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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.

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, 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.


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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > 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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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