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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘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.
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Firefighters extinguish warehouse fire near RIR

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 10:15 A.M. – Henrico firefighters extinguished a small fire at a warehouse near Richmond International Raceway early this morning.

The fire alarm sounded at 1:16 a.m. at the warehouse, at 4201 Carolina Avenue, just about a mile from Fire Station No. 1 on East Azalea Avenue. Units that responded reported light smoke coming from the warehouse and found a small fire under a conveyor belt when they entered. They were able to extinguish it by 1:38 a.m. > Read more.

Henrico man named national commander, CEO of Civil Air Patrol

A Henrico man has been sworn in as the new national commander and CEO of the Civil Air Patrol.

Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez of Henrico was sworn in Aug. 15 at the organization's 2014 national conference.

“It will be my privilege to lead the team of national staff, wing and region commanders who make CAP simply the best nonprofit corporation in the country today,” said Vazquez, minutes after taking the guidon as national commander. > Read more.

Babe Ruth World Series arrives in Henrico

Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover gives the opening address during opening ceremonies for the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series Friday, Aug. 15 at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, while the host team from Glen Allen looks on.


The 10-team tournament began today and will continue throughout the week. Teams will play four games in pool play before beginning the single-elimination portion of the tournament. Glen Allen plays:

• Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. against Nederland, Tex.; > Read more.

River Road entrance at UR Drive to reopen Aug. 16

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 16. > Read more.

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Dorey Dog Park to open Oct. 15

Henrico County's first county-built dog park will open Saturday, Oct. 15 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road in Varina. A grand opening and dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The one-acre park will feature sections for large and small dogs, exercise play equipment, water fountain and spray water features. The first 200 dogs Oct. 15 will receive a giveaway, and attendees can take their dog's photo with Snoopy and Sparky the Fire Dog.
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Fall festivals abound

(A sampling of fall festivals throughout Henrico County this month appears below; admission is free unless otherwise noted.)

Oct. 15 – Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd., featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, the Great Pumpkin Patch of Meadow (ages 3-12) and more. For details, call 501-5121. > 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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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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