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West End office complex sold


A Massachusetts based real estate company has purchased a West End office complex for $12.75 million.

Select Income REITof Newton, Mass., bought Parham Place I, II and III on East Parham Road from South Carolina-based JEDD, which had bought the first two phases of the complex for $7.6 million in July 2008. > Read more.

Henrico Police to host Community Day Aug. 1

The Henrico County Division of Police will host Community Day Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Western Government Complex at 4301 E. Parham Rd.

Attendees can enjoy free games and activities throughout the day, food, entertainment, the “sidewalk of services,” VIN etching by H.E.A.T., a job fair, and demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office. Learn about the Division’s latest initiative Operation Summer Heat. Community Day is also the kick off for National Night Out, taking place on the following Tuesday, Aug. 4. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, June 22-28


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

233 North Mapleleaf Avenue – $74,000, 980 SF (built in 1980), from B. Elizabeth Twietmeyer to James L. Reynolds, Sr.
5308 Michael Avenue – $85,000, 720 SF (built in 1949), from Wells Fargo Bank NA to Jordan Cole Robinson.
11800 Cobblers Stone Place – $98,885, 4,062 SF (built in 2003), from Ben A. and Tracy S. Ottinger to Ben A. Ottinger.
9713 Royerton Drive – $115,000, 923 SF (built in 1957), from Ethel L. and C.G.G. Normal to Peyton and Elizabeth A. Burchell.
8716 Holly Hill Road – $119,190, 1,125 SF (built in 1956), from Luis Murillo to Selene Finance LP. > Read more.
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Budget proposal offers 2-percent pay raise

Real estate tax would remain unchanged, machinery tax slashed
UPDATE: MAR. 10, 7:30 P.M. – A 2-percent pay raise for county employees, a tax cut for manufacturing companies and an increased commitment to sports tourism highlight Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas' proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which he presented to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session tonight.

The proposed $1.12-billion operating budget – which represents a 2.3 percent increase from the current budget – would maintain the county's real estate tax at 87 cents per $100 of assessed value. It also would provide funding for 10 new police officer positions (during the third year of a five-year plan to add 50 new officers in the field) and a new "senior ombudsman" who would work to advocate for and assist the county's growing population of senior citizens. > Read more.

Unfunded mandates cost county big dollars


"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.” (Exdodus 5:7)

That mandate incited the ancient Hebrew slaves to rebel against their Egyptian masters. Twelve plagues, the Red Sea, and the loss of an entire labor force could have been avoided if the pharaoh had simply provided enough straw to make the bricks.

Although they toil in Excel and not by brick kilns, and are subject to the Board of Supervisors and state government, not a pharaoh, the employees of the Henrico County budget office face a similar predicament to that of the Israelites: A growing list of mandates and a shrinking reserve of resources. > Read more.

Local races starting to take shape


The list of candidates seeking office in Henrico County is beginning to grow, as party primaries near this June, ahead of the November general election during which Henrico voters will elect the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth's Attorney, sheriff and Clerk of the Court.

There will be at least one new member of the Board of Supervisors, since longtime Three Chopt District member Dave Kaechele has announced he will give up the seat after completing his ninth term and 36th year on the board in December. He is endorsing Three Chopt District Planning Commission member Tommy Branin, who has filed paperwork for the Republican primary, as his replacement. > Read more.

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Community

10th annual Filipino Festival coming in August


The 10th Annual Filipino Festival will be held Aug. 7-8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., beginning with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing with live entertainment, food and exhibits until 10 p.m. On Saturday the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a full schedule of performances featuring traditional Filipino dance, music and song.

Filipino cuisine, including BBQ, pansit, lumpia, adobo, halo-halo, lechon, empanada and leche flan, will be available for purchase. The festival will also feature a children's area, church tours, exhibits, and health screenings. > Read more.

CMoR reopens at new Short Pump site

The Children’s Museum of Richmond last week opened its new Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center, to the delight of children who attended a sneak preview of the location July 10. The new facility, located under the forthcoming LL Bean store (formerly the food court) is 8,500 square feet in size – much larger than CMoR’s former Short Pump location at West Broad Village, which opened in 2010. The new space includes The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio, as well as a giant Light Bright Wall. > Read more.
Entertainment

Minion mania

Spinoff is predictably silly, devoid of plot

In Minions, those jibberjabbering little corncob things from Despicable Me have finally earned their own feature film. Specifically, three of them: Kevin (tall), Stuart (plays the ukulele) and Bob (loves his teddy bear), all voiced by co-director Pierre Coffin.

After tracing the evolution of Minionkind – we don’t know what they are, but we know they’re hardwired to serve the baddest villain around – our three Minion heroes set off upon a quest to save their species and find the newest, nastiest villain overlord. > Read more.






 

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