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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Police arrest, charge restaurant manager with sexual assault

Ojeda-Aquino
Henrico Police officials arrested and charged a 42-year-old restaurant manager with taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial role and sexual object penetration, after receiving information that a 17-year-old male working for him had been assaulted.

Carlos Alberto Ojeda-Aquino, of the 4800 block of Monument Avenue, was arrested Jan. 6 following a police investigation. > Read more.

Police seek convenience store robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a convenience store/gas station in the 8900 block of West Broad Street Jan. 5. At approximately 10:30 a.m. that day, the man entered the store, approached the cashier, displayed a handgun and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes. There were no injuries.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall, in his early 40s, wearing a gray hooded jacket with blue stripes down the sleeves, gray knit cap and dark colored pants. > Read more.

Faith, family and football

Highland Springs, Va. Tech star has grown on, off the field

Derrick “Skip” Hopkins spent the past four years as a defensive tackle for the Virginia Tech Hokies, concluding his career during the team’s Sun Bowl loss Dec. 31 to UCLA, but football has not been his only achievement.

His football career began at age five when he played offense and defense for the Glen Lea Lions in Henrico. He continued to play defensive tackle and offensive guard while at Fairfield Middle School and focused his attention on defensive tackle at Highland Springs High School.

High school is where Derrick became “Skip.”

“My brother [Antoine] was already playing on the team and everyone called him ‘Hop,’ so my coach started calling me ‘Skip’ and it stuck,” said Hopkins. > Read more.

Kindred spirits

Support group offers guidance for caregivers
Years after raising five children with her husband, Georgianna Faulk figured that her parenting days were over. But that changed when the couple gained custody of two of their grandsons nearly seven years ago.

The boys, then 4 and 5, were removed from their parents’ home because of abusive conditions there. (Neither parent is allowed to have contact with the boys until the children turn 19.) > Read more.

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Community

Juvenile cancer patient receives new playset

Play It Forward, the flagship program of Hampton Roads’ Roc Solid Foundation, joined with Lowe’s Home Improvement earlier this month to construct and present a playset to four-year-old acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient Eleanor Brooks of Henrico County.

The Play It Forward program has built 38 similar playsets for children with pediatric cancer throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. The two-day event for Brooks included a pre-build of the playset Sept. 7 in the parking lot of the Short Pump Lowe’s, followed the next day by the completion of the project at Brooks home in western Henrico. She returned home with her family to find the surprise in their backyard. > Read more.

Safe Harbor to host open house

Safe Harbor is hosting an open house to share information about the agency’s programs on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its business office, 2006 Bremo Road, Suite 201.

Representatives from the agency will be available to answer questions about the services offered to support those impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence as well as the work being done to promote healthy relationships and healthy sexuality.

The event is scheduled in conjunction with Give Richmond’s Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online fundraising competition. > Read more.

‘Amazing Raise’ to increase charitable giving to local nonprofits

The Community Foundation’s ‘Amazing Raise’ will return Thursday with $113,000 up for grabs. The unique online giving event is designed to empower the people of metro Richmond to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 36 hours. This year, 450 organizations working in areas ranging from arts and education to homelessness and health care are eligible to participate.

The top three organizations with the most unique donations of $50 or more will receive $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively – doubled from 2011. Grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to “early birds” or the first 15 organizations to reach at least 50 donations of $50 or more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

Wine, for the win

Popular Short Pump spot offers upscale comfort, flavors
The Wine Loft opened in West Broad Village in January 2010, offering a full bar with wine, beer, spirits and a kitchen with tapas-style snacks. It offers a seasonal patio area along Whittall Way. Its walk-in wine “humidor” in plain view from the bar offers more than 85 wines by the glass ($6-$65) and about 250 by the bottle ($28 and up), with some emphasis on Italian wines. Culinary trained chefs plus partnership with Culinard (Culinary program of Virginia College). > 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.

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