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Virginia Eye Institute is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Cataract Mission program, an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers work with the program each year and the program has donated over 240 surgeries to date. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. Qualified candidates may call 287-4905 to request an application.

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WTVR Channel 6, the Better Housing Coalition and Woodfin are currently accepting nominations for its second annual “A Warmer Winter,” a public service effort to bring a new furnace to a family in need in Metro Richmond. Nominations should include a description of why a family or friend deserves a new home heating system. Forms can be obtained at http://www.wtvr.com/warmerwinter or http://www.askwoodfin.com and will be accepted through Jan. 13, 2013.

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K2 Trophies and Awards, an online trophy retailer, recently purchased a 50,000 square foot building on Jacque Street in Henrico as its new headquarters. The building previously served as the home of Binswanger Glass. K2 Trophies and Awards has been leasing space nearby on Dabney Road but outgrew the space and will move into its new location in March. The company was founded in 2002 and is led by President Charlie Moss.

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HHHunt Communities has announced its newest community in Henrico, Westin Estates. Located near Short Pump, Westin Estates will feature custom homes on one-acre plus wooded lots. Home prices start in the upper $500,000s. The first phase of development includes 24 lots and construction of new homes will begin in early 2013. HHHC has developed other communities near Short Pump including Wellesley, Wyndham and Twin Hickory. For more information, including community maps and plans, visit http://www.hhhuntcommunities.com/community/westin/index.php.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Peebles – renewed its lease of 59,524 square feet in Fairfield Commons Mall on Nine Mile Road; MAACO – leased 9,510 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St.; American Family Fitness – leased 6,345 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr. to serve as their corporate office headquarters; Lynch & Associates – renewed its lease of 2,193 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.; and Fresh and Press – leased 1,120 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7574 W. Broad St.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has hired David Bass as public relations manager, Veronica Boyett as conference specialist, Jennifer Harris as business development associate and Amalia Melis as marketing and communications manager. Bass is responsible for leading strategies for VSCPA public and media relations and community outreach programs. Boyett will plan, manage and implement VSCPA conferences and will work on other educational programs and events. Harris is responsible for creating high-value partnerships to benefit members and affiliated organizations. Melis will lead the strategies for VSCPA marketing and communications efforts as well as brand and social media management.

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Sally Green, first vice president and COO of The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will be the guest in a C-Suite Conversation Jan. 16 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision-makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Robins School Senior Associate Dean Richard Coughlan will interview Green. The program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://tiny.cc/csuitegreen011613.

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Cliff Hamner has joined the Commercial Property Services team at Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer as a senior portfolio manager. Hamner has over 20 years of experience in property management, including multi-family, retail, office, industrial and office-medical properties. He recently worked for Jones Lang LaSalle and prior to moving to Richmond, was a regional property manager for Weingarten Realty in Raleigh, N.C., where he oversaw a portfolio totaling over 3.3 million square feet of retail and industrial. He has also worked for Craig Davis Properties in Cary, NC.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The 23rd annual Great Varina Shrimp Feast will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 6188 Charles City Rd. The menu includes shrimp, fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, baked beans, hot dogs and golden beverages. Live music by Bill and Friends. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; children 6-12 are $8 and ages five and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at Hanover Tires, Sandston Cleaners, Horizon Store, Sportsman Bar and Grill, Varina Barber Shop and Pinewood Restaurant. Full text

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