Henrico County News
Godwin grad tackling Appalachian Trail to honor her late father
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 05/20/2013 Features
For seven years now, outdoor enthusiast Connie Henshaw has been dreaming of the day she would through-hike the Appalachian Trail after graduation from college in 2016.
But she was barely into her freshman year at Virginia Tech when a tragic turn of events upended her plans, and she pulled out of spring semester classes to hit the trail in March – three years early. > Read more.
Augustine Carter spent six years working to get a Virginia identification card so she could vote. Carter had no birth
certificate; the only evidence she had of her birth was a certificate of baptism.
“I went to get my state ID renewed, and I carried this church document, and I was turned down completely. They say the law had changed, and I could not use that. Now what am I going to do? I didn’t know what to do,” Carter said. > Read more.
State legislators have returned to Richmond for a 60-day session of the General Assembly, with questions about funding for transportation, education and the state’s retirement system taking center stage as the session began earlier this month. The Henrico Citizen invited each delegate and state senator whose district encompasses a portion of Henrico to provide their thoughts about the 2013 session. The answers of those who responded appear below. > Read more.
Zachary Brenner has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s Commercial Property Services team as a portfolio manager. Brenner received his bachelor of science degree from Vanderbilt University and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Real Estate and Urban Land Development at VCU. He is an active member of Rho Epsilon, the professional real estate fraternity. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, Brenner worked in the healthcare industry. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/24/2013 Education
Eighteen Collegiate School students performed in the Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami with country music artist Jake Owen on New Year's Day. The Collegiate group was one of four Virginia dance troupes to perform at halftime of Florida State's victory over Northern Illinois, which aired on ESPN.
During their trip, the Collegiate students participated in four dance education workshops, led by professionals such as Cris Judd (pictured with the dancers, at top), who has choreographed for the MTV Video Music Awards. The students worked together and within the school community to raise funds for travel and lodging to Florida. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/24/2013 Features
Two local residents became millionaires recently after purchasing Virginia Lottery tickets in Eastern Henrico. Clarence Seay of Henrico won $5 million in the "Virginia’s $5 Million Club" game and Richmond resident Larry Meador won $1 million in the "Virginia's New Year's Millionaire Raffle" contest. Seay purchased his ticket at the Handy Stop in Sandston, while Meador purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven in Highland Springs. > Read more.
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An Eastern Henrico church is encouraging community members to hang ribbons in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. > Read more.
Davina Ariana Seoparsan of Glen Allen (pictured above) recently won the title of National U.S.A. Ambassador Junior Teen. A rising sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at J. R. Tucker High School, Seoparsan also won the talent, spokesmodel, actress, modeling, academic and volunteer service awards. > Read more.
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a Parisian market-themed picnic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fountain Green on the hospital campus at 5801 Bremo Road. > Read more.
Tran’s Pho 1 Grill will serve Vietnamese fare
After nearly a year out of the restaurant industry, a well known 30-year Henrico restaurateur is ready to open up his fifth venture in Short Pump.
Paul Tran, along with his wife Ellen will open up Pho 1 Grill, a Vietnamese restaurant, in June in the Towne Center West Shopping Center.
Tran has been serving up Vietnamese food since the mid-’80s, his first being Que Huong on Rigsby Road. He also owned Mr. Chan’s on Horsepen Road and Saigon Gourmet on Hull Street Road. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
Popular Short Pump spot offers upscale comfort, flavors
The Wine Loft opened in West Broad Village in January 2010, offering a full bar with wine, beer, spirits and a kitchen with tapas-style snacks. It offers a seasonal patio area along Whittall Way. Its walk-in wine “humidor” in plain view from the bar offers more than 85 wines by the glass ($6-$65) and about 250 by the bottle ($28 and up), with some emphasis on Italian wines. Culinary trained chefs plus partnership with Culinard (Culinary program of Virginia College). > Read more.