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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.

Legislators revisit mental health services

A proposed joint subcommittee stands at the center of a clearly defined focus on mental health services in Virginia less than two months after tragedy shook the state capital.

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-25, whose son was treated for bipolar tendencies before ultimately stabbing his father and killing himself, is the chief patron of Senate Joint Resolution 47, which seeks to establish a nine-person subcommittee to study the mental health services in the commonwealth. > Read more.

McAuliffe renews campaign promises at inauguration


Tight security and steady rain Saturday did not dampen the spirit or the campaign promises of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as he became Virginia’s 72nd governor.

McAuliffe, who has never held elected office, won this past November’s nationally watched election against conservative, Tea Party-endorsed Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli. McAuliffe succeeds Republican Bob McDonnell as governor. > Read more.

13-year-old Wilder MS student charged with possession of gun at school

UPDATE: JAN. 14, 10:45 A.M. – A 13-year-old male student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a class 6 felony, after being taken into police custody yesterday at the school. Charges were placed yesterday afternoon, Henrico Police said, and the juvenile was placed into Juvenile Detention yesterday. A court date is set for later this month.

A police investigation into how the student obtained the weapon continues. > Read more.

Police arrest Glen Allen HS student

Student who prompted Tuesday's lockdown charged with threatening another juvenile
UPDATE: JAN. 10, 12:45 P.M. – Henrico County Police have arrested the 16-year-old male who prompted Tuesday’s lockdown at Glen Allen High School and charged him with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property. He has been placed into juvenile detention and faces a court date later this month. If convicted could serve a minimum of one year in jail or pay a fine of as much as $2,500.

The 16-year-old allegedly made a threat toward a male juvenile acquaintance, according to police.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, school administrators and police were made aware of a male student who was distraught and may possibly have a weapon. Although he was not seen on the campus of Glen Allen High School, the school was placed on lock down as a precaution. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


It’s the beginning of the fall festival season and this weekend Virginia Center Commons and the HCA VA West Creek Emergency Center are hosting a ton of family-friendly activities. A few events geared more for adults include an encore presentation of NT Live’s latest production, an artwalk at Crossroads Art Center and a square dance party sponsored by the Professional Singles Association. Click here for details! > Read more.

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.

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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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