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The Princeton Review has named the University of Richmond a “green” college for 2014. The college guidebook publisher annually recognizes colleges for environmental initiatives in construction, energy conservation and recycling. In recent years, all of the university's new construction has been LEED certified, and major renovations have focused on sustainable design strategies. The university also has a silver STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council with an active student chapter. To encourage students to conserve energy, monitoring systems in 14 residence halls allow residents to view their electricity usage in real time. To reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel, Richmond operates bus service to popular destinations around Richmond, provides free GRTC bus passes to students and employees and participates in Zipcar, an on-demand, car-sharing program located on campus. > Read more.

Baseball championships arrive in Henrico

Henrico County is welcoming close to 1,500 top high school baseball players from around the country – as well as college coaches and a nationwide television audience – for the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships, which began July 18 and continue through July 28.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year Henrico and the metro region have hosted the Triple Crown tournament. This year’s event is expected to bring at least 5,500 visitors to the area and provide a $3.95 million boost to the local economy, according to Richmond region tourism. > Read more.

Real estate rebound?

As the summer real estate market picks up, homeowners looking to move in Henrico County will see higher prices and faster sales compared to last year.

“It’s a definite seller’s market,” said Rodney Chenault, a co-owner of Hometown Realty, and the managing broker of its Twin Hickory office. “That’s created by low supply and high demand.” > Read more.

Glen Allen ranked top spot in Virginia to raise a young family

Glen Allen recently was named the best place in Virginia to raise a young family by the website NerdWallet.com.

The site ranked the top 10 cities for young families based upon a number of factors, including the strength of the public school system in each location, the affordability of home ownership and associated costs and the relative prosperity of each location, as determined by median household incomes and income growth during the past decade. > Read more.

New marker commemorates Battle of New Market Heights


It was a bleak autumn for the Confederacy. As the army of U.S. Gen. Ulysses Grant sieged Petersburg in an attempt to cut off supplies to Richmond, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s defenses around the capital were stretched thin. Grant planned a surprise attack to draw Confederate forces away from the vital railroads.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 1864, troops led by U.S. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler crossed the James River and attacked the Confederate defenses near Four Mile Creek. Two days of fighting and more than 5,000 casualties later, the Battle of New Market Heights became part of Henrico County’s long history. > Read more.

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Community

Miss Henrico, Mrs. Henrico pageants open

Applications are now being accepted for the titles of 2012 “Miss Henrico County” and “Mrs. Henrico County.” “Miss” and “Mrs.” will have the honor of representing her area at the Miss Virginia International Pageant, to be held Oct. 7-8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. > Read more.

Local charities eligible for Richmond Unite funds

Donations will be based upon online voting by the public
Richmond Unite, a nonprofit organization that supports local charities that serve youngsters, has opened the online voting component of its charity project, allowing citizens to vote for one charity a day until Sept. 8. Among those eligible for votes to receive donations are several Henrico organizations. Members of the public can vote for their favorite charities at http://www.richmondunite.org/vote-now/.
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Filipino Festival returns Aug. 12-13

The sixth-annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 12-13 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road in Henrico.

The event, designed to celebrate Filipino culture, is expected to attract nearly 10,000 visitors this year. It is sponsored by the church, and all proceeds benefit local charities sponsored by the church, including Lamb’s Basket, Laura’s Closet and the OLL Food Pantry. Admission is free.
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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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