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Project Lifesaver helps keep Henrico residents safe


Since its adoption by Henrico County in 2005, the Project Lifesaver program has helped locate 312 missing county residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and autism.

During the past 30 days, the program has helped locate five missing residents and return them to their homes safely.

The Henrico Division of Fire, Division of Police and Sheriff’s Office provided a demonstration last week of the Project Lifesaver program at the Henrico County Training Center to demonstrate how it works. > Read more.

Martin’s customers donate $24k to Henrico Christmas Mother

Martin's Food Markets will make a donation of more than $24,000 to the Henrico Christmas Mother program, as a result of contributions provided by its customers Nov. 2-Dec. 6.

The grocery store chain collected a total of $100,177 from customers at its Metro Richmond and Williamsburg stores during the period. The Henrico Christmas Mother will receive $24,549.33. Other programs receiving donations are the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother ($28,000), the Hanover Christmas Mother ($13,120), the Salvation Army Central Virginia Command ($26,000) and the Salvation Army of Williamsburg ($8,505). > Read more.
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Mudstock run draws hundreds to Henricus

The first annual Henricus Mudstock – a 5k mud run through Henricus historical Park in Chesterfield – took place June 28, bringing more than 600 runners to the park. The event also included a one-mile Flower Children run.

The Mudstock was sponsored by the Richmond Sports Backers and held on the Henricus Trail. Participants navigated their way through obstacles along the way, such as water traps and a crawl through a mud ditch. > Read more.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August. > Read more.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president. > Read more.

Capital Trail project taking shape in Varina


Construction of two sections of the Virginia Capital Trail – which will connect Virginia’s past and present capitals, while also promoting recreation, alternative transportation and economic development – is underway along the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico County.

Citizens can expect to see heavy construction along the corridor until the September 2015 completion date. Sixteen miles of the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg are completed; just half a mile of that total is in Richmond, at its end point along Dock Street. > 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.

UR chef carves pumpkins for White House event

University of Richmond executive chef Glenn Pruden helped create a spooky graveyard of pumpkin skeletons, headstones, bony hands and vultures on the White House lawn Saturday.

Pruden worked on a team of carvers that included the winners of Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge and $50,000 carving competition. James Parker of Veggy Art in Chantilly organized the White House team and invited Pruden to participate.

Parker recently trained university dining services employees in the art of carving fruits and vegetables and is the current Food Network Fruit Sculpture Challenge champion. Pruden said he was the “new guy” on the team, although he has been carving for many years. > Read more.

Stepping Up

A child watches bubbles rise at the fifth annual Step Up for Down Syndrome event at Short Pump Town Center Oct. 8. The event raised funds for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
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Restaurant watch

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

‘Legend of the Poinsettia’ returns to Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

The Latin Ballet of Virginia's Legend of the Poinsettia will return to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for performances Jan. 5-8.

The Legend of the Poinsettia is based upon a Mexican legend and traditional story in the Latin American holiday season about a pure hearted girl who discovers the true spirit of giving.
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Benefit Sol-stache celebrates solstice, facial hair

The fourth annual Winter Sol-Stache will take place Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad St. A fundraiser for prostate-cancer research, the event celebrates facial hair in addition to the winter solstice, and awards mug trophies for mustache categories that include the chevron, walrus, handlebar, horseshoe, Zappa, pencil, and the combination of English, Dali and Fu Manchu. The event will also include mustache-themed games such as "Pin the 'Stache on Selleck." Fake moustaches are also allowed to participate. > Read more.

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