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Pagano & Associates, PC, of Richmond, recently announced the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Seth J. Marks, Esq. Marks has been practicing in Virginia since 2007, most recently as an associate with Main Street Law Offices, concentrating exclusively in representing debtors in consumer bankruptcy. He attended St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Fla., and received his Juris Doctor in 2007.
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Always Best Care Senior Services in Glen Allen recently launched its free ABC Rx Discount Prescription Card program. The card is not insurance but a substantial discount program that can save those with no coverage or restricted coverage up to 65% on prescriptions at over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. The program is backed by WellDyne, a well-recognized national pharmacy benefits manager. To sign up, consumers can visit and select “print your free ABC Rx card now.” Users only have to show the card at a participating pharmacy to get the discount. One card may be used for all members of the person’s family. Cards are also available from local Always Best Care offices. For details, call 368-3200 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Seltek, Inc., a technical support and data recovery company located in Richmond, recently announced two additions to its staff for IT, e-discovery and computer forensics services. Scott Lints is the new director of operations and will supervise Seltek’s team of computer technicians who provide on-site and remote support to clients and troubleshoot a wide variety of hardware and software issues. Wendy Logan is the new director of business development. She is a graphic designer and marketing specialist and has extensive experience in managing community-based nonprofit organizations.
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The Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently announced that Chief Executive Officer Sherri Brach will be stepping down from her position to become the executive vice president for investor relations at United Way Worldwide. Brach has been with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg since 1995. She joined the organization as the Vice President of Resource Development and Marketing, became the Chief Operating Officer in 1998, and was named CEO in 2000. During her time in Richmond, Brach has lead United Way’s transition from a traditional fundraising organization to one that focuses on achieving community impact. She was instrumental in the development and growth of many effective community initiatives, including Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, the Age Wave initiative and Homeward. The local Board of Directors will convene a search committee comprised of board members and community leaders to seek Brach’s successor.
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For the third year in a row, Puritan Cleaners is conducting a one-day-only community event that offers everyone in Richmond a free cleaning of one pair of pants. The event, called Free Pants Wednesday, will be held on Aug. 31 and the offer is good at all 13 Puritan locations throughout metro Richmond. To help get the word out for its Free Pants Wednesday program, Puritan has produced an on-line video. This year’s edition is entitled “Pants Wednesday’s Pure Platinum Pants Songs” and is a spoof on greatest hit collection television ads. The video has new “pants” versions of some familiar songs and features the voice talents of Lite 98’s Shelly Perkins and Bill Bevins. The video can be seen at or on the Puritan Cleaners YouTube Channel at
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Senior Connections recently announced its partnership with Macy’s for its sixth annual “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event, to be held Aug. 27. Macy’s “Shop for a Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts and has helped raise more than $38 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can purchase shopping passes for $5 each directly from Senior Connections. The organization will keep 100% of every ticket it sells and customers will special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day (some exclusions apply). Funds will be used to support programs at Senior Connections’ 20 Friendship Cafes located throughout metro Richmond. More than 500 older adults are able to remain in their homes and communities due to their participation in Friendship Cafes. For details, call Colleen Wilhelm at 672-4497 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center recently announced the team of doctors who will be working at the hospital when it opens in October: Emergency Services – Jason B. Taylor, DVM, Meghan Gick, VMD, and Lauren Shaughnessy, DVM; Cardiology – Jess Weidman, DVM; Neurology – Martin Young, MS, DVM; and Surgery – Richard P. Suess, Jr., DVM, Roy F. Barnes, DVM, and Sevima Aktay, VMD. The doctors come from Bush Veterinary Neurology Service, Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates, Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates. For details, visit
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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Gelati Celesti Ice Cream leased 2,112 square feet in Dabney IX at 2245-2249 Dabney Rd. and Cash 2 U Pay Loans leased 1,000 square feet in the former Stanley Stegmeyer building at 4118 W. Broad St. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer also handled sale negotiations for Villa Park I, LLC, which purchased the Villa Park I office building at 8040 Villa Park Dr. from Orix Capital Markets, LLC for $4,300,000 as an investment. The 76,164 square feet building is situated on 6.72 acres.

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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

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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