Fareva opens aerosol facility in Varina


Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.

A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs. > Read more.

‘The Soul of an Octopus’ selected as ‘All Henrico Reads’ featured title


The ninth-annual All Henrico Reads program next April will feature The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery.

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for people to discuss a shared reading experience. It is sponsored by the Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library

The event will culminate with a visit from Montgomery Wednesday, Apr. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. > Read more.

Business in brief


Office Pride, a commercial cleaning service, recently honored Sheri and Roger Marshall with Standards of Excellence and Customer Satisfaction awards. The Marshalls own an Office Pride location at 11 W. Williamsburg Rd. These recognitions are based on sales growth, customer retention and satisfaction, as well as corporate compliance and continuing education. Sheri Marshall has partnered with The Choice Group and most recently Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center where she’s a listed employer that accepts and accommodates individuals living with disabilities. She helps to place these people into positions where they will be most successful and supported within her Office Pride of Richmond. > Read more.
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HCPS announces ‘Un-Initiative’ winners

Program designed to streamline school system's efforts

Three ideas designed to save time and resources are the winners of Henrico County Public Schools' second-annual "Un-Initiative."

Six HCPS employees who submitted the ideas will receive cash prizes for their efforts. The school division’s unique policy-housecleaning contest is designed to eliminate or reduce outdated initiatives or tasks to promote more efficient and effective efforts.

Superintendent Pat Kinlaw writes personal checks to the individuals who suggested the winning ideas. Henrico parent Burt Hazelwood also assists by providing funds to reward additional employees for their suggestions. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Lansing Building Products has again been named to the ProSales100 listing of the top 100 building products distributors in the country. Lansing Building Products, headquartered in the region since 1955, is an independent wholesale-distributor operating 78 branches across the nation specializing in exterior building products and employs more than 700 associates. The company earned the No. 16 spot on this year’s ranking. > Read more.

Henrico students honored with Wegmans scholarship


Three Henrico students are among the graduating seniors who received a $500 scholarship as part of Wegmans’ Employee Scholarship Program.

In total eight local students were given the scholarship, which is awarded to student-employees who exemplify the family-owned company’s values: Caring, respect, high standards, empowerment and making a difference. The three Henrico students are: Michelle Swanson – Deep Run High School, Stephen Tivenan – Mills E. Godwin High School and Olivia Williams – Glen Allen High School. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s going to be a cold weekend so if you’re headed out to the James River Parade of Lights or the Richmond Road Runners Club Toy Run 5K in Innsbrook, you’d better bundle up! If you’re looking for some indoor ways to celebrate the holidays, check out Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story for Christmas” or “To Drive the Cold Winter Away: An Irish Celebration of the Returning Light” at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen. Also this weekend – the Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Home Alone." For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Hanover Concert Band will perform their annual Christmas Pops concert at 7 p.m. at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center in Ashland. The concert is casual and will feature musical selections of the Christmas season. Complimentary light food and beverages will be provided. Admission is free but guests are invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Central Virginia Food Bank. Family-friendly. For details, visit http://www.hanoverconcertband.org. Full text

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