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Chamber, colleges unite to create intern clearinghouse

The Greater Richmond Chamber, in partnership with the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, recently launched RVAIntern.com, a website through which businesses in the Richmond region can recruit qualified interns from colleges and universities in Central Virginia.

The one-stop site allows employers to submit their internship needs simultaneously to seven schools. Prior to the site's launch, businesses had to visit the websites of each of the seven participating schools to post opportunities to each one. > Read more.

‘A glimmer of hope’

Just looking at the numbers, it would be easy to assume that the Henrico Department of Social Services’ February report implies a drastic improvement in Henrico County’s economy.

The number of new applications for temporary assistance was down when compared to the same month last year. The same also was true for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and fuel assistance program.

Likewise, the number of cases receiving SNAP assistance decreased slightly, and the number of children receiving temporary assistance decreased by almost 11 percent. > Read more.

Middleton, Robinson to serve as marshals in Memorial Day Parade


The American Legion Sandston Posts 242 and 144 will host several ceremonies and events in honor of Memorial Day May 26.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Vietnam Veterans: 50 Years.” The schedule will include a memorial service at Seven Pines National Cemetery at noon; the sixth-annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade on Williamsburg Road at 1 p.m., led by grand marshals Douglas Middleton (the Henrico County chief of police and a Vietnam veteran himself) and NFL player Michael Robinson (who is a Varina High School graduate and who won a Super Bowl title with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year); and post-parade celebration at Sandston Ball Fields, 11 J.B. Finley St. at 2:30 p.m., featuring the Barracudas. > Read more.

Hermitage student wins Congressional Art Competition

Hermitage High School student Melanie Scearce (pictured above) this month won the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor. Scearce’s piece, entitled “Caroline,” was rated the best among the 89 entries by a panel of professional judges and 7th Congressional District residents, who cast ballots online.

Scearce’s portrait will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning pieces by all high school students across the country. The online People’s Choice Award winner was Sophie Smith of Hermitage High School. > Read more.

Dean of Henrico

Sculptor Paul DiPasquale and Donna Meade, the widow of the late musician Jimmy Dean, May 11 helped to unveil a newly commissioned bronze statue of Dean at the Richmond Marriott. The event preceded the Jimmy Dean Music Festival, which benefitted Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield. DiPasquale created the sculpture for the Jimmy Dean Museum, to be opened at Wayland Baptist University in Dean’s hometown of Plainview, Tex. Dean and Meade lived together in Varina for 20 years until Dean’s death in June 2010. > Read more.

Business in brief


Capitol Granite will have its grand opening for its Glen Allen showroom, located at 9663 West Broad Street, on Memorial Day weekend. In addition to special prices for granite countertops, customers can also enter for a chance to win a free vanity up to 61 inches in size, and three winners will win a granite cutting board. The showroom will be open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to p.m. and Memorial Day 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. > Read more.

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Community

Hermitage hosts holiday craft fair


Hermitage High School hosted its first-annual holiday craft fair Dec. 1 at the school. A number of vendors offered unique holiday and Christmas items for sale.
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Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the holiday season through several concerts in Henrico this weekend: The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Ranier Trio all perform. Theatre performances this weekend are at HATTheatre and the Gayton Kirk. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Overstuffed turkeys

Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.

The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Learn more about Thanksgiving at Meadow Farm and Henricus Historical Park. Give thanks by walking to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and purchasing Brunswick stew from the Knights of Columbus Council 395. And before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season officially begins, take some time to relax with the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra or performances at River Road Church Baptist and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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