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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

New banners raised in Highland Springs

Along the streets in Eastern Henrico’s Highland Springs, bright banners can be seen on telephone poles, reminiscent of the ones that first were hung 20 years ago in an effort to liven the area. The banners are restoring pride and are part of a community’s answer to revitalization.

Peggy Reid, a longtime resident and member of the Highland Springs Garden Club, believed that the banners should be brought back to life after years of weathering. Reid approached Mark Romers, president of the Eastern Henrico Business Association, with a $500 check that sparked the project.

“I thought it was a great idea and something that the community would be behind,” said Romers. “We had similar ornamental street lights and signs, but over the years they became tattered and worn. It was about time.”

Highland Springs has been around since the 1890s and began as a streetcar suburb of Richmond on the Seven Pines Railway Company’s electric street railway. > Read more.

Bigger stage fits Tejas well

Henrico fifth-grader earns national attention in spelling bee
When Tejas Muthusamy was in first grade, he decided he wanted to be on ESPN. The Henrico County student, who just completed fifth grade, accomplished that goal last month when he competed in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Glen Allen resident and Rivers Edge Elementary School student was the youngest competitor in the final round, advancing to the final 12 participants among a total of 281.

Muthusamy ignored the lights, cameras and crowds as he survived seven rounds of competition, correctly spelling “waterzooi,” “Brigadoon,” “commorients,” “exsiccosis” and “gematria” along the way. > Read more.

Business in brief


Innsbrook based Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners has announced the acquisition of the 242-room Richmond Marriott West hotel in Glen Allen. CommonWealth Lodging, an affiliate of Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, has entered into a franchise agreement with Marriott International to manage the full-service hotel and oversee a comprehensive, multi-million dollar renovation. New features will include Marriott’s Greatroom lobby concept and re-invented guest rooms. The hotel will remain open during the planned renovations, which are scheduled to begin in the fall and be complete by summer 2015. The executive team at CommonWealth Lodging will welcome input on the scope of the renovation from key customers of Richmond Marriott West including Capital One, Markel, Altria, Wells Fargo and the University of Richmond, among others. > Read more.

The Class of 2027

Preschoolers from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen (at right, from left, D.J. Starling and Yuliana Rodriguez) varied in expression from solemnity to pride and happiness at June 5 graduation ceremonies for the four-year-old class. The 18 graduates will advance to kindergarten in the fall. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Drum roll, please…the holiday season has begun! Celebrate Santa’s arrival this weekend at Short Pump Town Center and The Shops at Willow Lawn. Why does the Count from Sesame Street love the number eight? A new book will tell you Sunday at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Church seeks to spread holiday ‘hope’

New Bridge Baptist Church in Sandston is seeking donations to assist with its “A Touch of Hope” program, which aims to provide a holiday meal, warm coat and wrapped gifts for more than 1,000 people next month.

The church hopes to raise $50,000 in donations and monetary support. It will distribute the items Dec. 15. > Read more.

Farmers’ Market donates to Breast Center

The Lakeside Farmers' Market donated 41 crocheted and knitted hats, three shawls and two lap robes to the Bon Secours Women's Breast Center in October for "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." The items were made by the market's vendors and customers, including the 11-year-old girl pictured. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

Local theatre is in full swing this weekend – check out Henrico Theatre Company, Henley Street Theatre and Deep Run High School. Also, get your shopping shoes on for holiday gifts! Local artisans will be at Hermitage High School and St. John’s Catholic Church on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brick oven bravado

Staff, selection impress at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen
Before I am comfortable writing a review of a restaurant, I like to visit it twice. Invariably, I find that differences in the timing of a visit can result in vastly different experiences.

Even though I may find a place appealing the first time around, it frequently disappoints me the next time. And if I don't care for a place on the first try, I think it deserves a chance to redeem itself – which it almost always does.

Tazza Kitchen is that rare restaurant that had me at hello, at the getting-to-know-you stage, and at goodbye after both my visits. And trust me, there will be more visits to come. > Read more.

A love story, or a moral mess?

Film’s message gets lost amidst mix of melodrama, candy coating
I’m in Love with a Church Girl lays out everything you need to know right there in the title.

Miles Montego (Jeffrey Atkins, who may be more recognizable under his stage name, Ja Rule), is a notorious drug kingpin, but when he meets the church-going girl of his dreams, will he be able to part with the glamour and the money of the drug game? > Read more.

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Registration ends today for the Henrico NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner on Sept. 27 at Quioccasin Baptist Church, 9011 Quioccasin Rd. The speaker will be Ms. Clayola Brown, president of A.… Full text

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