Business in brief
RideFinders, a division of the GRTC Transit System, recently celebrated three decades of service to the Richmond Region. RideFinders organizes car and van pools, promotes transit services, biking, walking, and telework commute options. These services help commuters reduce commuting expenses, traffic congestion, and air pollution in the region. The agency was created in 1981 under the name Compool and merged with GRTC in 1998. It promoted park-and-ride facilities in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties in 2001 and launched its Long Range Transportation Demand Management Plan in 2011. Commuters can call 643-RIDE or visit http://www.ridefinders.com for more information.
Mac Wilson recently was promoted to vice president at Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer. Wilson, an associate in Thalhimer’s Richmond’s office, specializes in office sales and leasing, tenant and landlord representation and leads Thalhimer’s Office Focus Group. He holds his real estate Broker’s License and has been with Thalhimer since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2003.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield – leased 18,923 square feet in Park Central III at 8831 Park Central Dr.; Advance Auto Parts Co. Inc. – leased 7,500 square feet in Westland Shopping Center at 8000 W. Broad St. and 6,500 square feet in Short Pump Crossing; Old Glory Companies, Inc. – leased 2,542 square feet at 3601 Mayland Ct.; and T&M Barber – leased 1,198 square feet in East Towne Plaza at 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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