CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.

Applications for Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2018 now open

Applications for the Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) flagship program Leadership Quest are now open at http://www.lmronline.org until May 1. Community leaders from Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond are encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a recruitment reception March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Markel Corporation, 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Glen Allen. The reception will give candidates the opportunity to meet current LMR members and learn more about the organization. > Read more.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.
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Holton campaigns for Clinton, Kaine in Henrico


Anne Holton (wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine) and Erin Powell, owner of Ginger Juice, discuss the importance of small business to communities, as veggies are cold-pressed into juice during a campaign event in Henrico Aug. 23. Ginger Juice is the first cold-pressed juice company in the region. > Read more.

Main Street Group names new VP


Clients and guests of The Main Street Group, a financial services firm based in Innsbrook, attended a reception earlier this summer June to welcome new vice president Megan Bosch. Pictured, from left, are Bosch; CEO Steve Crawford, Kristi Hammond, Desiree Bryan and Michael Douglas. > Read more.

Henrico man dies in Dinwiddie crash

A 31-year-old Henrico County man died when the 1995 GMC tractor trailer he was driving ran off Route 460 in Dinwiddie County and overturned shortly before 2 a.m. Aug. 24. The man, Melvin Johnson, died at the scene. A female passenger in the truck was transported by helicopter to MCV with life-threatening injuries. Neither person was wearing a seatbelt, according to Virginia State Police. > Read more.

Urban Farmhouse opens Rocketts location


Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe, a popular local chain of cafes and coffehouses, has expanded into Henrico, with the opening of a location at Rocketts Landing.

The new location, at 4821 Old Main Street, is the company's sixth in the region and first in the county. A seventh location is planned for the Linden Row Inn in downtown Richmond. > Read more.

Cross Grain Brewhouse to open at RIC this week


The new Cross Grain Brewhouse restaurant and bar will open at Richmond International Airport this week. The location will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. The restaurant, operated by Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, will feature a menu with house-made items and a focus on local craft beers. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 1-7


A sample of transactions during this period appears below:

3910 Genacre Lane – $62,000, 1,586 SF (built in 1951), from James F. and Christy D. Kolb to Virginia Home Buyers LLC.
8321 Eden Street – $83,500 (vacant site), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to NVR Inc.
1911 Aeronca Avenue – $95,250, 1,032 SF (built in 1965), from Earl C. Parsons to Paula S. Leadbetter.
9720 Royerton Drive – $110,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1957), from John S. Edwards Estate to Duong Ha and Trang Pham.
1561 Skirmish Run Drive – $118,000, 1,041 SF (built in 1980), from Louise B. Hanson to Christopher J. and Morgan B. Smart.
5401 Raleigh Road – $124,000, 1,025 SF (built in 1952), from Mark H. Marable to Moore Properties LP.
7430 Doran Road – $127,000, 1,450 SF (built in 1955), from Robert M. Clemons, Sr. and Sallie G. Clemons to Ernest F. Meadows, Jr. > Read more.

Blood drive to honor local child


The family of Callen Tyson – a local child who is battling leukemia – will host a blood drive at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tyson was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2014 when he was only four years old and is nearly halfway finished with his three-year treatment. Part of that treatment has involved blood infusions, which has inspired his family and friends to host blood drives.

“By holding drives continuously throughout the year and in various locations across the state, we hope to help keep blood banks stocked and ready for anyone in need,” said Tyson's mother, Katie Tyson. > Read more.

State Police warn of IRS-spoof phone scam


Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam in which the caller says he is calling from the IRS and demands payment by verbally threatening and intimidating the person. In addition, the caller ID number used by this scam is a legitimate Virginia State Police Area Office phone number. State police officials have received a number of calls concerning this scam within the past few days.

In each case, the caller has a thick foreign accent and identifies himself or herself as working for the IRS. The scammer also has personal information about the person being called – information that can be commonly found by searching the internet. If the person refuses to pay, then the fake IRS caller becomes very agitated and impatient and begins threatening the individual with imprisonment or other severe punishment if the person does not promise to provide payment. > Read more.

Metro Diner to open first Virginia location in Short Pump


Metro Diner, a restaurant chain known for serving “comfort food with flair,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The restaurant will be situated in a 3,500-square-foot space at Short Pump Shoppes, 11525 West Broad Street.

Metro Diner is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the new Henrico location will be its only Virginia restaurant. The company operates 12 restaurants in its home state and one in Indiana, with several other locations to open soon there, in Georgia and in Pennsylvania. > Read more.

UFC Gym to open in West End


UFC Gym, a fitness franchise that emphasizes training “like a fighter,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The gym will occupy 11,455 square feet in Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 West Broad Street.

UFC Gym, created as a result of the specialized routines of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is designed for members to participate in similar rigorous workouts. The gyms include punching bags, free weights and an Octagon (the ring in which UFC fighters compete). > Read more.

Business in brief


David Posner, president of Royal Productions, has announced the sale of three Richmond-area home shows – the Richmond Home Show (October 8-9, RIR Complex), the Virginia Home Show (January 28-29, 2017, Meadow Event Park), and the Richmond Home & Garden Show (March 3-5, 2017, RIR Complex) – to Marketplace Events, LLC effective immediately. Royal Productions has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show which was held recently at the Richmond Raceway Complex and also produces the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show. > Read more.

Middle school redistricting process to be delayed


The start of a redistricting process that could alleviate crowded conditions at Hungary Creek Middle School is on hold for another seven months or so while Henrico County Public Schools officials first consider the possible implementation of new instructional programs at the middle school level.

The Henrico School Board had hoped to begin the redistricting process this fall, but Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Beth Teigen told the board last week that it wouldn't make sense to start yet. That's because officials are weighing the possibility of establishing special "academies" at some middle schools to provide focused instruction in several topics – potentially including leadership, coding and/or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). > 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


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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