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Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers. > Read more.

Henricus adding Church and Meeting Hall

The last heavy timber beams were fitted earlier this month week into the roof structure to complete the framing of the recreated 1611 Church and Meeting Hall at Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County. The building soon will complement the facilities of the open-air museum.

The church structure was the focus of civic activity within a settlement. The church served as a place of worship but also was a court of law and meeting space in 17th-century English culture. It was where information was disseminated, orders issued, grievances aired and discipline enforced. > Read more.

New banners raised in Highland Springs

Along the streets in Eastern Henrico’s Highland Springs, bright banners can be seen on telephone poles, reminiscent of the ones that first were hung 20 years ago in an effort to liven the area. The banners are restoring pride and are part of a community’s answer to revitalization.

Peggy Reid, a longtime resident and member of the Highland Springs Garden Club, believed that the banners should be brought back to life after years of weathering. Reid approached Mark Romers, president of the Eastern Henrico Business Association, with a $500 check that sparked the project.

“I thought it was a great idea and something that the community would be behind,” said Romers. “We had similar ornamental street lights and signs, but over the years they became tattered and worn. It was about time.”

Highland Springs has been around since the 1890s and began as a streetcar suburb of Richmond on the Seven Pines Railway Company’s electric street railway. > Read more.

Bigger stage fits Tejas well

When Tejas Muthusamy was in first grade, he decided he wanted to be on ESPN. The Henrico County student, who just completed fifth grade, accomplished that goal last month when he competed in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Glen Allen resident and Rivers Edge Elementary School student was the youngest competitor in the final round, advancing to the final 12 participants among a total of 281.

Muthusamy ignored the lights, cameras and crowds as he survived seven rounds of competition, correctly spelling “waterzooi,” “Brigadoon,” “commorients,” “exsiccosis” and “gematria” along the way. > Read more.

Business in brief


Innsbrook based Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners has announced the acquisition of the 242-room Richmond Marriott West hotel in Glen Allen. CommonWealth Lodging, an affiliate of Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, has entered into a franchise agreement with Marriott International to manage the full-service hotel and oversee a comprehensive, multi-million dollar renovation. New features will include Marriott’s Greatroom lobby concept and re-invented guest rooms. The hotel will remain open during the planned renovations, which are scheduled to begin in the fall and be complete by summer 2015. The executive team at CommonWealth Lodging will welcome input on the scope of the renovation from key customers of Richmond Marriott West including Capital One, Markel, Altria, Wells Fargo and the University of Richmond, among others. > Read more.

The Class of 2027

Preschoolers from the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen (at right, from left, D.J. Starling and Yuliana Rodriguez) varied in expression from solemnity to pride and happiness at June 5 graduation ceremonies for the four-year-old class. The 18 graduates will advance to kindergarten in the fall. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond has three events this weekend: the Mark Morris Dance Group, NT Live and “The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare.” It’s also opening weekend for CAT Theatre’s “The 13th of Paris.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, a film playing at the Byrd Theatre on Saturday may be just for you. Also taking place this weekend: several Henrico libraries are offering family-friendly events and the Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “Legend of the Poinsettia” at CACGA. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The new year is off to a great start! Catch a movie at Twin Hickory Library or Henrico Theatre, laugh at the Funny Bone or enjoy a classical or country concert – all events taking place this weekend in Henrico! For all our top picks, click here! > 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.

Burgers, by the ‘Bach’

Popular Carytown restaurant opens West Broad Village location
I’ve never cared for burgers, and I’ve certainly never sought out a restaurant specialized in the sandwich. That’s until I ventured into Burger Bach (pronounced batch) in Carytown. The New Zealand-inspired gastropub made a believer out of a burger-skeptic like me with its gourmet burgers, handcut fries and homemade dipping sauces.

It’s not surprising that others loved it, too, and its second location opened in West Broad Village in November. Eager to compare the two, I headed over for lunch on a Saturday with a friend and an empty stomach. > Read more.

The many moods of Christmas

Black Nativity isn’t a classic, but it’s got spirit
A Christmas movie is a unique thing. Between the months of July and November, it all but ceases to exist. (Who among us would gather up the family for A Christmas Carol during a smoldering July heat?) Yet for one brief month, it swells with importance.

A good Christmas movie is tradition. It’s to be watched with devotion every year until each nook, cranny and line of dialogue is all but memorized – worn-in yet still as comforting as ever.

What Black Nativity offers is Christmas tradition without the tradition – a healthy dose of holiday spirit that lacks the draw to ever see it more than once.
> Read more.

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