Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.
The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”
Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/02/2014 Henrico Government
Mike O'Connor, the executive director of Henrico's Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services, is one of 37 members appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the newly-created Virginia Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.
Yesterday, McDonnell announced the members, who include leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals and individuals receiving mental health services and their families. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/02/2014 Henrico Business
Richmond International Raceway completed its Five Days of Giving campaign last month with donations totaling $15,000, benefiting Richmond-area nonprofit organizations. The organizations are receiving grants from the track’s charitable arm – Richmond International Raceway Cares.
RIR opened a grant application for organizations interested in being considered for donations. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/02/2014 Henrico Business
MARTIN’s Food Markets customers and associates donated $94,746 through the 2013 Share a Holiday Meal campaign. From Nov. 3 through Dec. 14, MARTIN’S customers had the opportunity to support the program by making a donation in increments of $2,
$5 or $10 at the checkout. The funds raised will be donated to: Henrico Christmas Mother - $24,594; Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Christmas Mother - $28,103; Hanover Christmas Mother - $12,418; Salvation Army Central Virginia Command - $26,000; and Salvation Army of Williamsburg - $3,631. MARTIN’s started participating in the Share a Holiday Meal campaign four years ago. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/31/2013 Henrico Business
Jeffrey C. Delafuente of Glen Allen recently was installed as 2013-14 president of the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists, an international professional association whose mission is to enhance the quality of care for all older persons through the appropriate use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging.
Delafuente is associate dean for academic affairs at VCU’s School of Pharmacy. > Read more.
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“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.
Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/04/2012
The Henrico Historical Society has created three signature tea blends as part of its annual fundraising campaign. The teas – Henrico’s Coconut Almond, Brookland’s Summer Passion and Tuckahoe’s Walnut Green (pictured) – are available for purchase through the organization’s website, http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/shopping.html The c.ost is $6 for 15 gourmet tea bags.
Henrico’s Coconut Almond is a combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes and can be made as a hot or cold tea. > Read more.
Cafe’s traditional fare both delights and disappoints
When I read an online reviewer's comment that the Greek Grill Cafe was "second only to Stella's" in the quality of its Greek food, I knew – as a loyal long-time fan and regular at Stella's – that I had to check it out.
After two visits to the Cafe, I can attest that it bears at least one resemblance to Stella's: the exterior appearance is small and plain, made more pleasing by the large windows. Tucked almost under the freeway, the Cafe is located on a shabby stretch of Westwood Avenue; but the inside appearance is cozy, with home-like touches such as lush plants to soften the dreary view and large murals depicting scenes from Greece. > Read more.
Turbo is not a subtle film. Like so many others (Rudy, Rocky – even this summer’s Monsters University), it espouses that with hard work and true passion, anyone can achieve his or her wildest dreams.
But those films dealt out their messages with a deftly human touch. Their heroes did reach greatness, but only for a fleeting moment. Rocky didn’t end his film as the world heavyweight champ, and neither did Rudy end up the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.