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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > 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.

Business in brief


The St. Mary's Wound Care Center at Reynolds Crossing recently was recognized as a Healogics' Center of Distinction for 2014. St. Mary's is the first Bon Secours Wound Care Center to receive this honor, which is based on outstanding clinical outcomes, including at least 92% Patient Satisfaction Rate, 91% Healing Rate, less than 30 median days to heal, and a 19% or lower Outlier Rate. The Wound Care Center utilizes a physician-led, nurse-driven, weekly visit model of care. Using treatments such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) and bioengineered skin substitutes, the Wound Care Center at St. Mary's offers advanced wound care for various wounds including ulcers (diabetic, pressure, and venous), compromised surgical grafts and flaps, osteo- and soft-tissue radionecrosis, and even the late effects of radiation. > Read more.

Henrico Citizens Academy registration opens March 23


Henrico residents can get a firsthand, comprehensive look at county operations and services at the 2015 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from April 23 to May 28. Residents can register at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Monday, March 23. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The academy is open to 35 residents, with space reserved for seven individuals from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. > Read more.

Registration for Henrico Junior 4-H summer camp begins


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, March 28 to begin accepting registrations for the 2015 Henrico County Junior 4-H Camp.

The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension office at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The residential camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14, will be held July 20-24 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.

Early registration is strongly encouraged because space is limited and many classes fill quickly. The cost of the camp is $242 and includes a T-shirt, lodging, meals, programs, instructional class materials and transportation by chartered bus. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend and Henrico has some great outdoor activities available: KidsFest at Deep Run Park, a bike ride with friends and the March for Babies in Innsbrook. If you’d prefer to stay inside, the Henrico Theatre is showing the classic film “Casablanca” and the Henrico Theatre Company’s new production opens. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Three opportunities exist this weekend in Henrico to get a workout while helping a good cause: CASA Superhero Run, ASK Fun Walk and 5K and the Red, White & Azul 5K and 1 Mile Park Bark. Relax afterwards with folk music at the University of Richmond and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse or celebrate World Tai Chi Day at Walkerton Tavern. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If getting bombarded with colored cornstarch sounds like fun, then you’ll be happy to know the Color Me Rad 5k is in Innsbrook on Saturday. Another colorful event is the Spring Into the Arts Festival at Shady Grove UMC. Earth Day is April 22 but you can celebrate early at the University of Richmond or Three Lakes Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > 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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The Richmond Women's Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Lynn Atkins, will present “Let Freedom Sing,” with special guest Susan Greenbaum, at 8 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E.… Full text

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