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Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers

Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Varina District meetings to detail progress on Varina Area Library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold three Community Conversations meetings in May to provide updates on the Varina Area Library as well as to discuss Henrico County’s newly adopted budget for fiscal 2016-17, the Virginia Capital Trail and other topics.

The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road; 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 16 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road; and 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Elko Middle School, 5901 Elko Road. > Read more.

Business in brief

Reynolds Community College recently was named one of the top 10 digital community colleges in a national survey by The Center for Digital Education (CDE). The survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large. Reynolds tied for second place in the large college category for colleges with 10,000 students or more, tying with Howard Community College in Maryland. Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks. The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the survey within three classifications based on size of enrollment. > Read more.

Henrico DPU flushing lines in Lakeside to clear discolored water

Discoloration does not create a public-health concern
APR. 26, 10 A.M. – The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has received reports from customers of brownish drinking water in the area of Staples Mill and Hermitage roads late Monday and early today.

Crews have determined the discolored water is not a public-health concern and is a result of sediment and rust in the pipes following utilities work in the area earlier Monday. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Virginia Hemophilia Foundation will host the VHF Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Walk will start at 9 a.m. at Robious Landing Park. There will be a 5K course, a quick one mile route and the Monster Dash, a 100-yard fun run for kids 12 and under. Funds raised will go toward fulfilling VHF's mission of supporting the needs of those impacted by a bleeding disorder through education, advocacy, and community. The race is limited to 200 runners. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/VHFtrickortrot. Full text

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