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‘Tis the season

Southern Season celebrated its grand opening on Staples Mill Road earlier this week with an invitation-only sneak peek, during which the company's Share the Food Foundation made a $20,000 donation to FeedMore.

The store combines groceries with a wine and beer bar, gift baskets, housewares and a restaurant, among other amenities. It's the first business to open in the new 80-acre Libbie Mill development at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road, near I-64 in the Near West End. > Read more.

Legislation safeguards pets against domestic violence

At least 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters have reported their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets, according to the American Humane Association.

Delegate Benjamin Cline, R-Amherst, says he hopes to give solace to these pets and their owners with House Bill 972. The bill states that a protective order may grant possession of the family pet to the petitioner and prohibit further violence directed toward the pet. If passed, Virginia will join the 23 states that already have laws protecting companion animals. > Read more.

Bill seeks school area for nursing mothers

An education bill would require school boards to designate an area in each of their schools for a mother employed by the school board or enrolled as a student to express milk for her child.

House Bill 720 would require each school board to set aside a non-restroom space out of public view in a school for mothers to take breaks of “reasonable length” during the school day to express milk to feed a child under the age of one year. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based RF&P Federal Credit Union has changed its name to RiverTrace Federal Credit Union. The company was founded in 1956 to serve the financial needs of RF&P employees and their families. After being granted a community charter in 2013, RF&P membership was expanded to include anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Hanover, Henrico or Chesterfield counties or the City of Richmond. The new name and tagline were developed as a tribute to the James River, the early beginnings of Richmond and the establishment of trade and commerce in the New World. > 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.

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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.

Girls in foster care meet princess

Twenty young girls in foster care under Henrico County’s Department of Social Services came to the Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond Centerstage hoping to meet a Disney princess, and left with new-found friends.

The forum, There is a Princess Tiana in all of Us, was put together by Feld Entertainment and the Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream show that played at the Richmond Coliseum in September. The girls worked on creating their own tiaras, then enjoyed a visit with Princess Tiana and conversation and encouragement from local successful women. > Read more.

Cure by Design celebrates cancer survivors

Among the surprise celebrity appearances at the Sept. 24 Cure by Design Fashion Show was one by top male model Brad Kroenig (pictured with Sydney Page and First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell, the honorary chair for the event).

Governor Bob McDonnell also dropped in to join his wife at the gala, which was held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, while national designer Alex Garfield drummed up bids for the live auction.

The event centered around a fashion show featuring nearly 50 local cancer survivors as models. Following the fashion show, the traditional champagne toast and birthday reception was held to honor survivors, who posed with family and friends and celebrated “A World with Less Cancer and More Birthdays.” > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 29
Alfa Laval, 5400 International Trade Drive – One critical violation reported (found sliced rebagged deli meats had no date on packages and were stored in cold unit for more than 24 hours) and no non-critical violations reported.
Asian Panda, 10430 Ridgefield Parkway – One critical violation reported (TCS foods in top of prep > Read more.

2011 ‘Virginia is For Lovers’ Travel Guide Released

Virginia recently released the 2011 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide, which features more than 200 pages of amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure vacation ideas. Special sections are devoted to family fun, small town discoveries and regional itineraries. > Read more.

ComedySportz Leases West End Space

ComedySportz, an improv theatre that closed its Lakeside location in 2009, has leased a new space in the Gold's Gym Plaza in western Henrico. > Read more.

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