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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).
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > 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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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