Glen Allen advances in 14U Babe Ruth World Series


The Glen Allen Babe Ruth Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team advanced to the single-elimination round of the 14-year-old World Series, which the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association is hosting at RF&P Stadium in Glen Allen.
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Earnhardt gives Redskins a ride


Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88, stopped at Richmond Raceway Aug. 8 in advance of the track’s NASCAR weekend in September. He was joined by five players from the Washington Redskins, who were in town for the team's training camp, which concluded Aug. 14. The day in Richmond gave Earnhardt and the Redskins players an opportunity to see how the athletes compete in their respective sports.
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READ Center a finalist for $25k grant


The READ Center is a top-200 cause finalist in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program, making it eligible to earn a $25,000 grant to support adult literacy in the Richmond region. The 40 organizations from across the nation with the most votes will win grants.

The READ Center, based in Henrico, provides classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring to adults with very low literacy.
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Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less.
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WestPark shopping center sold for $33.3M

UPDATE: MAY 20, 4:10 P.M. – A West End shopping center has been sold to an Illinois real estate firm for $33.3 million.

InvenTrust Properties purchased the WestPark Shopping Center, a 176,973-square-foot center on West Broad Street between Stillman Parkway and Pemberton Road, from Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
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Henrico sheriff hires laid-off Petersburg deputies


Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.

The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade.
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Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicator (VPC) 2015 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition.

Awards were announced at the VPC (formerly known as Virginia Press Women) spring conference awards luncheon, held May 2 in Norfolk.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the specialty articles category, with two stories focusing on environmental topics. The articles were about the Environmental Film Festival’s expansion into Henrico County, and about the trend towards building and outfitting more homes and commercial structures with solar panels and other green features. Judges noted that Kruszewski “did her research and also made the articles interesting to read.”
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17 Henrico schools earn VIP performance awards


Seventeen western Henrico schools were among the 252 schools statewide that earned Virginia Index of Performance awards, signifying for advanced learning and achievement. Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education made the announced today.

The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.
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Forums draws candidates for 12th Senate, 74th House seats



A joint forum May 12 for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th District House of Delegates seat and Republicans seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat drew six of the seven candidates and a crowd of nearly 100 people to St. Peter Baptist Church in Glen Allen.
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Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast


Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.”
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 27-May 3


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

11307 Abbots Cross Lane – $190,000, 1,584 SF (built in 2006), from Federal National Mortgage Association to Edwin C. Li.
5102 Wythe Avenue – $230,000, 1,262 SF (built in 1956), from Sheila and S.S. De La Fuente to Hannah P. Folmer.
11209 Pinewood Court – $242,500, 1,776 SF (built in 1982), from Mattie B. Flowers to Richard W. and Jennifer S. Wheeler.
6227 Dustin Drive – $266,500, 1,930 SF (built in 1947), from Ashley C. Hoover to Israel Holi and Batsheva Harari.
2008 Raintree Drive – $267,500, 2,210 SF (built in 1977), from Patricia C. Hord to Daniel Bolt and Jessica Valacer.
6512 W. Franklin Street – $282,000, 1,386 SF (built in 1951), from Jennifer K. and B. F. Kepier to Christopher S. Lee and Rachel A. Balow.
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Business in brief


In a face-off of 127 regional champions from 24 states, Garland Hume, owner and chief instructor of Bikram Yoga Richmond, emerged as one of the nation's top ten at the 2015 USA Yoga National Championship competition May 3 in Binghamton, NY. Adults competing must perform a total of seven yoga postures – four compulsory and three optional – in three minutes. Postures are scored on the basis of difficulty, and judges rate contestants on how well they “achieve the maximum expression of the posture while demonstrating complete control of the body and breath,” according to championship rules. Maximum possible score is 50 points, and Hume's 48.63 score ranked her eighth among adult women. Hume has been practicing Bikram Yoga since January 2007. Bikram Yoga Richmond has two locations, in Henrico's Far West End near Innsbrook and at Stony Point.
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Henrico organizations among winners at Richmond Technology Council Awards show


Several Henrico organizations and individuals were among the winners at the Richmond Technology Councils 20th Annual Technology Awards show and gala, held May 13. The show honors those who are actively helping to advance the region's technology-based economy.

Nearly 800 business leaders attended the event, which was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

"Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout innovators and entrepreneurs," said Robby Demeria, executive director of the RTC.
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Henrico to present ‘Little Black Dress’ May 21 to promote awareness of depression


Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and JLP Productions will present “Little Black Dress,” a play that seeks to help individuals who may be suffering from depression, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Based on a true story, “Little Black Dress” encourages audiences to think about ways to help or get help for someone who may be experiencing depression, a misunderstood and potentially life-threatening illness if it is not treated.
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Fox bites Near West End resident, runs off

May 14, 1:25 P.M. – A fox bit a Near West End resident Thursday, then ran into the woods.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penick Road, near Glenside Drive, observed the fox chasing the family's dog into a fenced back yard and attempted to intervene. That's when the fox ran back toward the open gate, bit the resident on the knee, then ran into a wooded area next to Glenside Drive.
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