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The Princeton Review has named the University of Richmond a “green” college for 2014. The college guidebook publisher annually recognizes colleges for environmental initiatives in construction, energy conservation and recycling. In recent years, all of the university's new construction has been LEED certified, and major renovations have focused on sustainable design strategies. The university also has a silver STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council with an active student chapter. To encourage students to conserve energy, monitoring systems in 14 residence halls allow residents to view their electricity usage in real time. To reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel, Richmond operates bus service to popular destinations around Richmond, provides free GRTC bus passes to students and employees and participates in Zipcar, an on-demand, car-sharing program located on campus. > Read more.

Henrico student wins SOAR scholarship

Daniel Buth
A unique college preparatory and scholarship program is helping low- and moderate-income students prepare for and achieve higher education. Funded by Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529), the SOAR Virginia program awarded scholarships totaling $120,000 to sixty Richmond-area students who started college this fall. > Read more.

United Way gathers ‘toolboxes’ for families 

For the sixth year in a row, women of the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) have collected holiday shoe boxes filled with donated items as a way to give parents some “tools” to improve the quality of care they provide their children.

The 1,566 shoeboxes, containing practical and educational toys for infants and young children, were stuffed, sorted and wrapped by women from WLI (pictured with gifts is Heather Turbyne-Pollard of United Way) and will be distributed to the families by United-Way-funded partner agencies, including Family Lifeline, YWCA Richmond, Southside Child Development Center, FRIENDS Association for Children, William Byrd Community House and Quin Rivers. > Read more.

Ramped up

Capital One volunteers help project:HOMES complete a ramp for a client.
Peturla, 48, has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and after being forced onto disability at her job with the Henrico County Police Department because of multiple accidents and difficulty walking and moving, her unwavering optimism began to shake. She knew something had to change in her daily routine.

“Something that had come easy wasn’t coming easy anymore,” she said. “I really needed a ramp. I was having problems getting up and down the steps for about a year and a half.”

Desperately in need of a ramp and an electric wheelchair, Peturla turned to project:HOMES, a group that works to improve the lives and living conditions of low income seniors, disabled residents and qualified homeowners in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes. > Read more.

New stormwater regulations could prove costly


Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.

Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency. > Read more.

Business in brief


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a “Critical Needs” grant recipient. This investment will help expand Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden program, which provides fresh foods to Richmond’s food deserts – areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by. The grant will expand the garden’s planting space by 1,500 square feet, which will allow the Community Kitchen Garden to provide meals for approximately 7,690 individuals through their Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. FeedMore, Inc. is also receiving funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will support FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger relief programs and help the organization address the problem of food deserts that mark Greater Richmond, the most food-insecure region of the mid-Atlantic. > Read more.

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Community

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

Gift basket project for senior citizens underway

The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project, an initiative of Senior Connections, is accepting donations through Dec. 9. The program promotes healthy aging, helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities, and brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.

During the recent years of economic recession, Senior Connections has received an increasing number of calls from seniors seeking assistance. The basket project has helped seniors who often have to choose between paying utility bills, purchasing medications and food or taking care of the rent or mortgage. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Kenya Safari Acrobats to perform at CACGA

The Kenya Safari Acrobats – a high-spirited troupe from Africa – will perform twice at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Thursday, Feb. 3. Shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The group promotes African circus entertainment throughout the world. (Africa is being recognized internationally as the birthplace of the circus.) > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared in recent health inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

Art walking, without the chill

Crossroads Art Center to host indoor event Jan. 21
We really do love downtown Richmond’s First Fridays Art Walk. It’s a great way to view works of myriad artists in a concentrated area, meet a lot of local characters and just revel in the general spectacle of it all.

At this time of year, however, we prefer our activities a bit more sheltered from the elements. But we don’t have to give up our Art Walk – we’re just moving indoors. > Read more.

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