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Let’s go racin’

A newcomers’ guide to NASCAR weekend at RIR
On Sept. 6, Henrico County will play host to one of the most pivotal races of the NASCAR season: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The behemoth that is a NASCAR race – drivers arriving in helicopters, pit crews in tractor trailers, fans in RVs and media in droves – will descend upon Henrico for 48 hours, beginning Sept. 5 with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.

For the uninitiated fans – the ones who every year are bothered by the traffic and the noise and don’t understand why people get so excited about “guys driving in circles" – here are five reasons to take a closer look at the race in our backyard: > Read more.

Springfield Road landfill to close to commercial users

The Springfield Road landfill will cease operations as a commercial landfill June 30, and Henrico County will open a new transfer station at the site for use only by the county's department of public utilities.

The change will not affect the public use area at the site, located just off Interstate 295 at Nuckols Road, which will continue to be available to county residents for $3 per trip. > 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.
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Community

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.

Capping the season in tune

The "Knitters of Cedarfield" made their annual donation of knitted caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 5 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 110 caps to be used by needy families.

The gift presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, performed by members of the Greater Richmond Chorus, who chose Cedarfield resident Russell Johnston as the impromptu subject of their affections during a "Santa Baby" number. > Read more.

Donations needed for ‘Saxon Shoes for the Needy’ program

Over the next two weeks Saxon Shoes will wrap up their 2012 Saxon Shoes for the Needy program. Donated shoes will benefit deserving area families through the programs of The Salvation Army ARC, 2601 Hermitage Rd. All participating individuals, organizations and families must bring their shoe donations to Saxon's Short Pump Town Center location, 11800 W. Broad St., by Dec. 24. For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com > Read more.

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Entertainment

Virginia Randolph Education Center to host open house on Nov. 9

Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), which provides educational services to students with special needs, will hold an open house to showcase new materials and equipment on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. VREC received a special education grant that allowed them to renovate parts of their facility and invest in new and innovative learning tools for special needs children. > 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.

‘Landscapes’ exhibit to open at CACGA


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Ning Lee’s Landscape Painting” featuring paintings by internationally known artist Ning Lee Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gumenick Family Gallery. Lee, a native of China, will be present at the opening. > Read more.

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