and fashion apparel for the entire family in Juniors, Plus, Mens, Boys, Girls, Kids and Accessories.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: URS Corp. – leased 8,900 square feet in Wilton Park II at 4905 Dickens Rd.; Whatever It Takes – leased 6,050 square feet in Interair Center at 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; Agents Licensing, LLC – leased 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; Bill Andrews Insurance Co. – leased 2,691 square feet at 2715 Enterprise Pkwy.; and Original Gravity – leased 1,000 square feet in Lakeside Town Center at 6920 Lakeside Ave.

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Lorrie Jones Gore, general manager and an owner of Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co., recently was honored as the 2011 PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year” during CONNECT2011, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association’s annual conference. In order to be named a PHCC “HVAC Contractor of the Year,” candidates were evaluated by a committee of PHCC members who judged accomplishments in six areas: professionalism, merchandising skills, management skills, innovative HVAC practices, trade involvement and community service. Gore has been an active member of PHCC and PHCC of Virginia for more than 25 years. Each year, Gore offers her home and the Gundlach office as staging areas for “Welcome Back to the Assembly” events that the state association hosts at the Virginia General Assembly. Gundlach Plumbing and Heating Co. has been a family-run business for more than 82 years.

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The Virginia Council of CEOs and the University of Richmond Robins School of Business recently released the findings of their third quarter Economic Outlook Survey. The survey revealed that top executives of small and mid-sized companies anticipate either increased or unchanged hiring and unchanged capital spending for the next six months. More than half predict increased sales for the next two quarters. And results show that economic uncertainty is still the most significant business issue CEOs face, ahead of rising energy and healthcare costs, staffing, financial issues and political uncertainty. The council and the Robins School collected responses from 75 business owners and CEOs in central Virginia. The average annual revenue year-to-date for CEOs responding was $6.2 million. The data were compared to the second quarter of 75 participants. Multiple industries are represented in the sample – construction, manufacturing, finance and insurance and retail. The council continues to expand the survey beyond its members, offering any area business owners whose companies gross at least $1 million in annual revenue the opportunity to participate. If enough businesses participate, the council will provide survey results by industry. Participation is free and all participants will receive copies of the survey data. For more information, contact Scot McRoberts at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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