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Bon Secours Richmond Health System has launched Bon Secours 24/7, a telehealth app that gives the community access to the health system’s medical group providers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no appointment necessary. Bon Secours is the first health system to enter the Richmond market with this service. Bon Secours 24/7, available for Apple and Android devices, will allow users to connect within minutes to a Bon Secours medical provider via a mobile device or tablet, or by logging in to a secure website from their desktop computer. Bon Secours Health System launched the service to its employees nationwide Jan. 7 and is now offering the service throughout Virginia. Bon Secours 24/7 visits are $49 and may be covered by health insurance. For more information, visit http://www.bonsecours247.org

Pitching in on a paint job

The law firm Geoff McDonald and Associates participated in Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush! program last month, spending a day painting a home in Eastern Henrico County for a family selected by the county.

“We enjoy giving back to the community, and it was great to see my team grow closer together after working all day for Operation Paintbrush,” McDonald said.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has opened a new Glen Allen store, located at 11367 Nuckols Rd. in the Town Center at Twin Hickory. The store measures 1,600 square feet, carries approximately 1,018 items and will employ seven people. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The next closest ABC store is at 3406 Pump Rd. in Short Pump Crossing. ABC has opened 80 stores in the last 10 years and plans to open 20 more in the next five years. Currently 98 percent of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store.

Store’s fans enjoy ‘shopping for a purpose’


Bargain hunting in western Henrico got a whole lot easier once the sisters were born.

The Thrifty Sisters, that is.

Founded in Dec. 2012 to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP), who operate a home for the elderly on Michaels Road, the thrift store – located at 8911 Patterson Avenue – has far exceeded expectations.

For the shop’s initial year, organizers set a goal of donating $10,000 to help the Sisters in their mission at St. Joseph’s Home. But in only 15 months of operation, the store’s proceeds resulted in donations of $50,000 – and board members are scrambling to expand their storage and retail space to help the resale outlet grow.

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The Princeton Review has named the University of Richmond a “green” college for 2014. The college guidebook publisher annually recognizes colleges for environmental initiatives in construction, energy conservation and recycling. In recent years, all of the university's new construction has been LEED certified, and major renovations have focused on sustainable design strategies. The university also has a silver STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council with an active student chapter. To encourage students to conserve energy, monitoring systems in 14 residence halls allow residents to view their electricity usage in real time. To reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel, Richmond operates bus service to popular destinations around Richmond, provides free GRTC bus passes to students and employees and participates in Zipcar, an on-demand, car-sharing program located on campus.

Wegmans coming to Short Pump

UPDATE: APR. 23, 9:45 A.M. – A new grocery chain is entering the Henrico market.

Wegmans, a Rochester-based chain of grocery superstores, will open a store in the new West Broad Marketplace in Short Pump – the same site at which outdoor retailer Cabela’s recently announced that it would locate a 97,500-square-foot store.

The development will be located at West Broad Street and Cold Hill Lane, along Interstate 64 west of Short Pump Town Center, near Strange's Florist.

Corporate spelling bee raises $26,000

A team from Magellan Health Services (at right) won the annual Henrico Education Foundation Corporate Spelling Bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “glissade,” a verb meaning “to move along smoothly and effortlessly.”

HEF holds the event each year to raise money for instructional grants, scholarships and other programs in Henrico County Public Schools. Ten teams competed at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center April 9 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the foundation through team sponsorships and sales of raffle tickets for prizes such as vacations, gift cards and a 55-inch TV.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden earns national, state honors

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently finished second in USA Today’s 10Best Public Gardens contest. Twenty gardens nationwide were nominated, including some of the most stunning green spaces across North America.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite garden during March, and the top 10 were announced April 2.

“This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!” said Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor at USA Today. “America loves its gardens more than any of us knew.”

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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.

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