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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.

Teacher earns presidential honor

Science teacher Elizabeth Miller of Henrico County’s Trevvett Elementary School was one of 102 teachers nationwide to be honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced recently by President Barack Obama. Miller, a finalist in 2012, was recognized specifically for excellence in science instruction.

Trevvett principal Mandi Mulholland said that Miller is outstanding at helping her fourth- and fifth-graders connect to the subject matter. “She does a really great job of getting to know the students and what makes them tick,” Mulholland said. “It’s never quiet in her room — there’s always something going on and the students are excited and eager to tell you about what they are learning.” > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed the Credit Union Service Center in the 5000 block of Nine Mile Road just before 10 a.m. Jan. 23. The suspect verbally demanded money from the teller and indicated he had a weapon. No weapon was displayed and there were no injuries. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, weighing between 130 pounds and 145 pounds. He was wearing a red and gray sweatshirt, with a dark colored hooded shirt underneath, blue jeans, black shoes and had material partially covering his face. > Read more.

HCPS district-wide spelling bee rescheduled for Jan. 29

Because of the threat of inclement weather, Henrico County Public Schools will postpone its district-wide spelling bee until Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The contest will still be held at Hungary Creek Middle School. The event had been scheduled for tonight.

One winner from each of the 45 elementary schools and one winner from each of the 12 middle schools will compete, and HCPS-TV will be there to stream the event live. You can watch from your computer by going to the HCPS website at henrico.k12.va.us. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions Jan. 1-7


101 East Laburnum Avenue – $25,000, 768 SF (built in 1946), from Larry Smith to 39 Forever LLC
8002 Patterson Avenue – $30,000, 0 SF, from JT Via and CV Allred to Gregory J. Spicer
2101 Glenthorne Road – $50,000, 1,296 SF (built in 1957), from Darryl E. and Terri Ransome to Instant Construction LLC
2317 Lourdes Road – $60,000, 1,652 SF (built in 1966), from Gray Henderson to Barney L. and Kimberly C. Henderson
3804 Ronnie Avenue – $66,000, 1,044 SF (built in 1954), from James F. Smith, Jr. to Ndeye Fatou Diop
3100 Wallaby Trace, #712 – $74,700, 1,065 SF (built in 1993), from Housing and Urban Development to Short Pump Investments LLC > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


If you're looking to check a few gifts off your holiday list, visit Lakeside Avenue this weekend for some great deals during its annual Holly Jolly event. A great way to feel jolly – Taste The Local, a new festival in Short Pump celebrating what makes Virginia unique. Other events this weekend include: an archery workshop, Art for All Ages and a forum for young men. Click here for more! > Read more.

Heart Walk raises $631k for AHA

The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 20 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised $631,000 for the American Heart Association – with more donations being accepted through the end of the year at http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org.

Participants took to the one- and three-mile routes around the Innsbrook office park to help raise awareness for heart disease to support the education, programs and research goals of the American Heart Association. Teams representing local businesses, universities and community groups walked together with brightly colored matching shirts to show their unity. > Read more.

Lakeside to host ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’


Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10, providing local shoppers with a signature kick-off event. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Going Greek, going casual

Cafe’s traditional fare both delights and disappoints
When I read an online reviewer's comment that the Greek Grill Cafe was "second only to Stella's" in the quality of its Greek food, I knew – as a loyal long-time fan and regular at Stella's – that I had to check it out.

After two visits to the Cafe, I can attest that it bears at least one resemblance to Stella's: the exterior appearance is small and plain, made more pleasing by the large windows. Tucked almost under the freeway, the Cafe is located on a shabby stretch of Westwood Avenue; but the inside appearance is cozy, with home-like touches such as lush plants to soften the dreary view and large murals depicting scenes from Greece. > Read more.

Don’t rush to see Turbo

Turbo is not a subtle film. Like so many others (Rudy, Rocky – even this summer’s Monsters University), it espouses that with hard work and true passion, anyone can achieve his or her wildest dreams.

But those films dealt out their messages with a deftly human touch. Their heroes did reach greatness, but only for a fleeting moment. Rocky didn’t end his film as the world heavyweight champ, and neither did Rudy end up the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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