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Kroger recently opened a new fuel center location at its store at 4816 South Laburnum Avenue. The new site brings the number of centers to 53 in Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region. 
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Martin's Food Markets recently named Vicki L. Kiger as its community relations coordinator for the company’s south region, which encompasses the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities. Kroger formerly served as the director of marketing at SportsQuest and has more than 20 years of marketing and special events experience.
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The Henrico Business Council cabinet voted Nov. 17 to approve a resolution supporting the establishment of a Defense Manufacturing Zone. One of the legislative requests that Henrico County has proposed for the General Assembly session, the Defense Manufacturing Zone legislation may expand in scope to become a regional or statewide initiative. 
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Century 21 Option 1 Realty recently sent Jeff Tuck as a representative to the annual Century 21 Leadership Conference, held by Century 21 Real Estate LLC to provide its brokers, owners and managers the chance to learn about relevant real estate industry trends and new system resources. 
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Keith L. Smith, broker associate of Weichert Realtors in Glen Allen, recently was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond.  Smith has been a member of the church since 2003. 
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Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. (EVB), which is commemorating 100 years of banking at its 25 branches across Eastern Virginia in 2010,  recently donated 20 new computer systems to the public libraries in Henrico and other localities in eastern Virginia. Each of the new PCs includes a widescreen monitor and will enable local libraries to help their patrons with Internet research and more.
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Richmond-based design firm H&A Architects & Engineers donated 4,237 pounds of food for the Central Virginia FoodBank. H&A encouraged its 250 employees to donate by organizing the departments into competing teams. The electrical department in the Richmond office donated more than 2000 pounds, contributing close to half the total amount of donations. 
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Virginia Commonwealth University recently leased 3,420 square feet in the 3600 Centre, 3600 West Broad Street in Henrico County. N. Dean Meyer of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Snipes Preferred Properties recently leased 3,196 square feet in the Daniel Building, 3805 Cutshaw Avenue in Henrico County.  Brian K. Berkey and Mac Wilson of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations. 
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Kipling Financial Services, LLC recently leased 3,132 square feet at 4300 South Laburnum Avenue in Henrico County.  Austin H. Newman of Thalhimer handled lease negotiations.
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

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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