Henrico County VA

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

Getting hosed

The second annual Virginia Firefighter Games brought together firefighters from throughout the region to compete before several thousand spectators in a number of intense events designed to replicate the rigors they face during their jobs. All proceeds from the event went to charity, including Old Dominion Burn Foundation and Feed More. > Read more.

Henrico ‘Teachers of the Year’ honored

Audra Yerian, a kindergarten teacher at Sandston Elementary School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2014 Gilman Teacher of the Year earlier this month, while Charles Cuccherini, a science teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, was named the division’s 2014 First-Year Teacher of the Year.

The teachers were honored at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

The school system also announced three winners of the inaugural Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013. > Read more.

FeedMore house takes shape in Goochland County


Henrico-based Eagle Construction broke ground May 6 for the FeedMore House at The Parke at SaddleCreek in Manakin‐Sabot. The house is being built to benefit hungry families and individuals in the Richmond region; Eagle Construction and its trade partners are donating their services to build the four‐bedroom home in The Parke at SaddleCreek, Eagle’s single family community in Goochland County.

The goal of the Eagle/FeedMore partnership is to fight hunger. Once the home is sold, all profits will be donated to FeedMore. > Read more.

All creatures great and small

The Richmond Pet Expo brought together animals of all types and sizes earlier this month at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

The expo featured more than 100 exhibitors, live entertainment, demonstrations and an adoption area. Author and celebrity dog trainer Harrison Forbes spoke about a new trend in pet ownership – doggie DNA testing. > Read more.

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Community

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

Corvette Club of Richmond seeking plush bunnies for Bunny Run

The Corvette Club of Richmond (CCR) is seeking plush bunnies for its first annual Corvette Cruise-In and Bunny Wrangling on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Padow’s Hams & Deli/Celebrity Room, 9864 W. Broad St. The event is open to all Corvettes with reserved Corvette-only parking. Participants are invited to vote for their favorite Corvette by donating a new plush bunny.

The bunny buddies will be delivered to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond during CCR’s 16th annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 31. Corvette owners are invited to meet at 12:15 p.m. at Smith Turf & Irrigation, 2201 Dabney Rd. The group will depart for the Children’s Hospital at 12:45 p.m. and once the kids are ready, the parade of Corvettes will proceed and unload the bunnies. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. > 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.

Art in Action exhibition and auction Jan. 18 to benefit Henrico CASA

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host its seventh annual benefit art exhibition and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd.

Proceeds from the Art in Action event will support Henrico CASA’s efforts to serve abused and neglected children in the county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system. CASA trains volunteers to serve as child advocates in court. Last year, volunteers served 398 local children, donating nearly 20,000 hours to their cases. > Read more.

Numb and number

The Schezuan flavors of Peter Chang China Café prove that some like it hot
The popularity of Peter Chang China Café has spread like wildfire, leaving customers’ mouths ablaze and tongues without feeling – but that’s the point of Schezuan food: the hotter the better.

Unless you don’t like spicy food, that is. Fortunately, there are other options on the menu for folks like us.

Tucked tightly in the same strip mall in Short Pump as Wal-Mart and Domino’s Pizza, the restaurant has a huge following in response to its famous chef and namesake, Peter Chang, former chef for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. > Read more.

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