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Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March. > Read more.

Teachers earn national certification


Seventeen Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, five National Board Certified Teachers renewed their 10-year certifications. HCPS had the most teacher certifications of any school system in the Richmond area in 2013.

With the additions, the county now has 122 board-certified teachers. > Read more.

Custom Kitchens, Inc. named RMA’s ‘Retailer of the Year’

David and Richard Hendrick, co-owners of Custom Kitchens, Inc. were named the Retail Merchants Association’s 2013 Distinguished Retailer of the Year during an event earlier this month at the Westin Richmond hotel. Custom Kitchens, Inc., has been in business for more than 55 years and is recognized as an award-winning business and industry leader. The company is involved with numerous non-profits and charities (including the Science Museum of Virginia’s “Boost” exhibit, the Greater Richmond ARC and Habitat for Humanity) and contributes its services to the community. It awarded a $25,000 kitchen remodel prize, which benefitted the Hanover Habitat for Humanity in 2011.
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Henrico student wins SOAR scholarship

Daniel Buth
A unique college preparatory and scholarship program is helping low- and moderate-income students prepare for and achieve higher education. Funded by Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529), the SOAR Virginia program awarded scholarships totaling $120,000 to sixty Richmond-area students who started college this fall. > Read more.

Ramped up

project:HOMES, Capital One team to assist locals
Capital One volunteers help project:HOMES complete a ramp for a client.
Peturla, 48, has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and after being forced onto disability at her job with the Henrico County Police Department because of multiple accidents and difficulty walking and moving, her unwavering optimism began to shake. She knew something had to change in her daily routine.

“Something that had come easy wasn’t coming easy anymore,” she said. “I really needed a ramp. I was having problems getting up and down the steps for about a year and a half.”

Desperately in need of a ramp and an electric wheelchair, Peturla turned to project:HOMES, a group that works to improve the lives and living conditions of low income seniors, disabled residents and qualified homeowners in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes. > Read more.

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Community

Lakeside Farmers’ Market named top market in US

Lakeside Farmers’ Market has been named one of the top farmer’s markets in America by Rodale, Inc. The editors of Rodale polled the managers of the most popular farmers’ markets in the country, according to the American Farmland Trust’s most recent annual awards, to get the best insider tips on making market shopping easier and sometimes cheaper.

The Lakeside Farmers’ Market was selected for its wide array of juicy, in-season produce, including its claim to fame – fresh eggs. > Read more.

‘Hiring Our Heroes’ job fair for veterans planned

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the military-to-civilian recruitment firm RecruitMilitary will collaborate on a hiring event for military veterans at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 16.

The Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo invites veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses and other military family members. More than 35 employers, educational institutions and government agencies are expected to attend with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The summer is winding down but the festivities in Henrico continue! Celebrate the richness of the Philippines, watch rubber ducks race on the James or take a trip with your furry friends to the first annual Wine and Whiskers event at Willow Lawn. Just remember, while Fido is welcome, wine tastings are for humans only! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

A chic new world

Eurasia Café and Wine Bar offers class, creativity in the Far West End
Classic and upscale are words I’d use to describe Eurasia, a café and wine bar in Gayton Crossing on Gaskins Road. I’d also call its food unique, but its atmosphere lacking.

First-timers may have a little trouble finding the restaurant tucked away in the Far West End shopping center, but fortunately they won’t be met with a long wait on a weeknight. Unfortunately, they may not be greeted with a smile either, but let’s hope I visited on an off night. > 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.

Bag some fun, support LINC at Snagajob event

It's in the Bag, LINC's 7th annual live and silent handbag auction, will be held Feb. 7 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the new Snagajob headquarters in Innsbrook.

In addition to featuring more than 150 hand-crafted and designer bags – including evening clutches, Keen hiking pack, a golf bag, bags made from keyboard keys, the "Madmen" portable briefcase bar, hand crocheted bags, and designer Brighton, Coach and Louisbuton bags – this year's event will also provide craft beer tasting by Starr Hill Brewery, a “man” table with gift items for men, music, and food. > Read more.

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