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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ seeking help for the aged

A program that provides holiday cheer, companionship and gifts for Richmond area seniors is partnering with businesses and community members to collect items for aging adults. Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Richmond and surrounding areas, the Be a Santa to a Senior program provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Holiday shoppers who want to participate in the gift-giving can visit one of eight area Christmas trees, which feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests – such as a pair of slippers or a small pharmacy gift card. In Henrico, trees are located at The Crossings at University Park, 2422 Pemberton Road; The Hermitage at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Parkway; Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Drive; Our Lady of Hope, 13700 N. Gayton Road, and Home Instead Senior Care, 2565 Homeview Drive. > Read more.

HCPS to host suicide prevention workshop Dec. 3

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. among children and teens ages 10 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help educate parents, friends and others about the warning signs, risk factors and strategies to help support youngsters, the Henrico County Public Schools School Counseling Department will host a suicide prevention workshop Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road. > Read more.

Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.
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HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is now offering Asleep Deep Brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to patients as a well-recognized treatment that improves motor symptoms of patients with early and advanced Parkinson’s disease. The new advancement allows neurosurgeons to perform DBS surgery with the guidance of an MRI in the operating room. This allows the patient to remain asleep for the entire surgery. Conventional DBS surgery, for treatment of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, requires that patients be conscious during the procedure. Asleep DBS can provide a more comfortable experience for the patient. DBS improves the symptoms of Parkinson’s by directing electrical stimulation to either the subthalamic nucleus or the globus pallidus interna. These small structures are located about eight centimeters beneath the surface of the frontal cortex in the brain. > Read more.

Field set for November elections

The slate of candidates for the Nov. 3 local elections is officially set.

Two members of the Henrico Board of Supervisors – Pat O'Bannon of the Tuckahoe District and Tyrone Nelson of the Varina District – will be unopposed, while two others – Dick Glover of the Brookland District and Frank Thornton of the Fairfield District will face opposition. (Democrat Danny Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is challenging Glover, while two Democrats-turned-independents – John Dantzler, an operations manager for a real estate firm, and Brian Taylor, who previously sought the Democratic nomination for the Seventh District U.S. House of Representatives seat – will compete against Thornton). > Read more.

Mo’ne Davis to play in exhibition game in Glen Allen

Saturday game is part of a 23-city tour for Davis' Philadelphia team
Henrico County and the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) will welcome Mo'ne Davis – who earned national acclaim for her performance in the 2014 Little League World Series – and her Philadelphia team for exhibition games with local squads Saturday, June 20.

The games will be played at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, 3400 Mountain Road. Davis and her Anderson Monarchs will play the MJBL All Stars at 10 a.m. The MJBL Mariners will take the field against the Hotchkiss A's at 12:30 p.m. The teams feature players ages 13-14.

Admission is free. The games also can be viewed live online at http://henrico.us/rec/baseball .

Henrico Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank J. Thornton and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover each will throw out an opening pitch. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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