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Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen. > Read more.

Jenna Bush Hager to host Noah’s Children art auction

Jenna Bush Hagar, author, contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, will be the keynote speaker for an upcoming charity auction and gala on Saturday, March 24 to benefit Noah’s Children.

Schools across the county have participated in the fundraising event by creating artwork inspired by the theme “Two by Two.” These works reflect ideas of hope, renewal and journey. Elementary schools made arks for table decorations and middle and high schools created pottery, paintings, wall hangings and jewelry. These items will be auctioned off at the benefit, and proceeds will go to the charity. > Read more.

Awards honor Henrico students

The Mills E. Godwin String Ensemble provided prelude music and the Highland Springs High School Choir/Ensemble provided choral music at the 45th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Award Ceremony, held February 23 at The River Road Church, Baptist. Among the honorees were 20 Henrico County residents and students, including one recent immigrant to the United States from Myanmar (Burma).

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, the awards annually honor students from local public, private and parochial schools who have schools who have been nominated by their school counselors, administrators and classmates for their efforts to improve human relations, enhance understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, and model empathy and caring for others. > Read more.

HEF to host first corporate spelling bee

The Henrico Education Foundation will host its first corporate spelling bee March 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University of Richmond. The event, sponsored by Coventry Healthcare, will feature teams of business officials from throughout the county and region competing to earn the "top spellers" title. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships, field trips and classroom learning enhancement for students in Henrico County Public Schools. > Read more.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

A free, six-week training program for volunteers will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning April 16, at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road.

Anyone interested in volunteering must first apply, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, April 11. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. Henrico CASA has a particular need for Spanish-speaking volunteers. > Read more.

Tree seedling giveaways planned this week

The Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will host two free tree seedling giveaways later this month.

The events will be held Thursday, March 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dorey Park, in Shelter 1, 7200 Dorey Park Drive in Varina and Friday, March 23 in the Hermitage High School parking lot at Hungary Springs and Parham roads from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. > Read more.

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Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > 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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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