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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

New Staples Mill Kroger opens

A new Kroger Marketplace store opened at Staples Mill Road and Hungary Springs Road in western Henrico earlier this month. The store is the second such "super-sized" version Kroger has opened in the Richmond region. It features a number of locally grown and produced foods and other items and offers a health clinic, jewelry store, Starbuck's kiosk, clothing and housewares, among other items. The store also features a gas station. It employs 425 people. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, March 17-23


606 E. Washington Street – $100,000, 1,717 SF (built in 1980), from Evelyn P. Cruce to trustees of the Howard E. and Juanita L. McGhee Revocable Trust.
5500 Seminary Avenue – $110,700, 1,432 SF (built in 1973), from Housing and Urban Development to Torry Fife.
2305 Norman Avenue – $130,000, 1,623 SF (built in 1941), from P&G Associates to Terry L. and Lisa G. Depew.
10948 Greenaire Place – $136,000, 1,220 SF (built in 1984), from Stephanie C. McGrath to Scott N. Basil.
8441 Buffin Road – $150,000, 1,580 SF (built in 2011), from Kia L. Postell to Victor Manuel and Annia Margarita Flores. > Read more.

Tourist spending increases


Tourism dollars continue to flow into Henrico County at an appreciable rate, according to the most recent county statistics on the matter – and a blast of history later this year could add to that total.

Travel expenditures in Henrico were $746.5 million – the fifth-highest in the state – in 2012, the most recent year for which such data is available. Henrico trailed only Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun counties in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach, according to data compiled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. The VTC’s figures for 2013 won’t be available until later this fall. > Read more.

Faison School offers holistic approach to autism care


The Faison School for Autism in Henrico offers a unique opportunity for autistic children through a continuum of care methodology that focuses on providing support and resources for students throughout their lifespan for the fastest growing developmental disability in the nation.

Founded in 1999 by Alan Kirshner and Flo Guzman, The Faison School was built in response to the lack of specialized services that were available locally for his granddaughter, Brittany Faison, who had been diagnosed with the disorder. Kirshner felt it was necessary for the community to have a school available for autistic children that was based upon proven techniques and philosophies. > Read more.

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Community

Henrico PAL honors seven community members at annual banquet


The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year.  Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.

Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.

DAC chapter donates $1.3M in coupons

The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.

The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.

Feeding those in need

For two days recently, hundreds of eager volunteers packed more than 140,000 meals for malnourished kids in the developing world. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers from the Short Pump area scooped, bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed life-saving fortified rice and soy protein meals at Gayton Baptist Church.

The 387-gram “Manna Pack Rice” packs were shipped to the FMSC warehouse to be distributed to countries where children are malnourished or simply do not have enough food to survive. > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

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