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For the ninth year in a row, Puritan Cleaners is conducting a one-day-only community program that offers everyone in Richmond a free cleaning of one pair of pants. The event, called Free Pants Wednesday, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The offer is good at all 13 Puritan locations throughout the greater Richmond area with no strings attached. There are no minimums or other stipulations (other than suede and leather pants are excluded). This year, Puritan has partnered with the Richmond SPCA to help raise awareness for the Free Pants Wednesday program while also raising awareness for homeless kittens awaiting adoption at the Richmond SPCA’s humane center. The two organizations collaborated on a short movie which can be viewed at http://www.puritancleaners.com/community/free-pants-wednesday. This video is the latest in the light-hearted, low-budget, and intentionally campy videos associated with the Free Pants Wednesday program. Previous versions have featured racing at Richmond Raceway, ex-VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart, Todd “Parney” Parnell and the Flying Squirrels, and Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins of Easy 100.9.
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Mother, son work to raise funds for Make-A-Wish


A mother and son duo raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Betsy Owen, Goochland County native, and her five year old son Israel have been making a difference in the Henrico community for two years. Owen works at Maggiano's Little Italy in Short Pump. Betsy and her fellow co-workers have split into teams to raise a total of $15,000 for Make-A-Wish.
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Eyes in the sky

Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Henrico PAL to host camp with former NBA, WNBA players June 3

The Henrico Police Athletic League will host its first free basketball clinic with the NBA Retired Players Association/Junior NBA June 3 for boys and girls ages 10-16. The clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Avenue.

Johnny Newman, retired NBA player and board president of the Police Athletic League will be in attendance along with about seven other retired players from both the NBA and WNBA.
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Henrico’s ‘NASA @ My Library’ program begins this summer

A new partnership with NASA will begin this summer at all Henrico County public libraries.

Each library will receive resources from the NASA @ My Library program, although the Central, Eastern Henrico, Libbie Mill and Varina libraries will receive more, since they are more equipped to deal with large scale programs. The program is designed to make it easier for Henrico residents in low-income areas to access STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and learning opportunities.
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5 Henrico students finalists in scholar-athlete scholarship program

Five out of 20 finalists chosen for the Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Scholarship are Henrico County Public high school students. The student finalists will be honored at the 26th annual Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Jefferson Hotel.

The program is awarding more than $65,000 in college scholarships to the 20 student athletes as well as awards to the male and female HCA Virginia Sports Medicine Comeback Athletes of Year and Williams Mullen Team of the Year awards.
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Rabid fox bites woman in Northern Henrico

A fox that bit a woman on her leg May 26 in northern Henrico has tested positive for rabies.

The incident occurred near Richmond International Raceway, in the 3800 block of Vawter Avenue. The woman was bitten in a yard, and Henrico Police located the fox in a nearby yard. Animal Protection officials took the fox and submitted it to the state lab for testing.
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In need or a scam? Henrico video sparks debate about panhandlers

A video of a woman seeking handouts at an intersection in Henrico County has sparked a national debate over whether panhandlers’ pleas for help can be trusted.

In the Facebook Live video, two men accused Micha Dominguez, 40, of falsely portraying herself as disabled and homeless. The video, titled “Fake Homeless Woman,” has received hundreds of thousands of views on social media. Many people have posted comments accusing Dominguez of scamming potential donors.

“She’s playing on people’s emotions and getting money under false pretenses!” one woman wrote on Facebook.
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Sandston commemorates Memorial Day

Ninth-annual parade draws crowd of hundreds
Hundreds of spectators gathered for the ninth-annual American Legion Post 242 & Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade Monday, commemorating the holiday and honoring veterans and service members who died fighting for the county.
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New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools soon must test for lead in water

Henrico already has tested all schools, with no issues discovered
With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.
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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg.
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Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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