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Henrico Police investigating suspicious death

UPDATE: SEPT. 17, 10 A.M. – Henrico Police are investigating what they are terming a suspicious death this morning.

At about 7:35 a.m. today, officers responded to the 2400 block of Byron Street, half a block east of Mechanicsville Turnpike and several blocks south of Laburnum Avenue, after a citizen had called 911 to report observing an adult male lying on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and declared the male deceased at the scene. The cause of death is unknown. > Read more.

In celebration of the American dream


In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to commemorate the first week of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Thereafter, in May 1992, the entire month of May was designated as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”

During the celebrations in the month of May, different Asian communities celebrate the importance and accomplishments of their respective cultures with a pageantry of festivals and government sponsored educational activities.

However, I wanted to expand upon the celebration of what it means to be not just an Asian-American but an American of Asian heritage. I do so by sharing our journey to and in this wonderful nation with the hopes that in reading this, our children can understand how people from different backgrounds contribute to the beautiful tapestry of the American experience. > Read more.

Community ‘Spring’board launches in Eastern Henrico

A new community group called “Springs” held its first meeting at Highland Springs United Methodist Church April 28, seeking to connect faith-based organizations, civic groups, schools and businesses in order to address various issues affecting the community and create a central locale for those in need.

Springs founder Red Bankston, 69, has lived in Highland Springs for more than 40 years and witnessed the demographic and cultural changes in Eastern Henrico and their impact on the community. He believes a group like Springs is long overdue. > Read more.

‘Teacher of the Year’ finalists announced

Henrico County Public Schools officials recently announced the finalists for Gilman Teacher of the Year and First-Year Teacher of the Year. Both awards recognize Henrico County teachers for their commitment to education; teachers are nominated at the school level and applications are judged by a panel of administrators and specialists.

The finalists for the Gilman award are:

• Brookland District: Corbin Wright, Glen Allen High School;

• Fairfield District: Virginia Turner, Fairfield Middle School; > Read more.

UR’s River Road entrance to be closed May 13 through the summer

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.

The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department. > Read more.

Henrico students excel in stock market game

Teams from Henrico County Public Schools swept the regional elementary and middle school categories of the spring 2014 Virginia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game.

The teams, usually composed of four students, manage mock investments of $100,000 for 10 weeks in a competition to grow the value of their portfolios. The game is designed to provide a forum for students in grades 4-12 to practice math and research skills as they learn about money and investing. > Read more.

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Community

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.

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Collegiate graduate’s film opens in Richmond

Westhampton Theatre will host a private screening of the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. The award-winning film is produced by Richmond native Michael Gottwald, a 2002 graduate of the Collegiate School.

The film was shot in South Louisiana and tells the story of six year-old Hushpuppy who lives in a forgotten but defiant bayou community, cut off from the rest of the world.

Gottwald is a founding member of the New Orleans-based Court 13 Film Collective, which produced “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” He served as executive producer on Court 13’s “Glory at Sea” in 2007, a short film made possible by the support of a handful of generous Richmond residents and was screened at the Byrd Theatre in May 2008. > 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.

Henrico native’s film chosen as festival’s semi-finalist

Henrico native John Irwin’s film “Sold” has been chosen as a semi-finalist for Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival. “Sold” was selected out of more than 15,000 submissions and if voted into the top 10, will open the Venice International Film Festival.

“Sold” is about a young journalist who is inadvertently captured into a human trafficking ring while investigating the treatment of undocumented immigrants in America.

Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival shows how Scott Free Productions has been able to use YouTube to gain more exposure for filmmakers. The winner of the competition will be awarded $500,000 to make the film a reality with Ridley Scott, a noted film director and producer. > Read more.

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