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Henrico Police turn on the ‘Summer Heat’


For the second consecutive year, the Henrico Division of Police is turning up the heat this summer.

Operation Summer Heat is a crime prevention and deterrence initiative that promotes a safe environment for Henrico’s summer visitors and county residents. Police officials kicked of the effort May 22, and it will continue through Sept. 7. The division will pay specific attention to events and/or areas where tourists may be visiting Henrico County. Henrico County citizens may assist the police with Operation Summer Heat by reporting any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhoods or at community events by calling (804) 501-5000 (in non-emergency situations) or 911 during emergencies. > Read more.

United Way program nets Henrico residents $438k in refunds


Metrocash volunteers who are IRS certified tax preparers and Cash Coaches helped generate tax returns that garnered more than $2.9 million in federal and state tax refunds for 2,517 working adults in the Richmond region – including $438,701 for 401 Henrico residents – during the 2014 tax season.

Metrocash, the local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program operated by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg offers the preparation of federal and state income tax returns free of charge for low to moderate income workers earning less than $53,000 per year.

Because of the Metrocash program, local workers also saved a total of more than $622,000 in tax preparation fees. > Read more.

Art with a kick

Local mural artist Hamilton Glass led a group of about 15 Richmond Strikers Soccer Club players in painting Henrico County’s first outdoor mural, at Striker Park in Short Pump, March 9.

Above, Morgan Roberson finishes a section of the mural, which spans two walls of the Striker Park athletic training room and is 60 feet long. Bon Secours Sports Medicine and the Strikers partnered to commission and fund the mural. > Read more.

County’s internship program grows


Since the Henrico County government internship program began its pilot program in 2012 with only two interns, it has transformed to become a year-long program that provides students at the high school and college level the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with local government, while also providing a vital resource for the community.

Noelle Bingham, 32, entered her first semester at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community college in the fall. After returning to school she realized that she wanted to gain real experience in her desired professional field, and that’s when she turned to the Henrico internship program.

Bingham works with the Division of Fire, reporting to Chief Rosenbaum three days a week and focusing on developing marketing materials and performing graphics work, such as redesigning brochures for hiring, fire prevention, festivals and more. > Read more.

Ninth annual Deep Run HS Marathon Dance planned March 20-21


Deep Run High School’s charity dance shows no sign of stopping. The ninth annual Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 20-21 at the Henrico County school. The eight preceding dances have raised a total of $1.36 million for Richmond-area nonprofits.

Hundreds of participating students will check in on Friday night and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits, including CARITAS, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia.

The dance ranks no. 2 nationally among such events in fundraising. > Read more.

Shed fire quickly extinguished in Henrico’s Northside


Firefighters quickly extinguished a shed fire in Henrico's Northside March 19 in the early afternoon.

Henrico Division of Fire units responded to the 2200 block of Lincoln Ridge Lane, just off Mountain Road in Glen Allen shortly after 12:30 p.m., and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of a home. Crews found fire coming from a detached shed at the rear of a single story residence. The shed suffered moderate fire and smoke damage, but because of the quick extinguishment, the fire did not spread to the residence or an adjacent shed. > Read more.

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Community

Raiders help ‘Stir It Up!’

Among the activities featured at Stir It Up!, a fundraiser and awareness raiser held May 5 at Deep Run H.S., was the opportunity for youngsters – including this young fan pictured with player Raibonne Charles – to play catch with members of the Richmond Raiders professional indoor football team. > Read more.

Henrico Junior 4-H camp registration open

For parents looking to keep their kids outside and away from the video games this summer, the Virginia Cooperative Extension is still accepting registrations for the 2013 Henrico Junior 4-H Camp.

The camp will be held June 17-23, and is open to boys and girls ages 9-13. A total of 10 spaces for boys and 27 spaces for girls remain available, and registration is open until May 24. The cost is $230, which includes lodging, meals, programs, instructional materials and charter bus transportation. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Shrimp, barbecue and ice cream definitely go together this weekend in Henrico! The kids might even enjoy a tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Other fun events for the family are Imagination Richmond and May Play Day. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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