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Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges. > Read more.

Food for thought

Meals tax vote may hinge on voter philosophy
Less than three weeks before Henrico voters determine the fate of the county’s four-percent meals tax proposal, the decision may hinge less on the tax itself and more on philosophical differences about how Henrico should address its growing needs in the face of stagnant revenues.

The meals tax proposal – first floated last year by outgoing County Manager Virgil Hazelett and later recommended this year by new County Manager John Vithoulkas – would generate an estimated $18 million annually, if approved by voters Nov. 5. That money would be split evenly between the operating budget and capital improvement budget of the county’s school system, officials have promised – closing a funding gap that would exist otherwise. > Read more.

Stratford University students dish out ‘KISS’es

Susan Martinson (pictured above, second from left), creator of Keep It Simple Syrup, posed with students from Stratford University’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Oct. 9 following a culinary competition in which the students created dishes using the syrup, also known as KISS.

A panel of five judges chose top-three winners in both sweet and savory categories that used the cocktail mixer and syrup as an ingredient. The first, second and third place winners in each category received gift cards. > Read more.

Plans for Capital Trail’s path through Varina take shape

Two years from now, Varina residents may be able to walk, jog or bike their way from Route 5 to Dorey Park and back, as they travel along a unique stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail.

The 3.5-mile Park Phase will be the only portion of the 52-mile Richmond-to-Williamsburg trail that is not constructed along Route 5. It would break away from Route 5 just west of Wood Mill Drive (across from Buffin Road) and head north to Dorey Park, then loop east around the Four Mile Run subdivision, travel beneath I-295 and head south to reconnect to Route 5 at Rocky Hill Farm Drive Road near Dairy Queen. > Read more.

Honoring life-savers

St. Joseph’s Villa officials recently unfurled a banner on the Villa campus near the corner of Brook and Parham Roads to thank Henrico County firefighters for saving the lives of several residents of the Hollybrook apartments on the campus, following a Sept. 5 fire there.

The apartments are home to disabled residents with limited mobility, which firefighters knew when they received the call for service. Since many residents are unable to help themselves escape from the buildings during an emergency, teams of firefighters from several local stations arrived on the scene. > Read more.

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Community

St. Mary’s Hospital to celebrate 45 years

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a Parisian market-themed picnic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fountain Green on the hospital campus at 5801 Bremo Road. > Read more.

Henrico residents devise challenge, capture finalist spot

Henrico resident Sarah Metzgar earned a spot as a finalist in a recent school supplies challenge to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond.

Challenge participants had three weeks to see how far they could stretch $10 on school supplies, and Metzgar took third place by purchasing $302 worth of supplies with her $10. The winner collected $567 and the second-place finisher gathered $449 in supplies. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” 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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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