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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.

Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy

The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo. > Read more.

Henrico Rec and Parks wins 2 statewide awards

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks received two awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at its annual conference, held Nov. 7-10 in Virginia Beach. The statewide awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Twin Hickory Park was awarded the Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds Greenways, and Trails) in the population category of 100,000+. A few highlights of the site include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for 2-5 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds. > Read more.
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Henrico Schools seeks cafeteria, bus driver subs at job fair

Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Sept. 24 for candidates interested in jobs as a substitute school nutrition assistant or bus driver. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Transportation departments will be at the fair at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road, to conduct general information sessions with candidates. All applicants must apply online in advance.

The session for candidates for cafeteria substitutes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, have no felony convictions, and apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers > Read more.

Whitaker returns to VHBG as VP of philanthropy

Adrienne Whitaker, whose first job out of college was with the Virginia Home for Boys (now the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls) is the new vice president of philanthropy at VHBG.

After graduating from The College of William and Mary, Whitaker arrived on campus as a volunteer and was hired as a child-care worker. She lived and worked on campus for more a year before moving on to a 20-year career in banking. Most recently she served as vice president of institutional advancement at Virginia State University.

Although she excelled in these careers, she said her heart remained with non-profit world. > Read more.

Henrico man wins $1M in Va. Lottery

Bernard Wyatt of Henrico may be the master of understatement. When asked how it felt to discover he’d won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $1,000,000 Cash Blast game, he said, “It was a nice surprise.”

He didn’t set out to win the prize, though. In fact, what brought him to Horizon Food Store at 6141 Charles City Road in Henrico was not Lottery tickets, but the chicken.

“They make some of the best fried chicken in Eastern Henrico County,” he said. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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