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Henrico Rec and Parks wins 2 statewide awards

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks received two awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at its annual conference, held Nov. 7-10 in Virginia Beach. The statewide awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Twin Hickory Park was awarded the Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds Greenways, and Trails) in the population category of 100,000+. A few highlights of the site include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for 2-5 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds. > Read more.

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HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ is the first hospital in Virginia and seventh hospital in the nation to earn Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns. Perinatal care refers to the period immediately before and after childbirth. Henrico Doctors’ underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals. > Read more.

Kindergartners offer thoughts on Thanksgiving

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked several Sandston Elementary School classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear here. (Special thanks to the school, Henrico County Public Schools and the teachers and administrators at Sandston E.S. for their assistance in this effort.) > Read more.
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Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games kick off today

The Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games begin today and continue tomorrow at several sites in the region, including in Henrico.

Athletes will compete today in preliminary softball play at the Glen Allen Softball Complex; bowling at Bowl America-Short Pump, aquatics at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center; and tennis and bocce at the Uniersity of Richmond. > Read more.

Fire leaves one dead, one injured in Sandston

One person died and another is in critical condition following an early morning fire in Sandston.

The fire occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Mary Street, near the intersection of Hanover Road and East Nine Mile Road. Dispatchers received the call and information that the two people were trapped inside.

The first Henrico Fire crews to arrive spotted heavy fire from a room on the right side of the house and made rescue attempts while fire-fighting operations began. They pulled the two adults, a man and a woman, from the home. Both were suffering from cardiac arrest and were transported to MCV. The male was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, and the female is listed in critical condition. > Read more.

Business in brief

In anticipation of one of the greatest times of need for food – the onset of summer when hundreds of Richmond-area children go without the breakfasts and lunches provided in their schools – Commonwealth Catholic Charities is launching a three-week food drive in the hope of filling its community food pantry with donations of nonperishable food. CCC’s Stock Our Shelves (S.O.S.) campaign kicked off June 8 and runs through Friday, June 26. During that time, donated food can be dropped off at CCC’s West End building located at 1601 Rolling Hills Drive. Donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. CCC is asking for donations of food, especially peanut butter, cans of tuna or canned meat, cans of soup, cans of vegetables, macaroni and cheese, crackers, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, snacks, and cereal. > Read more.

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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.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > 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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