Henrico County news
Citizen Staff Reports 07/28/2015 Government
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/28/2015 Property transactions
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/27/2015 Features
Richmond 2015, the organizers of the UCI Road World Championships, will host a series of informational meetings to help the community “Get Race Ready”! The series of meetings will take place daily the first two weeks of August at various times and locations throughout the region.
Three of the meetings will be held in Henrico:
• Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School in Varina;
• Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside; > Read more.
By Benjamin May, Capital News Service 03/03/2015 General Assembly
The results are in. All of the General Assembly’s work on ethics reform in the 2015 session came to an end Friday with the passage of a 98-page bill that lawmakers hailed as a significant accomplish, but some critics said it still needs work.
The issue of ethics has been a joke for some legislators, but House Speaker William J. Howell said on the first day of the session that it is the responsibility of the General Assembly to gain Virginia’s trust back.
The week before the session started, former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison for corruption – and toward the end of the session, his wife Maureen was given a prison term of one year and a day. > Read more.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports
UPDATE: FEB. 27, 10:50 A.M. – The first two days of events in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships this fall will begin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside, officials with Richmond 2015 confirmed publicly today.
The championships, a nine-day event that is considered international cycling's premier event, are being held in the United States for just the second time ever and the first since 1986.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, team time trial training and trial circuit training will begin at Lewis Ginter and head along Lakeside Avenue before winding through downtown Richmond, entering Eastern Henrico along Route 5, then circling south to Osborne Turnpike and back into downtown. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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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