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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

St. Mary’s Family Center celebrates 25th anniversary

The St. Mary’s Hospital Family Center, which provides on-site child care services for employees, celebrated its first 25 years Jan. 25 with a party for current and former families, alumni and teachers.

“Children who we cared for as babies volunteer with us today,” said Samara Musselman, who began working at the St. Mary's Center in 1991 and today is the administrative director for all three of the Bon Secours family centers. “Bon Secours staff members who came to the center as children now leave their own children in our care. The bond we all share with the St. Mary’s Family Center is truly amazing.” > Read more.

Webb named CEO of A Grace Place

The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center recently named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer, effective last month. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional and local level. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO. A Grace Place, located in Henrico County, provides specialized day programs for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions, and support for their family caregivers.

Webb served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. > Read more.

Fairfield District meeting Feb. 17 to focus on Henrico County Public Schools

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Feb. 17 to discuss Henrico County Public Schools with new Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Thornton and Kinlaw will give a slide presentation on the achievements of Henrico’s schools and their vision for the future. A question-and-answer period will follow. > Read more.

Climate change activists march on Virginia Capitol

More than 70 activists descended on the Virginia Capitol this past week, calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to take a more aggressive stance against climate change.

The event was organized in conjunction with Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day by Appalachian Voice Environment Virginia, the Sierra Club-Virginia Chapter and the Virginia Conservation Network.

Carrying miniature windmills and large posters, the activists began their march on Seventh and E. Grace streets in downtown Richmond. > Read more.

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Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > 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.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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