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When C.A.R.E Inc was founded last November, it was the goal of Executive Director Amy DeJongh to address the issues of child sexual abuse in the community – a topic that she believed was under - addressed in part because of a lack of available resources. There are currently no centers dedicated to child sexual abuse in the area.

“There are services for children, but they are offered through centers that also treat and handle other issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and some of the centers have a minimum age requirement, such as the child must be 12 before they can be treated,” said DeJongh. “The main goal of C.A.R.E Inc is to focus only on the issue of child sexual abuse and effects the abuse can have on the child and the child’s non-offending parent and family.” > Read more.

Barshinger, Fones seek Republican Clerk of Court nomination


Two former coworkers in the Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office are competing for the Republican nomination to seek the position of Henrico clerk of court in November.

Heidi Barshinger, who spent more than a decade as a prosecutor in the office and has 25 years of prosecutorial experience, and Sherry Fones, who has worked in the office for 17 years, will square off in the June 9 Republican primary election. The winner will face another county employee, Tinesha Jackson (a paralegal in the Henrico County Attorney’s office) in the general election Nov. 3.

The clerk of court, who manages court orders, subpoenas and pleadings for the Circuit Court, in addition to overseeing county land records and vital records, is elected for an eight-year term. Current clerk Yvonne Smith is retiring from the position after three terms. > Read more.

State takes back 68 inmates

The Henrico County Jail gained some breathing room last week when the Virginia Department of Corrections moved 68 of its inmates who were being housed in county facilities and were overdue for transfer to state facilities.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade, who has held office since 2000, said that he had never seen so many inmates transferred in one day. He attributed the state’s actions to a Jan. 8 Citizen article detailing the overcrowding in the jail. By Jan. 21, the 68 overdue inmates were sleeping in state-run facilities.

“It’s because of your article,” said Wade. “I don’t believe in coincidences. They didn’t have any sort of conversation about it, they just said to have these 68 people ready and that we had 24 hours to deliver.” > Read more.

Business in brief


Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, announced that Martin's Food Markets will join its team of major corporate partners of the nine-day cycling event that will be held in the Richmond region in September. Martin's operates 24 grocery stores in Central Virginia and will be the “Official Supermarket” of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, which is expected to attract 450,000 on-site spectators from Sept. 19-27. As part of the partnership, Martin's will produce and distribute paper grocery bags in-store featuring the UCI Road World Championships logo during February and in the months closer to the event. In addition, Martin's will produce and sell reusable grocery bags celebrating the event with net profit being donated to Richmond 2015 and promote the event in its stores. > Read more.

Logistical excellence


A Henrico County venue hosted the first RVA LogistXGames Jan. 29, pitting supply chain and logistics industry employees together in a friendly competition designed to judge the teamwork, talent, efficiency and speed of participating teams as they assembled and stacked boxes, moved them through relay courses on pallets and performed other warehouse-type tasks.

The Fort Lee – Joint Strike Group won the event and claimed the “Golden Pallet.” The event was sponsored by CBRE Richmond, Liberty Property Trust, the Community College Workforce Alliance and the Virginia Port Authority. The event was held at a Liberty Property Trust facility on Eastport Boulevard in Sandston. > Read more.

Scott earns national Head Start award

Congressman Bobby Scott, whose Third District includes a portion of Henrico County, recently received the National Head Start Association’s PROMISE (PRotecting Opportunities for our Most Important Students Early) Award for his commitment to advance the needs of Head Start children and families. Scott is the ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

More than 300 Head Start teachers gathered in Washington, D.C. recently to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start program, an early childhood education program. > Read more.

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Community

Art ‘ReFined’ in Lakeside

Local artist Kris Taylor (above) was among the visitors at a March 31 open house held at the relocated women's consignment shop ReFinery, formerly of the Bellevue area and now in Lakeside. Among the artist's oil paintings and framed etchings now on display at the shop is this favorite, "Second Sighting of the Sacred White Cow," which was inspired by a field full of cows that Taylor spotted while driving through the Colorado countryside near Ute Mountain. Taylor's work will be on display through May at ReFinery, located at 5402 Lakeside Avenue. > Read more.

NEW awards eight grants

The Network of Enterprising Women (NEW) recently announced its 2012 grant recipients, which include: the James House ($1,500), St. Joseph’s Villa ($1,500), Strategies to Elevate People ($1,500), National Alliance on Mental Illness ($1,500), Court Appointed Special Advocates ($1,000), Hospital Hospitality House ($1,000), Art 180 ($1,000) and YWCA ($1,000). > 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

Comedy community to present tribute to Thomas George

The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.

The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.

Capitol Steps, UkeFest highlight CACGA’s 2013-14 season

The second-annual UkeFest VA, fifth-annual Djangoary Music Soiree and an appearance this week by The Capitol Steps highlight The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen's 2013-14 season, which was announced last month.

The center will host 13 performances as part of its Center Season, nine as part of its 2nd Stage series and four special events.

"In fulfilling our mission, we continually seek out excellent performers so we can present stellar performances," said CACGA President K Alferio. > Read more.

Keagan’s earns its good ‘pub’

When you enter Keagan’s Richmond, with its long bar and corner stage, it feels immediately like a typical Irish pub or tavern with its noise from merry patrons sitting along the well-equipped long bar eating a boxty or Shepherd’s pie and sipping their Guinness on tap or Irish Whiskey.

But that is about as far the Irish character goes. The music, whether from the “can,” a Virginia rock band, or the DJ in the evening, is not necessarily Irish. The same is true of the food menu, which offers (in addition to typically Irish specialties) typical American favorites, such as burgers, sandwiches, and chicken drums (the boneless variety) with spicy and not so spicy sauces and sides. > Read more.

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