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Governor orders training for ABC agents


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

This comes a week after McAuliffe called for the State Police to investigate ABC enforcement officers’ arrest of a University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson. Johnson, who needed 10 stitches in his head, said the agents used excessive force.

The governor issued a press release outlining Executive Order 40, which will require “the immediate retraining of all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth, and community policing.” > Read more.

Business in brief


Shine Blowdry Bar, Richmond’s first salon devoted exclusively to hairstyling and makeup services, opens at 5227 W. Broad St. near Willow Lawn this April. With 10 styling stations, the 1,440 square foot, modern salon is designed to be walk-in friendly. There is no need to make an appointment, with the exception of booking large/private parties or visits outside of regular business hours. At Shine, the experience typically starts with a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine (for patrons over 21) and a peek at a “Look Book” for inspiration on various styles, ranging from the bouncy “Starlet” to the sleek “Executive Sweet.” Basic blowouts include a shampoo, blowdry and styling at a flat fee $40, no matter the hair length or level of difficulty. Kids under 10 are eligible for “The Twinkle” styling at $25. Updos, braids and on-location styling can be scheduled at additional cost. Hair repair and massage treatments and a variety of makeup services are also available. > Read more.
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Henrico sets final hearing on community development needs for March 26

Henrico County will hold a final public hearing Thursday, March 26 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 2031 of the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road. The hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 26 but was canceled due to winter weather.

Henrico will use the input of residents and others to prepare the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The plan will establish priorities for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. > Read more.

Henrico’s Scott Farm sold


Scott Farm, a prominent 99-acre site at the northern Henrico I-95/I-295 interchange, has been sold.

The Scott family recently sold the property, located on the southeast corner of the interchange, to Riverstone Properties for $5.69 million. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC represented the family, which had owned the property for generations and had been marketing it for the past decade to potential buyers.

The site had been under contract several times in years past, but none of the deals were finalized. It once was considered as part of a larger site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when local officials were bidding for that facility (which was awarded to Charlotte, N.C.) and later as a possible site for Cabela's, which instead will locate in Short Pump. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers. > Read more.

General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs. > Read more.

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Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Fifth annual ‘Cancer is a Drag’ pageant planned for March 28 at RIR


The Fifth Annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will be held March 28 at Richmond International Raceway’s Old Dominion Building. The event is designed as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

It began as a way to honor Shelby Layne Bowery, who died from melanoma cancer at the age of 12 in 2010.

The first pageant was held in Varina and raised more than $7,000. Subsequent events have grown in size and raised progressively more money – including $16,000 last year. > 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


Celebrate Valentine’s Day a week early with several fun “date night” activities – Henrico Recreation and Parks’ 29th annual One-Act Showcase opens tonight; local singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum will present “An Evening of Love Songs” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen; the Henrico Theatre will screen the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” Feb. 6-7 (special date night showing is tomorrow!); and the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “Swan Lake” on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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