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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

Henrico counselor appointed to state SOL committee

A Henrico County Public Schools guidance counselor is one of 28 appointees to the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the committee members this week.

Renee Zando, director of counseling at Hermitage High School, is the only Henrico member of the committee, which is charged with building on the work that began with legislation passed during the 2014 General Assembly session and taking a comprehensive look at the SOL system. Other appointees represent school systems, school boards, universities and private entitites from throughout the state. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, June 2-8


9008 Old Mayland Way – $212,000, 1,560 SF (built in 2010), from Aaron and Catherine Baird to Piyush Dagaar and Ichha Bhandari.
8602 Hanford Drive – $220,000, 1,685 SF (built in 1958), from Roderick A. Moses and Nyetta L. Johnson to Sean and Stephanie C. Chalifoux.
3809 Foxfield Court – $222,000, 1,500 SF (built in 1990), from Housing and Urban Development to Illya and Yelena S. Golanek.
924 Westham Parkway – $224,900, 1,260 (built in 1951), from Karen M. O’Leary Trust to David W. and Laura W. Hodge. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has been named one of three finalists in the Small Business category of the 2014 IMPACT Awards by the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two winners will be announced – one in the Small Business category and one in the Large Business category – at a banquet Nov. 12. The IMPACT Awards have honored regional businesses since 1988. Finalists are selected by a committee composed of volunteers from Chamber member companies. > Read more.

Meeting the ‘Challenge’

A unique, inclusive softball game paired students with disabilities with baseball and softball players from Henrico high school baseball and softball teams June 6. The Challenger Day game at the Tuckahoe Little League fields included students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from Deep Run, Freeman, Glen Allen, Godwin, Henrico, Highland Springs, Tucker and Varina high schools.

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon threw out the first pitch, along with School Resource Officer O’Keefe. > Read more.

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Community

RABA to donate bikes to Christmas Mother programs

Members of the Richmond Area Bicycle Association recently contributed $13,000 to buy 198 new bicycles and helmets for donation to area Christmas Mother programs.

The bicycles were assembled on Nov. 3 by more than 50 volunteers from RABA and will be distributed to area Christmas Mothers Dec. 1. Volunteers will load up trucks & trailers and deliver the bikes to Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Charles City counties. The Christmas Mothers will give them to needy families who have applied for help. The club worked to match appropriate bicycles to the needs of the children in the various counties. > Read more.

Tuckahoe YMCA receives $7k donation from Kiwanis Club

The Tuckahoe Family YMCA recently received a $7,000 donation from the Tuckahoe Kiwanis Club. The money was raised during the group’s eighth annual golf tournament and will help the Y continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The donation is the organization’s way of giving back to the community it serves, Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe Tournament Director Bland Weaver said. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Have you had enough of crowds and long lines? Take a break at two beautiful places in Henrico – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Lavender Fields Herb Farm. If you’re still reeling from those awkward Thanksgiving conversations, Don “DC” Curry is ready to provide some laughs at the Richmond Funny Bone. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

AMC television series seeks background actors

The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.

“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.

Scene sparkles, food falls flat

American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.

I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.

“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.

Overstuffed turkeys

Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.

The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.

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