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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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Eastern Henrico FISH continues legacy of assistance


In 1971, Eastern Henrico FISH Inc. was established with one mission in mind: to streamline the delivery of emergency services by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, information and referral to residents of Eastern Henrico County thereby reducing an immediate threat of homelessness.

“We look to help families that have encountered something – a lay-off or loss of a spouse, financial obstacles that have caused them to fall behind or that are challenging to them,” explained Vickie Martin, director of the 501(c)3 organization since 2007.

The primary purpose of FISH is to assist people who have short-term emergencies that require immediate attention. > Read more.

Varina HS students help to map Hollywood Cemetery


Varina High School geospatial technology students spent Halloween taking GPS readings of graves at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - efforts that will assist in creating a searchable web-based map of the famed cemetery.

Hollywood Cemetery is a “garden” cemetery recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in America with 135 acres of sprawling hills and trees. As the second-most visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, Hollywood brings visitors from all across the country. > Read more.

Hermitage student named to All-American band

Mercer Swetnam of Hermitage High School recently was named to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Swetnam will join a group of marching band members who will perform during halftime at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.

“The U.S. Army has a distinguished musical history,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Successful band members require great skill, teamwork and dedication – qualities similar to those of Army Soldiers. We are proud to honor all of our talented 2015 U.S. Army All-American Band members and commend each of them on their selection to this recognized group.” > Read more.

Canines help TSA at Richmond airport

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration demonstrated their passenger-screening dogs at Richmond International Airport Oct. 15. The explosives-detection dogs are trained to process air current and recognize certain odors, whether a person is moving or still, is present or has recently passed through an area.

At right, explosives detection German shorthaired pointer "Brooks” and his handler, Inspector Damon Hopgood, cover the atrium area of the airport. > Read more.

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Community

Campaign provides diapers to low-income families

Capital Diaper Bank and Anthem HealthKeepers are holding a diaper drive through June 2. The “Diaper Change” campaign focuses on providing diapers to low-income families in central Virginia.

Diapers are a necessary part of day-to-day life for young children and their families but providing them is not always easy. A healthy change of diapers costs nearly $100 each month and one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. Diapers are not typically covered by social service programs.

Babies in low-income households often spend an entire day in a single diaper creating many health problems, including skin disease and staph infections. A baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for prolonged periods of time may also be at a greater risk for child abuse. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Looking for something to do with mom this weekend? Take her to see Henrico Theatre Company’s latest production or let her shop till she drops at the ‘Ultimate Recycling Sale.’ Or, take the kids to Compagnia T.P.O.’s “Farfalle” at UR or KidFest at Deep Run Park and give mom the day off she deserves! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Virginia Wine Festival returns
Whether you’re an oenophile, a Hokie fan or just looking for fun, the Central Virginia Wine Festival is the place to be.

The annual event will be held May 12 at the SnagAJob Pavilion at Innsbrook.

“It’s a fantastic, fun atmosphere,” said Michael Eck, founder and chairman of the event.

This year’s event will showcase 15 wineries from around the Commonwealth, feature live music, food and arts and crafts vendors. And, of course, there will be plenty of Virginia wine (and also beer). > Read more.

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Entertainment

Cloudy, with a chance of laughter

Sequel doesn’t lack for food puns, constant energy or active imagination
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a film about food puns. Of course, it may have the trappings of story, characters and few key themes.

But these elements are just a means to an end, and that end is a jungle crawling with hippotatomuses, watermelophants and fruit cockatiels. It’s a bundle of boundless energy, intent on overstuffing every frame. > Read more.

A celtic family reunion

In its second year under new management, Scottish-Irish festival promises food, dancing, fun
The Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games will return to Richmond Raceway Complex for a two-day event Oct. 19-20 that promises to showcase bagpipes, kilts, dancing, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish-Irish food.

Stokes McCune, the organizer of the festival, said the celebration is about family and heritage, noting his own Scottish-Irish lineage that traces back to the 1700s in Richmond. > 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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