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Thomas Fredell has joined Glen Allen-based Snagajob as the company’s chief technology officer. Fredell will oversee Snagajob’s engineering and product departments and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s product offerings and support architecture. Prior to joining Snagajob, Fredell served as chief technology officer at IntraLinks for 10 years. He is also the founder of Membly.com, a social sharing site that helps users capture, contribute and share memories, and serves as a board member for the Knowledge Is Power Program in Massachusetts, which prepares students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

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Simply FIT has acquired a new fitness facility at 2830 Ackley Ave. in Henrico. Simply FIT offers individualized fitness options including personal training, group fitness classes and boot camp style workouts. A grand opening will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy free food, classes, giveaways and more. For more information, call 262-7777 or visit http://www.livesimplyfit.com.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Advance Trailer Systems, Inc. – renewed its lease of 67,968 square feet at 4207-4209 Eubank Rd.; Baby Jogger – leased 20,800 square feet in Windsor Business Park at 8575 Magellan Pkwy.; Belfor USA Group, Inc. – leased 12,150 square feet in Dabney IV at 2161 Tomlynn St.; Agents Licensing, LLC – renewed its lease of 3,253 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; Approved Cash Advance Centers, LLC – renewed its lease of 1,500 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Children’s Place – leased 3,400 square feet in The Shops at White Oak Village at 4531 S. Laburnum Ave.; Aikido of Richmond – leased 2,315 square feet in Wistar Center at 8101-8157 Staples Mill Rd.; Staffmark – leased 1,879 square feet in The Arrington Building at 1802 Bayberry Ct.; and Jackson Summer & Associates – leased 1,152 square feet in Glenburnie Office Park at 5401-5413 Patterson Ave.

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Billy Casper Golf, the largest domestic owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts, has been selected to manage the public-access The Crossings Golf Club in Glen Allen. BCG will provide turnkey management of The Crossings’ operations, golf course and property maintenance, sales, marketing and public relations, staffing and training, merchandising, restaurant and banquet activities, special events and financial management. BCG will also introduce a membership option which includes reciprocal playing privileges at Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. In addition, BCG will enact its proprietary “BCGreen” initiative at The Crossings to conserve, protect and enhance the environment.

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Charlottesville-based search engine marketing firm Search Mojo has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America, ranking at 1153. Revenue growth over the past three years has allowed Search Mojo to double its staff in that same time period and facilitated the opening of an additional office in Charleston, SC. Search Mojo was founded by Godwin High School alumna Janet Driscoll Miller.

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Henrico-based Safe Harbor has received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation awarded grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million. Without emergency shelters, many survivors face the unimaginable choice of either becoming homeless or returning to their abuser. During their stay, families participate in intensive counseling and support services. In FY12, Safe Harbor provided over 2,600 nights of safe shelter.

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Truven Health Analytics, an industry leader in health care data, has named St. Mary’s Hospital as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation and the only one in central Virginia for inpatient cardiovascular services. This is the fourth year in a row that St. Mary’s has been included. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual, quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, these winners provide top-notch care and set new standards for the health care industry.

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In honor of International Credit Union Day on Oct. 18, RF&P Federal Credit Union will celebrate with week-long activities for members and nonmembers. Monday, Oct. 15 is child IDs, Tuesday is the Enterprise Used Car event, Wednesday is member appreciation day and Thursday is a Red Cross blood drive. RF&P FCU is located at 6011 Staples Mill Rd. As a not-for-profit financial institution, RF&P is open to employees of CSX, RF&P employees and retirees, Amtrak, UNK Machine Manufacturing and Virginia Millworks.
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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.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

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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The 9 will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, The 9 Songwriter Series was created with the idea of artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing together in a unique and captivating format, telling stories, and often sitting in with each other and making up music on the spot. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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