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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.
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Henrico School Board weighs projects


Relief for four crowded elementary schools in the Brookland District is on the horizon, but it likely won't come until all four schools are operating at well above their student capacity levels.

Henrico County Public Schools planners are recommending that the School Board add plans to its five-year Capital Improvement Program for multi-classroom additions at Holladay, Glen Allen and Longan elementaries that would total nearly $29 million. Those plans would join existing plans for a $12.7-million classroom addition at Johnson Elementary.

In total, the projects would add 33 new classrooms – eight each at Glen Allen, Johnson and Longan and nine at Holladay – to help relieve anticipated crowding at each schools and at Dumbarton Elementary. > Read more.

Miles of smiles

Organization created by Henrico teen earns national recognition

On Friday nights, a group of about 15 Henrico girls can be found sitting in a circle with balls of variously colored yarn sprawled around them. This designated knitting night has become a tradition for the girls known as Miles of Scarves, a group created in 2009 that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The group recently was named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“When I started this group, I had no idea that this would grow this much,” said Meredith Polk, the founder of Miles of Scarves. > Read more.

Business in brief


The McShin Foundation recently received a charitable donation of 100 EVZIO™ naloxone auto-injectors from Kaléo, a Richmond-based pharmaceutical company. EVZIO, the first and only naloxone product labeled for immediate administration by family members or caregivers as emergency therapy for the treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and allowing the recipient to breathe more regularly. Each EVZIO uses voice and visual cues to assist in guiding a user through the injection process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone HCl injection. > Read more.

Henrico Board of Supervisors moved meeting back to Nov. 12

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, instead of Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The board will shift its first meeting this month in recognition of the Tuesday holiday. > Read more.

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Community

‘Golden trowel’ for Lewis Ginter

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.

Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > Read more.

Historical Society selling signature teas

The Henrico Historical Society has created three signature tea blends as part of its annual fundraising campaign. The teas – Henrico’s Coconut Almond, Brookland’s Summer Passion and Tuckahoe’s Walnut Green (pictured) – are available for purchase through the organization’s website, http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/shopping.html The c.ost is $6 for 15 gourmet tea bags.

Henrico’s Coconut Almond is a combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes and can be made as a hot or cold tea. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


With wrestlers like Camela Toe and Bruisin’ B. Anthony, the inaugural bout of RAWFL this weekend is guaranteed to thrill – and raise money for Safe Harbor. Another women-empowering event: “Deck the Halls” on Sunday benefits Hilliard House. For more top picks this weekend, including one for our four-legged readers, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

CAT Theatre to present Enchanted April again

CAT Theatre will present Enchanted April March 21 through April 5. As part of the theater's 50th anniversary this year, patrons selected Enchanted April (originally performed in 2007) as the CAT performance that they would most like to see repeated.

Enchanted April was written by Elizabeth von Arnim, and the novel was adapted to the stage by Kane Campbell. The 1991 film version featured Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina and Joan Plowright. > Read more.

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