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Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water. > Read more.

No injuries reported in Sandston house fire

One woman was treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire July 3 in Sandston that was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

The fire started shortly after 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Defense Avenue. The first Henrico Fire units to respond noticed fire coming from the front door and heavy smoke coming from the roof of the small two-story house. They extinguished the fire 30 minutes later. > Read more.

Kruszewski wins 3 national awards

Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won three awards in the 2014 National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) communications contest after four of her first-place state entries advanced to nationwide competition.

Kruszewski took third place nationally in news stories for her coverage of the Distracted Driving Summit held at the Westin Richmond in September. > Read more.

St. Mary’s Hospital guest house opens

Out-of-town families visiting Henrico to care for loved ones being treated at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital now have comfortable overnight accommodations in the spacious Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, located adjacent to the hospital campus. Situated along Libbie Avenue on property owned by Bon Secours, the 14,000-square-foot guest house opened last month. > Read more.

New water, sewer rates take effect today

Henrico County water and sewer customers will experience a slight rate increase beginning today, as the county's new fiscal year begins.

The bi-monthly service charges for water will rise from $2.73 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) to $2.87, while the bi-monthly charges for sewer will increase from $2.90 per CCF to $3.04. > Read more.

Collegiate’s new Head of School begins today

Stephen D. Hickman begins his tenure as Collegiate School’s new Head of School today, arriving from Little Rock, Ark., where he served for six years as Head of Episcopal Collegiate School, a pre-K-12 college preparatory school.

"Collegiate’s demonstrated record of and commitment to preparing young people for our rapidly changing and challenging world are unparalleled,” Hickman said this week. “To be asked to help lead this outstanding school community is very exciting and humbling. I can’t wait to roll-up my sleeves and get to work." > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy a night out on the town this weekend with performances by The Desiree Roots Trio, Jim Avett, Richard Becker and Ellen McDaniel-Weissler. You can also catch a movie at Henrico Theatre and a “Matinee with Miss Maggie” at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Art, with spirit

The work of local artist KB Joseph is on display at The Daily Grind Coffee House and Café in Short Pump for a three-month period as part of owner Sam Jarrar's ongoing effort to spotlight the works and talents of local visual and musical artists.

Joseph, a James Madison University graduate, has won multiple awards for her work and publications in The Virginia Art Education Association Magazine and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her style of movement and “hidden” imagery involves artistic movements such as futurism, cubism, abstract expressionism and even graffiti. > Read more.

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A good walk spoiled

Producers try too hard in ‘Dinosaurs’ re-make

A long, long time ago, Walking with Dinosaurs was probably a terrific movie. The film’s namesake, BBC’s original dinosaur documentary, was outstanding in its own right, so crafting a version for the big screen would surely achieve the same successes, right? That was the plan, at first – Walking with Dinosaurs was to be a prehistoric nature film that could appeal to all audiences and all ages.

Then the “powers that be” stepped in. Dinosaurs, it was declared, weren’t family-friendly enough on their own, and what Walking with Dinosaurs needed was to lose the nature film vibe and get those dinos cracking wise. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Fans of Lewis Ginter and Crossroads Art Center are in for a treat because both are free this weekend! The 2014 Richmond Lunar New Year Festival is also gratis, as is the Mind + Body Meetup in Short Pump on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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