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OrthoVirginia will acquire magnetic resonance imaging technology at its Henrico Parham location, one of its busiest offices of the 11 sites it has in central Virginia. Up to this point, OrthoVirginia performed MRI procedures on its single mobile unit at its Johnston-Willis and Farmville locations. The practice has been referring out to other MRI service providers two-thirds of its patients who require an MRI scan. OrthoVirginia received approval for its Certificate of Public Need application with the Virginia Department of Health. The new MRI facility is expected to cost $2.2 million. It should be fully operational by early 2016. > Read more.

Bagby establishes district office


Newly elected 74th District Virginia Delegate Lamont Bagby has established his district office, through which constituents may contact him. Bagby's district encompasses portions of northern and eastern Henrico County, all of Charles City County and two precincts in Richmond. Bagby won a special election earlier this month, easily defeating independent David Lambert, to serve the remainder of former Delegate Joe Morrissey's term, which runs through this year. Bagby and Lambert will face off again in the general election in November for the right to serve a two-year term beginning in January. > Read more.

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.
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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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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.
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The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Henrico Police are both presenting community events tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Feria Community Resource Fair at Richmond International Raceway brings together community service providers, embassies/consulates from Latin American countries, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations that impact the Latino community. The Division of Police’s Community Day will feature demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office, as well as family activities, food, entertainment and more. Other events this weekend include wine, chess and theatre! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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