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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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Construction moves Henrico Arts Fall Showcase to CenterStage

Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.

“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”

The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13. > Read more.

Celtic Festival showcases culture, competition

The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games returned to the Richmond Raceway Complex Oct. 25-26, showcasing Celtic heritage, food and fun, as well as unique athletic competitions, such as the caber toss, sheaf toss, stone put and Scottish hammer throw. > Read more.

Henrico School Board weighs projects


Relief for four crowded elementary schools in the Brookland District is on the horizon, but it likely won't come until all four schools are operating at well above their student capacity levels.

Henrico County Public Schools planners are recommending that the School Board add plans to its five-year Capital Improvement Program for multi-classroom additions at Holladay, Glen Allen and Longan elementaries that would total nearly $29 million. Those plans would join existing plans for a $12.7-million classroom addition at Johnson Elementary.

In total, the projects would add 33 new classrooms – eight each at Glen Allen, Johnson and Longan and nine at Holladay – to help relieve anticipated crowding at each schools and at Dumbarton Elementary. > Read more.

Miles of smiles

Organization created by Henrico teen earns national recognition

On Friday nights, a group of about 15 Henrico girls can be found sitting in a circle with balls of variously colored yarn sprawled around them. This designated knitting night has become a tradition for the girls known as Miles of Scarves, a group created in 2009 that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The group recently was named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“When I started this group, I had no idea that this would grow this much,” said Meredith Polk, the founder of Miles of Scarves. > Read more.

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Community

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

Corvette Club of Richmond seeking plush bunnies for Bunny Run

The Corvette Club of Richmond (CCR) is seeking plush bunnies for its first annual Corvette Cruise-In and Bunny Wrangling on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Padow’s Hams & Deli/Celebrity Room, 9864 W. Broad St. The event is open to all Corvettes with reserved Corvette-only parking. Participants are invited to vote for their favorite Corvette by donating a new plush bunny.

The bunny buddies will be delivered to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond during CCR’s 16th annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 31. Corvette owners are invited to meet at 12:15 p.m. at Smith Turf & Irrigation, 2201 Dabney Rd. The group will depart for the Children’s Hospital at 12:45 p.m. and once the kids are ready, the parade of Corvettes will proceed and unload the bunnies. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. > 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.

Lakeside’s Italian secret

Arianna’s delights with oversized meals priced right
Flavors – such as these slices of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, drizzled with olives and capers – abound at Arianna’s in Lakeside.
In the Lakeside area of Henrico, you’ll find some well-known places like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Bryan Park, but you may miss a delicious Italian secret – Arianna’s Grill, located at 5107 Lakeside Avenue.

Fortunately, I live nearby and take advantage of the restaurant’s lunches, dinners and home delivery; I can’t say no to their oversized salads and specialty pizzas. > Read more.

Sound the alarm

Halligan’s unique atmosphere creates fun ‘hot’ spot

Isn’t it a nice feature of Henrico County that we have “theme” restaurants like those in bigger cities right here in West Broad Village and that everything is for real? The Halligan Bar & Grill is all about fighting fires – quench your thirst and hunger, see and touch the real equipment of fire and rescue services, including a real historic fire engine truck, and mingle with real firefighters.

The Halligan is a true and honest theme restaurant named after the claw-and-blade bar used by fire and rescue services around the world. Independent restaurant owner Shawn Gregory used to be a firefighter himself and has parked a real fire engine right in the main restaurant. His father, also a firefighter, used to ride that very truck when on duty at Henrico Fire Station No. 3 years ago. > Read more.

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