Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy. > Read more.

McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10. > Read more.

McEachin selected to Congressional leadership positions


Virginia Fourth District Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) was elected a co-president of his freshman class in Congress earlier this week. He shares the presidency with Congresswoman-Elect Nanette Barragan (CA-4) and Congresswoman-Elect Val Demings (FL-10).

Thursday, McEachin was selected as a regional whip for the Democratic Caucus. > Read more.
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Henrico County student wins regional spelling bee

Fifth-grader will compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee in May
Fifth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the 40th Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Saturday. Muthusamy, of Rivers Edge Elementary, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-29 at National Harbor near Washington DC.

Muthusamy, 11, was one of the youngest participants in the regional contest, which includes students in grades 5-8.

To win, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “brigand,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band.” > Read more.

Crime down slightly in Henrico in 2013

Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.

The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”

Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.

Business in brief


Window Genie held the grand opening of their newest location in Richmond this week. Pete Breil is the owner/operator. Before joining the Window Genie team, Breil spent 13 years in financial services as a director of operations analysis and then a year in cable industry as director of payment services strategy. Window Genie of Richmond will service the West End area including Richmond, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Tuckahoe and surrounding communities. Services include window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 389-4002. > Read more.

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Community

project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The James River Singers, with special guest Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, will present “An International Christmas” Dec. 9 at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Ave., and Dec. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2315 N. Parham Rd. Featuring seasonal choral music from around the world, including selections by Giovanni Gabrieli for double choir, organ and brass. Both concerts start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at http://www.thejamesriversingers.org. Full text

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