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Michael Dan, president, chairman and CEO of The Brink’s Company, will discuss leadership, decision-making and strategy at 8 a.m. in the second of five C-Suite Conversations at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. The hour-long conversation with Richard Coughlan, senior associate dean of the Robins School, will be held in Ukrop Auditorium of Queally Hall and will be preceded by a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program and breakfast are free and open to the public, but registration is required. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with leading decision-makers in central Virginia. The series highlights the challenges and opportunities facing high-level executives. The series will continue in 2012 with Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, Charles S. Luck, IV, president and CEO of Luck Stone, and Gail Letts, president and CEO of the Central Virginia region for SunTrust Bank. For details, visit http://robins.richmond.edu/speaker-series/c-suite-conversations.html .

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of the 3600 Centre, located at 3600 W. Broad St. PMC Realty Group purchased the approximately 250,000 square foot office building from Penn Market Properties, LLC for $4.8 million. The building was originally constructed in 1958 as the corporate headquarters for Seaboard Air Line Railroad but had been operated as a multi-tenant office building for the past several decades. The property will be approximately 20% leased to office tenants by the end of the year. The new owner plans on retaining commercial office and retail tenants on the lower levels of the property while converting the upper six floors to apartments.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer also announced three signed leases in Reynolds Crossing III, a new 63,000 square foot medical office building slated for completion in June 2012. The three-story building will be visible from I-64 and will have an address of 6900 Forest Ave. in Henrico. Reynolds Development is the developer for the project. Bon Secours Virginia Health System, Inc. will occupy 19,042 square feet on the first floor. Virginia Urology will take 21,732 square feet on the second floor and Virginia Physicians, Inc. will relocate their Parham Primary Care group into 14,958 square feet on the third floor.

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Southern States Cooperative recently joined with local food banks to promote the first annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive. Through the end of the year, Southern States locations, including the store at 8718 W. Broad St. in Henrico, will serve as collection centers for customers who bring in canned goods and non-perishable items. Southern States will make regular deliveries of the donated items to local food banks. For more information, call 747-9315.

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The National Science Foundation recently awarded an instrumentation grant of $646,168 to the University of Richmond to support the work of Craig Kinsley, professor of neuroscience, and his longtime collaborator, Kelly Lambert, professor and chair of psychology at Randolph-Macon College, the co-principal investigator on the grant. Faculty and students at several other institutions also will use the equipment. The grant is designated for research and training of student researchers and will fund a specialized inverted microscope that can perform laser micro-dissection of minute portions of individual neurons and cells, and then manage their transfer to a suite of related instruments to analyze gene expression patterns. The studies will add to the neuroscientists’ existing behavioral and regional analyses of maternal and paternal brains from a wide variety of species, including humans. Kinsley and Lambert are best known for their work on the effects of pregnancy on the maternal mind. Kinsley earned his Ph.D. from the University of Albany, spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, and has taught at Richmond since 1989.

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Quarles Petroleum Incorporated recently purchased the fleet fueling business of Woodfin Heating, Inc., making Quarles the new operator of all U.S. Fleet and Watchcard fueling locations. For now, those locations will continue to operate as a separate system managed by Quarles. However, once the software and hardware of the two companies are fully integrated, this addition will give customers access to the largest unattended commercial fueling network on the East Coast and bring many other advantages to Watchcard, U.S. Fleet and Quarles customers. Quarles’ unattended fueling network has 125 sites throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. The transition and integration of the new sites is expected to be completed by early 2012.

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Henrico-based Colortree Group, Inc., a manufacturer of full-color direct mail envelopes, and Graphics Innovations, an award-winning specialty printer of direct mail products, recently were acquired in a management buyout. J.E. 'Pat' Patterson, along with Boathouse Capital, are the new owners of Colortree Group, Inc. Dominion Partners negotiated the transaction that closed Sept. 30. Colortree Group’s board of directors includes Chairman Ken Jones, Pat Patterson, Chong Moua and Leonard Boegser.

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Virginia Health Information (VHI) recently expanded its Long-Term Care Information to include four new sections on nursing facility quality, staffing, health inspections and fire safety inspections. The report, located at http://www.vhi.org lets ,consumers find and compare Virginia’s nursing facilities and long-term care units of acute care hospitals close to home or across Virginia. Until now, users were only able to search and compare facilities based on information such as location and price. The newly reported information adds value to VHI’s existing “Long-Term Care: A Consumer’s Guide,” which is available online or in a downloadable format. The LTC Guide has the information and tools consumers want when looking for high quality and affordable long-term care.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Carrier Corporation – renewed its lease of 5,076 square feet in Parham Forest, 2800 E. Parham Rd.; and S.O.C.A. Enterprises, Inc. – leased 1,800 square feet in Aragon Air Center II, 5330-A Lewis Rd.
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State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

Fourth-annual Healy Gala planned


The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.

Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

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