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St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School. > Read more.

Custom Kitchens, Inc. named RMA’s ‘Retailer of the Year’

David and Richard Hendrick, co-owners of Custom Kitchens, Inc. were named the Retail Merchants Association’s 2013 Distinguished Retailer of the Year during an event earlier this month at the Westin Richmond hotel. Custom Kitchens, Inc., has been in business for more than 55 years and is recognized as an award-winning business and industry leader. The company is involved with numerous non-profits and charities (including the Science Museum of Virginia’s “Boost” exhibit, the Greater Richmond ARC and Habitat for Humanity) and contributes its services to the community. It awarded a $25,000 kitchen remodel prize, which benefitted the Hanover Habitat for Humanity in 2011.
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Henrico student wins SOAR scholarship

Daniel Buth
A unique college preparatory and scholarship program is helping low- and moderate-income students prepare for and achieve higher education. Funded by Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529), the SOAR Virginia program awarded scholarships totaling $120,000 to sixty Richmond-area students who started college this fall. > Read more.

Ramped up

project:HOMES, Capital One team to assist locals
Capital One volunteers help project:HOMES complete a ramp for a client.
Peturla, 48, has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and after being forced onto disability at her job with the Henrico County Police Department because of multiple accidents and difficulty walking and moving, her unwavering optimism began to shake. She knew something had to change in her daily routine.

“Something that had come easy wasn’t coming easy anymore,” she said. “I really needed a ramp. I was having problems getting up and down the steps for about a year and a half.”

Desperately in need of a ramp and an electric wheelchair, Peturla turned to project:HOMES, a group that works to improve the lives and living conditions of low income seniors, disabled residents and qualified homeowners in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes. > 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.

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Community

‘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.

Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

CMoR, Cultural Arts Center to partner

First joint event planned for June 26 at West Broad Village
The Children’s Museum of Richmond and The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen have joined together to bring the first Heart the Arts Festival to the Short Pump community.

The two organizations will be co-hosting the event on Sunday, June 26 from noon until 5 p.m. > Read more.

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