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Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl? > Read more.

HCA opens ‘Center for Emotional Growth’ at Parham Doctors’ Hospital

HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital opened its new Center for Emotional Growth Tuesday, a center designed to provide inpatient behavioral health care for patients with acute emotional health stressors and symptoms that can't be safely and adequately addressed on an outpatient basis.

“Emotional wellness is an essential part of a person’s overall health and well-being,” said Will Wagnon, CEO of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “We are proud to offer this new program, which will provide more patients with comprehensive, individualized care when they need it most.” > Read more.

Budget proposal includes pay raise

Most full-time government, school employees would qualify for salary increase
Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.

So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.

Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service. > Read more.

Starting over

Bhutanese brothers landed in Henrico after winding journey

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others. > Read more.

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Community

Vintage Home Market set for June 15-16

A longtime Lakeside business owner and his partner are bringing "The Vintage Home Market" to the Richmond International Raceway Complex June 15-16.

Tony Turner has operated a business on Lakeside Avenue for nearly 20 years, beginning with Huckleberries Home & Garden for 10 years in The Hub Shopping Center and followed by Feathernesters across the street in the Lakeside Town Center. > Read more.

Fan Care offers heat relief to seniors

Qualifying senior citizens can receive free relief from summer heat through the 23rd annual Fan Care program, which provides fans and cooling assistance to seniors 60 and older in need.

The program is an initiative of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements and have a situation that threatens their health. > Read more.

‘Lady’s Fashion Show’ at Meadow Farm

Meadow Farm hosted its "Lady's Fashion Show" June 1, showcasing the fashions of seven generations of Meadow Farm women – including four generations of Sheppard women who lived there between 1810 and 1920. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A good walk spoiled

Producers try too hard in ‘Dinosaurs’ re-make

A long, long time ago, Walking with Dinosaurs was probably a terrific movie. The film’s namesake, BBC’s original dinosaur documentary, was outstanding in its own right, so crafting a version for the big screen would surely achieve the same successes, right? That was the plan, at first – Walking with Dinosaurs was to be a prehistoric nature film that could appeal to all audiences and all ages.

Then the “powers that be” stepped in. Dinosaurs, it was declared, weren’t family-friendly enough on their own, and what Walking with Dinosaurs needed was to lose the nature film vibe and get those dinos cracking wise. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Fans of Lewis Ginter and Crossroads Art Center are in for a treat because both are free this weekend! The 2014 Richmond Lunar New Year Festival is also gratis, as is the Mind + Body Meetup in Short Pump on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

A wide variety of events await Henrico residents this weekend! Varina Library will have child safety information available and Tuckahoe Library will offer style tips for ages 40+. The Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse and University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts all provide nighttime entertainment. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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