Henrico County News
Bhutanese brothers landed in Henrico after winding journey
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 03/11/2014 Features
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.
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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.
The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/10/2014 Education
Fifth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy won the 40th Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee Saturday. Muthusamy, of Rivers Edge Elementary, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-29 at National Harbor near Washington DC.
Muthusamy, 11, was one of the youngest participants in the regional contest, which includes students in grades 5-8.
To win, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “brigand,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “one who lives by plunder usually as a member of a band.” > Read more.
Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just three days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn.
The House and Senate are less than one-tenth of one percent (or $26 million) apart from compromising on a two-year, $96 billion state budget agreement, but GOP leadership reinforced its position Tuesday that Medicaid Expansion does not belong in the budget bill. > Read more.
Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.
The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”
Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.
In its first seven years, Deep Run High School’s Marathon Dance has become a Henrico County phenomenon, as well as a fundraising juggernaut.
Last year, the student-run function broke the $1 million mark in funds raised for community groups since the dance’s 2007 inception. It now ranks No. 2 nationally in fundraising for such events. Hundreds of participating students check in on a Friday night and dance for charity, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. > Read more.
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For two days recently, hundreds of eager volunteers packed more than 140,000 meals for malnourished kids in the developing world. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers from the Short Pump area scooped, bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed life-saving fortified rice and soy protein meals at Gayton Baptist Church.
The 387-gram “Manna Pack Rice” packs were shipped to the FMSC warehouse to be distributed to countries where children are malnourished or simply do not have enough food to survive. > Read more.
The Rotary Club of West Richmond recently presented UMFS with donations of $28,000 raised during the December Nutzy Rotary Funn Run. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Jerry Strauss, dean of the VCU Medical School and VCU Hospitals (the lead corporate sponsors for the Funn Run); Jeff O'Flaherty, chair of the Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run steering committee; Todd 'Parney' Parnell, general manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels; Nutzy, the mascot of the Flying Squirrels; Gary Duncan, development vice president of UMFS; Greg Peters, president/CEO of UMFS; and Roy McLeod, Chair of the West Richmond Rotary Foundation. > Read more.
The Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale brought antiques and rare collectibles to Henrico for the 28th year Jan. 17-19 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The event attracted more than 80 dealers from Florida to New England, offering old prints, China, toys, children books and small furniture pieces among many others.
At right, vendor Rebecca of Richmond sought enthusiasts of Japanese collectibles, like the rare, 100-year-old half-carp, half-dragon incense burner shown. > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.
Varina native and Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson will appear on an episode of CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” that will air March 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Robinson, a fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, taped his appearance on the show last week. He was invited to appear on the series after producers of the show learned from an interview that he was a longtime fan. > Read more.
Music lovers have quite the variety of concerts to choose from this weekend in Henrico. Fans of a cappella music can check out Soundworks Chorus or the Washington & Lee University Singers. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will feature jazz on Friday and bluegrass on Saturday. And Joe Enroughty & His Royal Virginians will bring the big-band sound to the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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