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GRASP awards scholarships to 8 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization based in Glen Allen, recently awarded 42 College Success scholarships totaling $60,970.00 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program. Eight Henrico students were among the recipients.

“We had significantly more scholarship applicants this year and almost double the amount of dollars to award for this year’s scholarships," said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Short Pump Park to expand

Short Pump Park is growing. The park, which currently consists of a playground, shelters and a multipurpose sports field adjacent to Short Pump Elementary School, will be expanded and ultimately will include one mile of paved trails and 0.7 mile of natural surface trails; a dog park with separate sections for small and large dogs; a second playground; a new large shelter; and 223 new parking spots. In addition, an existing playground will be expanded.

Henrico supervisors are expected to adopt a new master plan of development for the park at their Feb. 11 meeting. The new plan would outline the proposed expansions. > Read more.

Consultant offers plan for reducing HCPS suspensions

Henrico County’s public schools system should adopt a number of measurable, across-the-board goals and desired outcomes as part of a long-term plan to reduce discipline disparities among its students, a consultant has outlined in a report to the School Board.

In total, Susan Barrett of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore outlined 22 recommendations for the School Board to consider in its attempt to address the disparities. In 2012, the school system came under fire from local groups after a UCLA study showed that black students accounted for a disproportionate number of suspensions in the county. > Read more.

State sues Henrico hotel

‘Bait-and-switch’ practice alleged
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against GRM Management LLC, a Virginia limited liability company that operates the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Henrico County, for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia's "bait and switch" statute.

The hotel is located at 6531 West Broad Street in the Near West End.
> Read more.

Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said. > Read more.

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Community

Year-end 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.

Henrico woman wins $200k

Henrico resident Felicia Walker went to A&A Convenience Store on Hungary Spring Road in Henrico recently to play the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but the clerk was on the phone and couldn't assist her. So, instead, she bought a pair of $200,000 Jackpot scratcher tickets and took them home with her. One turned out to be the third of seven grand-prize winners. > Read more.

Year-end 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

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.

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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Richmond Volleyball Club will host the 17th Annual Virginia Volleyball Showcase on Aug. 29-30 at the Richmond Volleyball Club in Henrico.

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