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Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings has leased 31,637 square feet in Villa Park I at 8040 Villa Park Dr. in Henrico. Aaron Rents, Inc. has renewed its lease of 9,000 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd. in Henrico. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations.

Nathan A. Crozier was recently named the next director of admission at University of Richmond. He was formerly the associate director of admission at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. At Richmond, Crozier will be responsible for attracting, recruiting and enrolling a diverse student body and he will also oversee the daily administration of the Office of Admission. He succeeds Michael Kabbaz, who recently became associate vice president for enrollment at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Tracie Grady recently was promoted to the position of vice president of member services at Eisenman & Associates, Inc. (E&A) in Glen Allen. Grady will celebrate her ninth anniversary with E&A in Aug. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business with a concentration in human resources from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her new position, Grady will oversee all areas of member services including administration, publications and meetings and events. Additionally, Joe Hart recently was hired as A&E’s vice president of consulting services. He has more than 15 years of hotel experience in sales and marketing, as well as operations. Hart most recently worked for a site selection firm specializing in corporate and sports events.

Ken Denton, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting center at 3318 W. Broad St., recently celebrated 20 years as a Maaco franchisee. Maaco specializes in value-driven repairs that can preserve the value of newer cars, increase the value of older vehicles and save on repair costs prior to lease turn-ins. The center has repaired more than 30,000 vehicles since its opening and it is one of 475 Maaco centers that repair and paint more than 600,000 vehicles a year. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Qdoba Mexican Grill recently partnered with Team X-T.R.E.M.E. (Train, Rehabilitate, Empower, Motivate and Endure), a nonprofit organization comprised of active military, military veterans and emergency service personnel who wear gas masks while executing extreme feats of physical and mental endurance as a way to honor, empower, motivate and generate awareness for veterans in need. As part of this partnership, the Richmond, Va. Qdoba franchise, owned by Ibo Pinar, will donate 100 percent of its $5 Meal Deal proceeds to Team X-T.R.E.M.E. on June 30. All five Richmond locations are participating.
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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.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

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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