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The Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront (FoCR) has merged with Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC), which will carry on the work of both organizations by stewarding the lands previously protected by FoCR. Initial discussions about a merger began in late 2013. Legal due diligence was conducted in early 2014 and the merger decision was formally made in late March 2014. Troutman Sanders LLP provided pro bono legal services for due diligence and document preparation for the merger. As part of the merger, conservation easements held by FoCR will be assigned to CRLC. The restrictions, land use limitations, and reserved rights listed in each easement will remain unchanged.

Business in brief


Universal Ford Sales, Inc., of Glen Allen, is one of 14 Virginia companies listed in “Black Enterprise” magazine’s 40th annual BE100s report. The comprehensive analysis includes a total of 230 companies broken down into seven categories; Universal Ford Sales is ranked No. 57 in the auto dealers category. The dealership had almost $23 million in revenue in 2011. “Black Enterprise,” a business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans, develops rankings by collecting surveys from companies and gathering information from various agencies and associations. The business must be at least 51% black-owned to be eligible.

New ACAC Fitness Center offering hard-hat tours

Construction of the new ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center at the corner of Old Brick Road and Gathering Place in West Broad Village is underway and the community is invited to attend hard hat tours of the new facility on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 21 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in at the Express Club & Membership Center at 2225 Old Brick Road (next to 3 Sports) to take a tour.

The new club will encompass almost 62,000 square feet on four levels, including a rooftop pool and sundeck. Other amenities will include locker rooms, two-story child care, three squash courts, two rooftop platform tennis courts, three pools, four group fitness studios and a wide array of the latest strength and cardiovascular equipment.

EHBA donates 40 bikes

Principal Paul Llewellyn of Seven Pines Elementary School in Sandston sat in a small room in the school library earlier this month with a helmet on his head, stared fixedly into a video camera and told his students that they rocked their standards of learning tests.

“I’m so proud of you guys,” Llewellyn said as he prepared to draw four names in the third annual bike raffle during the special morning video announcement. “You did better than any other year of testing at Seven Pines.”

Two years ago, Eastern Henrico Business Association President Mark Romers was approached about helping to fund the purchase of two bikes for the raffle to help incentivize performance on the spring testing.

Business in brief


Zaxby’s recently announced its multi-unit development agreement with Hoozax Foods, Inc. to open 32 Zaxby’s restaurants in the Norfolk and Richmond areas within the next seven years. The partnership will make Hoozax Foods, Inc. one of Zaxby’s largest franchisees. A southeast favorite for chicken fingers and buffalo wings, Zaxby’s features a quick-casual format providing services and amenities that fall somewhere between fast food and a sit-down restaurant. The chain operates more than 550 locations in 12 states; there are currently three locations in Virginia - Roanoke, Salem and Williamsburg. Of the 32, 15 restaurants are planned for Richmond.

Project SEARCH students graduate with jobs

Twenty years ago, Bradford Hulcher wouldn’t have believed that her son, Sam, would have a job after high school.

But earlier this month, after graduating from the yearlong Project SEARCH internship program, Sam Hulcher and six other young adults with autism from Henrico County were offered jobs at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

“I’m just so excited,” Bradford Hulcher said.

Project SEARCH is a national program that provides internships for high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them develop skills and work experience.

Corporate runners raise money

Among the 2,928 runners and walkers who participated in the Third Annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 7 were (left) Tyler Meece of Target, Anita Williams of University of Richmond, and (right) Laura Ortiz of CarMax. Greater Richmond Fit4Kids, a non-profit organization designed to improve the health of local children, was the official charitable beneficiary of the event. For full results, visit http://www.sportsbackers.org

Henrico FCU supports teachers in financial education curriculum

Henrico Federal Credit Union and Hermitage High School partnered over the last two weeks of school to deliver life lessons in financial education. During a time when teachers are often reviewing and giving exams to other students, the end of the school year has been a great opportunity for teachers to invite the credit union in for hands-on activities on budgeting and being credit smart.

Henrico FCU has been on the forefront of educating young people on finance by opening student run branches in three of Henrico County’s high schools -- Deep Run, Hermitage and Henrico -- and appearing in classrooms to partner with teachers on lessons in personal finance.

Crossings eagle returns to roost

All eyes were on the eagle June 11 as the 3000-pound landmark sculpture --- with a boost from a 160-ton crane-- was re-installed in its perch atop the refinished golden dome of the Jefferson Building at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen.

The eagle, which has resided atop the Jefferson Building since the complex served as Figgie International's headquarters in the 1980s, had spent a week "nesting" on the ground after its June 4 removal. Among the restoration and repair tasks performed during the bird's makeover was the regilding of its 24-carat gold leaf wings.

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