Henrico man dies in Dinwiddie crash

A 31-year-old Henrico County man died when the 1995 GMC tractor trailer he was driving ran off Route 460 in Dinwiddie County and overturned shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 24. The man, Melvin Johnson, died at the scene. A female passenger in the truck was transported by helicopter to MCV with life-threatening injuries. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt, according to Virginia State Police. > Read more.

Urban Farmhouse opens Rocketts location


Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe, a popular local chain of cafes and coffehouses, has expanded into Henrico, with the opening of a location at Rocketts Landing.

The new location, at 4821 Old Main Street, is the company's sixth in the region and first in the county. A seventh location is planned for the Linden Row Inn in downtown Richmond. > Read more.

Cross Grain Brewhouse to open at RIC this week


The new Cross Grain Brewhouse restaurant and bar will open at Richmond International Airport this week. The location will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. The restaurant, operated by Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, will feature a menu with house-made items and a focus on local craft beers. > Read more.
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Meals tax expected to begin May 1

Henrico County officials hope to implement the county's new meals tax by May 1, 2014, pending Board of Supervisors approval of a new ordinance outlining the tax. Voters authorized the tax in a Nov. 5 vote. The Citizen first reported the May 1 date on Nov. 6.

The board is expected to receive a proposed ordinance establishing the parameters for what purchases would be taxed and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico resident Angelia Shay, an agent with New York Life’s Richmond General Office, has been named president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS). WIFS is the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry. As president, she oversees the mission of this organization of 1,000 members and 24 local chapters. Shay joined New York Life in 1994 and in 2007 was named the Agent of the Year by New York Life’s Richmond General Office – the first woman in the Richmond General Office of New York Life to receive this sales achievement award. > Read more.

A love affair with nature

Lewis Ginter’s GardenFest of Lights showcases months of planning, effort by staff and volunteers
In the basement of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden year-round, veteran volunteers work amongst tables of dried flowers, acorns, forms, leaves and other natural fixtures to prepare for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, an annual event that combines the beauty of nature with lighting throughout the Garden.

The winter celebration is a team and community effort, with more than 200 volunteers from all across Virginia who coordinate and work closely with staff members, especially horticulturist and leader of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights team Shannon Smith and Operations Coordinator Justin Brown. > Read more.

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Community

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
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