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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

HCPS’ “Un-initiative” asks ‘less’ of employees

Henrico County Public Schools is asking its employees for less. . . in a manner of speaking.

The school system has launched what it calls the "Un-initiative" as a way to solicit input from employees about programs or actions that they believe the school system can do without.

“We’re asking all employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers – to send us their ideas on things that we’re doing that they think we can stop doing and still be an efficient and effective organization,” Superintendent Pat Kinlaw said. > Read more.

Making connections

Henrico HS student organizes camp for special needs students
Rising Henrico High School senior Olivia Faraone knew she wanted to build partnerships and friendships between students across a spectrum of talents, abilities and backgrounds at her school.

So this summer, she launched Camp Connected, a week-long summer camp that paired special needs participants with camp volunteers as part of the Students for Students club that works towards inclusion.

When Faraone began at Henrico High School, she noticed that students weren’t interacting with the special needs students. During her lunch break, she began visiting them in exceptional education teacher Anita Smith’s classroom. > Read more.

Finding peace of mind, just in time

Mental health clinicians, police officers work to handle mental health cases effectively, compassionately

Suzanne Throckmorton turned on the phones at 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:05 a.m., the first call came in. A suicidal man on the other end was pleading for help.

So began another day at the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) building.

The Glen Allen center is the county’s base of operations for connecting with and serving the mentally ill in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent. Here clinicians man phones 24 hours a day, devise plans for people in crisis situations and coordinate with police and hospitals to get patients the help they need.

Recent changes to the law, however, and a 10-percent case load increase have ramped up expectations placed on the clinicians at HAMHDS. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 18-24


734 Huntsman Road – $55,000 (vacant site), from Anderson Mill LLC to NVR Inc.
10038 Purcell Road – $82,950, 1,200 SF (built in 1971), from Willa M. Robinson to Bank of America NA.
10567 Mountain Gate Way – $96,075, 1,040 SF (built in 2005), from Rafaqat Ali to Michael Solodar.
20 North Rose Avenue – $101,904, 1,312 SF (built in 2006), from Sonya M. and J. Cameron Austin to US Bank Trust NA.
2016 Turtle Creek Drive #6 – $105,958, 1,120 SF (built in 1985), from Carmen McCoy to Alton and Linda B. and Catherine L. Buie.
1321 Grapevine Road – $108,000, 1,200 SF (built in 1984), from Treasa B. and Stephen C. Garrett to Bank of New York Mellon. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Western Henrico Rotary installs new officers


The Western Henrico Rotary Club installed its new officers and directors for the 2014-15 year at its June 30 meeting.

The new officers are: Stuart P. Myers – president; Lee Muckey – president-elect; John Strotmeyer – vice president; Johnny Alga – secretary; Doug Westmoreland – treasurer; and Bill Sossong – sergeant-at-arms. The directors are: Adam Cherry (immediate past president), Michael Binns, Jim Brooks, Ryan Davis, Bob Glasser, Clint Ray, Ken Strickler, Darren Waggoner and Doug Westmoreland. Rotary International District 7600 Area Governor Jeff Hawkins visited the club at its meeting at the Westwood Club to install the new slate of leaders. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Learn something new this weekend! Study the art of origami or discover some new southern slow cooker recipes. Find a career that makes you happy or learn how to relieve stress. And did you know that one donation of blood can help support up to three patients’ lives? For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces 2014 Tabby award winners

The Joshua Plant, which made its world premiere at CAT Theatre in January, took top honors at CAT’s 2014 Tabby Awards, held July 20. Written by Amy Berlin and P. Ann Bucci, The Joshua Plant was the winner of CAT's 50th Anniversary Original Play contest and was chosen from dozens of entries. The Joshua Plant began as a 10-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writer's series. > Read more.

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

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