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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.

Bon Secours expands nitrous oxide program for low-intervention births

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is expanding the availability of nitrous oxide, an effective low-intervention tool for pain management during labor, into several hospitals throughout the Richmond region. According to Dr. Cara Golish Hartle, OB/GYN with Virginia Physicians for Women, more and more women desire to create a unique birthing experience that includes low-intervention options for handling pain and letting labor progress on its own before medications, such as an epidural, are administered. > Read more.

Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy

The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo. > Read more.
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Catalyst Business Workshop to be held Oct. 9

Henrico Economic Development Authority’s second annual Catalyst Business Workshop will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at Reynolds Community College’s Parham Road campus in the Workforce Development Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The half-day workshop connects 100 local business leaders and executives with experienced CEOs and business experts and is designed to give small to mid-size businesses an opportunity to learn, network and discuss issues that “keep them up at night."

The morning will include CEO roundtables, CEO panel discussions, and organized networking sessions. The event closes by 12:15 with “Ignite,” a 25-minute "Ted Talk" in which five CEO's will speak for just five minutes each. > Read more.

First Capital Bank’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ benefits thousands of Central Virginia students

First Capital Bank wrapped up its eighth-annual "Stuff the Bus" event in August, with donations benefiting 3,000 students at 19 schools and organizations in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Supplies will also be replenished for students later in the school year.

Each August, First Capital Bank coordinates with Walmarts, local vendors and schools in the Richmond area to put on their Stuff the Bus event. With a big, yellow school bus in tow, First Capital Bank employees volunteer outside of local Walmarts around the Richmond area each Saturday, collecting thousands of donated school supplies to help students in need. First Capital Bank also partnered with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, collecting donations throughout the month of July, as well as at a Flying Squirrels game in August. > Read more.

Board of Supervisors candidates discuss development, millennials at forum

Discussion of economic development, traffic concerns, millennials, smart growth, redevelopment, school system improvements and regional cooperation took center stage during a forum for Henrico Board of Supervisors candidates Sept. 28 at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.

Eight of the nine candidates for the board discussed their plans for office and answered questions during the two-hour forum, hosted by the Henrico Business Council. The event drew nearly 100 people.

Redevelopment is a hot topic in the county's aging regions – the Brookland, Fairfield and Tuckahoe districts specifically – and candidates offered different ideas about how they'd seek to re-energize pockets within those districts. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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