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Cohen Equities, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm, recently acquired six retail properties in the United States, including The Shoppes at Twin Oaks in Henrico County. The Shoppes at Twin Oaks is a 39,117-square-foot shopping center at Westerre Parkway and Cox Road. Currently, 12,264 square feet of space in the center is available for rent. Cohen Equities has purchased 26 properties in 13 U.S. states since its founding in 2012. > Read more.

3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.
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Henrico ‘Teachers of the Year’ honored

Audra Yerian, a kindergarten teacher at Sandston Elementary School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2014 Gilman Teacher of the Year earlier this month, while Charles Cuccherini, a science teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, was named the division’s 2014 First-Year Teacher of the Year.

The teachers were honored at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

The school system also announced three winners of the inaugural Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013. > Read more.

FeedMore house takes shape in Goochland County


Henrico-based Eagle Construction broke ground May 6 for the FeedMore House at The Parke at SaddleCreek in Manakin‐Sabot. The house is being built to benefit hungry families and individuals in the Richmond region; Eagle Construction and its trade partners are donating their services to build the four‐bedroom home in The Parke at SaddleCreek, Eagle’s single family community in Goochland County.

The goal of the Eagle/FeedMore partnership is to fight hunger. Once the home is sold, all profits will be donated to FeedMore. > Read more.

All creatures great and small

The Richmond Pet Expo brought together animals of all types and sizes earlier this month at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

The expo featured more than 100 exhibitors, live entertainment, demonstrations and an adoption area. Author and celebrity dog trainer Harrison Forbes spoke about a new trend in pet ownership – doggie DNA testing. > Read more.

EHBA seeks donations to aid bike giveaway effort

The Eastern Henrico Business Association is raising funds to support its annual Bikes for Kids initiative, through which it hopes to donate bikes and helmets to students at each of the 19 elementary school and two middle schools in the Fairfield and Varina magisterial districts.

Four students at each school – two boys and two girls – will receive a bike and a helmet, if donations to the fund allow. A donation of $100 funds a bike/helmet combination for one student. > 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. > Read more.

Chinese New Year celebration at Deep Run H.S. Jan. 22

The Organization of Chinese Americans will host the Richmond Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Rd.

The celebration, in honor of the Year of the Dragon, will feature classic Chinese dances and cultural performances by local ethnic Chinese groups, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, children’s activities, vendor booths and more. > Read more.

Israeli Film Festival highlights JCC’s cultural offerings

Thousands of people zip by the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center on Monument Avenue every day. It’s a good time to slow down for a closer look.

Step inside and you’ll find one of the area’s most vibrant cultural arts communities, with a theater company, speaker’s series, film festival, concerts, authors and more, all celebrating many aspects of Jewish and culture.

“We have tons and tons and tons of events, said Orly Lewis, Director of Adult Services and Cultural Arts. > Read more.

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