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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch. > Read more.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Three Chopt School Board member won't appear on November ballot
Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August. > Read more.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president. > Read more.

Capital Trail project taking shape in Varina


Construction of two sections of the Virginia Capital Trail – which will connect Virginia’s past and present capitals, while also promoting recreation, alternative transportation and economic development – is underway along the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico County.

Citizens can expect to see heavy construction along the corridor until the September 2015 completion date. Sixteen miles of the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg are completed; just half a mile of that total is in Richmond, at its end point along Dock Street. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Weekend Top 10


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you! More laughs this weekend can be found at ComedySportz Improv Theatre and at Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Other ways to boost your holiday spirit – visit a forest of decorated trees at CACGA and enjoy a colonial Christmas at Henricus. Click here for more! > Read more.

Lions Club receives eyeglass donation

For his community service project in preparation for testing for his third-degree black belt, Ryan Rotondi chose to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. He collected 168 pairs and donated them to the Glen Allen/Short Pump Lions Club, which sponsored his efforts, at its Nov. 7 meeting.

At right, Lion Nancy Capehart, chair of the eyeglasses recycling program, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rotondi. The glasses he collected will be included with the club’s shipment to the Lions Recycling in Roanoke, where they will be refurbished and made available to medical missions in Central and South America. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Burgers, by the ‘Bach’

Popular Carytown restaurant opens West Broad Village location
I’ve never cared for burgers, and I’ve certainly never sought out a restaurant specialized in the sandwich. That’s until I ventured into Burger Bach (pronounced batch) in Carytown. The New Zealand-inspired gastropub made a believer out of a burger-skeptic like me with its gourmet burgers, handcut fries and homemade dipping sauces.

It’s not surprising that others loved it, too, and its second location opened in West Broad Village in November. Eager to compare the two, I headed over for lunch on a Saturday with a friend and an empty stomach. > Read more.

The many moods of Christmas

Black Nativity isn’t a classic, but it’s got spirit
A Christmas movie is a unique thing. Between the months of July and November, it all but ceases to exist. (Who among us would gather up the family for A Christmas Carol during a smoldering July heat?) Yet for one brief month, it swells with importance.

A good Christmas movie is tradition. It’s to be watched with devotion every year until each nook, cranny and line of dialogue is all but memorized – worn-in yet still as comforting as ever.

What Black Nativity offers is Christmas tradition without the tradition – a healthy dose of holiday spirit that lacks the draw to ever see it more than once.
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Weekend Top 10


It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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