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A newcomers’ guide to NASCAR weekend at RIR
On Sept. 6, Henrico County will play host to one of the most pivotal races of the NASCAR season: The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The behemoth that is a NASCAR race – drivers arriving in helicopters, pit crews in tractor trailers, fans in RVs and media in droves – will descend upon Henrico for 48 hours, beginning Sept. 5 with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.

For the uninitiated fans – the ones who every year are bothered by the traffic and the noise and don’t understand why people get so excited about “guys driving in circles" – here are five reasons to take a closer look at the race in our backyard: > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Cheryl Waite

Cheryl Waite starts every day by hugging a group of bright-eyed and eager kindergarten students at Glen Allen Elementary – something she never would have expected.

“I would have never dreamed I would be a teacher,” Waite said with a laugh. “I was always the kid that was fine with flying beneath the radar and did fine in school, I was kind of content with going by with ease. Teaching kind of found me.”

After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in health sciences, Waite wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her career. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Kathryn Costley

Kathryn Costley turned a career as a social worker into one as a teacher who works with special needs students.

Costley, who is in her first year as a Henrico teacher, works with exceptional education students at Highland Springs High School who have mild to moderate physical or intellectual disabilities. She previously taught special education in Charles City County for more than a decade, following a career switch that occurred unexpectedly.

“I was in a master’s/doctoral program to get my degree in social work and started substitute teaching, fell in love and was offered an emergency teaching certificate,” she said. Fourteen years later, she knows she made the right choice. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Angela Brittingham

Angela Brittingham is a 16-year teaching veteran of fourth-grade at Pemberton Elementary, who has established a well-known presence and made an impact with students, teachers and faculty as she fulfills her goal of being the best teacher she can be.

“Growing up I never really had a favorite teacher,” said Brittingham.”I wanted to teach because I feel like I could be better than what I had and do things differently. I have two children, and I try to be the teacher I would want them to have. That’s my driving force to keep my attitude right and how I treat my students.” > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Anne Lundberg

Anne Lundberg’s goal every day as a Latin teacher at Glen Allen High School is to push students to realize the real world context that the language she loves can offer.

While attending Catholic School in Illinois, Lundberg enrolled in a Latin class that was taught by the principal of the school. Although she was nervous about the course, he taught the language in a way that sparked a desire for her to learn more.

Lundberg attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and continued taking more Latin courses. When an advisor suggested she teach Latin, she agreed. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Nancy Staples

When students who speak limited English – or none at all – arrive in Henrico County with their families, many facets of life are new and challenging. Nancy Staples works to ease that transition for children and their parents alike.

Staples plays critical roles in the way Henrico’s public school system screens, places and educates its 3,000 English as a Second Language students and their families.

All ESL students are screened at the county’s ESL Welcome Center at Tucker High School to determine their level of English proficiency and proper placement. They receive ratings from 1 (not at all proficient) to 5 (highly proficient). > Read more.

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Community

Scarecrow festival arrives in Lakeside

Scarecrows (like this one at the Lakeside Farmers’ Market) are popping up throughout Lakeside this month, as part of the Lakeside Business Association’s second annual scarecrow festival. Participating businesses and organizations in the region will display their themed scarecrows all month and collect donations of food for the LAMB’s Basket food bank and pet food for the Richmond SPCA. Citizens can vote for their favorite scarecrows at http://www.LakesideAvenue.net > Read more.

‘Snagadate’ Heart Association fundraiser planned Oct. 13

The third-annual "Snagadate," a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at Aloft Richmond West's xyz bar in Glen Allen, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Former NBC12 news anchor Gene Cox will host the event, and heart-disease survivor Andy Hrabovsky, a professional auctioneer, will preside over live bidding for themed date packages donated by local and regional businesses. > 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

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.

FEB. 15
Bojangles, 11 South Laburnum Avenue – Two critical violations reported (open cup of soda observed at biscuit station, biscuit maker with gum; cook observed washing his hands, then failing to use a paper towel to dry) and no non-critical violations reported.
China Panda, 8970 Quioccasin Road – No violations reported. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite place to eat fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health > Read more.

2011 Virginia Winery Guide available

The 2011 Virginia Winery Guide, produced by the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office, is now available to the public. The guide includes information about all 190 wineries in the state, as well as a detailed driving map of the state and wineries. The listings include the location, hours, directions and contact information for each winery. > Read more.

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