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The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee will host the 37th annual Legislative Reception to kick off the 2012 General Assembly Session on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UNOS, 700 N. 4th St. The reception will honor Capital Region legislators and local officials from the City of Richmond and surrounding counties, including Henrico. Registration by Dec. 28 is $80 per person. Payment after Dec. 29 and at the door is $95 per person. Free parking is available in the UNOS surface lot, UNOS deck (levels 1 and 2) and the Jackson Street lot across from the UNOS building. For more information or to register, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.grcc.com.

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Ann S. Albrecht recently joined Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer as director of human resources. Albrecht will be responsible for defining and aligning the firm’s human resource strategy with its business strategy at all levels. She has 20 years of hands-on experience in human resources, as well as tactical operations, talent acquisition and management and organizational and strategic development. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and formerly worked for Federated Department Stores, Primedia, Inc., Plow & Hearth, LLC and 1800flowers.com.

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The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) recently presented its J. Curtis Hall Award to Jane G. Watkins, president and CEO of Virginia Credit Union. The annual award recognizes a community leader who has devoted time and energy to the cause of economic literacy in Virginia schools. The award is named for J. Curtis Hall, a retired professor and former dean of the VCU School of Business, who founded the VCEE and devoted his life to enhancing the quality of economic education in Virginia. Watkins was recognized at the organization’s annual board meeting in December. Under her leadership, Virginia Credit Union has actively promoted financial literacy among elementary, middle and high school students and others. A financial supporter of the VCEE for many years, Virginia Credit Union is a sponsor of the VCEE’s high school initiative and Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. Watkins has served on the Board of the Virginia Council on Economic Education since 2001.

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Parham Doctors’ Hospital, home of The Orthopaedic Hospital, recently was named the Best Hospital for Orthopaedics in Virginia by HealthGrades, the industry’s leading independent quality ratings organization. Parham Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, was rated among the top five percent in the nation for orthopedic care, best in Virginia for orthopaedics and best in Richmond for joint replacement for six years in a row (2007-2012). The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications. HealthGrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes - risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications – and its analysis is based on approximately 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores – leased 19,000 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; LCA Vision, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,740 square feet in One Colonial Place at 10571 Old Telegraph Rd.; Design Line Remodelers, Inc. – leased 2,542 square feet at 3615 Mayland Ct.; and Mount Rich Media – leased 1,732 square feet in Commerce Plaza I at 2809 Emerywood Pkwy.
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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.

HCPS to present three-day ARTS Festival, beginning April 21


Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival will celebrate its fourth year with a weekend of music and fine art. ARTS Festival events – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will kick off with a musical performance Friday night, April 21 and events will run through Sunday, April 23. This year’s festival will be held at Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Avenue.

Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School will hold the first of two weekend performances of its Musical Theatre Showcase, a selection of musical numbers performed by Center for the Arts students. > 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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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. John Schuler will share his book “My History, with Humor by Abraham Lincoln” at Varina Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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