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The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.
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Medifast opens Short Pump location

Medifast Weight Control Center celebrated the grand opening of its Short Pump location Oct. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. From left, Laura Eaheart, assistant sales manager; Mike Cralle, center manager; and Jared Jordan, senior nutrition counselor, prepare to cut the ribbon and open the doors. The new Medifast site is located at 11753 W. Broad St. in the Shoppes at Westgate across from Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Richmond Area Diversity Roundtable is hosting Disability Awareness and Etiquette training on Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, 2001 Maywill St., Suite 202. Participants will learn how to build better relationships and increase their awareness level of the needs of people with disabilities. The program is free and open to the public but will be of special interest to business and community leaders, human resource personnel and those pursing diversity within their organizations. > Read more.

Christmas Mother applications begin Oct. 29

The 2012 Henrico Christmas Mother Program will take applications on Mondays Oct. 29 through Nov. 19 at the Christmas Mother Warehouse on Dabbs House Road, across from the Eastern Government Center. Times vary - on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Nov. 12, applications will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. > Read more.

2 replica grenades detected in baggage at RIC

A woman on her way from Richmond International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico by way of Atlanta this morning was delayed after Transportation Security Agency officials found two realistic-looking toy hand grenades in her luggage.

A TSA screener who noticed the plastic toys on the X-ray monitor at the checkpoint contacted the Capital Regional Airport Commission Police, who responded and confiscated the items. The woman missed her flight but was permitted to re-book on a later flight. There was no impact to airport operations. > Read more.

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Community

Holidays will delay some CVWMA collections


CVWMA curbside recycling collection and trash collections will have a one day delay in collections Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. There will be no collections on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one day delay in collection services Dec. 25-26. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have one day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Containers should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Several holiday performances take place this weekend in Henrico including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and Theatre IV on Tour’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” – both at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at River Road Church, Baptist and the Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. A fun annual tradition, now in its 14th year, will be at SkateNation Plus in Short Pump – Chabad of Virginia’s Chanukah on Ice. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


One of the most unique holiday traditions in Henrico, the James River Parade of Lights, takes place tomorrow. The viewing spot in Henrico will be at Osborne Park in Varina. Another annual event in the east end is the Eastern Henrico Holiday Extravaganza, taking place this year at The Armour House & Gardens and the Dabbs House Museum. In the West End, the Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Under the Same Stars” at West End Assembly of God will conclude its run on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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