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Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

Students discuss Thanksgiving, favorite meals

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked two Echo Lake Elementary School kindergarten classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear below.

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?

Because it’s fun. –Addison

So we can celebrate what we’re thankful for. –Autumn

For turkeys. –Brendan > Read more.

City lights, stardom in sight

Henrico native finding success as actress in New York City
Twenty-eight year-old Henrico native Ashley Blankenship moved to New York City last year to continue the pursuit of her dream of acting.

The decision is beginning to pay off for her in a big way: Blankenship recently became the advertising face of Arizona Tea, and she has earned roles in a number of television shows and movies.

Blankenship, who attended Hermitage High School and the Center for the Arts at Henrico High, has known from an early age what her passion was. > Read more.

Rivers Edge dedicates Sensory Garden

A year’s worth of work is now sprouting beautifully at Rivers Edge Elementary School.

Earlier this month, the school dedicated its new Sensory Garden, which was designed using the input of Rivers Edge students, beginning in 2012. It engages the beholder’s five senses – a section of flowers for sight, an herb garden for taste, a section of plants with different textures to touch, a section of fragrant plants for smelling and a section of wind chimes and music for one’s listening pleasure. > Read more.

Safe Harbor event raises more than $15,000

Safe Harbor’s annual cocktail party and festival of trees Nov. 8 raised more than $15,000 to support the agency’s work assisting those who have suffered sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality. More than 100 guests attended the Nov. 8 event at the Deep Run Recreation Center.

The event featured holiday-themed trees and wreaths available for purchase through silent auction as well as many other silent and live auction items. > Read more.

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Community

Girls in foster care meet princess

Twenty young girls in foster care under Henrico County’s Department of Social Services came to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond Centerstage hoping to meet a Disney princess, and left with new-found friends.

The forum, There is a Princess Tiana in all of Us, was put together by Feld Entertainment and the Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show that played at the Richmond Coliseum in September. The girls worked on creating their own tiaras, then enjoyed a visit with Princess Tiana and conversation and encouragement from local successful women. > Read more.

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > Read more.

Fun run attracts hundreds in Short Pump

Hundreds of youngsters and teens sprinted through Short Pump Oct. 1 during the C&F Bank and Lite98 Short Pump Mile and Express Fun Run, the region’s largest timed youth road race. The event took place behind Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

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Entertainment

ComedySportz Leases West End Space

ComedySportz, an improv theatre that closed its Lakeside location in 2009, has leased a new space in the Gold's Gym Plaza in western Henrico. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 15
Chipotle Mexican Grill, 4930 West Broad Street – No critical violations reported and four non-critical violations reported.
Dogwood Terrace, 10300 Three Chopt Road – One critical violation reported (chicken and dumpling mixture – chicken, vegetables and gravy sauce – found in walk-in refrigerator at improper temperatures) and three non-critical violations reported. > Read more.

‘Unanswered Prayers’ to Premier Nov. 29

Unanswered Prayers, a made-for-television movie shot in the Richmond region, including several locations in Varina, will premiere on the Lifetime Television network on Monday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m.

The movie was produced by singer Garth Brooks and based on his song of the same name. The film explores the themes of marriage, family, community and second chances with love, asking, “Did I let the one I loved get away, or is she right in front of me?” > Read more.

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