Henrico home sales continue on strong pace


The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer.
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UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown.
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Collegiate teacher earns Presidential Award for Excellence, $10,000

Collegiate School science teacher Stewart Williamson has been selected to receive a 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program recognizes teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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A festive Fourth

Crowds flock to Lewis Ginter to celebrate holiday
Thousands of visitors – including some in festive apparel – celebrated the Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside. The garden offered free admission for the occasion.
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Guns continue to trigger debate

Opinions of local residents vary on firearm ownership

Standing outside Zombie Defense gun store in northern Henrico on a cigarette break, a store employee, who asked not to be named, cautiously talked about misconceptions of gun laws in America.

“They think that anyone can get a gun anywhere,” he said. “But everybody who buys a gun from us, or any licensed dealer, has to go through a state and federal background check.”

Inside the store, other employees expressed frustration with the way the debate over guns has been waged locally. Groups like The Right to Bear Arms RVA used in-your-face tactics to raise awareness, marching through Carytown with guns.
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Henrico Christmas Mother program’s ‘Christmas in July’ kickoff social planned


Henrico Restaurant Week will sponsor a kickoff social on Wednesday, July 15, at Mosaic Restaurant on River Road to support the Henrico Christmas Mother program, the beneficiary of Henrico Restaurant Week Oct. 2-11.

Admission is free, and there will be free food, happy hour specials, a chance to bid on silent auction items (such as restaurant gift certificates, artwork, Richmond Flying Squirrels tickets and more) and a chance to meet Henrico Christmas Mother Beverly Cocke. Donations to the Christmas Mother program also will be accepted. All silent auction proceeds will benefit the program.
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New partnership centered on family

Effort combines government, community and faith groups
A new collaborative community group, the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement, is in the works, with a focus on building healthy communities through family stability and building partnerships between regional organizations to create collective efforts.

Group organizers believe that family stability is essential to building healthy communities and that it's important to engage parents in their children’s lives – with equal importance placed on the involvement of the mother and the father. The group seeks to create opportunities for growth between families and community partners.
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Henrico resident wins $10,000 scholarship


Henrico resident Haley Malloy was awarded the seventh-annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship by The Goddard School last month. The $10,000 scholarship was open nationally to any seniors in high school who graduated from The Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten program. It is presented to one applicant who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher (pictured, second from left) traveled to Henrico to make the presentation.
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Water main break affects Rocketts Landing area

UPDATE: JULY 9, 4:33 P.M. – A water main break has closed the southbound lane of Old Osborne Turnpike near the Rocketts Landing development.
The break occurred near Old Osborne and Stancraft Way. The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) does not expect a significant disruption of water service. Three businesses that close at 5 p.m. could possibly be impacted.

Crews are using a flagging operation to accommodate two-way traffic in the northbound lane of Old Osborne. DPU expects to complete repairs and reopen Old Osborne before commuters head to work Friday morning.
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Perera likely to return to Henrico as asst. superintendent


A familiar face may soon be back in Henrico County's public school system.

HCPS officials and superintendent Pat Kinlaw will recommend Katrise Perera, a former principal of John Rolfe and Elko middle schools, for the position of assistant superintendent for instruction. The position includes responsibility for all of the division’s K-12 instructional efforts, as well as the departments of Career and Technical Education and Research and Planning. Bondy Shay Gibson recently vacated the position to take the superintendent's role in Jefferson County, W. Va.
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Business in brief


Orangetheory Fitness will locate its first Richmond-area studio in The Corner at Short Pump, located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and West Broad Street in the Far West End. The high-intensity interval fitness franchise has opened three studios in Virginia so far and has several more sites in development. The Short Pump studio will celebrate its grand opening in late September.
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Henrico County Television wins Emmy for foster care program


The Henrico County Television program "The Decision: Aging Out of the Foster Care System" has earned a 2015 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 57th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 27 in Bethesda, Md.

Produced and directed by Steve Boyd, the program won the award in the public/current/community affairs category. The 23-minute show features four young adults as they weigh the choice of transitioning from Henrico's foster care system at age 18.
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Wolf Creek Cherokee tribe moves museum to Varina


Henrico County has always been a place of historical appreciation and significance, and that continued with the opening of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Museum this past month in Varina. The museum houses Native American artifacts from Virginia Cherokee tribes, some of which are from Henrico.

There are about 160 members of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe spread throughout the state, with high concentrations in southwest Virginia and others in Henrico and Hanover.
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Kiss but don’t tell

Woman who graced famed Life cover 70 years ago living in Henrico

Next month, the region's oldest veterans will mark the 70th anniversary of V-J Day with a mix of joy for the war's end and sorrow for those who were lost.

A recent arrival in Henrico County will most likely not celebrate the occasion – but she is known around the world for her V-J Day role, just the same.

Greta Zimmer Friedman was the subject of one of the most famous photos of the 20th century, but she believes enough fuss has been made about it already.

"It's in the past," she says.
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