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Eight displaced by Northside fire

Eight adults were displaced by an apartment fire this afternoon in Henrico's Northside.

The fire broke out at about 1:23 p.m. in the 5500 block of Cardiff Court. Firefighters arrived within three minutes to find heavy smoke and fire in one of the apartments. All three residents of that unit escaped without injury.
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Police charge man following mobile meth lab bust

UPDATE: APR. 30, 10:40 P.M. – Henrico Police have charged a 53-year-old Montpelier man with one count of providing false information to law enforcement in connection with a mobile methamphetamine lab that was discovered in Glen Allen Thursday.

The man, James Kent Booth of the 15300 block of Mountain Road in Montpelier, also will face an additional charge related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley said. That charge is pending. > Read more.
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Regency Square names new general manager


Regency Square mall recently hired Steven Bonniville as its general manager. He previously served as facilities director of Regency Square from 2009 through 2012 and as general manager of Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond. He has more than 10 years of experience in the retail industry. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the center’s day-to-day operations, retailer and community relations and marketing and leasing of the center.

“The future of Regency Square is bright and I’m excited to be part of the team that will get us there,” Bonniville said. “Our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations and to make Regency Square the hub of retail and community activities.” > Read more.

Henrico 4-H team repeats as LifeSmarts state champions


A Henrico County 4-H team will compete in the national LifeSmarts consumer education competition for the second consecutive year after winning the state championship this week in Glen Allen.

The 4-H team — called WYSIWYG, an abbreviation for “What You See Is What You Get” — consists of students Joshua Hyde, Stephen Baker, Curtis Cantwell, George Evans and Emily Royster. Karie Dawkins coaches the squad, with assistance from Kathleen Cantwell and Sheila Hyde.

WYSIWYG earned its second state title after scoring better than five other teams in the Virginia LifeSmarts Competition, held March 9 at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Budget proposal offers 2-percent pay raise

Real estate tax would remain unchanged, machinery tax slashed
UPDATE: MAR. 10, 7:30 P.M. – A 2-percent pay raise for county employees, a tax cut for manufacturing companies and an increased commitment to sports tourism highlight Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas' proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which he presented to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session tonight.

The proposed $1.12-billion operating budget – which represents a 2.3 percent increase from the current budget – would maintain the county's real estate tax at 87 cents per $100 of assessed value. It also would provide funding for 10 new police officer positions (during the third year of a five-year plan to add 50 new officers in the field) and a new "senior ombudsman" who would work to advocate for and assist the county's growing population of senior citizens. > Read more.

Unfunded mandates cost county big dollars


"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.” (Exdodus 5:7)

That mandate incited the ancient Hebrew slaves to rebel against their Egyptian masters. Twelve plagues, the Red Sea, and the loss of an entire labor force could have been avoided if the pharaoh had simply provided enough straw to make the bricks.

Although they toil in Excel and not by brick kilns, and are subject to the Board of Supervisors and state government, not a pharaoh, the employees of the Henrico County budget office face a similar predicament to that of the Israelites: A growing list of mandates and a shrinking reserve of resources. > Read more.

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Community

Varina’s Big Toy parade to help usher in holiday season


In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.

The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.

Strikers, Kickers form partnership

The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.

Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.

Gettin’ piggy with it at Henricus

Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Italian restaurant opens in county

Roberto Italian Restaurant opened recently at 5550 Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

The restaurant is owned by Roberto Gallina, who was born and raised in Sicily, Italy and moved to the United States two decades ago.

Gallina began working with his uncle in a pizza shop in South Hill, Va. and later continued his experience in Lancaster, Pa. > Read more.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen receives $20,000 grant from Humana

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen recently announced a partnership with Humana, which also awarded the center a $20,000 grant to be used for art outreach efforts.

The grant was awarded in support of The Cultural Arts Center’s new Artful Living Program, an initiative designed to provide arts experiences to older adults in the Greater Richmond region. Free and subsidized classes and performances in the creative arts will be offered through the program. Participants will be able to choose from activities such as painting and drawing, dancing, music and journaling and memoir writing, among other disciplines. Activities will be held at The Cultural Arts Center, at Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafes throughout the region and at Henrico County recreation centers, including areas in Eastern Henrico, where there are fewer resources for the arts. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a musical weekend in Henrico! Debra Wagoner and pianist Anthony Smith will present an evening of Judy Garland and folk artist Jack Williams will be at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will host contemporary instrumentalists Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer as well. Also, check out two church yard sales here, and here! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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