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Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Dalida Ghoussoub

Highland Springs HS, exceptional education
Dalida Ghoussoub didn’t realize 40 years ago when she tutored her neighbor’s epileptic daughter (to help pay for private school tuition expenses) that the experience would shape her future and spark her interest in teaching students who struggle academically.

Now, as an exceptional education teacher at Highland Springs High School, Ghoussoub is in her third year of teaching the Functional Academics program.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Nick Lapres

Brookland MS, history
Nick Lapres didn’t always expect to become a teacher, but his passion to advocate change, open people’s eyes and invoke communication with young people in order to seek solutions to the world’s problems landed him at Brookland Middle School in 2013 as a U.S. history teacher.

“Teaching allows me to do what I always wanted to do,” Lapres said. “I could have tried to be an author, journalist, podcaster, documentarian, activist, etc. but those weren’t in the cards for me. Teaching is my way of doing it. It is a special profession, but if you’re going to try it you need to be thoughtful about your motivations.” > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Randall Mangrum

School of nursing, adult education
Randall Mangrum is celebrating his 30th year of nursing, an ode to his profession that has left him richly blessed with experience. It’s also allowed him to easily transition from practicing to teaching, while he prepares the next generation of nurses as a St. Mary’s Hospital practical nursing teacher for the Henrico County Adult Education program.

“As a nurse, you are a teacher,” Mangrum said. “The majority of my career was spent in the practice setting. I have been a nurse in the acute care, long-term care and community-based setting, in addition to patient education. I have been involved with employee education on some level. It’s almost as if I have come full circle – I began my career as a licensed practical nurse, and now I have the opportunity to give back to the profession.” > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Innsbrook's 7th annual Great Pumpkin Palooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Punkin Dunkin competition starts at 11 a.m. Public launchings will begin following the competition with pumpkins available for purchase at the pumpkin patch; proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. There will also be a battle of the bands, costume parades and contests, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy houses, a rock climbing wall, local vendors and crafters, and more. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.innsbrook.com. Full text

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