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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers. > Read more.

General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs. > Read more.

Newly approved powdered alcohol banned in Virginia


The federal government this week approved a powder that can turn a glass of water into an alcoholic drink, but it’s unlikely that Virginians will be enjoying instant margaritas anytime soon: The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation to outlaw the product in the commonwealth.

House Bill 1908 and Senate Bill 1034, which passed unanimously in both chambers, would ban the importation, sale and use of powdered or crystalline alcohol. The bills were a response to the development of Palcohol, which was cleared for sale Tuesday by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

The legislation has been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe to be signed into law. > Read more.

GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782). > Read more.

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Community

Marathon spirit

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.

Henrico woman details her 48 surgeries in new book

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.

CCC seeks donations to help its ‘blanket Virginia’ effort

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The nonprofit organization Fighting More Than Fire will present its inaugural Fall Festival tomorrow with music, beer, a chili cook-off, games, pumpkin patch and more! Another fall festival is happening at Varina Church of the Nazarene. You can also check out roses at Lewis Ginter or products and services for the home at the 27th annual Richmond Home Show. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in county

Roberto Italian Restaurant opened recently at 5550 Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

The restaurant is owned by Roberto Gallina, who was born and raised in Sicily, Italy and moved to the United States two decades ago.

Gallina began working with his uncle in a pizza shop in South Hill, Va. and later continued his experience in Lancaster, Pa. > Read more.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen receives $20,000 grant from Humana

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen recently announced a partnership with Humana, which also awarded the center a $20,000 grant to be used for art outreach efforts.

The grant was awarded in support of The Cultural Arts Center’s new Artful Living Program, an initiative designed to provide arts experiences to older adults in the Greater Richmond region. Free and subsidized classes and performances in the creative arts will be offered through the program. Participants will be able to choose from activities such as painting and drawing, dancing, music and journaling and memoir writing, among other disciplines. Activities will be held at The Cultural Arts Center, at Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafes throughout the region and at Henrico County recreation centers, including areas in Eastern Henrico, where there are fewer resources for the arts. > Read more.

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