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3 new shops coming to Willow Lawn

Three new tenants are coming to The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

Lucky Foot and Pigtails & Crewcuts have signed agreements to locate at Willow Lawn, and the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will open there Aug. 3. All three will be located in the same building that houses American Tap Room and Zoës Kitchen.

Lucky Foot is expanding from its current location in Midlothian to offer personalized service to runners and walkers in the Richmond metro area. In addition to shoes and running supplies, the store offers a full body motion analysis and helps runners prevent injury and keep their exercise regimens simple and fun.

St. Mary’s Family Center celebrates 25th anniversary

The St. Mary’s Hospital Family Center, which provides on-site child care services for employees, celebrated its first 25 years Jan. 25 with a party for current and former families, alumni and teachers.

“Children who we cared for as babies volunteer with us today,” said Samara Musselman, who began working at the St. Mary's Center in 1991 and today is the administrative director for all three of the Bon Secours family centers. “Bon Secours staff members who came to the center as children now leave their own children in our care. The bond we all share with the St. Mary’s Family Center is truly amazing.”

Webb named CEO of A Grace Place

The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center recently named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer, effective last month. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional and local level. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO. A Grace Place, located in Henrico County, provides specialized day programs for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions, and support for their family caregivers.

Webb served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months.

State sues Henrico hotel

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against GRM Management LLC, a Virginia limited liability company that operates the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Henrico County, for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia's "bait and switch" statute.

The hotel is located at 6531 West Broad Street in the Near West End.

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The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center has named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional, and local level. She served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. Before that, she served as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia for 19 years and held leadership positions with the University of Richmond, Traveler’s Aide of Virginia, and the American Red Cross. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO.

Smithfield, Martin’s donate to FeedMore

Smithfield and Martin's teamed to kick off the 10th annual “Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight” presented by Martin's by donating 40,000 pounds of protein to the FeedMore Central Virginia Food Bank last week.

A canned-food and funds competition between Virginia Tech and UVa, the Hokies vs. ‘Hoos Food Fight will collect donations at Richmond-area Martin's and local schools Feb. 3-16, as well as through the organization’s website (http://www.hokiesvshoos.com) through Feb. 18.

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The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) is launching a new graduate program in nonprofit studies. The program will include a master’s degree in nonprofit studies, which will provide specialized knowledge in fields including management, advocacy and public policy, social entrepreneurship, resource development, program design and assessment, and global organizations and philanthropy. The program will also include a graduate certificate designed for leaders of nonprofit organizations and boards. The first classes should begin in August, pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university’s accrediting body.

CVWMA board votes against East End Landfill expansion

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority's board of directors voted unanimously today to deny a request to amend the Central Virginia Regional Waste Management Plan to allow expansion of the East End Landfill on Darbytown Road in the Varina District.

The CVWMA board represents 13 localities in the region. Landfill officials had sought to expand operations at the facility, which accepts construction and demolition debris.

At its Dec. 10 meeting last year, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose amendment of the regional plan. Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, whose Varina District is home to the landfill, spoke on behalf of Henrico’s board at today’s CVWMA meeting.

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Carrabba’s Italian Grill selected St. Joseph’s Villa as the nonprofit beneficiary of its Short Pump grand opening on Monday, Jan. 13. The restaurant donated 50% of the day’s proceeds to the Villa for a total of $4,388. Funds raised will support the Villa’s mental health, educational, homeless and developmental disabilities programs for children and families. St. Joseph’s Villa serves more than 2,100 children and families each year.

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