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Henrico man’s efforts lead to dog park


When Joel Webne rescued Lucy, a Collie-Corgie mix that had been abandoned near the Henrico Jail, in 1998, he had no idea that she would spark his lengthy campaign for an off-the-leash dog park in Henrico’s West End.

Thirteen years later – and after continued efforts by Webne – plans finally are in motion for a dog park to be built as an expansion of Short Pump Park. The reality is bittersweet for Webne, because Lucy will not be able to enjoy it; she died in March. > Read more.

Starting over


Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

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Hem and Chitra Bhattarai were finishing each other’s sentences, doubling over with laughter as they recounted a story from their childhood.

The men, natives of the Asian nation of Bhutan who now live in Henrico’s West End, were discussing the punishment levied against them years ago by the Bhutanese government for their father’s role in protesting laws that discriminated against Nepali-speaking Bhutanese people. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


On Feb. 27, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area high school students at the 47th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards.

Held at River Road Baptist Church, the event featured keynote speaker Dr. Jamelle S. Wilson, superintendent of Hanover County Schools, and honored 18 Henrico students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding and demonstrate caring for others. > Read more.

HEF awards grants to 9 Henrico schools


Sandston Elementary School will soon have an engineering program for kindergartners and will teach classes in video game creation, thanks to two grants totaling $1,228 from the Henrico Education Foundation. The school was one of nine public schools in the county to receive a grant from HEF recently. In total, HEF awarded $18,612 to Henrico public schools for winter 2014.

Mehfoud Elementary will use its $225 grant to bring a practicing artist to help students with a mural of U.S. Indian tribes. Godwin High School will use its $2,700 grant to get 3D printer technology to create science and math research models. > Read more.

Miller Road to be closed at railroad crossing March 11-13

A portion of Miller Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 to mid-afternoon Thursday, March 13 for repairs to the CSX railroad crossing.

The work by CSX will prohibit travel on Miller between Charles City Road and Seven Hills Boulevard. Message boards will alert motorists of the closure. South Laburnum Avenue and South Airport Drive provide alternate routes between Charles City and Seven Hills. > 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.

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Community

Tuckahoe YMCA receives $7k donation from Kiwanis Club

The Tuckahoe Family YMCA recently received a $7,000 donation from the Tuckahoe Kiwanis Club. The money was raised during the group’s eighth annual golf tournament and will help the Y continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The donation is the organization’s way of giving back to the community it serves, Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe Tournament Director Bland Weaver said. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Have you had enough of crowds and long lines? Take a break at two beautiful places in Henrico – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Lavender Fields Herb Farm. If you’re still reeling from those awkward Thanksgiving conversations, Don “DC” Curry is ready to provide some laughs at the Richmond Funny Bone. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Adriana Trigiani named 2013 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd., as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

The featured title – Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife – will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Comedy community to present tribute to Thomas George

The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.

The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.

Capitol Steps, UkeFest highlight CACGA’s 2013-14 season

The second-annual UkeFest VA, fifth-annual Djangoary Music Soiree and an appearance this week by The Capitol Steps highlight The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen's 2013-14 season, which was announced last month.

The center will host 13 performances as part of its Center Season, nine as part of its 2nd Stage series and four special events.

"In fulfilling our mission, we continually seek out excellent performers so we can present stellar performances," said CACGA President K Alferio. > Read more.

Keagan’s earns its good ‘pub’

When you enter Keagan’s Richmond, with its long bar and corner stage, it feels immediately like a typical Irish pub or tavern with its noise from merry patrons sitting along the well-equipped long bar eating a boxty or Shepherd’s pie and sipping their Guinness on tap or Irish Whiskey.

But that is about as far the Irish character goes. The music, whether from the “can,” a Virginia rock band, or the DJ in the evening, is not necessarily Irish. The same is true of the food menu, which offers (in addition to typically Irish specialties) typical American favorites, such as burgers, sandwiches, and chicken drums (the boneless variety) with spicy and not so spicy sauces and sides. > Read more.

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