Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tammy Sellers

Longan ES, Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tammy Sellers is an 11-year special education teacher who voluntarily took over the Socially Integrated Services (SIS) zone program at R.C. Longan Elementary three years ago to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Sellers didn’t envision herself becoming a teacher, but when she moved back home to Southwest Virginia after graduating from Ferrum College, she felt a void in her life that she needed to fill. Teaching would be her answer, and her motivation landed her at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she pursued a master’s in special education. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Friedlander

Skipwith ES, fourth grade
Although she comes from a family of teachers, it was the influence of her own first-grade teacher at Pemberton Elementary School that inspired Rebecca Friedlander to become one herself.

That teacher, Mrs. Powers, connected with Friedlander, working with her in class and even bringing work to her home at times. Powers’ dedication left a lasting impression on Friedlander, who often returned to her former teacher’s classroom later in her own elementary school career to assist younger students. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Joseph Palen

Deep Run HS, math
During Joseph Palen’s time at Deep Run High School, his ability to transcend subjects and reveal the universal language of mathematics to his students, paired with his genuine enthusiasm for the subject, has turned math into something his students become excited about.

“He has made his students understand mathematics in a way that no common core/standardized teacher could,” wrote one former student in a nomination letter. “He has impacted every single person I know that has taken his class because he has shown that everything is connected together. He has shown that even though you hate a subject, the subject deserves respect because it delves deeper than anyone will ever understand. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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