Henrico County VA

2 Henrico students to participate in White House event June 3

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe will represent Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, will be accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and will be joining approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady will greet the students, then they will harvest vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoy a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs. > Read more.

Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition. > Read more.

Kindergarten registration scheduled for April 16


Henrico County Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration Thursday, Apr. 16, for students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Registration will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at all elementary schools in the county.

Visit http://www.henrico.k12.va.us (type "kindergarten" into the search bar) or dial (804) 652-3829 or "211" to learn what documentation and health forms you need to bring to register your child for kindergarten. > Read more.

A suburban epidemic

Henrico experiences spike in heroin usage, deaths

Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette. > Read more.

Housing program helps disabled


A growing number of families in the Henrico area are opening up their homes to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities through a service called sponsored residential living, an alternative to group homes that offers disabled citizens an opportunity to live more normal lives.

Wall Residences was the first organization in the state to offer a sponsored residential living program. It works with more than 10 local human rights committees and serves more than 434 people throughout the state to provide services for those who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and/or developmental disabilities. > Read more.

Local United Way pioneer honored at ‘Hoopla’


A Henrico resident received some long-deserved recognition March 24 as Hermena “Hermie” Powell was honored with the 2015 Royal-Green Award at a gathering of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

Held at the Virginia War Memorial, the “Red Feather Hoopla” brought together more than one hundred members of the council, a group dedicated to the mission of preparing children for their roles as tomorrow’s leaders. Members symbolically accented their outfits with red feathers and boas to celebrate the impact of women who give, advocate and volunteer to strengthen the community.

In her keynote address, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe spoke of her twin initiatives of improving childhood nutrition and remedying food insecurity, and of the challenges facing child advocates across the Commonwealth in helping youth whose most basic needs are not met. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Henrico woman details her 48 surgeries in new book

A Henrico woman has authored a book that details her struggles to overcome obesity – and subsequent struggles to endure 48 surgeries during a 13-year period, resulting from gastric bypass surgery. In Determined to Live: How I Endured 48 Surgeries Due to Gastric Bypass, author Lynette Goode gives readers a raw account of her experience with obesity and the health complications she has dealt with because of it. She offers hope and encouragement to anyone going through any type of hardship, showing them that it is possible to persevere. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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.

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