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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Henrico sets final hearing on community development needs for March 26

Henrico County will hold a final public hearing Thursday, March 26 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 2031 of the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road. The hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 26 but was canceled due to winter weather.

Henrico will use the input of residents and others to prepare the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The plan will establish priorities for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. > Read more.

Henrico’s Scott Farm sold


Scott Farm, a prominent 99-acre site at the northern Henrico I-95/I-295 interchange, has been sold.

The Scott family recently sold the property, located on the southeast corner of the interchange, to Riverstone Properties for $5.69 million. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC represented the family, which had owned the property for generations and had been marketing it for the past decade to potential buyers.

The site had been under contract several times in years past, but none of the deals were finalized. It once was considered as part of a larger site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when local officials were bidding for that facility (which was awarded to Charlotte, N.C.) and later as a possible site for Cabela's, which instead will locate in Short Pump. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers. > Read more.

General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


A favorite pre-cursor to spring takes place on Saturday at Dorey Park – Henrico’s annual Kite Festival! Another spring activity is the Richmond Home & Garden Show. More weekend ideas: A Cappella music, the Henrico County Adventure Series and Judy Collins. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There are some great performances taking place this weekend in Henrico: Le Hot Club, the Shanghai Quartet, fiddle and banjo duo Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman and the fourth annual Richmond Bluegrass Marathon Jam. And don’t forget Fido! The Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo is on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebrations, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering Orchids Galore and a chocolate workshop. You can also take your Valentine to a show at Henrico Theatre – Gaye Adegbalola performs Friday and Theatre IV presents “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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