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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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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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