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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.

Bon Secours expands nitrous oxide program for low-intervention births

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is expanding the availability of nitrous oxide, an effective low-intervention tool for pain management during labor, into several hospitals throughout the Richmond region. According to Dr. Cara Golish Hartle, OB/GYN with Virginia Physicians for Women, more and more women desire to create a unique birthing experience that includes low-intervention options for handling pain and letting labor progress on its own before medications, such as an epidural, are administered. > Read more.

Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy

The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo. > Read more.
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Business in brief

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has sold a single-story class A medical condominium located within Ridgefield Commons at 2221 Pump Road in Henrico. LVK Holdings, LLC purchased the approximately 3,273 square foot condo from Ridgefield Commons, LLC for $392,760 for a medical office. Jason Guillot of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > Read more.

Supporting a cause ‘worth fighting for’

When Pendle Whisnant used to drive past the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) entrance on Broad Street, she often wondered what went on inside those entrance gates.

As Whisnant was to find out, not that much was happening – other than a few dozen lives being changed.

Established in 1846, the non-profit VHBG has served since then as a home for more than 20,000 at-risk youth, with significant challenges ranging from mental illness and abandonment to abuse and neglect. > Read more.

Supervisors endorse meals tax referendum

For the second time in eight years, Henrico County voters will be asked to approve a meals tax.

But if the measure fails this time – as it did by 151 votes in 2005 – county officials are warning that they may have no choice but to raise the county's real estate tax by as much as six cents per $100 of assessed value to close an $18-million shortfall in the proposed 2013-14 budget.

During the final day of its four-day budget review meetings, the county's Board of Supervisors Thursday unanimously endorsed County Manager John Vithoulkas' meals tax referendum proposal, informally authorizing Vithoulkas to proceed with plans for a referendum Nov. 5.

A simple majority of votes cast is required to pass the measure. The meals tax is expected to raise about $18 million annually – money that would be dedicated specifically to fund school system needs. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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