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Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health. Participants will receive recommendations for fertilizer and lime, as well as suggestions for environmentally friendly weed control, mowing and watering practices. > Read more.

HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews. > Read more.

State Police to increase patrols for Fourth of July weekend

Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.

“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.” > Read more.
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Henrico to present ‘Little Black Dress’ May 21 to promote awareness of depression


Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and JLP Productions will present “Little Black Dress,” a play that seeks to help individuals who may be suffering from depression, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Based on a true story, “Little Black Dress” encourages audiences to think about ways to help or get help for someone who may be experiencing depression, a misunderstood and potentially life-threatening illness if it is not treated. > Read more.

Fox bites Near West End resident, runs off

May 14, 1:25 P.M. – A fox bit a Near West End resident Thursday, then ran into the woods.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penick Road, near Glenside Drive, observed the fox chasing the family's dog into a fenced back yard and attempted to intervene. That's when the fox ran back toward the open gate, bit the resident on the knee, then ran into a wooded area next to Glenside Drive. > Read more.

L.L. Bean coming to Short Pump Town Center

Store will open this November, employ 100 people
MAY 14, 10:50 A.M. – Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean today announced that it will open a store at Short Pump Town Center in November. It will be the company's second location, joining one in Tysons Corner.

The 15,500-square-foot store – which will be located in the space currently occupied by the food court – will employ approximately 100 people, according to company officials, and will feature active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear.

“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to open a store in Richmond, just a stone’s throw away from the James River and all of the other countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Richmond area and immersing ourselves in the Virginia community, culture and outdoor traditions.”
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Community

‘Proof of Heaven’ coming to Glen Allen


Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.

Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.

Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.

Innsbrook Rotary celebrates 25 years


The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.

The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.

FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
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