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Henrico SOL pass rates drop in 19 of 34 tests

Students perform better in 10 tests, same in 4 others
UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year. > Read more.

‘Hallway of Hope’ brightens hospital for patients

For cancer patients and their families, trips to the hospital can be discouraging. But a collaborative art exhibit between Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has made barren hospital hallways a little brighter.

“Hallway of Hope” is an exhibit of HCPS student artwork, designed to lift the spirits of visitors to the hospital’s cancer departments. The pieces rotate monthly, and the continuing theme for the artwork is “What makes me happiest.” The initial call for artwork brought 700 entries. Project organizers want to refresh the exhibit with new pieces. > Read more.

Hot air balloon was carrying 2 UR women’s basketball coaches

Balloon caught fire, crashed in Caroline County
UPDATE: May 12, 6:01 P.M. – The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis have released statements through the University of Richmond about the women who died in Friday's hot air balloon crash in Caroline County.

Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller. > Read more.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

Both awarded to Dell, Inc.
UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program. > Read more.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

$40 million investment announced
UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery. > Read more.

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It’s the first weekend in October and we found several great fall family activities – an outdoor movie at Tom Leonard’s, “Frankenstein” at Henrico Theatre and a fall festival at Gallmeyer Farms’ Pumpkin Patch. There is also some local music playing at CACGA and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

‘Stilettoes Stomping Cancer’ shop night planned Sunday

Care Advantage, Inc. and Stein Mart are sponsoring a shop night fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Cure by Design. The ‘Stilettoes Stomping Cancer’ shop night will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stein Mart location in Short Pump.

There will be live music and entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, door prizes and more. Attendees will also gain fashion and styling tips and discounts while shopping for the perfect outfit to wear to Cure by Design, another American Cancer Society fundraiser. Cure by Design is a fashion show, auction and reception fundraiser being held on Oct. 27 at the John Marshall Ballroom. > Read more.

New signs installed in Meadowood

Two new signs were installed this week in the Meadowood subdivision, near Henrico High School, marking the community of 1960s-era brick ranchers and tri-level homes.

The signs of gold lettering on a black background feature an oval picture of birds soaring above a meadow and trees – significant because streets in the subdivision are named for birds. The signs were installed at Lark and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and Sandpiper and Azalea Avenue. > Read more.

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Is your child obsessed with trucks? Or police cars, ambulances, bulldozers or tractor trailers? Then you need to attend the popular Touch a Truck event tomorrow at RIR, sponsored by the Junior League of Richmond. If you’re interested in hearing some music this weekend, check out Debra Wagoner’s portrayal of Patsy Cline, folk singer Sarah McQuaid or the classic film “Singin’ in the Rain.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Stratford University hosts International Food and Culture Festival Oct. 5

The Henrico campus of Stratford University will host a Food and Culture Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature food from around the world, three culinary competitions, cultural entertainment and more.

Stratford has partnered with ClearChannel radio to present the Richmond Best Chefs Competition, where local budding chefs have the opportunity to compete for scholarship prizes. Radio personalities from Q94, XL102 and 106.5 The Beat will be competing against each other in a Best Radio Chef Competition. > Read more.

CAT Theatre celebrates 50 years

The CAT Theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary last month, as patrons, actors and crew members gathered at Burkwood Swim and Racquet Club in Mechanicsville for a fund-raising auction that included memories, tributes and live entertainment.

“CAT Theatre is a wonderful theatre tradition here in Richmond that blends old friends and new,” said Board President H. Lynn Smith, “And we have an exciting season lined up to begin our next 50 years.” > Read more.

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