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New Staples Mill Kroger opens

A new Kroger Marketplace store opened at Staples Mill Road and Hungary Springs Road in western Henrico earlier this month. The store is the second such "super-sized" version Kroger has opened in the Richmond region. It features a number of locally grown and produced foods and other items and offers a health clinic, jewelry store, Starbuck's kiosk, clothing and housewares, among other items. The store also features a gas station. It employs 425 people. > Read more.

Henrico County student wins regional spelling bee

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.

GOP House leaders request special session on Medicaid expansion

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.

Crime down slightly in Henrico in 2013

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.

Business in brief


Window Genie held the grand opening of their newest location in Richmond this week. Pete Breil is the owner/operator. Before joining the Window Genie team, Breil spent 13 years in financial services as a director of operations analysis and then a year in cable industry as director of payment services strategy. Window Genie of Richmond will service the West End area including Richmond, Glen Allen, Short Pump, Tuckahoe and surrounding communities. Services include window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing, gutter cleaning and more. For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 389-4002. > Read more.

Deep Run’s marathon dance returns for eighth year

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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Community

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

‘Golden trowel’ for Lewis Ginter

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.

Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > Read more.

Historical Society selling signature teas

The Henrico Historical Society has created three signature tea blends as part of its annual fundraising campaign. The teas – Henrico’s Coconut Almond, Brookland’s Summer Passion and Tuckahoe’s Walnut Green (pictured) – are available for purchase through the organization’s website, http://www.henricohistoricalsociety.org/shopping.html The c.ost is $6 for 15 gourmet tea bags.

Henrico’s Coconut Almond is a combination of sweet coconut and almond flakes and can be made as a hot or cold tea. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Groove spot

Bar Louie’s atmosphere impresses
There are not many places I know where friends of rock, funk, and soul music can enjoy life music, dance, and have fun in a pleasant bar setting without fear of permanent ear damage.

So I was happily surprised to find all of these enticing ingredients of a great time out when I visited Bar Louie at Short Pump Town Center on a Saturday night. In the spacious bar/restaurant I found myself surrounded by the well-tuned sounds presented by The Groove Motive, a local band, and a cheerful crowd of funk lovers of all ages dancing the night away. > Read more.

Which direction is up?

Boy band documentary knows, plays to its audience
A nervous, giddy feeling lingers in the air before the start of “One Direction: This is Us.” It doesn’t come as a surprise in a theater crammed full of young women (and more than a few hapless parents).

But those nervous giggles and whispers vanish the moment the opening titles of “This is Us” begin to roll. The theater is stone silent, but only for a moment – a One Direction member darts onscreen for a scant few frames, and the theater explodes with shrieks of hysterical glee. > Read more.

Three new restaurants coming to Willow Lawn

A Northern Virginia-based bar chain has tapped the Richmond market for its newest location.

American Tap Room, a restaurant and craft beer chain, plans to open its fifth location in Willow Lawn in October or early November. The restaurant will serve American fare, touts almost 60 beers on its menu and will have seating for 270. > Read more.

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