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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Rebecca Steel has joined the Residential Property Services Group as portfolio manager in its Richmond office. Steel is a native of Roanoke and has lived in the Richmond area for 12 years. Her portfolio will consist of multi-family properties in Richmond and Norfolk. She has more than 20 years of property management experience. Before joining Thalhimer, Steel was with Plus Management, overseeing a portfolio of commercial buildings as well as art studios and workspaces along with conventional and tax credit communities. Prior to that, she worked in managerial roles with United Dominion Realty Trust, Landmark Property Services and served as vice president of operations for Summit Realty Group. Her experience encompasses HUD based, LIHTC as well as conventional communities to include new construction, historical rehab projects along with the re-positioning of distressed communities to compete within the current market. Steel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from UC Irvine as well as a degree in early childhood development. > Read more.
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Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

Quidditch tournament coming to Dorey Park on Nov. 1-2


Henrico County will host 20 college quidditch teams and almost 400 players from seven states and Washington, D.C., as they compete for the United States Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at Dorey Park.

In conjunction with the tournament, the Division of Recreation and Parks will present Quidditch Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. The family-friendly event will feature hands-on quidditch demonstrations, broom-making, food and other fun inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series by J.K. Rowling. > Read more.

Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Fallal Grocery – leased 5,000 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9864 W. Broad St.; Virginia Health Care Association Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,343 square feet in Interstate Center Building C at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Lumos Networks, Inc. – leased 4,168 square feet in Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; Fulcrum Collaborations, LLC – leased 2,756 square feet in Innsbrook Centre at 4551 Cox Rd.; and ULLC Family Services – leased 1,172 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St. > Read more.

Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run that caused power outage

Henrico Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old county man with hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license in connection with an incident that knocked out power early Monday morning along the Staples Mill Road corridor in the Near West End.

Demos Harrison Moore, of the 7000 block of Vernon Road, was charged as the driver of a 2006 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Staples Mill Road at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 28, when it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole at the intersection with Talley Road. The contact caused a second utility pole, on the south side of Stapes Mill Road, to fall into eastbound lanes. Two vehicles traveling eastbound struck the debris in the roadway. The driver of the Honda Pilot fled before officers arrived on scene. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Celebrate heritage and community this weekend in Henrico! Historic Bloemendaal at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will highlight music and activities from the Garden’s past. On Saturday, the North Airport Drive Civic Association will host Highland Springs Community Day. Other fun events this weekend include the K-Cettes craft and bake sale, a Global Sounds music event at UR and an organ recital at River Road Church Baptist. For more, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has two races to offer this weekend and both are for a great cause – Stop Child Abuse Now’s Race to Protect Children and the Make it Happen 5K to benefit the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation. Music lovers also have some choices this weekend – The Honky Tonk Experience and Steve Smith and Hard Road are performing – and the film “Sound of Music” is playing at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you’ve eaten a few too many Peeps this Easter weekend, the annual Henrico 5K Run/Walk takes place Saturday in Innsbrook. Other Easter happenings include Oak Hall Baptist Church’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, an Easter Improv Show with West End Comedy and a visit with Peter Rabbit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

From many, one voice

Members of the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir with conductor Jo-Anne Van Der Vat-Chromy perform at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen during a jazz concert of the One Voice Chorus.

The concert, entitled “A Little Jazz’ll Do Ya !” entertained the audience with “cool contemporary and classic jazz favorites (including J. Hendricks, G. Gershwin, A. Jobim and R. Rogers). It was a joint performance of the One Voice Chorus, the Russell Wilson Jazz Combo and the Shenandoah Valley Children Choir. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Don’t give Dad another tie. Give him an experience to remember! Dads who like beer and meat will love the inaugural Moo and Brew taking place tomorrow. Dads who like cars will appreciate the 45th annual Richmond AACA Car Show and Swap Meet at RIR. Dads who love ice cream are sure to enjoy Walkerton Tavern’s ice cream social on Sunday. And Dads that just need a little down time can relax with music, food and family activities at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Hardball, the hard way

‘Million Dollar Arm’ inspires with true story of Indian pitchers

Million Dollar Arm is your traditional sports flick. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re curious, have access to Google, or follow baseball to some degree, you may know Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. In 2008, they were victorious on the Indian reality series Million Dollar Arm and won the opportunity to train for a shot in the major leagues.

But Million Dollar Arm isn’t so much the story of Dinesh and Rinku as it is J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), the scout who first came up with the idea to take baseball (or, at least, a baseball-themed reality show) to Southern Asia. Because this is a Disney pic, and that is the typical Disney sports formula. Consider Miracle and Remember the Titans, two incredible athletic stories that were less about the athletes, and more about the coaches – played by Kurt Russell and Denzel Washington, respectively. But that’s not such a bad thing, because Million Dollar Arm benefits from the endless charm of Mad Men star Hamm. > Read more.

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