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DeWitt & Associates, Inc., a Henrico-based nonprofit consultancy firm, recently added interim management to its range of consulting services. The firm now offers interim leadership at the president and chief operating officer or executive director level and at the director level in finance, development, marketing and communications. The goals of a nonprofit organization can suffer when the organization is doing a national search for new leadership. The service that DeWitt & Associates now offer will place someone with the right skills and experience immediately until a permanent appointment is made. For more information, call Brydon DeWitt at 364-0145 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Richmond Custom Cars, a 22,000 square feet custom car dealership, recently opened in Glen Allen, next to Tom Leonard’s in Short Pump. The founder and owner is Brad Evans, who founded Richmond-headquartered Cavalier Telephone in 1998. RCC is a dealership for drivers who don’t want to drive standard vehicles. Custom modifications include: paint and graphics; performance tire and wheel packages; grilles and body panels; leather seats and interior trim; and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Buyers will have a selection of many vehicle styles including performance, exotic, luxury, family friendly SUV’s and sedans, muscle and eco-friendly. All customized cars are for sale and on-display in the large, indoor showroom.

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The Henrico Business Council’s Henrico Café for December will be on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Aloft Richmond West, 3939 Duckling Dr. in West Broad Village. Experience the “art of the mix” with a special demonstration by noted “mixologist” Bobby Kruger of Fanfare and learn how to make your own. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one free adult beverage. For details, call Debbie Jackson at 783-9316 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Board of Directors for Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (RMHFH) recently named Jane Helfrich as the organization’s chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1. In her new role, Helfrich will lead the day-to-day operations and fundraising efforts of the organization. Prior to joining RMHFH, Helfrich most recently served as the vice president of resource development and marketing for the Better Housing Coalition in Richmond. She has also served on several nonprofit boards including Communities in Schools of Richmond, Inc., Sacred Heart Center, Commonwealth Girl Scout Council of Virginia, Inc., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A recipient of the Nina Abady award from the VAFP, Helfrich has continued her studies in nonprofit management and leadership through Nonprofit Learning Point, where she earned a certificate in 2007. Sheila Hill-Christian served as the interim CEO after the resignation of former CEO Leisha LaRiviere.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: El Tucanazo – leased 5,056 square feet at 6922 Staples Mill Rd.; County of Henrico – renewed its lease of 4,140 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; nTelos – leased 1,128 square feet at 7037-C Staples Mill Rd.
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Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).   > Read more.

‘Fresh Start’ offered for single moms

The Fresh Start For Single Mothers and Their Children Community Outreach Project will host “Necessary Ingredients” on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through May 7, at Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road in Henrico. Dinner and childcare will be provided free of charge.

The program is designed as a fun and uplifting event for single mothers that is designed to provide support, new friendships, encouragement and motivation. Each event will include weekly prizes and giveaways. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

Soak up the fun

‘SpongeBob’ movie energizes with wit, laughter

There’s a ton of sugar in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Literal sugar, as SpongeBob Squarepants (Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) inhale their own weight in cotton candy and eat ice cream, one scoop per mouthful.

At one point we burrow into the brain of our boxy yellow hero and discover the inner workings of his brain: googly-eyed cakes and candies that giggle and sing. All of which is extremely appropriate for a film like Sponge Out of Water. Because not only is the movie sweet (the “awwww” kind of sweet), but it’s the equivalent of a 30-candy bar sugar rush, zipping between ideas like a sponge on rocket skates.

The story under all this is really not that complicated. SpongeBob flips burgers at the Krusty Krab. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With this last round of snow still fresh on the ground, the best way to start the weekend may be at Southern Season for their weekly wine-tasting program, Fridays Uncorked. Families with cabin fever will enjoy the Richmond Kids Expo, taking place tomorrow at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Some date night options include the Rock & Roll Jubilee at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, HATTheatre’s production of “The Whale” and National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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