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Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

JetBlue to add Boston flights
Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets. > Read more.

Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl? > Read more.

Little champions

The sixth-annual Henrico Little Feet Meet brought together preschool and elementary children with intellectual disabilities at the Douglas S. Freeman High School April 10 to compete in front of cheering student “buddies,” parents and teachers. The event is part of the Special Olympics Virginia school-based sports program. More than 800 athletes and buddies participated in this year’s Henrico event. > Read more.

New Staples Mill Kroger opens

A new Kroger Marketplace store opened at Staples Mill Road and Hungary Springs Road in western Henrico earlier this month. The store is the second such "super-sized" version Kroger has opened in the Richmond region. It features a number of locally grown and produced foods and other items and offers a health clinic, jewelry store, Starbuck's kiosk, clothing and housewares, among other items. The store also features a gas station. It employs 425 people. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, March 17-23


606 E. Washington Street – $100,000, 1,717 SF (built in 1980), from Evelyn P. Cruce to trustees of the Howard E. and Juanita L. McGhee Revocable Trust.
5500 Seminary Avenue – $110,700, 1,432 SF (built in 1973), from Housing and Urban Development to Torry Fife.
2305 Norman Avenue – $130,000, 1,623 SF (built in 1941), from P&G Associates to Terry L. and Lisa G. Depew.
10948 Greenaire Place – $136,000, 1,220 SF (built in 1984), from Stephanie C. McGrath to Scott N. Basil.
8441 Buffin Road – $150,000, 1,580 SF (built in 2011), from Kia L. Postell to Victor Manuel and Annia Margarita Flores. > Read more.

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Community

Juvenile cancer patient receives new playset

Play It Forward, the flagship program of Hampton Roads’ Roc Solid Foundation, joined with Lowe’s Home Improvement earlier this month to construct and present a playset to four-year-old acute lymphoblastic leukemia patient Eleanor Brooks of Henrico County.

The Play It Forward program has built 38 similar playsets for children with pediatric cancer throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. The two-day event for Brooks included a pre-build of the playset Sept. 7 in the parking lot of the Short Pump Lowe’s, followed the next day by the completion of the project at Brooks home in western Henrico. She returned home with her family to find the surprise in their backyard. > Read more.

Safe Harbor to host open house

Safe Harbor is hosting an open house to share information about the agency’s programs on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its business office, 2006 Bremo Road, Suite 201.

Representatives from the agency will be available to answer questions about the services offered to support those impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence as well as the work being done to promote healthy relationships and healthy sexuality.

The event is scheduled in conjunction with Give Richmond’s Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online fundraising competition. > Read more.

‘Amazing Raise’ to increase charitable giving to local nonprofits

The Community Foundation’s ‘Amazing Raise’ will return Thursday with $113,000 up for grabs. The unique online giving event is designed to empower the people of metro Richmond to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just 36 hours. This year, 450 organizations working in areas ranging from arts and education to homelessness and health care are eligible to participate.

The top three organizations with the most unique donations of $50 or more will receive $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively – doubled from 2011. Grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to “early birds” or the first 15 organizations to reach at least 50 donations of $50 or more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Block party’ planned in Lakeside Aug. 24

The Lakeside Sport Complex will host a community-wide block party on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility at 7503 Ranco Road.

The event will include a number of local small businesses that focus on health, wellness, fitness and sports for the entire family. > 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.

‘Asian Cajun’ restaurant entry arriving

Come September, Henrico County residents will be rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their bibs for a taste of New Orleans along with some flavors hailing from the Far East.

Crustacean Boil N’ Grill is slated to open at the end of next month in the Golds Gym Plaza shopping center on West Broad Street next to Comedy Sportz Improv Theatre.

The restaurant will serve boiled crawfish, Alaskan crab, shrimp, lobster and every other wonder of the sea, but owner Calvin Pan said this won’t be your regular seafood joint. > Read more.

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Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr., will host the workshop “DIY Kitchen Cosmetics” at 2 p.m. Make your own moisturizing sugar scrub, tasty lip gloss and more using simple household ingredients.… Full text

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