Henrico County News
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a “Critical Needs” grant recipient. This investment will help expand Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden program, which provides fresh foods to Richmond’s food deserts – areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by. The grant will expand the garden’s planting space by 1,500 square feet, which will allow the Community Kitchen Garden to provide meals for approximately 7,690 individuals through their Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. FeedMore, Inc. is also receiving funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will support FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger relief programs and help the organization address the problem of food deserts that mark Greater Richmond, the most food-insecure region of the mid-Atlantic. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2013
First Things First of Greater Richmond will host All Pro Dad, a free dinner and program for dads and their elementary-aged children on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Martin's Crossridge, 10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. The event will take place in the store's community room. Attendees will receive free pizza, drinks and an hour to bond while discussing important values. > Read more.
Bob Hudson, senior sales manager at Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump, was one of four people recently honored by the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Hudson earned the Associate Member Award of Excellence, which is presented to an outstanding supplier to the association industry who has been nominated by peers in recognition of leadership and achievement. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/13/2013 Education
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Mills Godwin High School Dec. 12 as a part of School and Campus Safety Week in Virginia to deliver remarks to an audience of 1,700 students, teachers and administrators. McDonnell proclaimed Dec. 13 as a day of mourning statewide, in recognition of the 20 children and six teachers who were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Dec. 14.
McDonnell was joined at the event by Secretary of Public Safety Bryan Rhode, Secretary of Education Javaid Siddiqi, Principal Beth Armbruster and other school and Henrico officials. > Read more.
By Lane Burgess, Special to the Citizen 12/12/2013 Non-Profits
Thirteen years ago, Russell Glover couldn’t breathe. Out of nowhere, what felt like a punch to the stomach led him to the hospital. After a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), he was left with a life expectancy of three years.
“I wasn’t happy with that,” said Glover, then in his 50s and full of life. He learned that his lungs were scarring and thickening over time, making it hard to breathe. The term idiopathic means that the cause of the disease is unknown, and unfortunately there aren’t any cures, either. > Read more.
By James K. Galloway, VCU Capital News Service 12/12/2013 Government
Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.
McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.
The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. > Read more.
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Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/11/2013
A Henrico woman has authored a book that details her struggles to overcome obesity – and subsequent struggles to endure 48 surgeries during a 13-year period, resulting from gastric bypass surgery. In Determined to Live: How I Endured 48 Surgeries Due to Gastric Bypass, author Lynette Goode gives readers a raw account of her experience with obesity and the health complications she has dealt with because of it. She offers hope and encouragement to anyone going through any type of hardship, showing them that it is possible to persevere. > Read more.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities is seeking donations of 500 new or gently used adult and baby blankets in the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Norton regions as part of its “Let’s Blanket Virginia” campaign in the regions it serves. The effort will run through Thanksgiving. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.