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Three vie for Republican nomination in Commonwealth’s Attorney race


Three Republicans whose legal backgrounds run the gamut of experiences in the field will compete in a June 9 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Shannon Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 3 general election for Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Henrico Circuit, General District and Juvenile courts.

Shannon Dillon, a former judge advocate general (JAG) prosecutor in the U.S. Navy who has had a private defense practice for the past
seven years; Jeff Everhart, a defense attorney for his entire 33-year legal career; and Tony Pham, the general counsel for Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and former assistant prosecutor for the City of Richmond, are seeking the party’s nomination. > Read more.

Henrico Restaurant Week nets more than $4,500 for VHBG


The inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week, April 11-19, raise more than $4,500 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Representatives from the Henrico Citizen and participating restaurants gathered May 21 at VHBG, where Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas presented a check for $4,525
to VHBG President Claiborne Mason.

Henrico Restaurant Week involved 34 Henrico restaurants, who created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event. Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the VHBG. > Read more.

RIR wins tourism award


Among the honorees at Richmond Region Tourism’s “I Am Tourism” awards breakfast, held recently at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, was Richmond International Raceway (RIR), winner of the Dedicated Partner Award. Accepting on behalf of RIR was Dennis Bickmeier, RIR president (pictured, center, with Jack Berry of Richmond Region Tourism and James Burrell, chairman of the board of directors).

The award recognizes an organization for its outstanding partnership and ongoing collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism, which termed RIR a “tourism powerhouse” for the Richmond region that generates an economic impact equal to that of a Super Bowl. > Read more.

Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less. > Read more.

WestPark shopping center sold for $33.3M

UPDATE: MAY 20, 4:10 P.M. – A West End shopping center has been sold to an Illinois real estate firm for $33.3 million.

InvenTrust Properties purchased the WestPark Shopping Center, a 176,973-square-foot center on West Broad Street between Stillman Parkway and Pemberton Road, from Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
> Read more.

Henrico sheriff hires laid-off Petersburg deputies


Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.

The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade. > Read more.

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Community

Deep Bottom trail enhanced


The James River Association and Henrico County partnered April 25 to improve a primitive hiking trail at Deep Bottom Park in Eastern Henrico County. Alumni from St. Christopher’s School volunteered to improve the primitive trail that runs alongside Four Mile Creek, a tributary of the James River. The volunteers removed overgrowth and resurfaced the trail with mulch to improve accessibility.

The park has a boat ramp and canoe launch and is a popular destination for paddling, fishing, and other recreational activities. > Read more.

Your trees, please

With a nod to Arbor Day, Citizen seeks photos, descriptions of significant Henrico trees

Do you have a favorite tree in Henrico?

Do you know of a tree with an interesting story?

Do you live near an especially large, old, or otherwise unusual tree – or do you pass by one that has always intrigued you?

Arbor Day 2015 (April 24) was last week, and though the Citizen has published stories about a few special trees over the years (see sidebar) we know that our readers can lead us to more. > Read more.

Henrico’s most famous tree


Henrico's most famous tree, known as the Surrender Tree, still stood for more than a century near the intersection of Osborne Turnpike and New Market Road -- until June 2012.

It was in the shade of that tree on April 3, 1865, that Richmond mayor Joseph Mayo met Major Atherton Stevens and troops from the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry and handed over a note surrendering the city to Federal troops. Evacuation had already begun. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Dance Studio plans performances May 15-16


The Dance Studio will present: “Dance Makes the World Go ‘Round” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16, at The Scottish Rite Temple, 4204 Hermitage Road. Tickets are $13 apiece and may be purchased at the door beginning at 7 p.m. each day.

For details, visit http://www.thedancestudiorichmond.com or call Brenda West at 746-4463.

The Dance Studio is celebrating its 32nd year on Lakeside Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s Mother’s Day weekend and Henrico has a lot to offer moms and their families. Spend some time on the farm at Lavender Fields Herb Farm’s annual Herb Faire & Open House. Take her to a show – Griffin House is performing tonight at The Tin Pan and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer” continues at CACGA. If mom is more of a foodie, then she will love the Central Virginia Wine Festival or the "War Between the Tastes: Civil War Food Festival" taking place at Meadow Farm. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Henrico HS student selected as student playwright for ‘New Voices for Theater’ program


A Henrico High School student was one of eight students from Virginia selected as a 2015 student playwright as part of the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's 26th annual New Voices for the Theater Festival of New Works, which will be held July 10-11 at VCU.

Elaina Riddell of the Center for the Arts at Henrico HS will join the other students and bring her original one-act play to life on stage at the event. In total, 150 plays were submitted to SPARC. Riddell and the other winners will work closely with New York City-based professional playwright Bruce Ward for the event. > Read more.

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