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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.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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