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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced that Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has leased 52,296 square feet of office space in Suite 400 of Villa Park III, located at 7870 Villa Park Dr. in Henrico. The Department will be relocating its headquarters location to Villa Park III from 4010 W. Broad Street. Mark E. Douglas, CCIM, SIOR and Brian K. Berkey of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations for the landlord, SCP-G Villa Park, LLC.

ACAC opens in Short Pump

Greg Wells, CEO of ACAC, discusses the features of the soon-to-be completed rooftop pool and paddle tennis courts to visitors at an open house held at the West Broad Village location Dec. 13. The new athletic club, which opened Dec. 17, also boasts a warm water therapy pool, two-story kids zone, mind body studio, and the only doubles squash court in Richmond.

Martin’s donates $26k to Christmas Mother

Martin's Food Markets customers and associates helped brighten the holiday season for Richmond and Williamsburg families in need by donating $102,350 through this year’s Share a Holiday Meal, including $26,150 to the Henrico Christmas Mother. Other donations were made to programs in Chesterfield, Hanover and to the Salvation Army in Central Virginia and Williamsburg.

“Since MARTIN’S started participating in the Share a Holiday Meal campaign in 2010, more than $280,000 has been donated to assist thousands of families across Central Virginia during the holidays,” said Jim Scanlon, regional vice president.

Business in brief


Virginia Eye Institute is now accepting applications for its 20th annual Cataract Mission program, an outreach program designed to help Virginians in need receive free cataract surgery. Eligibility criteria include a lack of insurance (including Medicare or Medicaid) and a lack of financial means to pay for the surgery. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2013. About 80 Virginia Eye Institute volunteers work with the program each year and the program has donated over 240 surgeries to date. Patients also get post-op follow-up at no charge and a new temporary lens. Qualified candidates may call 287-4905 to request an application.

Villa receives outdoor classroom


Thirty-five volunteers from Dominion constructed an outdoor classroom at the St. Joseph’s Villa campus Nov. 27, completing the Villa’s newly installed learning and therapy garden. The garden serves all of the nonprofit’s clientele, including at-risk and developmentally disabled children.

Teachers will utilize the outdoor classroom to promote sensory, hands-on learning in all subjects, especially those related to science and nutrition.

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Henrico-based "Choose.It" recently won second place in the Tech Challenge Hanover, a state-wide competition that invited startups to compete for a chance at a $10,000 first prize and tenancy at the Dominion Resources Innovation Center in Hanover County. The company offers customers the ability to request deals they want, as opposed to receiving non-targeted offers from “deal-of-the-day” websites. Choose.It will receive a $500 co-pay for Kauffman FastTrac classes provided thru InnoVA, as well as free, ongoing consulting services from William H. Daughtrey, Dominion Resources Innovation Center’s entrepreneur-in-residence.

As easy as ABC

After 51 years and two months, Virginia ABC employee Carlton E. Willis retired recently, leaving behind the longest career in retail service in the history of the agency. Willis worked as a store associate, assistant manager and manager in four stores in Henrico and Hanover counties and in the City of Richmond. His starting salary in 1961 was $75 a week.

“I really enjoyed working for the ABC,” Willis said. “I loved seeing the people who came in the store and enjoying a laugh or two with them.”

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Jessica M. Hawthorne has been hired as youth program coordinator at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, an organization that works with schools, businesses and communities to achieve success through inclusion. In her role, she conducts diversity and inclusion programs for middle school, high school and college students across the Commonwealth. Hawthorne has particular responsibility for VCIC’s assemblies, one-day youth forums and multi-day student retreats.

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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Ellen M. Drake has joined the Residential Services Group as a residential portfolio manager in its Glen Allen office. She will manage a portfolio of residential multi-family properties in the metro Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. Drake graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the director of property management for Monroe Properties in downtown Richmond. Drake holds the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designation from the National Apartment Association and is currently enrolled in the Certified Property Manager (CPM) curriculum through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

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