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Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.

Grapevine access opens

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River lovers gathered Nov. 6 to celebrate the grand opening of a new public access site at the Grapevine Bridge on the Upper Chickahominy River in Eastern Henrico.

Part of the larger Chickahominy Water Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the river segment will now be easily accessible at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gravel parking lot adjacent to the Grapevine Bridge on North Airport Drive.

In addition to its historic significance as part of Captain John Smith's explorations and the nation's colonial beginnings, the Grapevine Bridge played an important role in the Civil War during the Battle of Seven Pines. > Read more.
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Hermitage student wins Congressional Art Competition

Hermitage High School student Melanie Scearce (pictured above) this month won the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor. Scearce’s piece, entitled “Caroline,” was rated the best among the 89 entries by a panel of professional judges and 7th Congressional District residents, who cast ballots online.

Scearce’s portrait will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning pieces by all high school students across the country. The online People’s Choice Award winner was Sophie Smith of Hermitage High School. > Read more.

Dean of Henrico

Sculptor Paul DiPasquale and Donna Meade, the widow of the late musician Jimmy Dean, May 11 helped to unveil a newly commissioned bronze statue of Dean at the Richmond Marriott. The event preceded the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, which benefitted Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield. DiPasquale created the sculpture for the Jimmy Dean Museum, to be opened at Wayland Baptist University in Dean’s hometown of Plainview, Tex. Dean and Meade lived together in Varina for 20 years until Dean’s death in June 2010. > Read more.

Business in brief


Capitol Granite will have its grand opening for its Glen Allen showroom, located at 9663 West Broad Street, on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to special prices for granite countertops, customers can also enter for a chance to win a free vanity up to 61 inches in size, and three winners will win a granite cutting board. The showroom will be open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to p.m. and Memorial Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. > Read more.

Advocates for change

New program making big impact in schools

Nidia Chajon knows what it’s like to arrive in the United States from a foreign country, uncertain about what lies ahead. When she came to the U.S. from Guatemala two decades ago, there was no one to advocate for her and help ease the transition to a new culture, new surroundings and a new language.

In short, she didn’t have a Nidia Chajon. Fortunately, the families of Holladay Elementary School do.

Today, Chajon is one of 21 family advocates working in Henrico County’s Title I elementary schools and preschool programs;. (Title I schools are those whose percentage of students on free or reduced lunch plans exceeds a certain threshold.) > Read more.

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Community

Local recyclers rewarded for efforts

Eighteen local recyclers – including two from Henrico County – won prizes from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) in celebration of the America Recycles Day 2011, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps to raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. > Read more.

Safe Harbor launches new website Dec. 7

Safe Harbor will celebrate the launch of its new website and social media on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St. A percentage of sales will benefit Safe Harbor. > Read more.

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.

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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. > 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.

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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