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Henrico filmmaker follows his 'Heart'
Henrico filmmaker Kevin Hershberger has transformed the "birthplace" of Jesus into the Hanoi Hilton.

Hershberger, the CEO of LionHeart Film Works, modified the Salem Baptist Church in Manakin (best known as the site of a living nativity scene each Christmas) to replicate the notorious Vietnamese Hoa Lo prison camp for a Vietnam prisoner-of-war documentary he's currently filming for the Smithsonian. Adding shackles and torture hooks to the walls where holiday visitors will line up in December seems morbid, but this is what Hershberger does. As a documentary filmmaker dedicated to filming historical documentaries in and around Henrico County, the VCU graduate is forced to get creative with his sets.

LionHeart is based out of a nondescript storefront in the West End. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in eyeglass thefts

Henrico Police are seeking a man who allegedly stole several hundred dollars worth of designer eyeglass frames from a Henrico business during the past several weeks.

The man is a black male with a bald head, approximately 5 foot 9 and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt. He is alleged to have stolen the frames between June 23 and July 9 from an eye care business in the 400 block of Westhampton Station near the Huguenot Bridge, where Virginia Eye Institute is located. > Read more.

KHB honors Landlovers, Clean Businesses

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee last month honored the 10 recipients of its annual awards program that recognizes residential and business properties that are attractively landscaped and maintained.

The Henrico Board of Supervisors recognized the recipients of the 2014 Land Lover and Clean Business awards during its June 24 meeting. The recipients, who represent a residential and a commercial property from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts, also will be commended on signs placed at their properties. > Read more.

GRASP awards scholarships to 31 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 163 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $161,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2014 – including 31 to Henrico students.

“We had an overwhelming number of scholarship applicants this year and were most impressed with the talent of our GRASP students. It is always exciting to be able to award deserving students our Last Dollar Scholarships which give students that extra financial bonus toward achieving their post-secondary education dreams,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Henrico students honored at National SkillsUSA Championships

Several local students earned awards recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

High-scorers in each of 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking, earned Skill Point certificates for their work. > Read more.

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Community

Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association to salute military members June 7

The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association (GAYAA) will honor members of the military as part of an event at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park in Glen Allen on Saturday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Association officials will present a check to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) during the event. The GAYAA raised money by selling special camouflage hats and t-shirts to benefit the area’s wounded veterans and support VWWP’s ongoing efforts. > Read more.

FeedMore to open summer food sites in Henrico

In the coming weeks, 13 separate Henrico locations will serve as Summer Food Service sites.

FeedMore, a Central Virginia-based organization that works to fight hunger, is taking part in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program again this year.

The program is designed to provide meals for children who receive free or reduced meals during the school year and who otherwise might not receive meals during the summer months when school is out. > Read more.

ICGR honors 2 with appreciation awards


Rabbi Ben Romer and Sister Cora Marie Billings were honored April 28 as recipients of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond’s 2014 appreciation awards at the ICGR’s Sixth Annual Clergy & Community Leaders Recognition Breakfast. Held at the Rosyln Conference and Retreat Center on River Road, the breakfast brought together faith and community leaders members from all backgrounds and denominations and featured Rev. Dr. Judith Bennett of The Resource Center as keynote speaker. > 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


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Northside comfort

Brookside offers many local options, but lacks some flavor
Brookside Grille and Bar comes with a simple mission in mind: to provide great dishes prepared with the finest ingredients using as many local products as possible. When I hear “local products,” I get excited; I’m a native Richmonder, and it’s important to me.

Located far north on Brook Road, Brookside Grille & Bar takes over what used to be Lucille’s Southern Cuisine. Advertised as “coastal comfort food,” I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting something healthy.

I had glanced at the menu online before heading to the restaurant hungry on a Sunday night. I knew my choices were broad – burgers, soups, seafood, and more. > Read more.

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