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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.

Safe and sound

Shelter offers support, hope for victims of sexual and domestic abuse

When Srabanti Gupta, 37, left India and moved to Henrico in 2012 to be with her husband of 10 years, she had no idea that within weeks she would feel helpless, scared and fearful for her life and that of her six-year-old son, Ishan.

Unsure of where to turn, Gupta found comfort and safety in Safe Harbor, a shelter that offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence. > Read more.

A closer look at Henrico’s ‘average’ homes


The assessed value of real estate in Henrico County increased by 2.8 percent this year – or $862 million – when compared to 2013. The average assessed value of a single-family home in the county rose to about 3.7 percent – to $219,600 from $211,700. The real estate tax on such a home amounts to $1,910.52, given the county's tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

So, what does the "average" home in Henrico County look like? The Citizen wanted to find out, so we analyzed homes in each of the county's five magisterial district to find a sample of residences in each one valued near this year's average assessment. > Read more.

April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days). > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee scheduled for April 9

The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) will host its third annual Corporate Spelling Bee April 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond, sponsored by Anthem. Teams representing Richmond-area businesses and community groups will compete to be Grand Champions as well as Buzzy Bee Spirit Award winners. The HEF Corporate Spelling Bee raises funds for scholarships, field trips for students who can’t afford them, classroom grants and recognition of excellence for students in Henrico County Public Schools. > Read more.

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Community

Little Sisters’ event raises funds

Michael and Bevin Kehoe (left) and Ruth and Franco Ambrogi (of Franco’s Fine Clothiers) were among the more than 200 guests at the 38th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor Benefit Dinner Feb. 9 at the Commonwealth Club in downtown Richmond. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the Little Sisters themselves, who serenaded the dinner guests with humor and music, accompanied by Sr. Jeanne Emmanuel’s guitar. The event raised almost $169,000 in support of the Little Sisters’ mission. > Read more.

Heaven-sent pennies

Children in the Chickahominy Family YMCA’s afterschool program gave a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Shelby Walker, a store associate at the JC Penney at the Shops at White Oak Village, last month. Walker is credited with having the highest participation rate – 99 percent – of all associates in JC Penney’s back-to-school “Pennies from heaven” campaign, through which store associates ask customers to round up their purchase total to the next whole dollar, with proceeds going to the company’s afterschool fund. > Read more.

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Snagajob ‘Hourly Gig’ contest pared to 5 finalists

Snagajob has selected five finalists in its 'Hourly Gig' competition, and one act will be selected by online voters to open for Brantley Gilbert at the Snagajob Pavilion in Innsbrook Sept. 19.

Three of the finalists have local connections, including the band Everwilde, whose lead singer, Dan Nicholls, is a mechanic in the region. The country band is influenced by Southern rock and blues.

Two other finalists – George Taylor and Emma White – are from the Richmond region originally. > 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.

Restaurant watch

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

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