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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

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

Lakeside microbrewery beginning to take shape

Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space

A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.

Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.

Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.

Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.

“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.

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