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Homes, volunteers sought for ‘Operation Paintbrush’

Henrico County is looking for homes to add to the 2011 project list of Operation Paintbrush — the free program that coordinates repainting and minor repairs of county residences whose owners, whether due to age, disability or financial hardship, cannot do the work themselves. Residents and others are encouraged to contact the county to suggest homes for the program.

Designed to preserve Henrico’s moderate- and low-income housing, prevent neighborhood blight and help eligible residents, Operation Paintbrush recruits volunteers to prepare and paint the exterior of qualifying homes. Light repair work, such as replacing rotted boards or cleaning and mowing a yard, may be performed as well.

Since its inception in April 2000, Operation Paintbrush has facilitated the painting and repair of 163 Henrico homes. The program is administered by Community Maintenance, a division of the Department of Community Revitalization. 

Prospective homes are screened for eligibility using federal guidelines for moderate- and low-income homes. Neighborhood Planner Kimberly Pomatto said that qualifying homeowners typically are lower-income seniors who may be disabled as well.

“We encourage anyone who thinks a home may qualify to contact us,” she said. “We need the public’s assistance in identifying homes for the program.”

To suggest a home for Operation Paintbrush, contact Pomatto at 501-7628 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For details, visit http://www.co.henrico.va.us/maint.  


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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 film “Turbo” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 11 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 12 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.… Full text

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