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3 new shops coming to Willow Lawn

Three new tenants are coming to The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

Lucky Foot and Pigtails & Crewcuts have signed agreements to locate at Willow Lawn, and the Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar will open there Aug. 3. All three will be located in the same building that houses American Tap Room and Zoës Kitchen.

Lucky Foot is expanding from its current location in Midlothian to offer personalized service to runners and walkers in the Richmond metro area. In addition to shoes and running supplies, the store offers a full body motion analysis and helps runners prevent injury and keep their exercise regimens simple and fun. > Read more.

Hot air balloon was carrying 2 UR women’s basketball coaches

UPDATE: May 12, 6:01 P.M. – The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis have released statements through the University of Richmond about the women who died in Friday's hot air balloon crash in Caroline County.

Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller. > Read more.

Citizen wins 12 awards from VPA, VPW

The Henrico Citizen recently earned 12 awards from the Virginia Press Association and Virginia Press Women.

Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won 10 awards in the Virginia Press Women 2014 communications contest, including four first-place awards for entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Awards were announced at the VPW spring conference awards luncheon, held April 5 at The Moton Museum in Farmville.

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Specialty Articles category, with stories in the sports and reviews categories. > Read more.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program. > Read more.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery. > Read more.

Refugees arrived in pursuit of ‘a romantic life’


Editor’s Note: This is the third and final article in a series about Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

“It was like a dream. I was very scared,” said Hem Bhattarai, one of the many Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees now living in Henrico County, recalling the overwhelming nature of arriving in America from a refugee camp in Nepal. “I had never traveled in a plane before, and I had never seen a country like this.”

The Bhattarai family’s arrival at Richmond International Airport was the final step of a journey that began in 1991. For all of the drama that journey contained, this last leg was an anticlimactic affair as they walked off the plane and into the malaise of an empty airport late at night. > Read more.

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Community

Heart Walk raises $631k for AHA

The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 20 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised $631,000 for the American Heart Association – with more donations being accepted through the end of the year at http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org.

Participants took to the one- and three-mile routes around the Innsbrook office park to help raise awareness for heart disease to support the education, programs and research goals of the American Heart Association. Teams representing local businesses, universities and community groups walked together with brightly colored matching shirts to show their unity. > Read more.

Lakeside to host ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’


Nearly three dozen Lakeside Avenue merchants will host the eighth annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 9-10, providing local shoppers with a signature kick-off event. Shoppers will be able to take free trolley rides to and from shops along the avenue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Participating shops will stay open late, and many will offer special deals for holiday shoppers. All participating businesses also will have special containers to collect donations for the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad, the event's beneficiary. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Election Day is fast approaching and the Henrico Theatre is showing the movie "The Candidate" to commemorate. If you’re looking to celebrate the end of robo-calls and political ads, the Mystery Dinner Playhouse, Shady Grove Coffeehouse and University of Richmond are all offering fun diversions this weekend. For more weekend ideas, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s an exciting weekend in Henrico! The eastern part of the county is offering a workshop on optical toys of the 1800s; the Heritage Bluegrass Band; and Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival. Residents in western Henrico can visit the historic Deep Run School House or enjoy the festivities at Short Pump Town Center’s 10th anniversary celebration. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Cloudy, with a chance of laughter

Sequel doesn’t lack for food puns, constant energy or active imagination
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a film about food puns. Of course, it may have the trappings of story, characters and few key themes.

But these elements are just a means to an end, and that end is a jungle crawling with hippotatomuses, watermelophants and fruit cockatiels. It’s a bundle of boundless energy, intent on overstuffing every frame. > Read more.

A celtic family reunion

In its second year under new management, Scottish-Irish festival promises food, dancing, fun
The Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games will return to Richmond Raceway Complex for a two-day event Oct. 19-20 that promises to showcase bagpipes, kilts, dancing, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish-Irish food.

Stokes McCune, the organizer of the festival, said the celebration is about family and heritage, noting his own Scottish-Irish lineage that traces back to the 1700s in Richmond. > Read more.

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