Business in brief
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.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.
Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?
Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.
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