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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Police investigating Lakeside homicide

UPDATE: APR. 8, 3:14 P.M. – Henrico Police now are considering the death of a 68-year-old Lakeside man a homicide.

Roy Alonzo Fuller was found dead in his home in the 5900 block of Hermitage Road by a family member April 4. An autopsy has been completed, and while police are not releasing the cause of death, they are labeling it a homicide. The motive is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation.
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Safe and sound


When Srabanti Gupta, 37, left India and moved to Henrico in 2012 to be with her husband of 10 years, she had no idea that within weeks she would feel helpless, scared and fearful for her life and that of her six-year-old son, Ishan.

Unsure of where to turn, Gupta found comfort and safety in Safe Harbor, a shelter that offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence. > Read more.

A closer look at Henrico’s ‘average’ homes


The assessed value of real estate in Henrico County increased by 2.8 percent this year – or $862 million – when compared to 2013. The average assessed value of a single-family home in the county rose to about 3.7 percent – to $219,600 from $211,700. The real estate tax on such a home amounts to $1,910.52, given the county's tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

So, what does the "average" home in Henrico County look like? The Citizen wanted to find out, so we analyzed homes in each of the county's five magisterial district to find a sample of residences in each one valued near this year's average assessment. > Read more.

April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days). > Read more.

School Board seeks public input on laptop replacement

As its elementary and middle school laptop contract nears its expiration date, the Henrico County School Board is seeking public input on the next steps.

The board will receive an update April 10 on plans to provide new computers next year for elementary and middle schools, and it is seeking public comment prior to making a decision on the matter in May. > Read more.

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Community

James River Ringers to hold auditions Jan. 13

The James River Ringers will hold open auditions for their 2014-15 performance season on Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., at Church of the Epiphany Episcopal, 8000 Hermitage Road. Those interested will be asked to ring a variety of positions during a format typical of a regular rehearsal. Potential candidates must be able to read music, demonstrate a good sense of rhythm and have a good work ethic. While prior experience ringing is helpful, it is not necessary. > Read more.

Lakeside Rescue Squad donates to family

Members of the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad sponsored a local family through the Henrico Christmas Mother program last month.

The family requested mostly basic-needs items, such as food, gift cards to grocery stores, clothes, bed sheets and educational games for the pre-teen in the family. > Read more.

Continentals delight crowd at Hermitage

The Continentals performed their classical big band-style of music before a crowd of about 400 at Hermitage High School Dec. 3. The event was sponsored by the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks. The 15-piece band has performed in the Richmond region since 1979 and is led by bandleader Gray McCalley. All members are at least 50 years old. This month’s performance included commentary and introductions from Floyd Henderson, a member of the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Julie Quarles assisted with vocals on several songs. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has several events to offer residents this weekend! Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer at Meadow Farm Museum? Learn more about the African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum, or check out the Henrico County Adventure Series. The Division of Fire will dedicate the new Fire Station #7 this weekend as well. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Khumba-ya? Not quite

But animated South African film has its moments

You might have seen something called Khumba while clicking through a Redbox recently (or perhaps it was nestled in some hidden corner of a DVD sale shelf). And chances are, you passed it by without much of a thought. Makes sense; that goggle-eyed cartoon zebra on the cover (a zebra that’s dangerously close to becoming Madagascar copyright infringement) doesn’t inspire much confidence.

But when Khumba starts up, it looks nothing like you’d expect. The camera gazes across the savannah and the soundtrack swells with triumphant South African vocals. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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