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Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has opened a new Glen Allen store, located at 11367 Nuckols Rd. in the Town Center at Twin Hickory. The store measures 1,600 square feet, carries approximately 1,018 items and will employ seven people. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The next closest ABC store is at 3406 Pump Rd. in Short Pump Crossing. ABC has opened 80 stores in the last 10 years and plans to open 20 more in the next five years. Currently 98 percent of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store. > Read more.

Heroes among us

Superhero Run raises money for Henrico and Chesterfield CASA
Nearly 600 people (from 5 months to 80 years in age) participated in the fifth-annual Henrico and Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocates’ Superhero 5K Race, Kids’ Run and Family Fun event April 26 at St. Joseph’s Villa, including apprentice-like versions of Superman and Spiderman and a host of adult heroes. The event raised money for both CASA organizations, which work to advocate on behalf of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. (Click to view a photo slideshow.) > Read more.

County monitoring water supply after oil spill in Lynchburg

No local impact exepcted, officials say
UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.

County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.

Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily. > Read more.

Henrico woman dies following Friday crash

An 86-year-old Varina woman died Saturday at VCU Medical Center from injuries she suffered when the car in which she was a passenger ran a stop sign at the intersection of Seven Hills Boulevard and Miller Road and struck two other vehicles.

Mildred L. Grady, of the 7000 block of Turner Road in Varina, was a passenger in a Ford Focus, which was being driven by a 55-year-old woman from Marathon, Fla. at about 1:05 p.m. April 25. The car was traveling north on Miller Road, nearing the intersection with Seven Hills Boulevard, when it ran the stop sign and collided with a GMC Sierra that was heading east on Seven Hills Boulevard. > Read more.

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Community

Knitters unite at Cedarfield

The “Knitters of Cedarfield” made their annual donation of handmade caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 3 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 130 knitted caps to be used by needy families. Among the Christmas Mothers on hand to accept the donation and thank the knitters were Mitty Sledd (1975), Sue Trimmer (1998), Bonnie Abernathy (2011), and Terry Brady (2012). The presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, courtesy of the Greater Richmond Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down so it’s finally time to sit back and enjoy some local performances like Theatre IV’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at CACGA and a piano recital at Good Shepherd UMC. To truly appreciate the holidays, though, take some time to give back – a blood drive takes place this weekend at VCC. Click here for more! > Read more.

Hat trick for Henrico man

At the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD), held Dec. 4 in Roanoke, Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen (at right in photo, with grandson Kristopher Burnette) was honored with the 2012 E.C. Compton Meritorious Achievement Award. A former chairman of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Henrico County, Campen has been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for 34 years. He has also served as AREA III Chairman of the VASWCD, been a member of the state association’s legislative committee for 24 years, and headed committees involved with Chesapeake Bay corrective efforts. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Scene sparkles, food falls flat

American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.

I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.

“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.

Overstuffed turkeys

Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.

The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Learn more about Thanksgiving at Meadow Farm and Henricus Historical Park. Give thanks by walking to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and purchasing Brunswick stew from the Knights of Columbus Council 395. And before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season officially begins, take some time to relax with the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra or performances at River Road Church Baptist and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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