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Grapevine access opens

Bridge builders
River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.

McDonald’s operator wins national award

Freda Thornton, a local McDonald’s franchisee who owns five Henrico and Richmond locations, recently received the Ronald Award, the highest regional award that a franchisee can receive. Thornton is pictured, second from right, with (from left) Bianca Olivas, vice president and general manager of the company's Baltimore Washington region; Rodney Henry, Thornton’s son and local McDonald’s franchisee; and Doug Jubic, QSC vice president of the Baltimore Washington region).

The award is given to just one percent of McDonald's owners nationwide and is designed to honor a franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community. > Read more.
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Henrico fire station holds 9-11 remembrance


Henrico Fire Station No. 9 (Regency) held a remembrance ceremony yesterday in honor of the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Station officials were joined by representatives from the Commonwealth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

NSDAR Regent Katie Moffett presented Captain Billy Tucker of the station with a flag that had flown over the nation’s capital and a certificate to go along with it. > Read more.

Fall fatherhood festival planned at Dorey Park

The 2014 ManUp Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be more than a typical autumn face-painting opportunity. The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer plenty of fun, but its goal is larger: inspiring area men to be better fathers and role models to their own children and to the children of the community.

The Henrico Fatherhood Initiative puts on the festival as the kickoff to its ManUp Passport Challenge, a yearlong series of family and personal growth workshops and activities.

In 2013, more than 1,000 men attended the event at Henrico County’s Dorey Park to enjoy food, carnival games and music with their children. > Read more.

Business in brief


Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services, based in Ashland, has opened a new location in Lakeside. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5311 Lakeside Ave. Members of the Chamber of Commerce will join owner and founder Dawn Beninghove to officially open the new site. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The new building houses administrative and management offices as well as classrooms for their “Trained To Care” program offering classes in Personal Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. For details, visit http://www.cenninc.com > Read more.

Henrico company acquires SkyMall Ventures

Henrico-based Connexions Loyalty, a division of Affinion Group of Connecticut and a leading provider of loyalty and rewards programs, Wednesday announced the acquisition of SkyMall Ventures, a division of Xhibit Corporation and provider of loyalty solutions for well established brands in the financial services, hospitality and gaming industries.

Connexions Loyalty and SkyMall Ventures will combine to serve more than 200 million customers globally.

“SkyMall Ventures has an impressive track record of organic growth, with proven leadership and an impressive client base,” said Scott Lazear, president of Connexions Loyalty. > Read more.

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Community

Theme sought for inaugural ‘Dogwood Classic’

Colonial Downs is seeking nominations for a theme for the inaugural "Dogwood Classic" (formerly the Strawberry Hill Races) racing and tailgating event that will take place at the track April 6, 2013.

Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 9 at http://www.colonialdowns.com and http://www.richmond.com. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

‘Cooking with love’

India K’Raja stands the test of time in the West End
Although I’m a Henrico native, I’d never ventured into India K’Raja, Henrico’s first Indian restaurant.

It’s easy to find in the shops at Tuckernuck Drive and Broad Street, across from David’s Bridal. It’s even easier to smell. As we walked from the parking lot, Indian spices and music drew us in from the sidewalk. I was giddy as I entered the restaurant; I love Indian food.

I immediately noticed the casual nature of the restaurant and easy-going, friendly staff. It has been around for 18 years without much updating to furniture. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Happy Valentine’s Day! Let the kids – and you – have a night out at Romp n’ Roll West End. On Saturday, family activities include Arena Racing USA and Family Fun Day at Henricus Historical Park. Also on Saturday, St. Michael’s Catholic Church will be the site of REAP’s Heart to Heart Artisan Showcase and Silent Auction. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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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