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Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder. > Read more.

Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations


The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

Both the House and Senate rejected changes that the Democratic governor proposed to legislation regarding when law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to use a drone. McAuliffe’s amendments drew opposition from members of both parties.

SB 1301, introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and HB 2125, sponsored by Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, originally said that government agencies would need a search warrant to use drones for “law enforcement” activities. > Read more.
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Lumber Liquidators transferring 117 jobs to White Oak site

UPDATE: NOV. 11, 6:03 P.M. – Lumber Liquidators is consolidating its operations in Hampton, Suffolk and Toano (where it is headquartered) and moving 117 jobs to its new facility at White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.

The Virginian-Pilot first reported the announcement today.

Lumber Liquidators operates more than 300 stores in 46 states – including one on West Broad Street in Henrico – as well as Canada. The company employs more than 1,500 people.
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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.

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Community

Caring Bunny hops into VCC for children with special needs

Caring Bunny will hop into Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Rd., for children with special needs and their families on Sunday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the JCPenney Court. The event will be held prior to the mall opening, so that accommodations can be made to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of all guests.

Caring Bunny is a joint program developed by The Noerr Programs, the digital imaging company that provides the Bunny Photo Experience for malls nationwide and AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. > 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.

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.

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Entertainment

‘Block party’ planned in Lakeside Aug. 24

The Lakeside Sport Complex will host a community-wide block party on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility at 7503 Ranco Road.

The event will include a number of local small businesses that focus on health, wellness, fitness and sports for the entire family. > 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.

‘Asian Cajun’ restaurant entry arriving

Come September, Henrico County residents will be rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their bibs for a taste of New Orleans along with some flavors hailing from the Far East.

Crustacean Boil N’ Grill is slated to open at the end of next month in the Golds Gym Plaza shopping center on West Broad Street next to Comedy Sportz Improv Theatre.

The restaurant will serve boiled crawfish, Alaskan crab, shrimp, lobster and every other wonder of the sea, but owner Calvin Pan said this won’t be your regular seafood joint. > Read more.

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