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RIC sets all-time record for April passenger count


Richmond International Airport had a record-breaking April. The airport reported that its total passenger count last month of 300,491 surpassed the previous record for April of 298,209, set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.”

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago. > Read more.

Fox, raccoon test positive for rabies


A fox killed by Henrico Animal Protection officers in Glen Allen and a raccoon found dead in Varina on Monday both tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Animal Protection officers responded to the 1500 block of Gabriel Court (near the Creeks at Virginia Center shopping center) May 25 at approximately 9 a.m. for a call about the fox acting strangely. Officers attempted to capture the animal, which was under the deck of a residence, but they instead killed it after it tried to attack them. The fox's remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and positive rabies results came back May 26.

No human or animal exposures were reported in the case. > Read more.

Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less. > Read more.

WestPark shopping center sold for $33.3M

UPDATE: MAY 20, 4:10 P.M. – A West End shopping center has been sold to an Illinois real estate firm for $33.3 million.

InvenTrust Properties purchased the WestPark Shopping Center, a 176,973-square-foot center on West Broad Street between Stillman Parkway and Pemberton Road, from Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
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Henrico sheriff hires laid-off Petersburg deputies


Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.

The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade. > Read more.

Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicator (VPC) 2015 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition.

Awards were announced at the VPC (formerly known as Virginia Press Women) spring conference awards luncheon, held May 2 in Norfolk.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the specialty articles category, with two stories focusing on environmental topics. The articles were about the Environmental Film Festival’s expansion into Henrico County, and about the trend towards building and outfitting more homes and commercial structures with solar panels and other green features. Judges noted that Kruszewski “did her research and also made the articles interesting to read.” > Read more.

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Community

Tree seedling giveaway planned April 2-3


The Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor a tree seedling giveaway on April 2 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on April 3 at Hermitage High School parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bare-root tree seedlings are available to Henrico County residents free of charge for the spring planting season.

The following seedling species will be available: apple, kousa dogwood, red maple, river birch, red osier dogwood, loblolly pine, sycamore, bald cypress, white dogwood and redbud. Quantities are limited and trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant is allowed up to 10 trees total, not to include more than five of the same species. > Read more.

State provides online directory of Bingo games


Wondering where to go to play Bingo? Wonder no more.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently launched an online directory of permitted bingo games played in Virginia. Listed by locality, more than 400 regular games are available across the state. The directory will be updated monthly and can be found on VDACS’ website at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/gaming/index.shtml.

“Many Virginia charities, including volunteer rescue squads, booster clubs and programs to feed the homeless, use proceeds from charitable gaming as a tool to support their missions, said Michael Menefee, program manager for VDACS’ Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs. > Read more.

Local couple wins wedding at Lewis Ginter


Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.

Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The University of Richmond will host its annual Global Family Concert this weekend – a free, family friendly concert featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances. Country music fans can head to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for “An Evening of Country” featuring The Honky Tonk Experience. Enjoy the spring weather at Meadow Farm for “Sheep to Shawl” or join the Henrico Hiking Club at James River Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

You shouldn’t go ‘Home’ again


The premise behind Home is so much cooler than what you’d expect. Assuming of course, that “what you’d expect” is the picture presented by the film’s recent ad barrage: a by-the-numbers road trip between Rihanna and an alien with the exact mannerisms of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. But Home opens with a much more inventive concept. Earth is invaded by the Boov, a squid-ish species that assumes humans are about as intelligent as cattle. They transform Australia into one giant carnival and plop all of humanity there to content itself while the Boov make their new home in rest of the now-emptied planet. Neat, right?

One problem: a girl, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (Rihanna), who manages to avoid the great relocation (done with giant space vacuums, of course) and sets out on a quest to find her abducted mother. Along the way, she’ll meet up with Oh (Jim Parsons), a Boov who’s been outcast for being too unique among his very cookie-cutter species. > Read more.

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