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Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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A visit to Santa Paws

Some local pet owners took the opportunity to introduce their pets to Santa Claus at Virginia Center Commons mall last month.

Above, Santa poses with four pugs and a cat named Macaroni (owned by Ruth Ferrer and Nancy and Gabriel Williams of Mechanicsville). > Read more.

Police charge Chesterfield man in 19 Henrico commercial burglaries

Suspect also charged in 20 other cases in Chesterfield and Richmond
UPDATE: DEC. 2, 11:14 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 50-year-old Chesterfield man in connection with 19 commercial burglaries in Henrico beginning in October. David Allen Williamson, of the 2300 block of Alfalfa Lane in Chesterfield, also faces charges in connection with 12 commercial burglaries in Richmond and eight in Chesterfield.

The incidents in Henrico showed that the method of entry was consistent, and similar items were taken from each location. When Richmond and Chesterfield began experiencing similar incidents, police in the two jurisdictions collaborated. > Read more.

Deep Run student wins ‘Reflections’ award

Grace Y. Lee, a senior at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, recently won the Outstanding Interpretation Award at this year’s Reflections Contest in the category of photography, the Virginia PTA announced last month.

Lee will be honored in the Reflections Award ceremony in February 2015. As the first place winner, Lee will have her entry judged at the district level.

The Virginia PTA provides the opportunity with students in pre-K through grade 12 to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program. > Read more.

Henrico Fire promotes 7

The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.

Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1. > Read more.

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Community

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

Ninth-annual Filipino Festival scheduled Aug. 8-9

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., will host the ninth-annual Filipino Festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9.

Attendees will enjoy hallmark Filipino cuisine, entertainment and exhibits from local and regional Filipino talent, vendors, hands-on crafts and games for the kids and more. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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


Ukulele aficionados will definitely love this weekend’s third annual UkeFest VA at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There will be concerts, workshops, open-mic and jam sessions, vendors and more. Other concerts this weekend are at Glen Allen Library with Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner and the Tuckahoe Moose Lodge for the Dominion School for Autism benefit fundraiser. Another fundraiser is a Brunswick Stew Sale to benefit the Kiwanis Club of North Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CACGA unveils horse exhibit

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen unveiled a new exhibit – “Heart of the Horse” – Nov. 1 in the Slantwall Gallery.

The exhibit will run through the end of the month and features photorealistic paintings and abstracts by artist Willa Frayser.

The exhibit is free and open to the public for all ages.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. > Read more.

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