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GRCC to host 12th District Senate forum

The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Reynolds Community College for candidates seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat. Republican Siobhan Dunnavant, Democrat Deborah Repp and independent Robert Johnson are competing in the Nov. 3 election.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Workforce Development & Conference Center at the college, 1651 East Parham Road in Henrico. Members of the audience may submit questions to the candidates at the event. > Read more.

Henrico, Habitat partner to host home maintenance workshops

For homeowners in the region who have struggled with home repairs, life could soon be getting a little easier.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and the Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization have joined forces to host a series of workshops to help residents maintain and improve their homes. The courses begin Saturday, Oct. 17.

The goal of the workshops is to address the high volume of calls that the county receives about home maintenance issues, as well as to provide an outlet for those homeowners who are uncertain about how to maintain the upkeep of a home. > Read more.

Supervisors vote to purchase future park site for $2.8M

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with plans for a recreational park after a vote Sept. 22, to authorize the purchase of 99 acres in Sandston for $2.8 million from private landowners.

The sellers approached the county as far back as 2007 to propose a sale, but Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson said that it took some time to reach an agreement on a price for the land.

"The landowners have been pretty aggressive in wanting the county to have the property, and in wanting the space to be used for a park, so it wouldn't be sold to developers," said Nelson. "The county was interested but we had differences on the price and what they wanted and what we could offer – we can only offer what the land is appraised for, and that isn't really negotiable." > Read more.

Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast

Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.” > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 27-May 3

A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

11307 Abbots Cross Lane – $190,000, 1,584 SF (built in 2006), from Federal National Mortgage Association to Edwin C. Li.
5102 Wythe Avenue – $230,000, 1,262 SF (built in 1956), from Sheila and S.S. De La Fuente to Hannah P. Folmer.
11209 Pinewood Court – $242,500, 1,776 SF (built in 1982), from Mattie B. Flowers to Richard W. and Jennifer S. Wheeler.
6227 Dustin Drive – $266,500, 1,930 SF (built in 1947), from Ashley C. Hoover to Israel Holi and Batsheva Harari.
2008 Raintree Drive – $267,500, 2,210 SF (built in 1977), from Patricia C. Hord to Daniel Bolt and Jessica Valacer.
6512 W. Franklin Street – $282,000, 1,386 SF (built in 1951), from Jennifer K. and B. F. Kepier to Christopher S. Lee and Rachel A. Balow. > Read more.

Business in brief

In a face-off of 127 regional champions from 24 states, Garland Hume, owner and chief instructor of Bikram Yoga Richmond, emerged as one of the nation's top ten at the 2015 USA Yoga National Championship competition May 3 in Binghamton, NY. Adults competing must perform a total of seven yoga postures – four compulsory and three optional – in three minutes. Postures are scored on the basis of difficulty, and judges rate contestants on how well they “achieve the maximum expression of the posture while demonstrating complete control of the body and breath,” according to championship rules. Maximum possible score is 50 points, and Hume's 48.63 score ranked her eighth among adult women. Hume has been practicing Bikram Yoga since January 2007. Bikram Yoga Richmond has two locations, in Henrico's Far West End near Innsbrook and at Stony Point. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

New restaurant opens at Virginia Center Commons

Virginia Center Commons is now home to Alpozio’s Grill & Lounge, a new American-themed, family-owned and operated restaurant concept from industry veteran Al Williams.

“We are excited to welcome Alpozio’s, adding another dimension to Virginia Center Commons’ popular mix of specialty stores, eateries and entertainment venues,” said Sheryl Raulin, mall manager at Virginia Center Commons.

The kitchen at Alpozio’s focuses on classic American favorites with Italian influence. Menu items include everything from crab cakes to ribeye with a selection of kid-friendly favorites and decadent desserts, such as strawberry shortcake and grandma’s apple pie. > Read more.


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