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Law would let Dominion hike electric bills


Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers’ electric bills, if the General Assembly passes a bill before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The legislation would require Dominion to maintain its base rate for eight years beginning in 2013 – when the state last reviewed the company’s rates – until 2020. While the base rate would stay the same, the company would retain the authority to increase fuel surcharges and other “riders” that are added to customers’ utility bills. > Read more.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.” > Read more.
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Villa starts new autism intervention program

St. Joseph’s Villa recently launched an early intervention program for children ages 2 to 5 with autism. The program, one of the first of its kind in Central Virginia, operates on the Villa campus and is overseen by Adam Dreyfus, director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.

The program was formed in response to the increasing rate of autism in the nation and an improved ability for its diagnosis as early as age 2. > Read more.

Waterworks

More public access points to rivers, creeks coming

Residents and river enthusiasts in Henrico soon will be able to access local waterways and the Chickahominy and James rivers with greater ease, thanks to the addition of multiple public access points that will increase opportunities for recreational use and spread the impact of visitation.

There are only two public access sites to waterways in Henrico currently – at Deep Bottom Park and Osborne Landing in Varina – both of which access the James River. > Read more.

Business in brief


CarLotz, a Richmond-based used vehicle consignment business serving the sale-by-owner and corporate fleet vehicle market, recently announced the closing of a $5-million round of equity capital that will aid the company’s expansion efforts. CarLotz currently operates in Henrico, Midlothian and Chesapeake. The capital was raised from the company’s existing investors as well as funds from a small handful of investors and executives with experience in national multi-site retail expansion, real estate, and the broader automotive industry. CarLotz is actively seeking new retail center locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia in the near term with plans to expand further up and down the east coast over the next several years. > Read more.

EDA to host two October events

The Henrico Economic Development Authority will host two innovation events in October designed to inspire entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses and to support business owners who are seeking to take their companies to the next level. The events will be held on back-to-back days at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

The EDA’s Catalyst business workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is targeted to business owners who want to advance their businesses. It will include a handful of rapid-fire sessions about common business pain points and trending topics of 2014, networking segments and “work team” breakout sessions designed to address problem-solving and promote group sharing. > Read more.

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Community

10k fun begins

At 40,000 participants and still growing, it's no wonder that the homegrown Ukrop's' Monument Avenue 10k has moved into the national spotlight – even earning a USA Today ranking among the top 10 races in the country.

But as several of the event's biggest fans emphasized at a Jan. 4 kick-off celebration, the 10k is much more than just a race – or even just a single event.

When you consider all the preparations that go into the weeks leading up to the March 31 race – the training team workouts, registration rallies, fundraising promotions, costume-designing and party-stop planning – it's clear that the 10k is months in the making, with aspects of party, charitable benefit, self-improvement regimen and music festival combining to provide an ongoing celebration.

It's also clear that having fun reins supreme. > Read more.

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.

Safe Harbor seeks ‘Healthy Love RVA’ nominations

Safe Harbor is currently seeking nominations for its “Healthy Love RVA: Hot Healthy Couples” series. Four couples will be selected and interviewed and their love stories highlighted on Safe Harbor’s new website, http://www.safeharborshelter.com > 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.

Bag some fun, support LINC at Snagajob event

It's in the Bag, LINC's 7th annual live and silent handbag auction, will be held Feb. 7 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the new Snagajob headquarters in Innsbrook.

In addition to featuring more than 150 hand-crafted and designer bags – including evening clutches, Keen hiking pack, a golf bag, bags made from keyboard keys, the "Madmen" portable briefcase bar, hand crocheted bags, and designer Brighton, Coach and Louisbuton bags – this year's event will also provide craft beer tasting by Starr Hill Brewery, a “man” table with gift items for men, music, and food. > 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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