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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ed Blair recently formed his own accounting firm, Blair & Assoc. CPA’s PLC. The office is located at 8545 Patterson Ave., Suite 206. For more information, contact the firm at 740-9641 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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