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Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes. > Read more.

EHBA seeks donations to aid bike giveaway effort

The Eastern Henrico Business Association is raising funds to support its annual Bikes for Kids initiative, through which it hopes to donate bikes and helmets to students at each of the 19 elementary school and two middle schools in the Fairfield and Varina magisterial districts.

Four students at each school – two boys and two girls – will receive a bike and a helmet, if donations to the fund allow. A donation of $100 funds a bike/helmet combination for one student. > Read more.

Henrico 4-H team wins Virginia title, ties for fourth nationally in LifeSmarts


A Henrico County 4-H team recently completed a successful run in the LifeSmarts consumer education competitions, capturing the Virginia championship and finishing tied for fourth nationally in Orlando, Florida.

A program of the National Consumers League, LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges students in ninth through 12th grades with questions about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. > Read more.

GRTC bus rapid transit meetings planned

The Greater Richmond Transit Company and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will present their draft plan for bus rapid transit service along a 7.6-mile corridor generally along Broad Street corridor between Rocketts Landing and Willow Lawn during meetings May 20 and 21 in Richmond.

The goal of BRT is to improve transit service and overall mobility on Broad Street and provide the community with better access to employment, retail, education and healthcare. > Read more.

Lebanese Food Festival celebrating its 30th year

At Saint Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church in Glen Allen everyone is family, everyone has pride in their culture, and everyone has been preparing months in advance for the 30thannual Lebanese Food Festival May 16-18.

The festival – as it has throughout its lengthy history – will celebrate Lebanese food and culture, as well as the importance of family and tradition.

Sandra Brown, a lifelong member of St. Anthony’s and one of the many festival volunteers, said that the Lebanese Food Festival is something that she simply was born into. The church has more than 300 families with generations of Lebanese backgrounds, including her own (both her parents are Lebanese). > Read more.

14-year-old wins Governor’s Award

Fourteen-year-old Henrico resident Unity Bowling recently was named a winner of the 2014 Governor’s Award as a youth volunteer.

Bowling has been passionate about reading and raising funds for a number of local organizations and activities. When she was nine, she spearheaded a book drive for Read Aloud Virginia. In the years since, she has organized, collected and distributed more than 6,000 books to children and families statewide and in the Dominican Republic, where her efforts helped sustain a children’s library. > Read more.

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Community

Little Sisters’ event raises funds

Michael and Bevin Kehoe (left) and Ruth and Franco Ambrogi (of Franco’s Fine Clothiers) were among the more than 200 guests at the 38th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor Benefit Dinner Feb. 9 at the Commonwealth Club in downtown Richmond. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the Little Sisters themselves, who serenaded the dinner guests with humor and music, accompanied by Sr. Jeanne Emmanuel’s guitar. The event raised almost $169,000 in support of the Little Sisters’ mission. > Read more.

Heaven-sent pennies

Children in the Chickahominy Family YMCA’s afterschool program gave a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Shelby Walker, a store associate at the JC Penney at the Shops at White Oak Village, last month. Walker is credited with having the highest participation rate – 99 percent – of all associates in JC Penney’s back-to-school “Pennies from heaven” campaign, through which store associates ask customers to round up their purchase total to the next whole dollar, with proceeds going to the company’s afterschool fund. > Read more.

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘Sam Cooke Experience’ set for Sept. 30

Richmond’s Tony Cosby (pictured, center) and his band of thespians will present The Sam Cooke Experience, a musical and theatrical tribute to gospel great and R&B legend Sam Cooke on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd.

WLEE radio personality Jack Gravely will be the guest master of ceremonies for this variety show, starring the talents of home-spun thespian troupe Theatre&Co and featuring local recording artist Delores Fox and Justin Morris of the Soul Stirrers. > 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.

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