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Parading through

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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12 new CASA volunteers sworn in

Twelve new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) were sworn in by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Rondelle D. Herman Oct. 8.

Herman told the new volunteers she depends on CASA to provide her the necessary information that helps in making the critical decisions in the lives of children. Appointed by the presiding judge, a CASA gathers information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances. > Read more.

Workshop aims to help harmonize school rules, home rules

Sometimes rules for children are different at school and at home. If fathers and children can’t reconcile these, the result can be confusion and frustration. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop about this thorny issue featuring guest speaker Phillip White on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen Street in Henrico.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. Attendees should bring their ManUp passports to the workshop to be stamped. Passports also will be available at the event. > Read more.

Henrico Police locate missing elderly couple

Both found safe, according to officials
UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Henrico Police report that an elderly Glen Allen couple reported missing several hours ago have been found safe.

Both 94-year-old Grace C. Wieber and 92-year-old George G. Wieber suffer from dementia. They were reported missing and had not been seen since 10:30 this morning. > Read more.

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

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Community

News, new date for regional river cleanup

This year's James River Regional Cleanup will take place this year in September, instead of its normal date in June, the James River Advisory Council announced this week.

Since its start years ago, the cleanup has been held on the second Saturday in June. But planners received support for a date change and decided this year to push the date back to Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will include numerous sites between Lynchburg and Newport News, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several fun family-friendly activities to offer this weekend – check out the butterflies at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, play games at The Armour House & Gardens and walk or run in support of the Autism Society of Central Virginia. If you’re looking to celebrate Memorial Day, Rocketts Landing has fireworks and Sandston has a parade. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Raiders help ‘Stir It Up!’

Among the activities featured at Stir It Up!, a fundraiser and awareness raiser held May 5 at Deep Run H.S., was the opportunity for youngsters – including this young fan pictured with player Raibonne Charles – to play catch with members of the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

Henrico native to appear on Travel Channel show


A Henrico native will appear on the third episode of the Travel Channel's new grilling competition series “American Grilled.”

The episode, filmed in Charlottesville, will premier July 16 at 9 p.m. and feature Glen Allen-native Rex Holmes, a patent lawyer who operates http://SavoryReviews.com a blo,g centered around tasty recipes and BBQ.

The show features hardcore grilling enthusiasts from across the country going head-to-head for a chance to compete for a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights when they are crowned the ultimate “grill master.” > Read more.

Playing with fire

‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.

Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.

Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.

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