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Into the fire

Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water. > Read more.

ChildFund’s influence spreads globally


In 1938, a Presbyterian minister from Richmond, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, created a campaign to help Chinese children orphaned during the Second Sino-Japanese war. He connected donors on a one-to-one basis with children through “adoptions.”

Today, his model has grown into an international organization – ChildFund International – that serves 18.1 million people in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots. > Read more.

Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Panda Express – leased 38,724 square feet in Staples Mill Marketplace at 9000-9120 Staples Mill Rd.; Golf Galaxy – renewed its lease of 16,100 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9900 W. Broad St.; Mechanical Solutions, LLC – leased 5,040 square feet at 2423 Grenoble Rd.; 3 Fellers Bakery, LLC – leased 3,750 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; SHC Services, Inc. – leased 2,093 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.; MetroPCS – leased 1,200 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; and MetroPCS – leased 1,000 square feet in Oak Hill Plaza at 3103 Mechanicsville Tnpk. > Read more.

Eye-to-eye with mummichogs

CBF immerses local teachers in Bay ecology

Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures. > Read more.

Getting to know…Stephen Hickman

The Collegiate School's new Head of School
In December, the Collegiate School announced Stephen Hickman as the new Head of School. Hickman set up office at Collegiate in July and has been preparing for what will be the school’s 99th year. He recently sat down with the Citizen to discuss his new role.

Henrico Citizen: Talk about what prepared you to take on the job as Collegiate Head of School.

HickmanMy preparation really goes back to when I was in high school. I felt that my future was in education. I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and coaches. Even when I was in business for roughly 17 years – I was in the securities industry working with NASDAQ for most of that time – I never lost the passion for education. It had done so much for me; education literally changed my life. > Read more.

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Community

ICGR honors 2 with appreciation awards


Rabbi Ben Romer and Sister Cora Marie Billings were honored April 28 as recipients of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond’s 2014 appreciation awards at the ICGR’s Sixth Annual Clergy & Community Leaders Recognition Breakfast. Held at the Rosyln Conference and Retreat Center on River Road, the breakfast brought together faith and community leaders members from all backgrounds and denominations and featured Rev. Dr. Judith Bennett of The Resource Center as keynote speaker. > Read more.

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive to benefit FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank

On May 10, Central Virginians will have an opportunity to fight hunger in their community by taking part in the 22nd edition of the National Association of Letter Carriers, NALC, ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive.

In early May, more than 250,000 food drive donation bags will be delivered by letter carriers to homes throughout the Richmond metro area. The public is then asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them near their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday, May 10. On this date, their letter carrier will pick up their donation and deliver it to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, where the items will be sorted and then redistributed through FeedMore’s partner agency network. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

Playing with fire

‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.

Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.

Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.

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