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St. Gertrude receives challenge grant for Henrico athletic facility


The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 challenge grant in support of Saint Gertrude High School’s campaign to build the school’s first Outdoor Athletic Center (OAC.) The challenge grant will help complete construction on the $2.5 million facility at 490 Scott Road in northern Henrico County, which opened in late 2012.

The school must raise $100,000 in matching gifts from all sources in order to qualify for the grant. New or increased gifts or pledges qualify as matching gifts.

“The grant comes at a crucial time in our campaign,” said Susan Walker, president of Saint Gertrude High School. > 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.

Pitching in on a paint job

The law firm Geoff McDonald and Associates participated in Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush! program last month, spending a day painting a home in Eastern Henrico County for a family selected by the county.

“We enjoy giving back to the community, and it was great to see my team grow closer together after working all day for Operation Paintbrush,” McDonald said. > Read more.

Henrico teacher recognized for saving student’s life

UPDATE: MAY 7, 5:15 P.M. – A Henrico County teacher was honored today for his role in saving the life of one of his students earlier this year.

Moody Middle School teacher Brent O'Dea was honored by Henrico Fire Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum and Community Services Firefighter Jon Reinmuth, who presented him with a special commendation from Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell at an afterschool faculty meeting.

On Feb. 20, O’Dea was instructing his students in his classroom when he noticed that a 13-year-old female student appeared to be in distress at her desk. He moved closer and realized that she appeared to be choking. As he attempted to verbally communicate with the student, it was apparent that she was actively choking and not breathing.
> Read more.

VBS seeks O-negative blood donors for newborns, premies

During the month of May, Virginia Blood Services is seeking to honor mothers and other caregivers of children by encouraging people who are blood type O-negative to donate blood on behalf of the area’s newborns and premature babies.

“There is such great joy to see a mother and her healthy baby. By having an optimal inventory of O-negative blood on our shelves, we can ensure that patients in need will receive this great gift of life,” said Julie Moore, executive director of Virginia Blood Services. “This Mother’s Day, we want to create awareness of the constant need for O-negative blood.”

O-negative blood is known as the “universal” blood type because it can be transfused to any patient in need. > Read more.

Henrico’s Myers named New Kent superintendent

Henrico County Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education David A. Myers May 5 was named the new superintendent of New Kent County Public Schools.

“We are very excited about Dr. Myers joining New Kent County Schools,” New Kent County School Board chair Leigh Quick said in a press release announcing the hire. “His skills and expertise will assist us in continuing our history of excellence.” > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


If you’ve been meaning to get a flu shot this season, Oak Hall Baptist Church is holding a clinic on Saturday. Other health-related events in Henrico this weekend include the Richmond Heart Walk in Innsbrook and health screenings conducted by the National Kidney Foundation. And don’t forget to check out the local theater scene! Click here to see all our top picks! > Read more.

Christmas Mother program kicks off

Christmas Mothers hailing from as far back as 1976 (Thelma Moore) gathered at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Oct. 15 (at right) for the annual coffee hosted by The Henrico Christmas Mother Council. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $10k home energy makeover contest

Princess Banks of Henrico is the winner of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's $10,000 Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, officials announced Oct. 15. Banks and her husband, along with their nine-year-old daughter, will receive energy updates to their home by mid-November, including a new heating and cooling system, added insulation and duct sealing.

“The grand prize is going to a family who will see a vast improvement in their home’s energy performance,” said Bill Greenleaf, executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. “As we promised, this family won once and they will save forever.” > Read more.

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Entertainment

Breaking the chain

Chuy’s proves it’s possible to have many locations but retain unique feel

If you’ve driven through Short Pump in the past six months, there’s not a chance you’ve missed Chuy’s, the big and bold Tex-Mex restaurant in West Broad Village. From the outside, the brightly painted 8,000 square foot building gives a foretaste of what’s inside: eclectic decor, a fun menu, and from my experience, a lot of noise. The restaurant is a chain of 40 in the nation, but it’s the first of its kind in Virginia.

We were fortunate to arrive at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday, the perfect time for happy hour. From 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, there are drink specials, but what’s really special is the free nacho bar served out of a giant car hood. > 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.

Groove spot

Bar Louie’s atmosphere impresses
There are not many places I know where friends of rock, funk, and soul music can enjoy life music, dance, and have fun in a pleasant bar setting without fear of permanent ear damage.

So I was happily surprised to find all of these enticing ingredients of a great time out when I visited Bar Louie at Short Pump Town Center on a Saturday night. In the spacious bar/restaurant I found myself surrounded by the well-tuned sounds presented by The Groove Motive, a local band, and a cheerful crowd of funk lovers of all ages dancing the night away. > Read more.

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