Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Henrico fourth-graders to benefit from National Park Foundation grant


Nearly 2,500 fourth-graders from Henrico, Hanover and Richmond will have the opportunity to visit their local national parks and receive an annual pass to visit other federal lands and waters – all for free – thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and Richmond National Battlefield Park were among the sites selected by the foundation, the National Park Service’s official charitable partner. The funds will be used to transport fourth-graders from the Richmond region on field trips to the parks, helping them connect with outdoor spaces and enjoy them as living classrooms. "Every Kid in a Park" programs at Richmond’s national parks emphasize the area’s rich Civil War and Civil Rights history, including a new program at Fort Harrison that explores soldiers’ experiences and the efforts of the National Park Service to protect the site. > Read more.

Santa to arrive Nov. 25 at Virginia Center Commons


Santa Claus will arrive at Virginia Center Commons mall Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. He'll land at the JCPenney Court, where children and families can take photos and visit with him through Dec. 24.

On Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa.

The mall also will host entertainment in the food court Dec. 10 and 17. On Dec. 10, the Hanover Concert Band will perform there from noon to 1, and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

Business in brief


The 9Round of Henrico gym will open Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Shops at Wellesley, 3442 Lauderdale Dr. The location, owned by Heather Coe, offers shorter fitness workouts focused on kickboxing techniques. Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds to recover. There are no class times, and trainers are always on site lead the workouts. The routines change daily to give members a fresh workout every time they go to the gym. 9Round of Henrico is open Monday through Saturday. > Read more.

Royal Productions buys Virginia Outdoor Sportsmen Show


Royal Productions, Inc. has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show from its founder, local taxidermist Hugh Crittenden, who started it 33 years ago. The show is held annually at Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico.

Royal Productions recently sold the three local home shows that it had produced for a number of years. This purchase comes shortly after Royal Productions sold the three home local home shows, which they had produced for many years. > Read more.

Regency Square to host Christmas Parade Nov. 19


Regency Square mall will host its first Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at the mall the same day.

The parade will begin at the corner of Starling Drive and Holly Hill Road, proceed north on Starling Drive, continue east to Quioccasin Road and then enter the shopping center parking lot for a special edition of Cars & Coffee-Richmond. > Read more.

RMA to host Recycle Day Nov. 18


The Retail Merchants Association will host its annual Recycle Day Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 5101 Monument Avenue. The event, hosted in partnership with Keep Virginia Beautiful, allows participants to drive through and drop off their unwanted recyclables for free. The first 150 participants will receive a coupon valid for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

KVB officials will accept all forms of plastic bags. Goodwill will accept clothing, shoes, furniture, domestics (sheets, towels), collectables, jewelry, antiques, books, household (dishes, housewares), working flat-panel televisions, DVDs, CDs, records, tapes, small electronics (radios, clocks, lamps), accessories (handbags, belts, scarves), computers, laptops, printers, monitors, hard drives, motherboards, RAM chips, cases, cables, copiers, plotters, telephone systems, and IT equipment. > Read more.

Dominion freezes plans for new Varina substation


Dominion Virginia Power is temporarily freezing plans for a new substation in Varina, following months of consideration and public debate about the facility's proposed site.

The company is withdrawing a request it filed in June 2015 that seeks the Henrico Planning Commission's endorsement of the site – at 7000 Osborne Turnpike – as "substantially in accord" with the county's Comprehensive Plan. Such a designation would be necessary in order for the substation's construction.

Withdrawal of the request move was necessary in order to allow the company additional time to resolve issues related to the proposal, Dominion officials wrote in a Nov. 2 statement. > Read more.

McClellan to seek McEachin’s Senate seat


Six-term Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71st District) announced Nov. 14 that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat, which opened when Ninth District Senator Donald McEachin (a Henrico Democrat) won election to Congress Nov. 8.

Another Democratic delegate who briefly considered seeking the Ninth District seat, Lamont Bagby (74th District), announced later that day that he would instead remain in the House of Delegates.

McClellan and Bagby, two prominent local Democrats whose districts overlap portions of the heavily Democratic Ninth District, were viewed as the two favorites to replace McEachin there. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek to identify larceny suspects


The Henrico Police Division is seeking help identifying three suspects who are wanted in connection with the theft of eyeglass frames from several Henrico stores in recent weeks.

The suspects (pictured) are two males and one female. One male is described as being six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, while the other is described as being about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 180 pounds. The female is described as being about 5-foot-5. All three are described as Hispanic and speaking both English and Spanish. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Confluence Coffee Co., LLC – leased 10,450 SF at 2522-F Hermitage Rd.; Bio-Tek Services, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,617 SF in Interport Business Center Building C at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 2,400 SF in Short Pump Crossing at 3432 Pump Rd.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 1,875 SF in Westpark Shopping Center at 9645 W. Broad St.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 1,633 SF in The Village Shopping Center at 7001-7035 Three Chopt Rd.; and Daybreak IT Solutions, Inc. – leased 1,109 SF at 2930 W. Broad St. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspects


NOV. 10 Henrico Police are seeking two suspects who robbed a business in Eastern Henrico early Thursday morning.

At approximately 6:20 a.m., police responded to a convenience store in the 600 block of North Airport Drive after reports of a robbery. Two males had entered the store and approached the counter, when one displayed a handgun and demanded currency. The victim complied and the suspects exited the business on foot. They were last seen heading towards East Washington Street in Highland Springs. > Read more.

Eight Henrico teachers earn 2016 REB Awards


Eight Henrico County teachers have earned recognition and grants for outstanding instruction.

The Community Foundation recently recognized the teachers as part of its annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Five earned awards and grant money, while three earned cash stipends.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. This year’s honorees received professional development grants of $8,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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The Richmond Home + Garden Show returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 4 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5. Features of the show include more than 250 home improvement and gardening vendors, appearances by Kevin O’Connor (PBS’ “This Old House”) and The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Cooking Channel), tiny homes, pub sheds, Barkitecture Village (sponsored by Henrico Humane Society) and more. Tickets are $6 to $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+ and free for ages 12 and under. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeandgarden.com. Full text

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