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Actors Bernsen, Jones film movie in Henrico
Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach. > Read more.

Powhatan offensive enacted at Henricus


The history of the early settlements at the James River came to life when Opechancanough’s offensive of 1622 was enacted recently at the Henricus Historical Park.

Attacks by Powhatan Indians had killed more than 300 men, women and children, representing a quarter of the total population, among the early settlers along the James River and in the Williamsburg area in March 1622. In the weeks after the “massacre,” the Powhatan Confederacy Indians, led by chief Opechancanough, continued their coordinated campaign against the settlers, who had to be evacuated from their farms and settlements to the fortified Jamestown settlement. > Read more.

Cantor holds education roundtable In Henrico


U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) Mar. 31 toured Henrico Public Schools’ Engineering Specialty Center and Highland Springs Technical Center and then participated in a roundtable with counselors, graduates and private sector partners to discuss how career and technical training programs prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“At a time when many people in our communities are chronically unemployed and college graduates face mounting debt, career and technical education programs are more important than ever," Cantor said. "I was pleased to see the work that the Henrico County Public Schools are doing to provide parents and students with more choices and opportunities starting in high school. > 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.

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Community

Salvation Army’s Christmas Center opens at VCC Dec. 13

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Salvation Army of Central Virginia will begin the distribution of toys, clothing, coats, bikes, books and other items to those in need this holiday season. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Center is located at Virginia Center Commons in the former Dillard’s, 10101 Brook Rd. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8:30 a.m. to mark the Christmas Center’s grand opening. > 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.

Local recyclers rewarded for efforts

Eighteen local recyclers – including two from Henrico County – won prizes from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) in celebration of the America Recycles Day 2011, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps to raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

“Hunt for Henrico History” scheduled for Nov. 5 at Eastern Henrico Rec Center

Henrico County’s 400th anniversary celebration will turn the spotlight onto community and family history at the “Hunt for Henrico History,” set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. “Hunt for Henrico History” will explore the county’s diverse history through living-history presentations and historical displays highlighting neighborhoods, schools, churches and civic organizations. > Read more.

Program on Pocahontas, Rocke Hall at Henricus Nov. 5

Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. in Chester, will present “Pocahontas, Rocke Hall and the Powhatan People” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The program will feature Rocke Hall, home to Rev. Alexander Whitaker, who tutored Pocahontas at Henricus. The life of Pocahontas at Henricus will also be examined at the event, as well as the significant impact neighboring Virginia Indians had on the English colonists. > Read more.

Headless Horseman returns to West Broad Village Oct. 29

West Broad Village: The Headless Horseman Returns, a free and family-friendly event featuring Halloween-themed performers, candy and children’s games, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at West Broad Village in Short Pump. > Read more.

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