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The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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Varina farm protected by conservation easement

Virginia Lipford has lived on her 10-acre, fourth-generation family farm in Varina for the past 40 years. Now, she can rest comfortably, after the recent establishment of a conservation easement between her family, the Henricopolis Water and Conservation District and the Capital Region Land Conservancy that will help protect her property forever.

A conservation easement takes place when a property owner seeks help in preserving his or her land by limiting certain types of uses or preventing developments from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains in private hands. > Read more.

Missing Highland Springs woman found safe

UPDATE: Dec. 9, 11:27 A.M. –Henrico Police reported this morning that a missing 19-year-old Highland Springs woman who has autism had been located safe and reunited with her family. Elizabeth Dawn Martinez had been reported missing yesterday afternoon.

No further details about her return are available at this time. > Read more.

Bon Secours promotes St. Mary’s Hospital CEO

Bon Secours Virginia recently announced that it will promote St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni R. Ardabell to chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Ardabell will be responsible for all operations in Central Virginia, with the exception of the Medical Group and HealthSource, which will remain directly reporting to Bernard. Ardabell will continue to serve as CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. She also will assume the role with the Bon Secours Richmond Board as the CEO of Bon Secours Richmond.

Ardabell joined Bon Secours in 2009 as the chief executive officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2012 she was given additional responsibility for Women’s, Pediatrics, Retail and the Senior Services service lines. Most recently, in 2014, her responsibilities grew to include chief executive officer of St. Francis Medical Center. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals hosting physicians from China

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals is hosting a group of 16 Chinese physicians through Dec. 19. The visiting physicians will be shadowing physicians at Henrico Doctors’ to learn American methodology and practice in medicine.

The group, sent by the Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, is in Henrico as part of an exchange program run by the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS & Affiliates).

“Healthcare is continuing to expand globally bringing international cultures closer together for the same cause,” said Anthony Spensieri, M.D., chief medical officer for Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > 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


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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