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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Henrico candidates forum scheduled for May 12

Democrats seeking 74th District House seat, Republicans seeking 12th District Senate seat to appear

The Henrico County NAACP Branch and Henrico Minsters Conference will sponsor the Henrico County Candidates Town Hall Forum, Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road, Glen Allen.

Candidates for two General Assembly seats who will compete in two June 9 primary contests have been invited to attend.

Candidates invited who are seeking the 74th House of Delegates Democratic nomination are Stephen R. Adkins, Lamont Bagby and Leonidas B. Young II. > Read more.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets May 16


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. > Read more.

Teachers, administrator win top HCPS honors


Kecia Studevant Howell, a French teacher at Hermitage High School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2015 Gilman Teacher of the Year Wednesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. 

Chris Kresge, a fifth-grade teacher at Echo Lake Elementary School, was named the division’s 2015 First-Year Teacher of the Year.



“I’m honored to have been selected as this year’s Gilman award recipient,” said Howell. “This is due in large part to the many great educators who have served as role models and inspired me. I’m grateful to Henrico Schools for providing us all with the support we need to excel with our students – both in and outside of the classroom.” > Read more.

Candidate’s signs tout primary election that isn’t happening

MAY 8, 10:50 A.M – Signs have popped up throughout the Fairfield District recently encouraging voters to cast their ballots in an election that isn't actually happening.

John Dantzler has announced his intention to seek the Fairfield District seat on the county's Board of Supervisors, which is currently held by Democrat Frank Thornton. In his initial filing with the county's registrar, Dantzler indicated that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination. And signs that he has erected in the district encourage voters to cast their ballots for him in a June 9 party primary, though they do not mention any party affiliation.

There's just one problem: that election will not take place. > Read more.

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Community

CCC seeks donations for food pantry

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is in desperate need of food donations for its community food pantry that serves the region’s low-income families, according to officials with the Henrico-based nonprofit.

After moving into its new location this past summer, the agency has dedicated a larger space for the pantry but the shelves are practically empty.

“As we head into the holidays and the weather turns colder, the need for food becomes even more critical, but unfortunately our cupboards are nearly bare,” said Jay Brown, the agency’s director for the division of housing services. “Donations of food will allow us help provide.” > Read more.

Hands-on duties

More than 1,000 volunteers from throughout the region gathered last month as part of HandsOn Greater Richmond to complete more than 60 projects.

The event is a program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence.

In Henrico, a group of Target employees (pictured) undertook a project at Fairfield Middle School to help re-plant the school's community garden and paint the outdoor shelter. > Read more.

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > 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.

Weekend Top 10


The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has some great activities planned this weekend. The Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will host “Generation Z – Let it Snow;” an Introduction to Fencing workshop; and “Art Sparks in the Park.” On Sunday, the Henrico Hiking Club – designed to offer a beginner hiking experience for participants with little to no previous experience at different local parks – will meet at Crump Park. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is also busy this weekend – hosting Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys tonight and the 6th annual Bluegrass Marathon Jam tomorrow. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Embraceable for all ages

Appeal of ‘Paddington’ spans the generations

Quick: disregard every moment of Paddington you’ve seen in any trailers or commercial spots. All gone? Good.

The marketing for Paddington has been monstrously off-message, portraying the classic children’s book bear as an earwax-licking, bathtub surfing, ursine Bart Simpson. The kind of Paddington bear who soils the good name of classic English kid’s literature; the bane of parents everywhere, dragged to a movie that offers nothing but groans of disgust and bear-fart humor.

Paddington is nothing like that. It’s wonderful and wonderfully inventive, peppered with dry British wit, intellectual depth and the kind of cuteness most animated films can only dream of. Really makes you wonder why they put so much bear-earwax in the commercials, doesn’t it? > Read more.

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