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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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Henrico residents urged leniency for McDonnell


UPDATE: JAN. 6, 3 P.M. – Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who today sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison, received 443 letters from across the country on McDonnell’s behalf, including several from Henrico.

The letter writers included Patricia O’Bannon, who chairs the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. > Read more.

Highland Springs man found dead

A 21-year-old Highland Springs man was found dead Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Green Pasture Road and Hanover Road in Eastern Henrico.

Henrico police officers responded to a medical emergency call at the site and found Brandon Nathaniel Wright, of the 100 block of North Rose Avenue in Highland Springs, dead upon arrival. Wright's body showed signs of trauma, according to police. > Read more.

Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely. > Read more.

Tougher driving laws for seniors take effect

Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers - including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific in-person renewal procedures - took effect Jan. 1 in Virginia.

A new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80. It also shortens the license renewal cycle for drivers 75 and older from every eight years to every five years. > Read more.

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Community

Heaven-sent pennies

Children in the Chickahominy Family YMCA’s afterschool program gave a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Shelby Walker, a store associate at the JC Penney at the Shops at White Oak Village, last month. Walker is credited with having the highest participation rate – 99 percent – of all associates in JC Penney’s back-to-school “Pennies from heaven” campaign, through which store associates ask customers to round up their purchase total to the next whole dollar, with proceeds going to the company’s afterschool fund. > Read more.

Henrico Extension offering gardening workshop April 7

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 7 to show how residents can start or improve their vegetable gardens.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Registration in advance is required.

The workshop is free and open to the public and geared for residents who are interested in growing vegetables to reduce their grocery costs and improve their diets. > Read more.

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.

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Entertainment

‘Asian Cajun’ restaurant entry arriving

Come September, Henrico County residents will be rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their bibs for a taste of New Orleans along with some flavors hailing from the Far East.

Crustacean Boil N’ Grill is slated to open at the end of next month in the Golds Gym Plaza shopping center on West Broad Street next to Comedy Sportz Improv Theatre.

The restaurant will serve boiled crawfish, Alaskan crab, shrimp, lobster and every other wonder of the sea, but owner Calvin Pan said this won’t be your regular seafood joint. > Read more.

Going Greek, going casual

Cafe’s traditional fare both delights and disappoints
When I read an online reviewer's comment that the Greek Grill Cafe was "second only to Stella's" in the quality of its Greek food, I knew – as a loyal long-time fan and regular at Stella's – that I had to check it out.

After two visits to the Cafe, I can attest that it bears at least one resemblance to Stella's: the exterior appearance is small and plain, made more pleasing by the large windows. Tucked almost under the freeway, the Cafe is located on a shabby stretch of Westwood Avenue; but the inside appearance is cozy, with home-like touches such as lush plants to soften the dreary view and large murals depicting scenes from Greece. > Read more.

Don’t rush to see Turbo

Turbo is not a subtle film. Like so many others (Rudy, Rocky – even this summer’s Monsters University), it espouses that with hard work and true passion, anyone can achieve his or her wildest dreams.

But those films dealt out their messages with a deftly human touch. Their heroes did reach greatness, but only for a fleeting moment. Rocky didn’t end his film as the world heavyweight champ, and neither did Rudy end up the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. > Read more.

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