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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently completed three leases at Franklin Commons, 5640 Cox Rd., in Innsbrook. SunTrust Bank leased 90,000 square feet, Independent Container Line leased 22,000 square feet and an undisclosed Fortune 100 company leased 44,000 square feet. With the completion of these leases the Franklin Commons Office Complex, which is composed of three Class A office buildings consisting of approximately 298,000 square feet, has been significantly leased. One full floor of 44,000 square feet remains for a large corporate user.

Dominion Automotive Group, doing business as Sears Automotive Center, recently leased 7,850 square feet of space at 4920 W. Broad St. and 5001 W. Marshall St., and MAACO Automotive of Henrico recently leased 7,562 square feet at 3318 W. Broad St. John G. Myers, Jr., of Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled lease negotiations for both transactions.

Fortune Magazine recently ranked Greater Richmond 13th best of all metro cities in the number of Fortune 1000 companies per 100,000 residents. Across all U.S. metro areas, Greater Richmond ranked 19th in the number of total Fortune 1000 companies, tying with Kansas City, Mo. and Phoenix, Az. In Henrico, Altria Group ranked 154, Genworth Financial ranked 243 and CarMax ranked 311. Brinks ranked at 645.

Morton Consulting, of Glen Allen, recently opened a new branch in Arlington. One of Virginia’s premier IT and recruiting consultancies, Morton Consulting works with clients and consultants in the Northern Va., D.C. and Gaithersburg, Md. areas. Morton Consulting was recently awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract in Feb. and has also been named a finalist for the RichTech Cherry, Bekaert & Holland Emerging Company Award.

Dr. Ken Macurik recently joined St. Joseph’s Villa, of Henrico, as the new director of developmental disabilities services.

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Brown Bag Lunch Series will continue June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the GRCC office, 600 W. Main St. Gib Sloan of MetLife will discuss the family dynamics of special needs planning including government benefit eligibility, guardianship, conservatorship and guardium ad litem, and financial security and funding options. The program is free and for Chamber members only. To register, call Tim Grimes at 783-9308 or visit http://www.grcc.com .

Steve D’Andrea, a stroke survivor and Type 1 diabetic, and his wife, Gayle D’Andrea, a breast cancer survivor, recently founded the nonprofit organization Survivors Network LLC and the website,http://www.supportersofsurvivors.com, to help others facing these and other debilitating medical conditions. The website includes a blog where visitors can chat directly with the D’Andreas, links to other helpful and supportive websites and information on how to get financial support for those dealing with medical problems. Gayle D’Andrea, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Henrico.

Smart phone users interested in starting or growing a small business can now find helpful resources at their fingertips via a new SBA mobile application from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The app features a built-in startup cost calculator to help estimate the costs associated with getting a business off the ground, plus an SBA partner locator to help users find SBA offices, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE. Users will also have mobile access to SBA video content and social media alerts to provide them with tips on the go. The app can be downloaded at SBA’s website at http://www.sba.gov/content/sba-mobile-app
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MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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