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Fareva opens aerosol facility in Varina


Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.

A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs. > Read more.

‘The Soul of an Octopus’ selected as ‘All Henrico Reads’ featured title


The ninth-annual All Henrico Reads program next April will feature The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery.

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for people to discuss a shared reading experience. It is sponsored by the Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library

The event will culminate with a visit from Montgomery Wednesday, Apr. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. > Read more.

Business in brief


Office Pride, a commercial cleaning service, recently honored Sheri and Roger Marshall with Standards of Excellence and Customer Satisfaction awards. The Marshalls own an Office Pride location at 11 W. Williamsburg Rd. These recognitions are based on sales growth, customer retention and satisfaction, as well as corporate compliance and continuing education. Sheri Marshall has partnered with The Choice Group and most recently Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center where she’s a listed employer that accepts and accommodates individuals living with disabilities. She helps to place these people into positions where they will be most successful and supported within her Office Pride of Richmond. > Read more.
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Budget proposal includes pay raise

Most full-time government, school employees would qualify for salary increase
Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.

So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.

Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service. > Read more.

Starting over

Bhutanese brothers landed in Henrico after winding journey

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


It’s going to be a cold weekend so if you’re headed out to the James River Parade of Lights or the Richmond Road Runners Club Toy Run 5K in Innsbrook, you’d better bundle up! If you’re looking for some indoor ways to celebrate the holidays, check out Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story for Christmas” or “To Drive the Cold Winter Away: An Irish Celebration of the Returning Light” at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen. Also this weekend – the Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Home Alone." For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will screen NT Live’s broadcast of “War Horse” at 3 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, “War Horse” is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, “War Horse” features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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