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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast


Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.” > Read more.

Varina District meetings to focus on Varina’s past, present, future

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold three Community Conversations meetings in May and June to discuss the history, present conditions and plans for the district in eastern Henrico County.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Road; 7 p.m. Monday, June 1 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road; and 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 27-May 3


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

11307 Abbots Cross Lane – $190,000, 1,584 SF (built in 2006), from Federal National Mortgage Association to Edwin C. Li.
5102 Wythe Avenue – $230,000, 1,262 SF (built in 1956), from Sheila and S.S. De La Fuente to Hannah P. Folmer.
11209 Pinewood Court – $242,500, 1,776 SF (built in 1982), from Mattie B. Flowers to Richard W. and Jennifer S. Wheeler.
6227 Dustin Drive – $266,500, 1,930 SF (built in 1947), from Ashley C. Hoover to Israel Holi and Batsheva Harari.
2008 Raintree Drive – $267,500, 2,210 SF (built in 1977), from Patricia C. Hord to Daniel Bolt and Jessica Valacer.
6512 W. Franklin Street – $282,000, 1,386 SF (built in 1951), from Jennifer K. and B. F. Kepier to Christopher S. Lee and Rachel A. Balow. > Read more.

Business in brief


In a face-off of 127 regional champions from 24 states, Garland Hume, owner and chief instructor of Bikram Yoga Richmond, emerged as one of the nation's top ten at the 2015 USA Yoga National Championship competition May 3 in Binghamton, NY. Adults competing must perform a total of seven yoga postures – four compulsory and three optional – in three minutes. Postures are scored on the basis of difficulty, and judges rate contestants on how well they “achieve the maximum expression of the posture while demonstrating complete control of the body and breath,” according to championship rules. Maximum possible score is 50 points, and Hume's 48.63 score ranked her eighth among adult women. Hume has been practicing Bikram Yoga since January 2007. Bikram Yoga Richmond has two locations, in Henrico's Far West End near Innsbrook and at Stony Point. > Read more.

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Community

Henrico to offer Christmas tree recycling

Henrico residents can recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays at one of several locations in the county.

From Dec. 26 through Jan. 11, trees will be accepted at the following spots:

• Springfield Road Landfill Public Use Area, near Nuckols Road and I-295 – open from 7:30 am to 7 pm daily, except holidays;

• Charles City Road Landfill Public Use Area – 7:30 am to 7 pm daily, except holidays; > Read more.

Holidays will delay some CVWMA collections


CVWMA curbside recycling collection and trash collections will have a one day delay in collections Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. There will be no collections on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one day delay in collection services Dec. 25-26. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have one day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Containers should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > 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. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a great weekend to support local theatre! The Stable Theatre at Christ Presbyterian Church will present “Freud’s Last Session;” Jewish Family Theatre at the Weinstein JCC will present “Parade;” and the youth theater program CharacterWorks, Inc. will present “Fiddler on the Roof” at The Steward School. Another fun show will be at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen tonight – “An Evening of 20s Tin Pan Alley Jazz” featuring the unique sounds of the Rumble Seat Revival. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Travinia brings contemporary elegance to Willow Lawn


It was another win for Willow Lawn when Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened there six months ago, nestled in the heart of the re-made shopping center. The contemporary American Italian restaurant boasts 13 locations up and down the East Coast, with the Henrico location opening in August.

In the same week, I hit up Travinia twice, once for lunch and once for a late dinner. At lunchtime on a weekday, I was overwhelmed by the smell of garlic and by the number of working professionals in nice suits on their lunch breaks. When we first walked in, I was concerned our meal would be a little too pricey based on the décor – it’s a really nice place. Luckily, the menu has a variety of options for every budget. > Read more.

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