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Three vie for Republican nomination in Commonwealth’s Attorney race


Three Republicans whose legal backgrounds run the gamut of experiences in the field will compete in a June 9 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Shannon Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 3 general election for Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Henrico Circuit, General District and Juvenile courts.

Shannon Dillon, a former judge advocate general (JAG) prosecutor in the U.S. Navy who has had a private defense practice for the past
seven years; Jeff Everhart, a defense attorney for his entire 33-year legal career; and Tony Pham, the general counsel for Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and former assistant prosecutor for the City of Richmond, are seeking the party’s nomination. > Read more.

Henrico Restaurant Week nets more than $4,500 for VHBG


The inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week, April 11-19, raise more than $4,500 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Representatives from the Henrico Citizen and participating restaurants gathered May 21 at VHBG, where Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas presented a check for $4,525
to VHBG President Claiborne Mason.

Henrico Restaurant Week involved 34 Henrico restaurants, who created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event. Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the VHBG. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

L.L. Bean coming to Short Pump Town Center

Store will open this November, employ 100 people
MAY 14, 10:50 A.M. – Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean today announced that it will open a store at Short Pump Town Center in November. It will be the company's second location, joining one in Tysons Corner.

The 15,500-square-foot store – which will be located in the space currently occupied by the food court – will employ approximately 100 people, according to company officials, and will feature active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear.

“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to open a store in Richmond, just a stone’s throw away from the James River and all of the other countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Richmond area and immersing ourselves in the Virginia community, culture and outdoor traditions.”
> Read more.

4 Henrico high schools named among nation’s best

Deep Run, Godwin, Freeman, Henrico earn spots on annual US News list
Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine named Deep Run, Mills Godwin, Douglas Freeman and Henrico high schools as top schools in its annual “Best High Schools” rankings. Deep Run was ranked the No. 17 high school in Virginia; Godwin No. 28; Freeman No. 33; and Henrico No. 44. Henrico County’s total of four state-ranked high schools was second in Virginia behind Fairfax County.

The magazine analyzed 2012-13 data for more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It named 2,527 – 12.8 percent – as gold or silver medal winners. Only a state’s gold and silver medalists are ranked. The magazine ranked 52 schools in Virginia. > Read more.

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Community

Ruritan Club holding Brunswick stew sale


The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.

Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.

To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.

RAMPS receives $8k grant


RAMPS (Ramp Access Made Possible by Students) recently received an $8,000 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 75 grants totaling more than $600,137 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

RAMPS, an organization founded by then-Henrico County high school students to build ramps for local low-income residents who need them, will use the grant to purchase modular wheelchair ramp supplies. These supplies will be used by local high school RAMPS clubs, who provide volunteers to build the ramps. > Read more.

Henrico man to compete in Liberty Mutual Invitational National Finals

Henrico resident Larry Loving, Jr., will compete with three other locals – Thomas Scribner (Richmond), Roscoe McGhee (Midlothian) and Larry Loving (Richmond) in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Feb. 26-Mar. 1. The foursome qualified for the national golf tournament by winning the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, held at Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Ijamsville, Md. on June 11. That event supported the RiteCare Center for Childhood Language Disorders.

In total, 240 amateur golfers will compete in Florida. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A taste of Japan

Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack

In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”

The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.

One beauty of a charmer

Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights

Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.

Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.

Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.

‘An Evening of Country’ scheduled April 9-10


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s 2nd Stage series will present “An Evening of Country” with The Honky Tonk Experience, April 9-10 at 7 p.m. in the center’s Cardinal Ballroom.

Formed in the spring of 2003, The Honky Tonk Experience performs country classics and current country music, from Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakam and Dale Watson. The “Experience” is composed of five local musicians – Brad Spivey, Mike Lucas, Mark Watts, Clark Ball and Ryland Tinnell. The group has shared the stage with several national acts, including Travis Tritt, BR5-49, Dale Watson, Webb Wilder and Junior Brown. > Read more.

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