International goals


A group of youth soccer players – most from Henrico – and local soccer coaches spent a week in Kazakhstan this month as part of a VCU Center for Sport Leadership program.

The group's trip to Astana, Kazakhstan was made possible by a $700,000 grant awarded to CSL Executive Director Carrie LeCrom by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs through its Sports Diplomacy Division.
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Henrico promotional company changes name


Henrico-based brand merchandising company NewClients, Inc. has changed its name to Boost Promotional Branding.

The company is one of the nation's largest in the branded merchandise industry. Founded in 1981, its serves more than 5,000 clients – including many Fortune 500 companies – nationwide.
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Glen Allen advances in 14U Babe Ruth World Series


The Glen Allen Babe Ruth Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team advanced to the single-elimination round of the 14-year-old World Series, which the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association is hosting at RF&P Stadium in Glen Allen.
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IR Engraving to expand operations in Henrico


IR Engraving, a leader in designing and building engraved rolls and plates, gravure rolls and custom machinery, will invest $850,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Henrico County to meet increased demand, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the company announced May 10. The project also will create 22 new jobs.

“We are excited at the opportunities available since we acquired the business from Standex last summer, returning the company to its privately-held roots,” said IR Engraving President Matthew Pursel.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 24-30


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

5405 Chamberlayne Road – $135,000, 2,240 SF (built in 1942) Carl Waybright to Jamal Bakari.
7012 Ravenscraig Crescent – $135,400 (vacant suite), from Ross Run LLC to Eastwood Homes of Richmond LLC.
203 North Juniper Avenue – $140,000, 954 SF, from Bruce W. Taylor, Sr., to Tameka S. Valentine.
9904 Whitney Circle – $158,500, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Yu Fang and Canfang Zhai and Jian Yu to Huong T. Nguyen and Man H. Vu.
7504 Patterson Avenue – $164,325, 1,476 SF (built in 1948), from Dennis Edward Adams to Taimour Zeidan.
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Lewis Ginter to offer rare peek inside Bloemendaal


The upcoming three-day weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will feature a number of event and exhibitions, including an opportunity to visit the historic Bloemendaal House.

On Friday, May 12 (National Public Gardens Day), there will be free tours (included with regular Garden admission) of historic Bloemendaal House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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5 Henrico students honored with National Merit Scholarships


National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and five Henrico students were among the recipients.

The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, the Scholars were judged on academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.
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Second-annual denim drive at Regency Square raises more than $7k for Henrico schools


Goodwill of Central Virginia and Regency Square partnered for their second-annual denim drive this spring to benefit Henrico County Public Schools.

Each school competed within their elementary, middle and high school divisions as they vied for a piece of over $7,000 in prize money. Students were not the only ones contributing to the drive; various PTAs, clubs and community groups donated items to help their favorite school win.

All donated denim items counted toward the grand total, including jeans, shorts, skirts, shirts and jackets.
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Virginia ABC stores register record profits

Eastern Henrico location among 10 top-grossing stores statewide

It’s Saturday night, and it’s busy at the Oxbridge Square ABC store on Hull Street Road. Alone and in groups, shoppers are picking up libations for the evening.

For some customers, this is a once-in-a-blue-moon trip; for others, it’s a regular occurrence. Nadia Goldman says she goes about once a month, while Nicole Booth says she goes every weekend for herself and others.

“My purpose is to party and to get ripped,” Booth said.
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Resource Workforce Center to celebrate grand opening in Chesterfield


The Capital Region Workforce Partnership and the Capital Region Workforce Development Board will celebrate the new location of the partnership's workforce center in Chesterfield County with a grand opening and open house Friday, May 19.

The Chesterfield Resource Workforce Center has relocated to 304 Turner Road, off Midlothian Turnpike, west of Chippenham Parkway.
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Little ‘feets,’ big fun

Special Olympics event showcases inclusiveness

On a balmy Friday morning, Wendy Napier sat in a pop-up lawn chair on the Douglas S. Freeman High School football field with a juice box in hand and a smile on her face as she watched her son, Justin, participate in a standing long-jump competition.

For many parents, the chance to see a child perform in sporting events is a common occurrence. For Napier, watching her intellectually disabled 8-year-old son compete with his peers is a rarity. That’s why she was so excited on that Friday morning, the day of the Little Feet Meet.
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Henrico Athlete of the Month - May 2017

Mike Woodhouse


Mike Woodhouse, who trains at 11:11 Bodybuilding on Williamsbrg Road in Eastern Henrico, became a champion bodybuilder through hard work and intense focus. Amber Key tells his story.
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Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers for 2017-18 school year


As the school year comes to an end, Henrico County Public Schools are looking for applicants for bus drivers for next year.

The school system is seeking applicants to train for the position, said Josh Davis, director of pupil transportation for HCPS.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” Davis said. “This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for the school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week - May 8, 2017


Crime Stoppers needs the public's assistance to help identify the suspects in a shooting that occurred in the Barton Heights neighborhood.

At approximately 5:19 p.m. May 1, multiple police units responded to the Norrell Elementary School Annex at 201 W. Graham Road for an active shooter situation. It was reported that three suspects forced entry into the building and were possibly still on-scene. When units arrived, they quickly set a perimeter and cleared the building.

One person was found suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the building.
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Business in brief


CycleBar, a new concept in indoor cycling that offers a high-energy workout in a rock-concert-like atmosphere, will be opening to the public on Thursday, May 11. CycleBar will be one of the first tenants to open at the new GreenGate development, located between Short Pump Town Center and 288. CycleBar offers a pay-per-class model with no membership necessary. Easy online booking allows guests to purchase class packages and reserve a specific bike up to a week in advance online. Classes are 50 minutes long and feature tiers for 48 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and audio with a DJ booth. Riders can track performance data via CycleStats and download the music used in the class session. In the cool down period after class, riders enjoy fresh fruit, enhanced water and the aromatherapy that exists throughout the facility. To celebrate the opening, CycleBar GreenGate will offer CycleBlast, 10 days of free rides for the public, from May 11-21, giving riders the chance to experience all that CycleBar has to offer at no charge.
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