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United Way celebrates ‘Read Across America Day’


Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2 by more than 60 members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, who fanned out across the region to read to toddlers and preschoolers. Their mission was to foster a love of books and reading with children and to raise awareness for the importance of early literacy.

The goal of early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between youngsters and adults and the role of literacy-rich experiences.

Above, Kings Dominion employee Raquel Goodson reads Green Eggs and Ham to some eager listeners at Antioch Learning Center in Henrico’s East End. > Read more.

House rejects lethal injection secrecy bill


The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday defeated a bill that would have kept secret the lethal injection process used in executing death row inmates, even under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Senate Bill 1393 sought to keep confidential the names of pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the chemicals used for lethal injections. Many of these foreign companies have been under public scrutiny for facilitating the death penalty and stopped selling the drugs for executions in the U.S.

The bill, which had passed the Senate 23-14 on Feb. 10, failed in the House on a 42-56 vote.

Virginia gives inmates the choice between death by the electric chair or lethal injection, which involves a three-drug compound. > Read more.
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12 new CASA volunteers sworn in

Twelve new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) were sworn in by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Rondelle D. Herman Oct. 8.

Herman told the new volunteers she depends on CASA to provide her the necessary information that helps in making the critical decisions in the lives of children. Appointed by the presiding judge, a CASA gathers information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances. > Read more.

Workshop aims to help harmonize school rules, home rules

Sometimes rules for children are different at school and at home. If fathers and children can’t reconcile these, the result can be confusion and frustration. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop about this thorny issue featuring guest speaker Phillip White on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen Street in Henrico.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. Attendees should bring their ManUp passports to the workshop to be stamped. Passports also will be available at the event. > Read more.

Henrico Police locate missing elderly couple

UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Henrico Police report that an elderly Glen Allen couple reported missing several hours ago have been found safe.

Both 94-year-old Grace C. Wieber and 92-year-old George G. Wieber suffer from dementia. They were reported missing and had not been seen since 10:30 this morning. > Read more.

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

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Community

Stylish sprinters race for a cure

Men and women alike kicked up their stilettos, pumps and platforms at Central Virginia’s debut of the Komen High Heel Dash, held March 10 at the Shops at Innsbrook. Hosted by the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the event featured a 50-yard dash for participants, who wore creative costumes with their heels of choice to vie for the honor of “best dressed” as well as fastest. > Read more.

Stevens honored by Rotary

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently awarded its Business Leader of the Year award to Don Stevens, owner of Stevens Jewelers.

Stevens supports numerous philanthropic organizations, including Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Coal Pit Learning Center in Western Henrico, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and the Circle of Peace School in Uganda. > Read more.

Corvette Club of Richmond seeking plush bunnies for Bunny Run

The Corvette Club of Richmond (CCR) is seeking plush bunnies for its first annual Corvette Cruise-In and Bunny Wrangling on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Padow’s Hams & Deli/Celebrity Room, 9864 W. Broad St. The event is open to all Corvettes with reserved Corvette-only parking. Participants are invited to vote for their favorite Corvette by donating a new plush bunny.

The bunny buddies will be delivered to patients at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond during CCR’s 16th annual Bunny Run on Saturday, March 31. Corvette owners are invited to meet at 12:15 p.m. at Smith Turf & Irrigation, 2201 Dabney Rd. The group will depart for the Children’s Hospital at 12:45 p.m. and once the kids are ready, the parade of Corvettes will proceed and unload the bunnies. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Hear it first’ at Cultural Arts Center

Creaky footsteps in an old attic, the desperate rattling of a locked doorknob and a bloodcurdling scream.

These archetypal haunted house sounds are just a few of the audio makings of On The Air Radio Players that will feature in its production “You Heard It Here First!” at 7:30 p.m. on June 4 and 5 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

With cooler temperatures now upon us, it’s a great weekend to run for a cause! Marathons supporting autism, fighting blindness and helping area youth are all taking place in Henrico. Another good cause to support – Hilliard House, who is hosting Harvesting the Grape tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

‘Epic’ doesn’t live up to its name

Messages may be too intense for younger viewers
There's an odd paradox lying within "Epic." The basic elements of the story are clearly aimed at a very young audience. A forest is watched over by a benevolent queen (Beyonce Knowles) and an army of tiny soldiers called Leafmen, who protect it from equally minuscule goblin-like creatures called Boggans. When the balance of power is shifted, our plucky heroine M.K. (Amanda Seyfried) is accidentally shrunk down to Leafman size and must work with all manner of forest critters to restore the natural order. > Read more.

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