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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. > Read more.

New stormwater regulations could prove costly


Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.

Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a “Critical Needs” grant recipient. This investment will help expand Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden program, which provides fresh foods to Richmond’s food deserts – areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by. The grant will expand the garden’s planting space by 1,500 square feet, which will allow the Community Kitchen Garden to provide meals for approximately 7,690 individuals through their Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. FeedMore, Inc. is also receiving funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will support FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger relief programs and help the organization address the problem of food deserts that mark Greater Richmond, the most food-insecure region of the mid-Atlantic. > Read more.

Airport named Henrico Business of the Year

In November, Richmond International Airport (RIC) was named the Henrico County Business Council’s Business of the Year at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s 2013 IMPACT Awards ceremony.

Since 1988, The IMPACT Award has recognized local businesses that have made an impact on the Greater Richmond Region’s economy by contributing to the Greater Richmond community through innovation within their industry. > Read more.

Virginia native Lee Smith, named 2014 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host award-winning author Lee Smith on April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060, as part of its annual "All Henrico Reads" program.

Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, along with some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.

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Community

Free Christmas tree guide available online

The holiday season is getting underway and for many, that means a trip to a Virginia Christmas tree farm or retail lot. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to make this annual tradition a little easier and has published the new “2011 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide,” which is available online at http://www.virginiagrown.com > Read more.

‘America Recycles Day’ is today

America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov.15, is designed to celebrate the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of non-profit Keep America Beautiful,Inc.(KAB). Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 14-year history of ARD,a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home,at work,and on the go. > Read more.

HPAC honors 5 preservation champions

Two individuals, two organizations, and one newspaper – the Henrico Citizen – were honored recently by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) for their efforts to preserve and promote Henrico County heritage.

In a ceremony held Oct. 26 at the Henrico Theatre, HPAC Chairman Beverly Cocke presented the awards accompanied by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett.

Genealogist and retired educator Brenda Dabney Nichols received the Award of Merit for her lectures and programs regarding Henrico history topics and for her recent publication African Americans of Henrico County. > 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.

May 19
Extra Billy's Barbecue, 5205 West Broad Street – Five critical violations reported (observed a male employee handle dirty dishes, then handle clean dishes; found a stainless steel pan of soup that was covered with mold; several foods in the walk-in vault stored between 47-53 degrees; > Read more.

Get your guffaw on

The laughs are back.

ComedySportz Richmond Improv Theatre reopened last month after a lengthy hiatus to re-charge and re-group.

With a new location in the Gold’s Gym Plaza on West Broad Street, an expanded team of owner/managers and two years’ worth of pent-up energy, the improvisational show again is ready to entertain Richmond. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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