Henrico County VA

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.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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