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United they run

Hermitage HS wins national relay title

It may have seemed as if there were the usual number of runners on the Hermitage H.S. sprint medley relay team that won the national championship in June.

But behind the foursome of Jaylen Banks, Dallas Carter, Edwin Mejia and Devin Barnes, there were a number of unseen hands and supporters helping to clear their path to the championship and propel them over the finish line in first place.

In a run that their coach called "amazing," the boys led the field from the very beginning of the race and claimed the title with a margin of 1.6 seconds. According to Milestat.com, which compiles high school meet results, the boys "attacked" the event, and only one team ever had a chance of catching them. > Read more.

Dean of Henrico

Sculptor Paul DiPasquale and Donna Meade, the widow of the late musician Jimmy Dean, May 11 helped to unveil a newly commissioned bronze statue of Dean at the Richmond Marriott. The event preceded the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, which benefitted Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield. DiPasquale created the sculpture for the Jimmy Dean Museum, to be opened at Wayland Baptist University in Dean’s hometown of Plainview, Tex. Dean and Meade lived together in Varina for 20 years until Dean’s death in June 2010. > Read more.

Business in brief


Capitol Granite will have its grand opening for its Glen Allen showroom, located at 9663 West Broad Street, on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to special prices for granite countertops, customers can also enter for a chance to win a free vanity up to 61 inches in size, and three winners will win a granite cutting board. The showroom will be open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to p.m. and Memorial Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. > Read more.

Advocates for change

New program making big impact in schools

Nidia Chajon knows what it’s like to arrive in the United States from a foreign country, uncertain about what lies ahead. When she came to the U.S. from Guatemala two decades ago, there was no one to advocate for her and help ease the transition to a new culture, new surroundings and a new language.

In short, she didn’t have a Nidia Chajon. Fortunately, the families of Holladay Elementary School do.

Today, Chajon is one of 21 family advocates working in Henrico County’s Title I elementary schools and preschool programs;. (Title I schools are those whose percentage of students on free or reduced lunch plans exceeds a certain threshold.) > Read more.

Getting hosed

The second annual Virginia Firefighter Games brought together firefighters from throughout the region to compete before several thousand spectators in a number of intense events designed to replicate the rigors they face during their jobs. All proceeds from the event went to charity, including Old Dominion Burn Foundation and Feed More. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Two Black History Month events will take place this weekend at Dorey Recreation Center and The Academy at Virginia Randolph. Other weekend options: Celebrate electricity at Meadow Farm Museum or enjoy the sounds of Italian bluegrass music and The Diggity Dudes. Click here for more! > Read more.

Black History Month celebration scheduled for Feb. 10 in Glen Allen

Henrico County will celebrate Black History Month with an afternoon of musical reflection, portrayals and historical interpretation beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in the auditorium at The Academy at Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Rd. in Glen Allen. Admission is free.

This program aims to highlight two anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Opening the event will be musical selections offered by One Voice Chorus, a diverse community singing group. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy a night out on the town this weekend with performances by The Desiree Roots Trio, Jim Avett, Richard Becker and Ellen McDaniel-Weissler. You can also catch a movie at Henrico Theatre and a “Matinee with Miss Maggie” at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Glen Allen’s party-starter

JJ’s Grille offers comfort, entertainment

The dance party (mostly for Baby Boomers) was on during a recent Saturday night at JJ’s Grille on Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. An hour before the start of the live music at 8 p.m., it was difficult to get in and sit down at a table to have a bite before the party.

When the five members of the featured band “The English Channel” arrived they were greeted like friends and people started to drift towards the small area near the window front of the grill that later served as a dance floor. And when the band started the first of its 1960s and ‘70s pop tunes, the dance floor was filled in an eye blink. It stayed like this for the whole set – two hours of Beatles, Rolling Stones and other sing-along and dance-along tunes pleasantly presented with skill and perfect volume for the now-small space. > Read more.

The many needy lives of Walter Mitty


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and its hero, Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) have something in common – they both just want to be appreciated. But Walter just seeks the affection of a single person: his unrequited office love, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig).

Walter Mitty wants to be loved by all: the young, the old, the comedy fans, the drama fans, and every single human being in between. And unlike the living, breathing Walter, Walter Mitty‘s neediness is its undoing. > Read more.

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