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United Way celebrates ‘Read Across America Day’


Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2 by more than 60 members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, who fanned out across the region to read to toddlers and preschoolers. Their mission was to foster a love of books and reading with children and to raise awareness for the importance of early literacy.

The goal of early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between youngsters and adults and the role of literacy-rich experiences.

Above, Kings Dominion employee Raquel Goodson reads Green Eggs and Ham to some eager listeners at Antioch Learning Center in Henrico’s East End. > Read more.

UCI 2015 events to begin in Lakeside

UPDATE: FEB. 27, 10:50 A.M. – The first two days of events in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships this fall will begin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside, officials with Richmond 2015 confirmed publicly today.

The championships, a nine-day event that is considered international cycling's premier event, are being held in the United States for just the second time ever and the first since 1986.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, team time trial training and trial circuit training will begin at Lewis Ginter and head along Lakeside Avenue before winding through downtown Richmond, entering Eastern Henrico along Route 5, then circling south to Osborne Turnpike and back into downtown. > Read more.
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Raccoon found in West End tests positive for rabies

A raccoon that attacked a pot-bellied pig in a residential area on River Road Dec. 7 had rabies, Henrico Police reported.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 8700 block of River Road for an animal related call for service that day, after the caller informed police that he had observed a raccoon attack one of his pot-bellied pigs and killed the raccoon. The raccoon remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing. > Read more.

Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine. > Read more.

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Varina farm protected by conservation easement

Virginia Lipford has lived on her 10-acre, fourth-generation family farm in Varina for the past 40 years. Now, she can rest comfortably, after the recent establishment of a conservation easement between her family, the Henricopolis Water and Conservation District and the Capital Region Land Conservancy that will help protect her property forever.

A conservation easement takes place when a property owner seeks help in preserving his or her land by limiting certain types of uses or preventing developments from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains in private hands. > Read more.

Missing Highland Springs woman found safe

UPDATE: Dec. 9, 11:27 A.M. –Henrico Police reported this morning that a missing 19-year-old Highland Springs woman who has autism had been located safe and reunited with her family. Elizabeth Dawn Martinez had been reported missing yesterday afternoon.

No further details about her return are available at this time. > Read more.

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Community

Hat trick for Henrico man

At the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD), held Dec. 4 in Roanoke, Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen (at right in photo, with grandson Kristopher Burnette) was honored with the 2012 E.C. Compton Meritorious Achievement Award. A former chairman of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Henrico County, Campen has been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for 34 years. He has also served as AREA III Chairman of the VASWCD, been a member of the state association’s legislative committee for 24 years, and headed committees involved with Chesapeake Bay corrective efforts. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

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Some local businesses are celebrating their openings this weekend: Golfsmith and the Apple Store in Short Pump and McDonalds on Mechanicsville Turnpike. Other fun places to spend money include a charity wedding gown sale, Lavender Fields Herb Farm and the Central Virginia Wine Festival. 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.

Weekend Top 10


Calling all nature lovers! There are several exciting events scheduled just for you this weekend. Browse through organic herb and gourmet vegetable plants at Lavender Fields Herb Farm’s annual Herb Faire & Open House. Check out a professionally judged iris show or shop for flowers at the Chickahominy YMCA. Kiddos have an action-packed weekend as well! The third annual We Heart Harlie and Friends, SCAN’s Race to Protect Children and the Greater Richmond Walk for Wishes all provide fitness and fun! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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