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Students get a head start on art

Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project. > Read more.

Three vie for Republican nomination in Commonwealth’s Attorney race


Three Republicans whose legal backgrounds run the gamut of experiences in the field will compete in a June 9 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Shannon Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 3 general election for Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Henrico Circuit, General District and Juvenile courts.

Shannon Dillon, a former judge advocate general (JAG) prosecutor in the U.S. Navy who has had a private defense practice for the past
seven years; Jeff Everhart, a defense attorney for his entire 33-year legal career; and Tony Pham, the general counsel for Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and former assistant prosecutor for the City of Richmond, are seeking the party’s nomination. > Read more.

Lowe’s, First Alert donate smoke detectors


Officials from Lowe’s in Short Pump recently donated 200 First Alert smoke detectors to the Henrico County Division of Fire. The division will use the detectors in its smoke detector program, which provides the life-saving items free to county citizens who otherwise could not afford them.

Pictured, Lowe’s Manager Kerrie Guido and Pro Services Specialist Lavelle Rudd present the smoke detectors to a Henrico Fire official.

The division relies upon donations to make the program successful. Each year, it installs approximately 1,000 smoke detectors in homes throughout Henrico County. > Read more.

Deep Run Marathon Dance raises $216,753 for charities


The Ninth Annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided an invigorating boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $216,753, bringing its nine-year fundraising total to more than $1.5 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.

Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 20 and left 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 2-8


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2125 Madison Lane – $65,000, 672 SF (built in 1948), from Joan R. Wilhelm to 2125 Madison Lane Series.
12 E. Berry Street – $89,271, 1,073 SF (built in 1918), from David M. Seeling to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1500 Presidential Drive – $97,500, 1,218 SF (built in 1976), from Youssry and Naveen H. Samuel to Sara K. Powell.
229 N. Oak Avenue – $120,000, 1,120 SF (built in 2012), from Short Pump Investments LLC and S. Kadidal to Gregory N. and Cheryl H. Bollinger.
3821 Tighe Court – $130,000, 1,512 SF (built in 1989), from Melisa Catron Trustee to Omika S. Hodge. > Read more.

‘All Henrico Reads’ author Tayari Jones to speak at Glen Allen High School


Nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones will speak at Glen Allen High School Wednesday, April 1 as part of the annual "All Henrico Reads" program. At a morning event at the school, Jones will speak to students from across Henrico County. Her evening appearance, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., is open to the general public and is free. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her book “Silver Sparrow” is the program’s featured title, and will be available for sale, as will Jones’ other books. The book is set in a 1980s middle-class Atlanta neighborhood and is about two families with the same father, James Witherspoon. One is Witherspoon’s public family, the other a secret. When daughters from each family become friends, the resulting explosion shakes relationships and illusions. The book was named a Library Journal Top Ten Book for 2011.
> Read more.

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Community

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.

Marathon spirit

Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The nonprofit organization Fighting More Than Fire will present its inaugural Fall Festival tomorrow with music, beer, a chili cook-off, games, pumpkin patch and more! Another fall festival is happening at Varina Church of the Nazarene. You can also check out roses at Lewis Ginter or products and services for the home at the 27th annual Richmond Home Show. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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