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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers

FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Godwin robotics team donates robot to FeedMore

Members of the Mills E. Godwin High School FIRST Robotics team created a five foot tall robot-themed sculpture made of canned food to help promote a charity event benefiting FeedMore and the Richmond Food Bank. The “putting golfer” was a centerpiece at the Richmond Country Club’s LPGA Symetra Tour Eagle Classic tournament August 12-18. FeedMore is the tournament’s main charitable cause.

Team members spent about a month designing and building the sculpture, and are well aware that it will be dismantled eventually so the canned food can be donated through the food bank. > Read more.

Winston quits, Russo placed on paid leave

A brewing financial scandal in Henrico County Public Schools has prompted the resignation of Three Chopt School Board member Diana Winston and a board-imposed paid leave of absence for Superintendent Patrick Russo, whose future with the school system is in question.

Winston and Russo were present at the start of last Thursday’s regularly scheduled School Board meeting, but both had left by the end of a nearly four-hour closed session prior to the public meeting. > Read more.

Sprint Cup driver Biffle visits fans in Henrico

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle visited Henrico County yesterday, greeting fans during an autograph and question-and-answer session at Buffalo Wild Wings on West Broad Street after taking laps around the three-quarter-mile track at Richmond International Raceway. Biffle will return to Richmond in several weeks for the Federated Auto Parts 400 – “One Last Race to Make the Chase” – on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Q&A session, led by RIR Track President Dennis Bickmeier, took place in front of the lunch crowd at Buffalo Wild Wings. > Read more.

Business in brief

The Rite Aid Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant to the University of Richmond's chapter of Camp Kesem, a national network of college student-run summer camps for children with a parent who has or had cancer. Named after the Hebrew word for "magic," Camp Kesem is designed to give children ages 6-16 a fun and activity filled week with the extra support and attention they need. The Rite Aid Foundation's grant will help fund camper scholarships for children who couldn't otherwise afford to attend. The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $5,000 to Camp Kesem in 2012. > Read more.

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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.

UR chef carves pumpkins for White House event

University of Richmond executive chef Glenn Pruden helped create a spooky graveyard of pumpkin skeletons, headstones, bony hands and vultures on the White House lawn Saturday.

Pruden worked on a team of carvers that included the winners of Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge and $50,000 carving competition. James Parker of Veggy Art in Chantilly organized the White House team and invited Pruden to participate.

Parker recently trained university dining services employees in the art of carving fruits and vegetables and is the current Food Network Fruit Sculpture Challenge champion. Pruden said he was the “new guy” on the team, although he has been carving for many years. > Read more.

Stepping Up

A child watches bubbles rise at the fifth annual Step Up for Down Syndrome event at Short Pump Town Center Oct. 8. The event raised funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
> Read more.

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‘Va. Arts and Letters Live’ Coming Oct. 15

One of the Commonwealth’s premiere showcases of literary, theatrical and musical talent is coming to Henrico on Oct. 15.

Virginia Arts & Letters Live features Virginia actors reading works by Virginia writers, accompanied by Virginia musicians.

After several years in Richmond proper, VALL will stage its 2010 production at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The show is co-produced by James River Writers and CACGA, in association with the READ Center. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch: Oct. 7-20, 2010 Issue

SEPT. 13
Balkan Restaurant, 8905 Patterson Avenue – No violations reported.

SEPT. 14
Quizno’s Classic Subs, 8906-B West Broad Street – No critical violations reported and one non-critical violation reported.
Bogart’s, 443 North Ridge Road – No violations reported.
Country Day Care, 2312 Dickens Road – One critical violation reported (backflow device missing from outside faucet) and six non-critical violations reported.
Far East Cafe, 4801 Nine Mile Road – No critical violations reported and two non-critical violations reported. > Read more.

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