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School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.

The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus. > Read more.

Green buildings, solarized homes proliferating in Henrico

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles about environmentally friendly efforts in Henrico County.

About four years ago, Henrico County's unofficial "green corridor" of Staples Mill Road took off on a growth spurt, adding in quick succession such LEED-certified buildings as Glen Allen High School, the renovated Glen Allen Library and a couple of solar homes.

The new Holman Middle School built on nearby Francistown Road also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification thanks to such features as efficient mechanical equipment, high-performance lighting systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, May 19-25


4379 Charles City Road – $29,000, 725 SF (built in 1951), from Raymon Eugene Peay to John Gottwald.
5618 Crenshaw Road, #813 – $36,000, 885 SF (built in 1963), from Yaushadia C. Wilson to Hisham and H. El Shabassi.
3204 Danville Street – $39,500, 688 SF (built in 1948), from Federal National Mortgage Association to Jessica A. Johnson.
3704 Austin Avenue – $60,368, 840 SF (built in 1939), from Richard A. Neveu to Federal National Mortgage Association.
121 N. Kalmia Avenue – $63,685, 884 SF (built in 1953), from Richard A. Neveu to Federal National Mortgage Association.
2212 Merle Street – $72,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1986), from Marina C. Mickens to Springleaf Finance Corporation Trust.
1505 Front Royal Drive – $82,000, 1,190 SF (built in 1977), from Jennifer M. and J.L.B. and J.L.B. Barnes, Jr. to William F. Swartz. > Read more.

ARC program helps students prepare for jobs


For some high school juniors and seniors, life after graduation is daunting. Looking for jobs means applications, resumes and new responsibilities. The Greater Richmond ARC is making the transition a whole lot easier for a special group of young adults.

Beginning this month, 31 students enrolled in ARC’s afterschool program will face graduation with more confidence and the skills to enter the work world.

On opening day, June 16, ARC will launch its Work Readiness program for soon-to-be graduates with developmental disabilities. > Read more.

Brat stuns Cantor in Republican primary

David Brat (left) and Eric Cantor
UPDATE: JUNE 10, 9:38 P.M. - In a political surprise that almost no one saw coming, U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Henrico has lost in a Seventh District Republican primary to political newcomer David Brat, a Randolph-Macon professor of economics and Glen Allen resident. With all but one of the district’s 243 precincts reporting at 9:20 p.m., Brat held a commanding lead, 55 percent to 45 percent. > Read more.

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Community

Hermitage hosts holiday craft fair


Hermitage High School hosted its first-annual holiday craft fair Dec. 1 at the school. A number of vendors offered unique holiday and Christmas items for sale.
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Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the holiday season through several concerts in Henrico this weekend: The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Ranier Trio all perform. Theatre performances this weekend are at HATTheatre and the Gayton Kirk. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Henrico students star in ‘Nutcracker’

A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Eastern Henrico’s annual “Holiday on Parade” event is back tomorrow. Family-friendly activities will take place at various locations in the east end. The festivities will culminate with the 21st annual James River Parade of Lights. Also, several churches throughout the county are hosting holiday celebrations including West End Assembly of God, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A taste trip through Latin America

Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End

If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.

Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.

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