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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Princeton Review has named the University of Richmond a “green” college for 2014. The college guidebook publisher annually recognizes colleges for environmental initiatives in construction, energy conservation and recycling. In recent years, all of the university's new construction has been LEED certified, and major renovations have focused on sustainable design strategies. The university also has a silver STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council with an active student chapter. To encourage students to conserve energy, monitoring systems in 14 residence halls allow residents to view their electricity usage in real time. To reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel, Richmond operates bus service to popular destinations around Richmond, provides free GRTC bus passes to students and employees and participates in Zipcar, an on-demand, car-sharing program located on campus. > Read more.

Four schools earn $25,000 grants

Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.

The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.

The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers. > Read more.

School Board to consider purchase of iPads

Could iPad minis soon make an appearance en masse in Henrico County’s public school system?

Henrico County’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Instructional Support Services Bondy Shay Gibson advocated for the increased use of iPads in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms at an April 10 School Board work session.

“The iPad is very developmentally accessible,” Gibson said, commenting on the lack of training required to use the device. “You just have to know how to push a button and move your finger.” > Read more.

Wegmans coming to Short Pump

Rochester-based grocer operates 6 other Virginia stores
UPDATE: APR. 23, 9:45 A.M. – A new grocery chain is entering the Henrico market.

Wegmans, a Rochester-based chain of grocery superstores, will open a store in the new West Broad Marketplace in Short Pump – the same site at which outdoor retailer Cabela’s recently announced that it would locate a 97,500-square-foot store.

The development will be located at West Broad Street and Cold Hill Lane, along Interstate 64 west of Short Pump Town Center, near Strange's Florist. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


If you're looking to check a few gifts off your holiday list, visit Lakeside Avenue this weekend for some great deals during its annual Holly Jolly event. A great way to feel jolly – Taste The Local, a new festival in Short Pump celebrating what makes Virginia unique. Other events this weekend include: an archery workshop, Art for All Ages and a forum for young men. Click here for more! > Read more.

Heart Walk raises $631k for AHA

The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 20 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised $631,000 for the American Heart Association – with more donations being accepted through the end of the year at http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org.

Participants took to the one- and three-mile routes around the Innsbrook office park to help raise awareness for heart disease to support the education, programs and research goals of the American Heart Association. Teams representing local businesses, universities and community groups walked together with brightly colored matching shirts to show their unity. > Read more.

Lakeside to host ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’


Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10, providing local shoppers with a signature kick-off event. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s an exciting weekend in Henrico! The eastern part of the county is offering a workshop on optical toys of the 1800s; the Heritage Bluegrass Band; and Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival. Residents in western Henrico can visit the historic Deep Run School House or enjoy the festivities at Short Pump Town Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Cloudy, with a chance of laughter

Sequel doesn’t lack for food puns, constant energy or active imagination
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a film about food puns. Of course, it may have the trappings of story, characters and few key themes.

But these elements are just a means to an end, and that end is a jungle crawling with hippotatomuses, watermelophants and fruit cockatiels. It’s a bundle of boundless energy, intent on overstuffing every frame. > Read more.

A celtic family reunion

In its second year under new management, Scottish-Irish festival promises food, dancing, fun
The Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games will return to Richmond Raceway Complex for a two-day event Oct. 19-20 that promises to showcase bagpipes, kilts, dancing, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish-Irish food.

Stokes McCune, the organizer of the festival, said the celebration is about family and heritage, noting his own Scottish-Irish lineage that traces back to the 1700s in Richmond. > Read more.

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