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Daylor named LLS ‘Man of the Year’

Raising a record total amount of $95,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Virginia Chapter through the annual “Man & Woman of the Year” event, local Realtor John Daylor has won this year’s male title for the chapter.

Daylor was nominated for participation in the fundraising event by his friend Bill Torney, whose mother and brother had lymphoma.

“I kept thinking, I know a lot of people – I’ve been in the area for a long time– I’m just going to get on the phone and ask people,” John said. > Read more.

2015 UCI championships to begin in Henrico

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships, a nine-day cycling event that is expected to attract 450,000 spectators to the Richmond region, will begin officially with a day of racing through Eastern Henrico County.

The team time trial will be held Sept. 20, 2015, with teams departing from Rocketts Landing and heading east into Varina on Route 5, before winding through Richmond National Battlefield Park, a historic Civil War site. Riders then then will circle back and enter the City of Richmond in Shockoe Bottom, finishing with a 350-meter-long climb of Governor Street next to the Virginia State Capital and dash down Broad Street to the Convention Center. > Read more.

McShin Foundation helps addicts to ‘love themselves’

At only 12 years old, Honesty Liller began drinking and using marijuana. Through her teen years, she moved on to cocaine, followed eventually by heroin. After an overdose, a pregnancy and hitting rock bottom, she found her place at the McShin Foundation, a full-service recovery community organization (RCO) serving individuals and families fighting substance abuse disorders.

“I was desperate,” she says. “I didn’t love myself, and I wasn’t a mother. I was broken down, beaten down, and I didn’t have any money.”

She moved into the foundation’s recovery house, located off Dumbarton Road in the basement of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. During the following five months, she began doing odd jobs as a nanny and landscaper and eventually began working for The McShin Foundation. > Read more.

Racing for a cure, one breath at a time

More than 250 participants will take a stand against lung cancer in the fourth annual Richmond Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk March 8 at Innsbrook Corporate and Community Center, which aims to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research in the early detection of the disease.

Susan Keen, a thoracic nurse navigator at CJW Medical Center, founded the local area race after losing four family members to lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in men and women. > Read more.

GA delaying individual school grading system

The House Education Committee approved a bill delaying the implementation of a new grading system for schools this past week, but some delegates are questioning if the new system meets the needs of Virginia schools, parents and communities.

This past November, the State Board of Education approved a new A-to-F grading system for individual state schools to supplement the current accreditation system.

The bill passed the House committee and delays incorporating the new grading system for one year, moving the deadline for grades to Oct. 1, 2015. > Read more.

Canine commitment


Sixty-one year-old Debbie Hart-Bowley of Henrico suffers from a neurological movement disorder that limits her mobility. But she has gained some of her freedom back after being paired with Fletch, a young Labrador/golden retriever mix through Companions for Independence.

Fletch can open doors, turn light switches on and off, assist with transportation and pick up dropped objects; Hart says he’s a perfect match.

“Fletch is laid-back and just loves moving at my pace, which is important because my health has slowed me down,” she says. “I can do so much more when he is helping me, and I save time and energy. I am no longer sitting looking at four walls; Fletch has helped me enjoy life again.” > 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.

Holiday festival at Willow Lawn Dec. 3

The Shops at Willow Lawn will host its holiday festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree, Peter McCory and Jonathan the Juggler will perform on the Main Stage. Barksdale Theatre's Snowbear will also make a special appearance.

There will also be train rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, free photos with Santa in a photo booth, face painting, balloon art, crafts, giveaways, merchant specials and more. > Read more.

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration planned for Dec. 3

Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will host the Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning at the Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd., and ending at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.
July 21
Arby's, 11298 Patterson Avenue – No critical violations reported and two non-critical violations reported during follow-up inspection.
Fas Mart, 11390 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen – No violations reported during follow-up inspection. > Read more.

‘Colors of Haiti’ on display at Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

One can catch a glimpse of everyday Haitian life in a single painting’s vibrant colors and exotic scenery at “The Colors of Haiti” exhibition.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen partnered with Midwives for Haiti to bring a taste of Haiti’s fighting spirit and distinctive culture to the Richmond community.

“The Colors of Haiti” exhibition opened July 14 in the Gumenick Family Gallery and will continue until Sept. 11.

The displayed art pieces are meant to emphasize Haiti’s strength and perseverance despite the devastating after-effects from the earthquake. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

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

July 5
Applebee's, Richmond International Airport – No violations reported during follow-up inspection.
Bundle of Joy, 6609 Cottage Street – One critical violation reported (no backflow of mop sink faucet protection found) and one non-critical violation reported.
Caribou Coffee, Richmond International Airport – No violations reported during follow-up inspection. > Read more.

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