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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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Germany-based GRW High Precision Bearings, a producer of precision bearings, recently opened its new office at 530 Eastpark Court in Sandston to serve its East Coast operations and host all engineering services in the United States. The company said it chose the Richmond area for its central location on the East Coast. This new office location will enable the company to support growing client needs for high precision bearings. Alexander Strobl will serve as lead engineering design manager on the US team.

Dominion Packaging to bring 113 jobs to Henrico

Dominion Packaging, a Richmond-based company that produces packaging for tobacco, quick-service restaurant and consumer customers, announced today that it will move its headquarters to Henrico County and establish a manufacturing facility near the airport as well. The company will invest $45 million in total to make the move, which is expected to create 113 news jobs in Henrico, according to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Dominion Packaging also considered a site in North Carolina.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked University of Richmond No. 26 on its 2013–14 list of 100 best value private liberal arts colleges. Kiplinger’s annual lists rank 100 private universities and 100 private liberal arts colleges. Richmond was selected for its academic quality and generous financial aid and scholarship programs. It remains among a small group of colleges and universities offering need-blind admission — it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay in the admission decision — while also meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted students.

Stratford University students dish out ‘KISS’es

Susan Martinson (pictured above, second from left), creator of Keep It Simple Syrup, posed with students from Stratford University’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Oct. 9 following a culinary competition in which the students created dishes using the syrup, also known as KISS.

A panel of five judges chose top-three winners in both sweet and savory categories that used the cocktail mixer and syrup as an ingredient. The first, second and third place winners in each category received gift cards.

Pink-out at St. Mary’s

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fountain lighting at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital will be pink during the month of October. In addition, pink design elements have been added to the outside of St. Mary’s and other local Bon Secours hospitals, and pink ribbons have been placed around the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting announced their merger last month. CMoR changed its mission statement in 2009 to reflect its focus on parent engagement. A partner with CMoR for years, Commonwealth Parenting has been eager to expand its reach. Two members of Commonwealth Parenting's Board of Directors will move to the museum's Board of Trustees. In addition, a task force comprised of Commonwealth Parenting and CMoR volunteers will be formed to advise the merger process during the first year. The Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to assist with expenses related to the merger.

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During the month of October, Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy Auto Repair Center, along with over 60 other independent auto repair shops across the U.S., will offer free brakes as part of the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser. The brakes come with a lifetime guarantee. The customer pays for labor. Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy will donate a portion of each brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. For more information, visit http://www.brakesforbreasts.org

‘Band Together’ raises money for VHBG

A crowd of more than 450 people attended the fifth-annual Band Together event Sept. 13 at a private home in Richmond, raising more than $90,000 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

Under the leadership of Taryn White (pictured, at left) and Kelly Armstrong (pictured, at right), the VHBG volunteer benefit committee planned the event, which featured music by Blue Dogs and McBeth.

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