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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

Positive reflections

Mirror Mode helps shape girls into successful young women

In 2009, Aljanette Hall struggled like many Americans. She found herself out of a job after many years working in the real estate business. The time off afforded her the opportunity to live out her true passion - shaping young girls into successful women-to-be who know their value.

“Going through the downside of the economy, I knew just how it was,” she says about feeling singled out and in need of information. She had been mentoring through her church on a volunteer basis, but saw the need to grow her outreach throughout greater Richmond. > Read more.

2014 General Assembly Q&A

State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 60-day session of the General Assembly, during which they’ll vote on a new biennial budget. Among the topics expected to generate the most attention during the session, which began last week: mental health reform, Medicaid, education, ethics reform and transportation. Legislators also will be working with a new governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2014 session. The answers of those who responded appear below. > Read more.

Tour empowers girls with fun, education

‘Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair’ event coming to Henrico Jan. 30
In a society in which many of the normalcies in tween culture focus on sexuality and promiscuity – and push young girls to grow up too fast – the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair tour offers a fresh outlook on mother-daughter connectedness by teaching that being “crazy” can mean many different things.

A “Secret Keeper girl” embraces modesty, loves herself and others, feels comfortable sharing with Mom, and knows she is a masterpiece of God. By introducing girls to this event, organizers hope that they will realize the true beauty that lies within them and be opened up to a world of positive role models. > Read more.

Business in brief


Carrabba’s Italian Grill selected St. Joseph’s Villa as the nonprofit beneficiary of its Short Pump grand opening on Monday, Jan. 13. The restaurant donated 50% of the day’s proceeds to the Villa for a total of $4,388. Funds raised will support the Villa’s mental health, educational, homeless and developmental disabilities programs for children and families. St. Joseph’s Villa serves more than 2,100 children and families each year. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Safe Harbor seeks ‘Healthy Love RVA’ nominations

Safe Harbor is currently seeking nominations for its “Healthy Love RVA: Hot Healthy Couples” series. Four couples will be selected and interviewed and their love stories highlighted on Safe Harbor’s new website, http://www.safeharborshelter.com > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Surviving the holidays

HTC production aims to be hilarious, heartwarming
One way to survive the holidays is to wallow in them. Embrace them. Absorb every sweet, sticky second of December. Forget the stress of bargain hunting, trying to find a parking place in Short Pump or baking your famous fruitcakes.

Instead, crank the car radio and sing along with the carols, slurp some eggnog and have a holly jolly time.

For a few more tips for happy holidays, check out Henrico Theatre Company’s production, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” > 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.

‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.

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