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St. Joseph’s Villa recently hired Nicole Garrett as property manager of the Villa’s Hollybrook apartment complex and Claudia Perez as coordinator of the Villa’s new Flagler Housing Resource Center in Petersburg. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s Villa, Garrett worked as a leasing consultant for Forest City Enterprises and a property manager for Landmark Property Services. She is a 2005 graduate of Christopher Newport University. Perez has worked with Flagler Family and Community Services since 2004, serving first as a family life counselor and recently as the Villa’s first housing specialist, where she was responsible for the Villa’s Rapid Re-housing services for homeless families. As coordinator of the Housing Resource Center, Perez will lead efforts to provide prevention and rapid re-housing services.

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Capitol Financial Solutions recently hired Bo Grant as brokerage manager. Grant will be involved in personal production, recruiting and contribute to the organization’s brokerage arm, a growing financial services firm which provides a dynamic open architecture of financial service offerings. Grant has a previous career spanning nearly two decades in construction materials and is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute. He resides in Glen Allen with his wife Emily and daughter Ginny Claire, a student at Holman Middle School.

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Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and Memorial Regional Medical Center were recently named among the top hospitals in the nation, and the only two in Virginia, for inpatient cardiovascular services by Thomson Reuters, an industry leader in health care data. The Bon Secours hospitals are honored for superior clinical outcomes, a recognition based on a comprehensive review measuring key areas that include mortality, complications, readmission rates, length of stay and costs. The study, in its thirteenth year, singled out 50 top hospitals among hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The performance of the top 50 hospitals exceeds average outcomes indicated by: better risk-adjusted survival rates (23% fewer deaths for bypass surgeries); lower complication indices (40% lower rate of heart failure complications); fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days; shorter hospital visits and lower costs; and increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries. In addition to recognition from Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades recently recognized Memorial Regional Medical Center, ranking it Virginia’s number one Overall Cardiac Program. HealthGrades also named St. Mary’s Hospital as the number one Cardiac Surgery Program in Virginia.

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Hawthorne Healing Arts, a multidisciplinary natural health and wellness center, recently opened at 7400 Brook Rd., Suite 201. Partners Craig T. Fasullo, N.D., and Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac., offer Naturopathic and Chinese medical care in the treatment of acute and chronic conditions. For more information, call 266-3104 or visit http://www.hawthornehealingarts.com.

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St. Joseph’s Villa recently announced that it will begin an after-school program at Lakeside Elementary School, 6700 Cedar Croft St., in early January 2012. The new program will operate from the end of the school day until 6:30 p.m. each night. Each day's program will include snack time, recreational activities and dedicated time for homework. Lewis Children's Center is a full-service child development center on the campus of St. Joseph's Villa. Founded in 1982, the program can accommodate, but was not created for, children with special needs. Children with special needs account for less than 10% of the center's population. Parents seeking more information about the program should contact Lewis Children's Center at 553-3244.

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Romp n’ Roll will celebrate BabyPalooza Jan. 9-15. All children, ages 3-18 months, and their grown-ups, are invited to try RNR’s baby and toddler classes and open gym for free all week at the Midlothian, Mechanicsville and West End (9677 W. Broad St.) locations. Space is limited. Call 420-4100 to register. Class times and descriptions are available at http://www.rompnroll.com.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of 2203 Perl Rd. The Wilton Companies purchased the approximately 12,924 square feet office/warehouse property from Mary C. Bradshaw for $515,000 as an investment.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Long Floors – leased 48,240 square feet at 2801 Hermitage Rd.; Dynamex, Inc. – renewed its lease of 10,000 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building III at 9878-9898 Mayland Dr.; Goodwill Industries – renewed its lease of 6,958 square feet at 6202 W. Broad St.; Tru Power Corp. – renewed its lease of 3,576 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building I at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; Zinga Frozen Yogurt – leased 2,346 square feet in the Shops at Willow Lawn at 1700 Willow Lawn Dr.
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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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The Bizarre Bazaar returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex Mar. 31 to Apr. 2. A Virginia tradition for 25 years, unique offerings include seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women's and children's clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, spring and summer perennials, furniture and jewelry. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mar. 31 and Apr. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apr. 2. Admission is $7 for adults and $1.50 for children 2-12. For details, visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com. Full text

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