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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.
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Varina HS students help to map Hollywood Cemetery


Varina High School geospatial technology students spent Halloween taking GPS readings of graves at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - efforts that will assist in creating a searchable web-based map of the famed cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is a “garden” cemetery recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in America with 135 acres of sprawling hills and trees. As the second-most visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, Hollywood brings visitors from all across the country. > Read more.

Hermitage student named to All-American band

Mercer Swetnam of Hermitage High School recently was named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Swetnam will join a group of marching band members who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Successful band members require great skill, teamwork and dedication – qualities similar to those of Army Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2015 U.S. Army All-American Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this recognized group.” > Read more.

Canines help TSA at Richmond airport

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated their passenger-screening dogs at Richmond International Airport Oct. 15. The explosives-detection dogs are trained to process air current and recognize certain odors, whether a person is moving or still, is present or has recently passed through an area.

At right, explosives detection German shorthaired pointer "Brooks” and his handler, Inspector Damon Hopgood, cover the atrium area of the airport. > Read more.

Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you! More laughs this weekend can be found at ComedySportz Improv Theatre and at Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Other ways to boost your holiday spirit – visit a forest of decorated trees at CACGA and enjoy a colonial Christmas at Henricus. Click here for more! > Read more.

Lions Club receives eyeglass donation

For his community service project in preparation for testing for his third-degree black belt, Ryan Rotondi chose to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. He collected 168 pairs and donated them to the Glen Allen/Short Pump Lions Club, which sponsored his efforts, at its Nov. 7 meeting.

At right, Lion Nancy Capehart, chair of the eyeglasses recycling program, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rotondi. The glasses he collected will be included with the club’s shipment to the Lions Recycling in Roanoke, where they will be refurbished and made available to medical missions in Central and South America. > Read more.

Hermitage hosts holiday craft fair


Hermitage High School hosted its first-annual holiday craft fair Dec. 1 at the school. A number of vendors offered unique holiday and Christmas items for sale.
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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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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