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Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher. > Read more.

Cabela’s to open Short Pump store in 2016

Facility will employ 150 people
UPDATE: Feb. 13, 8:14 A.M. – A major outdoor retailer today announced plans to open a giant store in Short Pump in 2016, creating an estimated 150 full- and part-time jobs.

Cabela’s Incorporated, which specializes in hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will build a 97,500-square-foot store at West Broad Marketplace near the intersection of West Broad Street and Cold Hill Lane, along Interstate 64 west of Short Pump Town Center, near Strange's Florist.

The store will be the second location for Cabela’s in Virginia, joining a store in Bristol. > Read more.

Officials to consider proposals for central police precinct

UPDATE: FEB. 11, 8 P.M. – Henrico County last month received an unsolicited proposal from a private company that is offering to construct a Central Henrico police precinct on Villa Park Drive (near Parham Road and Route 1) and then lease or sell the facility and 4.2-acre site to the county.

The Division of Police has sought such a permanent facility in the central part of Henrico for six years. Its current temporary precinct in the region opened last year inside the Virginia Center Commons mall and is operating there on a two-year lease.

The county's Board of Supervisors tonight unanimously accepted the proposal and now will accept other proposals for a police precinct from interested companies during the next 45 days. Then, a committee of county officials will consider all proposals and make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which could accept one or reject them all. > Read more.

Funeral set for sisters who died in crash

A funeral for the two half-sisters who died in car crash in Eastern Henrico earlier this month will be held Feb. 15.

Amanda Irby, 15, and Jessica Gallmeyer, 27, were passengers in a car driven by Andrew Walters that crashed into the Chickahominy River Feb. 3. Irby died Feb. 4, and Gallmeyer died the next day. Both had been pulled from the submerged car by rescue crews. Walters was attempting to evade police after he had been pulled over on Williamsburg Road near Elko Road.
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Police seek missing Henrico 24-year-old

Henrico Police officials are seeking a missing 24-year-old Henrico man who has not been seen since Feb. 5.

Jaime Cruz-Avila, who lives in the 2500 block of Dickens Glen Court (near Bethlehem and Dickens roads in the Near West End), is described as a 5-foot-6, 178-pound Hispanic male. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket or sweater with a white graphic design on the front. Police were called to his residence Feb. 6 for a suspicious situation and found evidence indicating that he may be in danger. > Read more.

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Community

Volunteers needed for annual James River Parade of Lights

The James River Advisory Council is seeking volunteers who own power boats for its 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Boaters decorate their craft with lights and cruise the James as spectators watch from numerous viewing sites between Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. The parade will start around 6 p.m. with a grand illumination before cruising downriver. > Read more.

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.

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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.

First Lady of Virginia to serve as honorary chair for Cure by Design

The American Cancer Society has selected the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, to serve as honorary chair for this year’s Cure by Design Survivor Fashion Show.

Taking place on Sept. 24 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, Cure by Design is an event in which the Richmond fashion, design and retail communities join forces to benefit the American Cancer Society. The main event of the evening is a fashion show featuring designer fashions from fashion designers and local retailers modeled by cancer survivors of all ages. > 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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