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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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Elephant Auto Insurance moving headquarters to Allianz building

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 1:42 P.M. – Elephant Insurance is moving its U.S. headquarters from one Henrico location to another.

The company announced that it will relocate to a 54,000-square-foot space in the Allianz Global Assistance building at 9950 Mayland Drive. The building is the former home of Circuit City.

Elephant Auto has been located in Henrico for five years. The move will nearly double its existing space in size and will allow the company to nearly double its workforce in the next several years, to more than 600 employees.
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Robins Foundation offers $500k nonprofit grant to address regional needs

The Robins Foundation this week announced a $500,000 grant opportunity that challenges Richmond-area nonprofit organizations to devise creative and collaborative solutions to the region’s most confounding issues. Foundation officials are encouraging organizations to think big when applying for the grant.

The inaugural Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant, to be awarded annually, will fund one proposal that “celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond,” according to foundation officials. The award of up to a half-million dollars is designed to support a project that addresses an unmet community need or issue in emerging neighborhoods. > Read more.

Firefighters extinguish warehouse fire near RIR

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 10:15 A.M. – Henrico firefighters extinguished a small fire at a warehouse near Richmond International Raceway early this morning.

The fire alarm sounded at 1:16 a.m. at the warehouse, at 4201 Carolina Avenue, just about a mile from Fire Station No. 1 on East Azalea Avenue. Units that responded reported light smoke coming from the warehouse and found a small fire under a conveyor belt when they entered. They were able to extinguish it by 1:38 a.m. > Read more.

Henrico man named national commander, CEO of Civil Air Patrol

A Henrico man has been sworn in as the new national commander and CEO of the Civil Air Patrol.

Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez of Henrico was sworn in Aug. 15 at the organization's 2014 national conference.

“It will be my privilege to lead the team of national staff, wing and region commanders who make CAP simply the best nonprofit corporation in the country today,” said Vazquez, minutes after taking the guidon as national commander. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Earth Day Challenge helps homeowners conserve energy

The Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) and the state’s Virginia Energy Sense program recently launched the Earth Day Challenge with 16 other organizations to help Richmond-area residents make their homes more energy efficient.

To enter the challenge, which runs through Earth Day on April 22, homeowners will conduct a free online energy assessment that will instantly recommend ways they can save energy at home. Participants in the Earth Day Energy Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of five free in-home professional energy assessments donated by RREA’s pre-qualified contractors.

Professional home energy assessments, which can cost between $300 and $400, will help identify potential energy wasters in a home — especially those in tough to spot or difficult to access areas like crawl spaces and heating and cooling ducts. The home energy assessment allows the homeowner to prioritize the most cost-effective energy improvements to lower energy bills and live in a more comfortable home. > Read more.

Art ‘ReFined’ in Lakeside

Local artist Kris Taylor (above) was among the visitors at a March 31 open house held at the relocated women's consignment shop ReFinery, formerly of the Bellevue area and now in Lakeside. Among the artist's oil paintings and framed etchings now on display at the shop is this favorite, "Second Sighting of the Sacred White Cow," which was inspired by a field full of cows that Taylor spotted while driving through the Colorado countryside near Ute Mountain. Taylor's work will be on display through May at ReFinery, located at 5402 Lakeside Avenue. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Mother and son open new restaurant in Sandston

A new restaurant has opened in a well-known Sandston building.

The Sandston Kitchen will celebrate its official grand opening on Memorial Day, May 27. The restaurant is located in the site of the former Sandston Pharmacy at 2 West Williamsburg Road. It serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. > Read more.

Whale of a treat

Ironfish delights with a variety of tasty catches

I was overjoyed to head back for another meal at Ironfish by Pescados, considered the Best New Restaurant in 2011 by both the Richmond Times Dispatch and Richmond Magazine. I agree whole-heartedly with their ratings. Since I first visited the restaurant for my birthday in January, I was waiting for the perfect special occasion to return. I couldn’t wait another year, obviously.

Run by the same restaurateurs as Pescados Latin Caribbean Seafood in Midlothian and Eat in Oregon Hill, Ironfish offers the same unique dishes and top-level customer service. > Read more.

Veteran restaurateur set to open in Short Pump

Tran’s Pho 1 Grill will serve Vietnamese fare
After nearly a year out of the restaurant industry, a well known 30-year Henrico restaurateur is ready to open up his fifth venture in Short Pump.

Paul Tran, along with his wife Ellen will open up Pho 1 Grill, a Vietnamese restaurant, in June in the Towne Center West Shopping Center.

Tran has been serving up Vietnamese food since the mid-’80s, his first being Que Huong on Rigsby Road. He also owned Mr. Chan’s on Horsepen Road and Saigon Gourmet on Hull Street Road. > Read more.

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