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Police using new body cameras

36 Henrico officers testing first batch this fall
Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.

Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.

“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.” > Read more.

Tucker HS show ‘Movements’ to benefit Daily Planet

Students and staff from Tucker High School will present “Movements,” a stage production featuring music, monologues and more, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Tucker High auditorium. “Movements,” a show about being moved to move others, will be presented to the Henrico community in order to raise money and items for Daily Planet, a local organization that offers comprehensive health and human services to the homeless, as well as potentially homeless, in the Greater Richmond area. > Read more.

Business in brief


Thomas Fredell has joined Glen Allen-based Snagajob as the company’s chief technology officer. Fredell will oversee Snagajob’s engineering and product departments and is charged with enhancing and expanding the company’s product offerings and support architecture. Prior to joining Snagajob, Fredell served as chief technology officer at IntraLinks for 10 years. He is also the founder of Membly.com, a social sharing site that helps users capture, contribute and share memories, and serves as a board member for the Knowledge Is Power Program in Massachusetts, which prepares students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. > Read more.

Safe Harbor hosts open house

Safe Harbor held a community open house Sept. 20 to highlight the agency’s work throughout Henrico County. Representatives from the agency’s programs were available to answer questions about Safe Harbor’s work supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence and promoting healthy relationships in the community.

Pictured at right, Vanessa Durrant stands in Safe Harbor’s playroom, where children impacted by sexual and/or domestic violence receive supportive services to help them deal with their experiences. > Read more.

Libraries offering ‘always available’ e-books

Henrico County Public Library recently added an additional way to check out e-books, known as "Freading." Freading, is a new service that provides “always available” eBooks through a lending system that uses weekly tokens. Freading has been made available to public libraries throughout the state through funding from the Library Service and Technology Act granted by the Institute of Museums and Library Service administered by the Library of Virginia. > Read more.

Woman’s Club of Sandston celebrates 90th anniversary

The Woman's Club of Sandston is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and to celebrate last month, members of the club presented a skit highlighting some of its early history. > Read more.

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Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

CAT Theatre to host auditions

CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Book of Days on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at CAT Theatre, 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico. Book of Days will run Jan. 23-Feb. 7 and is one of CAT’s submissions to the Acts of Faith Festival.

Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder – and community theatre – in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan.

Director Leslie Cline is seeking five females between the ages of 20-65 and seven males between the ages of 24-65. > Read more.

CAT Theatre opens 51st season Oct. 24


CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The play is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > 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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