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James River Air Conditioning and owner Hugh Joyce recently announced the installation of its Level 2 electric vehicle charger and the delivery of its first all-electric vehicle, the 2011 Nissan Leaf. The Nissan Leaf is used as a corporate vehicle and to establish trends and operational data for deployment of electric vehicles in the larger James River fleet. The Level 2 charger, listed on the nationwide register of publicly available electric car charging stations, will be available to the public when not being used by James River corporate vehicles. Much of the energy used by the GE watt station electric charger is generated by the 10kW solar system installed at the James River Air Conditioning company headquarters, 1905 Westmoreland St. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverair.com .
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Meleasia Murchison was recently promoted to the position of rehabilitation services coordinator within the Greater Richmond ARC’s Industrial Services division. She was formerly respite program coordinator at ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield. In her new position, Murchison will oversee programs at ARC’s Westwood location, including its Vocational Community Program that is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities whose interest and stamina prevents working full-time. She joined Greater Richmond ARC in 2006.

Marilyn West
, CEO of MH West & Co, Inc., will chair the American Heart Association’s 2011-2012 Go Red for Women campaign, culminating in a luncheon on Feb. 17 at the Jefferson Hotel. Members of the Executive Leadership Team include: 2009-10 Chair Karen Higgins, Wells Fargo Advisors; 2010-11 Chair Toni Ardabell, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital; Adrienne Whitaker, SunTrust Bank; Tonya Mallory, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Tuesday Stott, Owens & Minor; Deborah Cassidy, Mondial Assistance USA; Deborah Armstrong, M&T Bank; Mary Malone, Hancock Daniel Johnson Nagle; Stephanie Sulmer, Sheltering Arms; Fran Orphan, Kroger; Dr. Jill Bussey Harris, Beautiful Smiles; Mary Doswell, Dominion Resources; Mary Anne Graf, Bon Secours; and Collette Bernard, Tracy Retchin and Shannon Finley, UPS Mid-Atlantic. The Go Red for Women campaign was created in 2004 to bring awareness to the number one killer of women, heart disease. For details, visit http://www.heart.org/richmondvagoredluncheon .
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New Yung Wah Trading, LLC, a New York-based retailer, recently acquired the industrial building at 5700 Lewis Rd. in Sandston for $2.7 million. The property totals 145,706 square feet on about 11.9 acres. Agents with Porter Realty Co., Inc. handled the sale.
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Jessica Hornedo, “The Home Décor Physician,” recently relocated her practice from Maryland to Henrico. Hornedo specializes in home décor consulting and services. Her motto is “Your Stress Free Cure to Decorating Disorders.” For details, call 551-9043 or visit http://www.hdprichmond.com .
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Virginia’s sixth annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 5-7. During this three-day period, eligible items will be exempt from Virginia sales tax. To be eligible, school supply items must be $20 or less and clothing and footwear must be $100 or less. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies. Lists of eligible items, along with guidelines and frequently asked questions for both consumers and retailers , can be viewed at http://www.tax.virginia.gov .
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Genesis Electrical Services, Inc., located at 9601 Gayton Rd. in Henrico, recently partnered with Renewable Engineered Systems (RES) to offer solar panels in an initiative to provide green options in electrical systems. The solar systems can supply partial or total energy supply. Solar energy provides pollution-free, clean electricity that can lower or eliminate electrical bills. It is a great alternative to generators because it doesn’t rely on outside fuel sources to operate. As an additional benefit, there is a 30% federal tax credit currently offered. For details, visit http://www.genesiselectricalva.com .
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Triple Play Services recently renewed its lease of 49,817 square feet in the Interport Business Center, Building A, 4800 Eubank Rd. Kennedy & Lee Consulting, LLC recently leased 4,720 square feet in Virginia Center Station, 1070 Virginia Center Pkwy. Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled both negotiations.
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The Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from Asian Pacific American businesses for the upcoming Asian Business Awards Program, to be held at the third annual Asian Chamber Gala on Dec. 7. The Asian Chamber will recognize Asian-owned Virginia companies of all sizes, industry sectors and geographical locations that are examples of business accomplishments and product/service; business process or service innovation. Nominations are sought for the Asian Vanguard Business Award, the Emerging Asian Business Award and the Business of the Year Award of 2011. The application deadline is Sept. 30. For details, visit http://www.asianchambergala.org .
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The Stratford University/Thalhimer Center conversion was recently honored as Best Reuse Project of the Year at the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate’s 10th annual awards ceremony. The project, completed by MGT Construction, included interior and exterior renovation of the existing 75,000 square foot warehouse previously used for distribution (Stratford University) and interior and exterior renovation of the existing 28,000 square foot office space (Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer). The facility was previously owned and operated by S&K. The project was also a finalist for the overall Project of the Year award.
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More than 400 area children recently received new shoes from Saxon Shoes, located in the Short Pump Town Center, as part of the YMCA Bright Beginnings program. Now in its 20th year, Bright Beginnings takes low-income families on back-to-school shopping trips, outfitting them with two fall outfits, shoes, socks and underwear. The children who benefit from the Saxon Shoes donation spend the money that they would have spent on shoes on other clothing. For details, visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org/brightbeginnings .
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Matthew L. Curtis recently joined the Healthcare Practice Group at Sands Anderson PC. Curtis began his legal career in Norfolk and most recently handled general insurance defense litigation with a focus on medical malpractice and auto accident litigation for Goodman, Allen & Filetti, PLLC. He served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in the Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns after graduating from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary Law School.
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All three Richmond-area locations of Moe’s Southwest Grill will donate 15 percent of total profits to the Central Virginia Food Bank on Aug. 13. Liberty 98.9 will be broadcasting live from Moe’s in Glen Allen, 10839 W. Broad St., from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For donations of five items or more, 98.9 will provide a choice of tickets to the Flying Squirrels or passes to Theatre IV. Moe’s will also host a nonperishable food drive Aug. 13-20. For every donation, Moe’s will offer a $2 off coupon to be used on the customer’s next visit. For details, visit the Richmond Moe’s page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MoesRichmond .



Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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