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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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Bill would address reporting of sexual assaults


A state legislator from Northern Virginia urged her colleagues Tuesday to pass a bill requiring that campus sexual assaults be reported promptly to the local commonwealth’s attorney instead of being handled solely by campus and local police. Under House Bill 1343, sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, campus and local law enforcement authorities would have 48 hours after receiving a report of a sexual assault on a college campus to notify the commonwealth’s attorney.

“By getting the commonwealth’s attorney involved, it’ll make sure that the investigation is properly pursued and victims are given the resources that they need,” Filler-Corn said at a press conference on the eve of the start of the General Assembly’s 2015 session. > Read more.

Bills would regulate license plate readers


Police could retain for only a week the data they collect from license plate readers, under legislation proposed by a pair of Democratic and Republican lawmakers from Northern Virginia.

Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax, and Delegate Rich Anderson, R-Prince William, introduced bills last week to put limits on the collection and retention of LPR data by police departments in Virginia.

Currently, Virginia has no limits. As a result, for example, the city of Alexandria keeps license plate data for up to two years, while the Virginia State Police delete their data within 24 hours, according to Petersen’s office. > Read more.

Transparency efforts designed to help citizens (and legislators)


Delegate Dickie Bell faces a quandary every Monday. As a member of the House Education committee, he has a weekly meeting at 8:30 a.m. He’s also a member of the House Finance committee, which meets at the same time.

“I’m often forced to miss one committee meeting, depending on whose agenda is more important,” said Bell, R-Staunton.

Sometimes he’ll try to catch some of each hearing, climbing the stairs between the first and ninth floors of the General Assembly building, where the meetings are held. > Read more.

Governor outlines ‘opportunity’ agenda


In a move he said would boost the state’s economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking legislators to remove the requirement that Virginia women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and to “create a more inclusive environment for LGBT Virginians and business owners.”

McAuliffe announced his “full equal opportunity agenda” on Monday, calling on the General Assembly to:

· Remove references to “husband and wife” or “man and woman” in Virginia laws about marriage. Such terms would be replaced with the word “spouse” now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state. > Read more.

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Community

‘Rocketts Red Glare’ celebrates Memorial Day with fireworks

Rocketts Landing will make the Richmond skyline sparkle this Memorial Day with Rocketts Red Glare on Sunday, May 27. The free event will feature fireworks, live music and family-friendly activities to celebrate the long holiday weekend.

Rocketts Red Glare will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by local musician Colin Healy on the volleyball court adjacent to The Boathouse. Virginia party band Kings of Swing will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and play throughout the fireworks show, which begins around 9 p.m. During the event, replicas of Christopher Columbus’ famous Pinta and Nina ships will be docked at Rocketts Landing with guided tours available. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Attention couch potatoes! There are so many fun things to do this weekend - Travel back in time when Columbus sailed the ocean blue; join the mob at a local business; walk for autism; dance to the sound of big band music; or admire the work from Henrico High School’s art program. And there's still more - Click here! > Read more.

Imagination Richmond brings family fun to Willow Lawn Saturday

Looking for a fun, family-oriented festival to attend this weekend? Imagination Richmond might be for you. The event will be held at The Shops at Willow Lawn May 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, now in its fourth year, began when Willow Lawn Marketing Manager Sarah North felt there was a need in the region for a family-friendly community event at which children could enjoy and explore their imagination through music, art, dance and other children activities. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If you’re not looking for any tricks or treats this weekend, Henrico has several fun concerts to see at the Henrico Theatre, Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the University of Richmond. CAT Theatre will also open its 2013-14 season tonight with the female version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Classic love, with a teen-lit slant

Romeo & Juliet introduces “pop Shakespeare” to a younger generation
The intentions of Romeo and Juliet are noble ones. It means to condense Shakespeare down into a simple, easily identifiable package, to create a re-telling that’s more in line with teen romance than classic literature.

Douglas Booth, as Romeo, squints into the camera as though he’s just stepped out of a cologne ad. Hailee Steinfeld, as Juliet, scribbles away in her diary to the tune of twinkling piano ballads. By no means is it an intelligent or novel Shakespeare adaptation, but it’s not meant to be. It’s a stepping-stone for those who need an extra boost into the words of the Bard. > Read more.

A faithful West End friend

Since October 1990, The Tavern has been as faithful to its clientele as “Cheers,” where everybody knows your name. On a lazy Saturday afternoon recently, repeat customers cozied up to the bar to watch football on one of three flat-screen TVs. Without fail, the staff knew their names and orders without asking.

Native Richmonders know The Tavern, although it is hidden in a little shopping center at the corner of Patterson and Three Chopt. From the minute you walk in, you’re greeted with a warm smile in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The wooden booths, hardwood floors and large bar give it a true tavern feel. > Read more.

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