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Into the fire

Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 3-9


5100 Monument Avenue, # 405 – $78,500, 470 SF (built in 1961), from Howard F., Debra A. and Molly Beth Duke to Tammy and David Kane.
5618 Crenshaw Road, #813 – $107,707, 885 SF (built in 1963), from Yaushadia C. Wilson to Housing and Urban Development.
2210 Brandonview Avenue – $113,466, 1,008 SF (built in 1978), from Michael J. Kelly to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1302 Pennsylvania Avenue – $130,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1994), from Robert C. French to Brandon L. McKinney.
8944 Osborne Turnpike – $146,999, 1,200 SF (built in 1991), from Stephen T. Pearson to Federal National Mortgage Association. > Read more.

Murder charges filed in February crash that killed 2

UPDATE: MAR. 31, 3 P.M. - Henrico Police have charged the driver in a fatal February accident in Sandston with two counts of felony murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of hit and run in connection with the incident.

Andrew Taylor Walters faces the new charges in connection with the deaths of Jessica Gallmeyer and Amanda Irby, sisters who were passengers in the car Walters was driving Feb. 3 when he crashed it into the water near White Oak Road and East Williamsburg Road after attempting to flee from police.

Irby, 15, and Gallmeyer, 27, were rescued from the water, but Irby died in the hospital Feb. 5 and Gallmeyer died the following day, both from their injuries. > Read more.

Contraception rights activists rally outside Supreme Court

Women’s choice advocates rallied outside the Supreme Court this past Tuesday in support of the Affordable Care Act birth-control benefit as the oral arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius were heard.

Despite the frigid temperatures and precipitation, representatives of NARAL, Planned Parenthood, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and other volunteers from across the state and the country shared the message: birth control is not my boss’ business. > Read more.

‘Beyond Barbie’ designed to empower women

Although Susan Singer’s life has handed her challenges, she was always able to prevail and find strength through art, which has inspired Beyond Barbie, Singer’s unique series at Crossroads Art Center that begins March 28. The series will feature performances and discussions from diverse, passionate females; it aims to instill the same strength and empowerment in other women.

Singer began the series in 2011 in conjunction with her art show Not Barbie, a series of paintings of female nudes of every size, shape, age and race to provoke society to expand its definition of beauty. > Read more.

West End Martin’s introduces ‘Caroline’s Cart’

Martin's Food Markets has introduced special shopping carts at its John Rolfe Parkway location in Henrico for parents with special needs children.

"Caroline's Cart" provides parents and caregivers with an option for transporting their children through the store without having to push a wheelchair and traditional cart simultaneously. The location is the first Martin's store in the region to offer the special carts. > Read more.

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Community

Year-end 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.

Miracles in Motion presents Christmas concert on Dec. 21

Miracles in Motion, a dance class designed specifically for children with disabilities, will hold its first Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd.

The classes, taught by the Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance, cover many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

From longhouses to schoolhouses: Henrico’s history on display

Q: What legendary couple resided at the site of the present-day Varina Farm in the early 1600s?

A: Of course you know that. Everyone has heard the legend of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.

But there is a lot more to Henrico history. The county is wrapping up a year-long celebration of its 400th anniversary with a look at both everyday life and major events.

Out of the Wilderness: The History of Henrico County, a small but comprehensive exhibit at Meadow Farm Museum’s orientation center, highlights some of the people, places and events that contributed to the county’s vibrant past. > Read more.

Virginia Randolph Education Center to host open house on Nov. 9

Virginia Randolph Education Center (VREC), which provides educational services to students with special needs, will hold an open house to showcase new materials and equipment on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. VREC received a special education grant that allowed them to renovate parts of their facility and invest in new and innovative learning tools for special needs children. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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