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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Russo resigns as Henrico’s superintendent

He'll receive lump-sum payment of $186,000 as part of settlement
UPDATE: NOV. 14, 8:54 P.M. – Embattled Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Russo and the Henrico School Board have reached an agreement that will end Russo's employment with the system Nov. 15 and pay him the equivalent of half his remaining salary – more than $186,000 – in one lump sum.

School Board Chairwoman Beverly Cocke announced the agreement and read a resignation letter from Russo, who had been on paid leave for more than three months, at the board's monthly meeting Nov. 14. Russo's contract was set to expire June 30, 2015.

"Dr. Russo's employment contract provides that, at any time, the contract could be ended by the mutual agreement of the parties," Cocke said. "The parties have reached such agreement and the matter is now closed."
> Read more.

Hermitage student named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Hermitage High School tenor sax player Danny Santos (pictured) was named to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Oct. 22 during a ceremony at the school.

Santos is one of 125 musicians and color guard members from the United States who earned spots on the band, which will showcase its talent during a halftime performance at the nationally broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex., on Jan. 4, 2014. > Read more.

Godwin students learn ‘rule of law’ from bar association

Students at Godwin High School recently learned how the law applies to them and how it forms the basis of behavior within a society, through an interactive experience called the Rule of Law, presented Oct. 10 by the Henrico County Bar Association.

The program is designed to spotlight the role of law as the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity; its goal is to teach young people to understand and appreciate the foundational principles embedded in the rule of law, without which democracy cannot exist. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia will hold a job recruitment open house for Hanover Emergency Center, its newest freestanding emergency center that will open in spring 2014, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Randolph Macon College, Brock Commons, 304 Henry St. A campus of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the new facility is looking for ER RNs, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, CT technologists with ER radiology experience, ultrasound technologists with general obstetrics and vascular experience and mammographers. Hanover Emergency Center will be located at the intersection of Atlee and Chamberlayne Roads in Mechanicsville. For more information, visit http://www.hcavirginia.com > 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.

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter hosts fall plant sale

Grace Harrison of the Henrico Master Gardeners' Association demonstrates vermi composting to a visitor during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's fall plant sale Sept. 17.
> Read more.

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Entertainment

Swing Your Partner

Local Dance Clubs Offer Fun for Beginners, Experts
Be it the two-step or the tango, Henrico residents love to kick up their heels. Now that the weather’s colder, we suggest you give it a whirl. By spring, you could be light on your feet.

Area dancing clubs are light on the wallet, too, with affordable memberships and inexpensive social events.

Here are a few area groups that meet regularly in Henrico: > Read more.

Restaurant Watch: Oct. 21-Nov. 3, 2010 Issue

OCT. 1
Goodrich Gourmet Catering Company, 1419 Blue Jay Lane – No critical violations reported and four non-critical violations reported.
Nanking, 7408 West Broad Street – No violations reported during follow-up inspection. > Read more.

‘Va. Arts and Letters Live’ Coming Oct. 15

One of the Commonwealth’s premiere showcases of literary, theatrical and musical talent is coming to Henrico on Oct. 15.

Virginia Arts & Letters Live features Virginia actors reading works by Virginia writers, accompanied by Virginia musicians.

After several years in Richmond proper, VALL will stage its 2010 production at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The show is co-produced by James River Writers and CACGA, in association with the READ Center. > Read more.

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