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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Collegiate donating to Richmond, Seattle hospitals in Russell Wilson’s honor

Collegiate School will show support for its Super Bowl-bound alumnus, Russell Wilson, by hosting a “Roar For Russell" Day on Jan. 31.

In addition to wearing "Roar For Russell" T-shirts and donning other Seahawks or Collegiate spirit wear, students, teachers, staff and parents are donating new books, family friendly DVDs, coloring books, crayons and stickers to youths who are patients at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, in Wilson's honor. > Read more.

Varina High School celebrating ‘Michael Robinson Spirit Day’

For Varina High School students and staff, the 2014 Super Bowl is personal. The school will celebrate “Michael Robinson Spirit Day” Friday, in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, who is a 2001 Varina graduate.

The school is encouraging students and staff to wear Seahawks gear, or the team’s green, navy and silver colors. Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, donated cookies in Seahawks colors for the celebration. There are also two large good-luck banners for students to sign. > Read more.

Supervisors to consider meals tax ordinance Feb. 25

Four-percent tax would take effect June 1
UPDATE: JAN. 28, 9:50 P.M. – The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Feb. 25 to consider implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which would begin June 1 – one month later than initially expected.

The board tonight voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would amend the county code and impose the tax on prepared meals sold in the county. It did so with the power granted by voters, who approved a Nov. 5 ballot question. County officials estimate that the tax would generate at least $18 million a year – with about half of that being paid by non-county residents who eat meals in Henrico.

Officials had targeted May 1 as the start date for the tax but suggested delaying it in order to allow enough time – about three months – to explain the proposal to all businesses that will be affected by it. > Read more.

Henrico’s population surpasses 316,000

County remains sixth-largest Virginia locality, according to Cooper Center estimates
The population of Henrico County grew by an estimated 3.3 percent between the April 1, 2010 US Census and July 1, 2013, according to an estimate released this week by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Demographics Research Group of UVA.

Henrico's estimated population of 316,973 was up from its 2010 total of 306,935. It remains the sixth-largest locality in Virginia, according to the Cooper Center, trailing Fairfax County, the City of Virginia Beach, Prince William County, Loudoun County and Chesterfield County.
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Community

RABA to donate bikes to Christmas Mother programs

Members of the Richmond Area Bicycle Association recently contributed $13,000 to buy 198 new bicycles and helmets for donation to area Christmas Mother programs.

The bicycles were assembled on Nov. 3 by more than 50 volunteers from RABA and will be distributed to area Christmas Mothers Dec. 1. Volunteers will load up trucks & trailers and deliver the bikes to Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Charles City counties. The Christmas Mothers will give them to needy families who have applied for help. The club worked to match appropriate bicycles to the needs of the children in the various counties. > Read more.

Tuckahoe YMCA receives $7k donation from Kiwanis Club

The Tuckahoe Family YMCA recently received a $7,000 donation from the Tuckahoe Kiwanis Club. The money was raised during the group’s eighth annual golf tournament and will help the Y continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The donation is the organization’s way of giving back to the community it serves, Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe Tournament Director Bland Weaver said. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Have you had enough of crowds and long lines? Take a break at two beautiful places in Henrico – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Lavender Fields Herb Farm. If you’re still reeling from those awkward Thanksgiving conversations, Don “DC” Curry is ready to provide some laughs at the Richmond Funny Bone. For all our top picks, click here! > 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.

Different name, more of the same

‘Percy Jackson’ spins another Harry Potter knock-off
It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Harry Potter. The similarities are far too numerous (and far too obvious) to ignore. A boy with special powers is prophesized toward greatness; he finds acceptance in a school for the supernaturally gifted and gains two best friends in the process, an intelligent young girl and a goofy comic-relief character.

Swap Potter’s school for witchcraft and wizardry with Percy’s summer camp for the children of Greek gods and you’re all set to start watching. > Read more.

Comedy community to present tribute to Thomas George

The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.

The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.

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