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Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen. > Read more.

Rabies case reported in Henrico

A raccoon that may have scratched a dog in the West End last week has tested positive for rabies. The dog's owners noticed a scratch on the animal Oct. 24, and the remains of the raccoon were located that same day in the 10000 block of Idlebrook Drive, just off Ridgefield Parkway near Gaskins Road. The raccoon was submitted to the state lab for testing, which came back positive Oct. 28.

The dog exposed to the raccoon had a current rabies vaccination and will be quarantined for 45 days. There were no other animal or human exposures reported. > Read more.

Cantor hosts volunteer fair

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor hosted the first #ServiceRVA Volunteer Fair at Deep Run High School Oct. 26, an event that connected more than 200 people with 27 service organizations in the Central Virginia area.

"Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community," Cantor said. "Through this ongoing effort, I encourage all Virginians to get involved and share their service on social media using the hash tag #ServiceRVA. With more helping hands we can make our community even stronger.” > Read more.

Pink-out at St. Mary’s

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fountain lighting at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital will be pink during the month of October. In addition, pink design elements have been added to the outside of St. Mary’s and other local Bon Secours hospitals, and pink ribbons have been placed around the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. > Read more.

Fire officials to promote 24

The Henrico Division of Fire will promote 23 firefighters and one of its civilian staff members tonight during a ceremony at Hermitage High School at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The scheduled promotions include two district chief officers (Kevin P. Bartal and David L. Nuckols); six battalion chief officers (Christopher H. Buehren, Eugene Gerald, George W. Lane, Alec W. Oughton, Douglas E. Reynolds, Gary W. Samuels); seven captains (Vernon L. Crumpler, Taylor C. Goodman, W. Joseph Green, Gregory A. Nuckols, Kenneth Ray Stone, William R. Tucker, John E. Walls) and eight lieutenants (Agee F. Bryant, William N. Cheeley, James R. Heller, Gregory T. McKee, Robert C. Owens, G. Robert Rowley, Patrick M. Sheehan, Zachary J. Zellner). > Read more.

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Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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