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Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers. > Read more.

Brat stuns Cantor in Republican primary

David Brat (left) and Eric Cantor
UPDATE: JUNE 10, 9:38 P.M. - In a political surprise that almost no one saw coming, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Henrico has lost in a Seventh District Republican primary to political newcomer David Brat, a Randolph-Macon professor of economics and Glen Allen resident. With all but one of the district’s 243 precincts reporting at 9:20 p.m., Brat held a commanding lead, 55 percent to 45 percent. > Read more.

Recipe for disaster

First annual firefighter cook-off promotes hurricane preparedness efforts

Take three firefighters, assisted by three colleagues.

Add liberal doses of Spam, sausage sticks, canned tomatoes and chicken, pineapple and peaches; toss dough for a pizza; sprinkle with coconut, Craisins and pecans.

Heat three grills, allow 30 minutes, and what have you got?

If you were a judge at the first annual "Best Firehouse Cook" competition, the result was three mighty good meals. > Read more.

Golden goal

Henrico girl wins trip to World Cup in Brazil

On eight-year-old Kaylie-Jade Plott’s Disney princess calendar, there is a big red "X" marked on July 9 – the day she and her mother, Jamie Williams, will embark upon a five-day trip to Brazil for the World Cup to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kaylie-Jade, a second-grader at Ratcliffe Elementary in Eastern Henrico, is one of only 25 kids throughout the country who won a trip to Brazil through the McDonald’s Player Escort Program.

“I will get to walk with a professional soccer player on the field – I am so excited,” Kaylie-Jade said. “I can’t believe it, I really can’t.” > Read more.

HCPS to stream graduations online

Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center this week. The stream can be accessed at http://www.henrico.k12.va.us or at each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and rebroadcast later.

HCPS Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo galleries daily, which can be viewed by clicking on the home page “graduation” link. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing and download later from the division’s website. > Read more.

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Community

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several family-friendly events to offer this weekend: a mini career day at Virginia Center Commons, a pajama party to benefit Commonwealth Parenting and a family game night at Dorey Recreation Center. Whether you have children or not, saving money these days is vital – a Couponing 101 workshop on Saturday will help you get started! Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

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.

Potbelly opening in March


A Chicago-based sub chain has bellied up to the Richmond market to open its first shop in Henrico County.

Potbelly Sandwich Works is slated to open in the Colonnades West shopping center on West Broad Street in Glen Allen in mid-March. The shop serves up subs, sandwiches, salads, soup and milkshakes and since opening in 1977, has expanded to close to 300 shops across the U.S.

David Duke, primary owner of the local Potbelly has been hungry for a piece of the Henrico restaurant scene for some time now. > Read more.

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