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‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.

Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.
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Glen Allen storms to 4-0 record in World Series pool play


Four games into the 2014 Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old World Series in Glen Allen, the host team is rolling.

Glen Allen won all four of its pool play games – by a combined score of 35-11 – to earn the top seed in the National division of single-elimination play, which begins today at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park.

Click to view a photo slideshow. > Read more.

Redskins running back visits children in Henrico therapy center


Following the final practice of Washington Redskins training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, running back Alfred Morris visited with children at the Richmond Hope Therapy Center in Glen Allen. Morris, pictured above at right, is one of the Bon Secours Community Health Ambassadors. He signed autographs and took selfies with the children and families at the center.

The center is part of Bon Secours Virginia and is Virginia’s first pediatric intensive therapy center. The intensive therapy model of three hours of therapy a day, five days a week for three weeks, is designed to help patients suffering from cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders achieve milestones that outpatient therapy cannot. > Read more.

Bon Secours sponsors ‘iCan’ bike camp

Bon Secours Pediatrics and Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy sponsored and hosted the iCan Bike camp for children with disabilities Aug. 11-15 at the University of Richmond’s Weinstein Center gymnasium. The camp provided children eight and older who have autism and Down’s syndrome with specialized instruction on how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle by the conclusion of the camp.

Less than 20 percent of children with autism and 10 percent of children with Down’s syndrome learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle in their lifetime. > Read more.

Bon Secours Reinhart Guest House receives $15,000 UPS Foundation grant


The Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House recently received a $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used toward the business center within the Reinhart House as well as toward funding day-to-day operations that directly impact the ability of the Reinhart House to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for caregivers.

The Reinhart House provides short-term and extended lodging for families and caregivers of patients at St. Mary’s Hospital, making it a home away from home where caregivers can relax. > Read more.

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Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > 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.

Keep Virginia Beautiful and Retail Merchants Assoc. host recycling event Nov. 15

Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Retail Merchants Association will host a recycling event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the RMA building, 5101 Monument Ave. near Willow Lawn.

Residents and businesses can bring up to one pickup truck full of electronics. The following electronic items will be accepted: cell phones, computers and monitors, computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse, speakers, etc.), DVD players, alarm clocks, fax machines, home and office phones, printers, stereos, televisions and VCRs. Residents can also bring aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass bottles, glass jars and plastic bags to have recycled. > 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.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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