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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > Read more.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

It’s a freezing morning – my breath making a thicker fog than the exhaust from a pickup truck, as I slowly make my way to my fourth period. Winter: It comes once a year. Some people love it, some people don’t. Winter is tougher for the students of Henrico County – specifically the students at Henrico, J.R. Tucker and Varina high schools.

All three are “campus style” schools – meaning you walk outside between buildings, to your classes. Both Henrico and J.R Tucker were built in 1962, which explains why both sites are extremely similar. Varina was built in 1963. > Read more.

Student spotlight - Henrico H.S.

As I stroll down the hallways of Henrico High I notice so many styles and cultures making their intended statement. Looking to my left, I see a girl with a funky hair cut that screams rebel loud and proud, accompanied by a pair of leather pants and a big vintage sweater suggesting she’s trendy, yet sensible.

Turning my head, I catch a glimpse of a boy wearing a cardigan and a button up with a belt. These are just a few of the thousands of trends set every day. Immediately after meeting someone, we form a three-second snap judgment.
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County proposes sale of Best Plaza complex

UPDATE: Dec. 10, 6:35 P.M. – Henrico County officials are proposing that the county sell a prominent 93-acre site adjacent to I-95 that it purchased for $6.2 million just two years ago.

County Manager John Vithoulkas is recommending the sale of Best Plaza, which sits at the interchange of Parham Road and I-95 in northern Henrico.

When the county bought the property in December 2011, officials envisioned it as the future home for many of Henrico's key governmental agencies, which would relocate from the western government center on Parham Road and allow the courts complex to undergo a much-needed expansion there. > Read more.

County asks state to share VRS liabilities

Henrico County officials aren't making any formal requests this year to the county's General Assembly delegation, but informally they're encouraging the Henrico delegation to support an accounting change that could help preserve the county's sterling triple AAA bond rating.

The issue involves the pension payments made into the Virginia Retirement System for Henrico teachers by the county and state. The state and each Virginia locality share the funding responsibility for the VRS, which makes retirement payments to eligible former teachers and other retired state and local employees. > Read more.

Henrico HS student earns national award

Henrico High School’s Dylan Reissner, a senior in visual arts, received a merit award in the selective National YoungArts competition.

Reissner’s unique “wearable art” impressed judges who recognized its use of fashion and color to create memorable visual experiences. The merit award includes a cash prize of $500 along with opportunities to earn additional scholarships and participate in workshops with other winners. > 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.

Volunteers needed for annual James River Parade of Lights

The James River Advisory Council is seeking volunteers who own power boats for its 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Boaters decorate their craft with lights and cruise the James as spectators watch from numerous viewing sites between Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. The parade will start around 6 p.m. with a grand illumination before cruising downriver. > Read more.

Free Christmas tree guide available online

The holiday season is getting underway and for many, that means a trip to a Virginia Christmas tree farm or retail lot. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to make this annual tradition a little easier and has published the new “2011 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide,” which is available online at http://www.virginiagrown.com > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 29
Alfa Laval, 5400 International Trade Drive – One critical violation reported (found sliced rebagged deli meats had no date on packages and were stored in cold unit for more than 24 hours) and no non-critical violations reported.
Asian Panda, 10430 Ridgefield Parkway – One critical violation reported (TCS foods in top of prep > Read more.

2011 ‘Virginia is For Lovers’ Travel Guide Released

Virginia recently released the 2011 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide, which features more than 200 pages of amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure vacation ideas. Special sections are devoted to family fun, small town discoveries and regional itineraries. > Read more.

ComedySportz Leases West End Space

ComedySportz, an improv theatre that closed its Lakeside location in 2009, has leased a new space in the Gold's Gym Plaza in western Henrico. > Read more.

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