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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.

Henrico CASA honored with Governor’s Award

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (Henrico CASA) was recently named one of nine winners of the 2013 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards ceremony, recognizing individuals and organizations for volunteer efforts that contribute to the life and welfare of citizens throughout the Commonwealth, was held June 6 at Hunton &Williams LLP. > Read more.

TGIFriday’s donates to Safe Harbor

United Restaurant Group, owner of the six Richmond area TGIFriday’s locations, recently presented Henrico-based Safe Harbor with a check for $3,000 connected to a Mother’s Day promotion sponsored by Summit Media group. TGIFriday’s donated $1 from each dessert sold the week of Mother’s Day to Safe Harbor.

Local radio stations owned by Summit Media group — K95, Rock 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 the River — honored single moms in the Richmond area as identified by their listeners. > Read more.

HCPS earns substance abuse prevention recognition

The Henrico County Public Schools system was one of 14 systems honored June 3 by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for their efforts to prevent substance abuse among youth. Recipients were recognized as part of the Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Recognition Program, which is a component of the Substance Abuse Awareness is Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY) initiative.

SAVVY’s goal through the recognition program is to highlight evidence-based substance abuse prevention and intervention efforts in Virginia's schools and communities. > Read more.

Capital One to hold job fair

Capital One will host a job fair June 4 for prospective part-time work-at-home customer service agents. The job fair will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Building 1 Cafeteria at the Knolls Campus, 4881 Cox Road in Innsbrook. Recruiters will be on site to help candidates apply and to provide on-site interviews.

The company is seeking to recruit approximately 60 new associates in the immediate future to fill open part-time work-at-home customer service agent roles, and 150 new associates over the course of 2013. > Read more.

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Community

MADD walk raises more than $26,000

The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

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.

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