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Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen. > Read more.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery. > Read more.

Refugees arrived in pursuit of ‘a romantic life’


Editor’s Note: This is the third and final article in a series about Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees living in Henrico County.

“It was like a dream. I was very scared,” said Hem Bhattarai, one of the many Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees now living in Henrico County, recalling the overwhelming nature of arriving in America from a refugee camp in Nepal. “I had never traveled in a plane before, and I had never seen a country like this.”

The Bhattarai family’s arrival at Richmond International Airport was the final step of a journey that began in 1991. For all of the drama that journey contained, this last leg was an anticlimactic affair as they walked off the plane and into the malaise of an empty airport late at night. > Read more.

Pitching in on a paint job

The law firm Geoff McDonald and Associates participated in Henrico County’s Operation Paintbrush! program last month, spending a day painting a home in Eastern Henrico County for a family selected by the county.

“We enjoy giving back to the community, and it was great to see my team grow closer together after working all day for Operation Paintbrush,” McDonald said. > Read more.

Henrico teacher recognized for saving student’s life

UPDATE: MAY 7, 5:15 P.M. – A Henrico County teacher was honored today for his role in saving the life of one of his students earlier this year.

Moody Middle School teacher Brent O'Dea was honored by Henrico Fire Capt. Daniel Rosenbaum and Community Services Firefighter Jon Reinmuth, who presented him with a special commendation from Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell at an afterschool faculty meeting.

On Feb. 20, O’Dea was instructing his students in his classroom when he noticed that a 13-year-old female student appeared to be in distress at her desk. He moved closer and realized that she appeared to be choking. As he attempted to verbally communicate with the student, it was apparent that she was actively choking and not breathing.
> Read more.

VBS seeks O-negative blood donors for newborns, premies

During the month of May, Virginia Blood Services is seeking to honor mothers and other caregivers of children by encouraging people who are blood type O-negative to donate blood on behalf of the area’s newborns and premature babies.

“There is such great joy to see a mother and her healthy baby. By having an optimal inventory of O-negative blood on our shelves, we can ensure that patients in need will receive this great gift of life,” said Julie Moore, executive director of Virginia Blood Services. “This Mother’s Day, we want to create awareness of the constant need for O-negative blood.”

O-negative blood is known as the “universal” blood type because it can be transfused to any patient in need. > Read more.

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Community

‘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.

Weekend Top 10


With wrestlers like Camela Toe and Bruisin’ B. Anthony, the inaugural bout of RAWFL this weekend is guaranteed to thrill – and raise money for Safe Harbor. Another women-empowering event: “Deck the Halls” on Sunday benefits Hilliard House. For more top picks this weekend, including one for our four-legged readers, click here! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10

Eastern Henrico has a lot to offer this weekend: the new Highland Springs Community Center will re-open and the film “Shenandoah” will play Sunday at the Henrico Theatre. In western Henrico, “Annie Get Your Gun” will be at CACGA and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse will feature The Whitetop Mountaineers. And if you’re in the mood to start holiday shopping – and support a great cause – the Little Sisters of the Poor will host their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There are several opportunities to hear unique music this weekend: a harpsichord recital at River Road Church Baptist, a violin and piano recital at Trinity Lutheran Church and UkeFest Virginia – a two-day event celebrating all things ukulele. And new this year – compost your jack-o-lanterns at Short Pump ES! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Henrico man to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ Monday

Henrico resident Gus Iurillo will appear as a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! on Monday, Oct. 28, on WRIC-TV Channel 8 at 7:30 p.m. Iurillo is a franchisee of the Entrepreneur's Source, a company that advises people about alternative career options in franchising and business ownership. > Read more.

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