Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Reaping kindness


The first annual Walk & Roll For Kindness, held Jan. 16 at Regency Square, brought together students, families, business leaders and kindness advocates of all ages for a day of activities promoting the #REAPKindnessCampaign.

Sponsored by the Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program (REAP) and emceed by Amy Lacey of WRIC, the event featured entertainment by the Miracles in Motion dance group, Irish dancers and Peter Larsen on the guitar. > Read more.

Henrico to offer free workshop Feb. 4 on improving home accessibility


The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will present a free workshop Saturday, Feb. 4 to discuss home improvements that can improve accessibility and allow residents to age in place.

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and refreshments will be included. The session also will include tips on hiring a contractor. > Read more.

Business in brief


Firehouse Bar-B-Que LLC has leased 2700 square feet of retail space at 9074 Staples Mill Road in Staples Mill Marketplace. The company will open Smoke Pit Grill restaurant at the site. Gordon and Lori Taylor of Glen Allen are the owners. Firehouse Bar-B-Que is a mobile food trailer, a full catering service, and a national bbq competition team. Smoke Pit Grill is a full-service restaurant providing a casual atmosphere with indoor and patio seating. The restaurant specializes in smoked meats, fresh seafood dishes, artisan soups and gourmet side dishes. Andy Rayford is the executive chef. Eric Williford, associate, of Collier International-Richmond handled the lease negotiations for the tenant. > Read more.

Bank of America Operations Center sold for $38M


The Bank of America Operations Center on Villa Park Drive in Northern Henrico has a new owner.

Longships Capital, Homeward Angel, and Prudent Richmond acquired the property for $38 million. The 46-acre corporate campus consists of five buildings totaling more than 700,000 square feet of space. The buildings were constructed between 1985 and 2008 and are generally interconnected. The campus includes corporate offices, open work areas, a café and fitness facility as well as multiple raised floor data halls and a standalone enterprise data center. > Read more.

Eastern Henrico fire damages home; no one hurt


A mid-day fire in Eastern Henrico County damaged a home but did not result in any injuries.

The fire was reported at about 12:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of Yeadon Road, near the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Harvie Road. Firefighters arrived within six minutes and quickly determined that no one was home. Smoke and fire were visible from several windows, and a portion of the yard also was on fire. > Read more.

The write stuff

Budding novelists flourish in group

Like most procrastinating writers, thirty-nine-year-old Dalfonzo Williams had been mulling stories in his head for years. “I’ve always been interested in [writing] since I was a kid, but I just never followed up on it,” he said.

But last April after becoming a member of The Agile Writers, he’s almost finished with the first draft of his novel, “Sugar Spring”, a murder mystery about the kind of trouble that can happen when a guy’s ex-girlfriend walks back into his life. “I went there and pretty much have been working on it ever since,” Williams said. > Read more.

Supervisors critical of Assembly’s ‘micromanaging’

The state’s meddling in local affairs seemed an ongoing theme at Tuesday night’s Henrico Board of Supervisors work session.

“(State legislators) are looking for something to do, so they want to be local government officials,” said Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia O’Bannon, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Such gripes arose during Legislative Liaison Mike Schnurman’s presentation to the board. > Read more.

Virginia woman cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A Chesterfield County woman was cited on state weapons charges after she was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 20 when TSA officers detected a .40-caliber handgun loaded with nine bullets, including one in the chamber of the gun.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the woman, a resident of Chester.

Travelers are responsible for the belongings that they bring to a security checkpoint, and TSA’s advice to people is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. > Read more.

McAuliffe vows to veto anti-abortion bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke Jan. 19 in support of legislation proposed by members of the Women’s Health Care Caucus and vowed to veto bills he believes would endanger women’s reproductive rights. McAuliffe said legislators should learn from controversies in North Carolina following the passage of what he called “socially divisive bills.” McAuliffe said he told the General Assembly not to send him these types of bills because they have no chance of becoming law.

“I have sent a strong message already. They have an abortion bill, a 20-week abortion bill, that was signed on by, I think, eight members of the General Assembly. I have made it very clear I will veto it. That bill has zero chance of becoming law in the commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe said. > Read more.

Varina meeting Jan. 26 to highlight public safety efforts in Sandston


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss public safety efforts in the Sandston area.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave. Nelson will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Police Division for a discussion of its public safety efforts and how residents can help. > Read more.

Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;
> Read more.

Nominees sought for Community Leader of the Year Award


The Henrico Business Council will be accepting nominations for its Community Leader of the Year Award from now until February 3.

The council seeks nominees who show unwavering support for Henrico County and the business community through their involvement with Henrico; demonstrate dedication to the betterment and/or growth of Henrico County; exhibit enthusiasm for Henrico County; and have made a difference in the community. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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