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HHHunt has promoted Steve Brant to vice president of finance and accounting with responsibility for HHHunt’s Communities Division and golf courses. He has been with HHHunt for seven years. Brant holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Averett University. HHHunt has also promoted Ann Kelly to assistant vice president of finance and accounting with responsibility for HHHunt’s homebuilding operations. She rejoined HHHunt more than a year ago after working previously from 2001-2008. She holds a degree in international economics and history from Virginia Tech.

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Paradise Pen Company, located at the Stony Point Fashion Park, will host a fundraiser for Henrico-based Virginia Home for Boys and Girls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 13-14. The merchants at Stony Point have contributed a wide variety of items to be auctioned and all proceeds will benefit VHBG. Paradise Pen will also donate ten percent of the store’s weekend sales to the organization.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Baker Distribution – renewed its lease of 18,000 square feet in Fair Ground Distribution Center at 4331 Carolina Ave.; The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia – renewed its lease of 7,547 square feet in Parham Professional Park at 2821 N. Parham Rd.; Security Specialists, Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,940 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; and Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc. – leased 2,096 square feet at 4235 Innslake Dr.

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Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) has announced the officers for its 2013-14 board with three new community leaders to join this year. The board will comprise of: Chair – Stephanie Gaillard White, vice president of Talent Management & Diversity of MeadWestvaco; Chair-elect – Amy Nisenson, executive director of Mary Morton Parsons Foundation; Secretary – Rob Jones, president of Alliance Group; Treasurer – Hattie Hamlin, senior vice president of Institution and Government Banking, SunTrust Bank; Immediate past chair – Scott Blackwell, chief culture officer of Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.; Director – Christopher Peace, Delegate, Virginia General Assembly; Director – Candice Streett, executive director of Local Initiative Support Corporation; and director – Jonathan Zur, president and CEO of Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

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Keith Haas has joined Snagajob, succeeding Dave Bosher as the company’s next chief financial officer. He has over 20 years of experience leading rapidly-growing private and public technology companies, having most recently served as the vice president of finance for GeoEye. Haas received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, his MBA in finance and strategy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.

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Tom Tighe has joined Snagajob as senior vice president of sales. Previously, Tighe served as vice president of sales for mindSHIFT, a leading managed services provider that provides a suite of outsourced and cloud-based IT services to small- to medium-sized businesses. Prior to mindSHIFT, he held sales roles with Legato, Stryker and Fedex. Tighe received his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Virginia Tech.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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