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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.

Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March. > Read more.

Henrico transportation projects funded

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) earlier this month selected eight Henrico transportation projects to receive federal funding during the next six years.

Henrico’s transportation projects are just one part of a series of statewide projects that will receive over $140 million in federal funds during that time. In total, the Henrico projects are estimated to receive $24.2 million of that money between Fiscal Years 2015 and 2020.

The projects include:

• improvements to Dabbs House Road, from Nine Mile Road to Creighton Road;

• improvements to Sadler Road, from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Grove Road; > Read more.

Corporate spelling bee raises $26,000

A team from Magellan Health Services (at right) won the annual Henrico Education Foundation Corporate Spelling Bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “glissade,” a verb meaning “to move along smoothly and effortlessly.”

HEF holds the event each year to raise money for instructional grants, scholarships and other programs in Henrico County Public Schools. Ten teams competed at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center April 9 and helped raise more than $26,000 for the foundation through team sponsorships and sales of raffle tickets for prizes such as vacations, gift cards and a 55-inch TV. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden earns national, state honors

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden recently finished second in USA Today’s 10Best Public Gardens contest. Twenty gardens nationwide were nominated, including some of the most stunning green spaces across North America.

The public was invited to vote for their favorite garden during March, and the top 10 were announced April 2.

“This has been the second most popular contest in the history of Readers’ Choice, so a top ten finish is really saying something!” said Libby McMillan, Content Manager and Senior Editor at USA Today. “America loves its gardens more than any of us knew.” > Read more.

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Community

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

Registration opens for Superhero 5k race

Registration is now open for the fifth annual CASA Superhero 5k race, kids run and family fun event, scheduled for April 26 at St. Joseph's Villa.

Participants are invited to dress as superheroes as they run or walk to raise money for Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Last year's event raised enough money to provide funds for advocates for an additional 45 abused and neglected children in Henrico and Chesterfield counties. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden nominated for North American honor

Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.

The 20 public gardens nominated are:

• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Easter events are starting to pop up – Virginia Center Commons will host the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Christ Church Episcopal will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon. Other fun activities for families include Kid Khaos, for ages 4-6 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, and an Orienteering Competition at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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