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Chamber, colleges unite to create intern clearinghouse

The Greater Richmond Chamber, in partnership with the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, recently launched RVAIntern.com, a website through which businesses in the Richmond region can recruit qualified interns from colleges and universities in Central Virginia.

The one-stop site allows employers to submit their internship needs simultaneously to seven schools. Prior to the site's launch, businesses had to visit the websites of each of the seven participating schools to post opportunities to each one. > Read more.

New Varina Library scheduled to open in 2016


Varina's long-anticipated new library will step closer to reality Dec. 10, when the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a plan of development for the facility.

Construction of the 42,333-square-foot Varina Area Library, which will be located on Route 5, adjacent to the Pocahontas Parkway, is expected to begin by May and be completed by November 2015. The facility's targeted opening date is March 1, 2016. > Read more.

Henrico fifth-graders win honors in historical essay contest

Fifteen Henrico fifth-graders were honored for their essays highlighting historical figures and events at the 11th Annual Historical Awareness Project awards reception, held Nov. 25 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Henrico County Public Schools, the project is based on the county’s fifth-grade curriculum and is designed to provide students with an awareness of their local heritage, while encouraging the writers and their families to learn more about their community history. > Read more.

Business in brief


The national Council on Accreditation (COA) has presented St. Joseph's Villa with the 2013 Innovative Practices Award, honoring the performance and quality improvement of its Flagler Housing & Homeless Services. Its case study submission about Flagler's multi-year transition to rapid re-housing and resulting outcomes was one of two selected winners in the nation. Flagler expects to serve more than 300 households (approximately 800 individuals) in the Richmond and Tri-Cities areas this year. > Read more.

Meals tax expected to begin May 1

Henrico County officials hope to implement the county's new meals tax by May 1, 2014, pending Board of Supervisors approval of a new ordinance outlining the tax. Voters authorized the tax in a Nov. 5 vote. The Citizen first reported the May 1 date on Nov. 6.

The board is expected to receive a proposed ordinance establishing the parameters for what purchases would be taxed and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Scarecrow festival arrives in Lakeside

Scarecrows (like this one at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market) are popping up throughout Lakeside this month, as part of the Lakeside Business Association’s second annual scarecrow festival. Participating businesses and organizations in the region will display their themed scarecrows all month and collect donations of food for the LAMB’s Basket food bank and pet food for the Richmond SPCA. Citizens can vote for their favorite scarecrows at http://www.LakesideAvenue.net > Read more.

‘Snagadate’ Heart Association fundraiser planned Oct. 13

The third-annual "Snagadate," a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at Aloft Richmond West's xyz bar in Glen Allen, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Former NBC12 news anchor Gene Cox will host the event, and heart-disease survivor Andy Hrabovsky, a professional auctioneer, will preside over live bidding for themed date packages donated by local and regional businesses. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Art walking, without the chill

Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.

At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

See how Henrico food establishments fared during their most recent Virginia Department of Health inspections. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 29
Alfa Laval, 5400 International Trade Drive – One critical violation reported (found sliced rebagged deli meats had no date on packages and were stored in cold unit for more than 24 hours) and no non-critical violations reported.
Asian Panda, 10430 Ridgefield Parkway – One critical violation reported (TCS foods in top of prep > Read more.

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