Henrico County VA

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Rebecca Steel has joined the Residential Property Services Group as portfolio manager in its Richmond office. Steel is a native of Roanoke and has lived in the Richmond area for 12 years. Her portfolio will consist of multi-family properties in Richmond and Norfolk. She has more than 20 years of property management experience. Before joining Thalhimer, Steel was with Plus Management, overseeing a portfolio of commercial buildings as well as art studios and workspaces along with conventional and tax credit communities. Prior to that, she worked in managerial roles with United Dominion Realty Trust, Landmark Property Services and served as vice president of operations for Summit Realty Group. Her experience encompasses HUD based, LIHTC as well as conventional communities to include new construction, historical rehab projects along with the re-positioning of distressed communities to compete within the current market. Steel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from UC Irvine as well as a degree in early childhood development. > Read more.
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EHBA seeks donations to aid bike giveaway effort

The Eastern Henrico Business Association is raising funds to support its annual Bikes for Kids initiative, through which it hopes to donate bikes and helmets to students at each of the 19 elementary school and two middle schools in the Fairfield and Varina magisterial districts.

Four students at each school – two boys and two girls – will receive a bike and a helmet, if donations to the fund allow. A donation of $100 funds a bike/helmet combination for one student. > Read more.

Henrico 4-H team wins Virginia title, ties for fourth nationally in LifeSmarts


A Henrico County 4-H team recently completed a successful run in the LifeSmarts consumer education competitions, capturing the Virginia championship and finishing tied for fourth nationally in Orlando, Florida.

A program of the National Consumers League, LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges students in ninth through 12th grades with questions about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. > Read more.

Lebanese Food Festival celebrating its 30th year

At Saint Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church in Glen Allen everyone is family, everyone has pride in their culture, and everyone has been preparing months in advance for the 30thannual Lebanese Food Festival May 16-18.

The festival – as it has throughout its lengthy history – will celebrate Lebanese food and culture, as well as the importance of family and tradition.

Sandra Brown, a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s and one of the many festival volunteers, said that the Lebanese Food Festival is something that she simply was born into. The church has more than 300 families with generations of Lebanese backgrounds, including her own (both her parents are Lebanese). > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 21-27


706 Coles Way – $226,015, 1,650 SF, from Anderson Mill LLC to Yumika A. Fowler and Eric P. Jones.
204 Huntsman Road – $227,159, 1,872 SF (built in 1989), from Ronald W. Toney and J. Hundley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
10315 Waltham Drive – $235,000, 1,690 SF (built in 1965), from Stephen F. Hart Jr. and C.B. Trustee to Charles Jackson Harrell, Jr. and Patricia H. Harrill
8527 Mark Lawn Drive – $239,200, 1,914 SF (built in 1935), from Thomas E. and K.L. Murphey to Cassandra Wilder and Justin Beck.
5802 Gate House Drive – $242,100, 1,930 SF (built in 2004), from Syed Arman Raza to Yeshwanth R. Dendi and Shilpa Yedama. > 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

Restaurant watch

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

‘Landscapes’ exhibit to open at CACGA


The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Ning Lee’s Landscape Painting” featuring paintings by internationally known artist Ning Lee Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gumenick Family Gallery. Lee, a native of China, will be present at the opening. > Read more.

“Hunt for Henrico History” scheduled for Nov. 5 at Eastern Henrico Rec Center

Henrico County’s 400th anniversary celebration will turn the spotlight onto community and family history at the “Hunt for Henrico History,” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. “Hunt for Henrico History” will explore the county’s diverse history through living-history presentations and historical displays highlighting neighborhoods, schools, churches and civic organizations. > Read more.

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