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‘Tis the season

Southern Season celebrated its grand opening on Staples Mill Road earlier this week with an invitation-only sneak peek, during which the company's Share the Food Foundation made a $20,000 donation to FeedMore.

The store combines groceries with a wine and beer bar, gift baskets, housewares and a restaurant, among other amenities. It's the first business to open in the new 80-acre Libbie Mill development at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road, near I-64 in the Near West End. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – John Jeter

John Jeter didn’t need any help finding his classroom on his first day as an exceptional education teacher at Tuckahoe Middle School six years ago – he’d attended class in it as a gifted and talented student at Tuckahoe years earlier.

“It is unusual coming back to your school,” he said, with a chuckle. “When I came back [as a teacher], there were four or five teachers here that I had had as a student, and one is still here.”

But the return has been a meaningful one for Jeter, who spent six years teaching exceptional education at Fairfield Middle School before moving to Tuckahoe.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark decided she wanted to become a science teacher in seventh grade. She traces her motivation to the influence of some excellent teachers she had as a youngster – and also to some who were less than stellar.

“I had some absolutely wonderful teachers that I really looked up to and still keep in touch with today,” she said, “and some terrible teachers who made me want to go into the field too, thinking, ‘Boy, I’ve got to be able to do it better than you can and make science fun.’” > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Linda Henderson-Wagstaff

Linda Henderson-Wagstaff never intended to become a teacher, but she's always sought to help children however she could. The latter made the former inevitable.

Henderson-Wagstaff was content as a secretary at the New Bridge Middle School in Eastern Henrico when it opened in 2002 – her latest in a line of office jobs, following a college degree in office management. But the students at New Bridge – who were there because of their problems in traditional school settings – made a quick impact on her. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Cheryl Waite

Cheryl Waite starts every day by hugging a group of bright-eyed and eager kindergarten students at Glen Allen Elementary – something she never would have expected.

“I would have never dreamed I would be a teacher,” Waite said with a laugh. “I was always the kid that was fine with flying beneath the radar and did fine in school, I was kind of content with going by with ease. Teaching kind of found me.”

After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in health sciences, Waite wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her career. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kathryn Costley

Kathryn Costley turned a career as a social worker into one as a teacher who works with special needs students.

Costley, who is in her first year as a Henrico teacher, works with exceptional education students at Highland Springs High School who have mild to moderate physical or intellectual disabilities. She previously taught special education in Charles City County for more than a decade, following a career switch that occurred unexpectedly.

“I was in a master’s/doctoral program to get my degree in social work and started substitute teaching, fell in love and was offered an emergency teaching certificate,” she said. Fourteen years later, she knows she made the right choice. > 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.

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.

‘More Than a GPA’ program at Godwin H.S. Jan. 18

The Godwin High School PTSA will present "More than a GPA," a program about the effort to redefine success for today's students and to make the case for character and integrity as important measures of one's potential, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at GHS.

Four speakers -- all featured in the book "A Better Man – True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man" -- will address the topic: Adam Cristman, Paul Galanti, Tim Seibles and Leighton W. Smith, Jr. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Surviving the holidays

HTC production aims to be hilarious, heartwarming
One way to survive the holidays is to wallow in them. Embrace them. Absorb every sweet, sticky second of December. Forget the stress of bargain hunting, trying to find a parking place in Short Pump or baking your famous fruitcakes.

Instead, crank the car radio and sing along with the carols, slurp some eggnog and have a holly jolly time.

For a few more tips for happy holidays, check out Henrico Theatre Company’s production, “A Christmas Survival Guide.” > 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.

‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.

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