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Riggs named Henrico Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Tricia Riggs, director of the USO Center at Richmond International Airport, as the 2014 Henrico Community Leader of the Year.

Riggs became director of the center in December 2010 – the same year it opened – just in time for “Exodus,” an annual period when several thousand troops come through RIC after being granted a leave period from training for the holidays. Her work has not stopped since and has only expanded to establish the USO Center at RIC as the go-to resource for invaluable services for military families in Henrico County and Greater Richmond. > Read more.

Henrico park sites re-open after storm

UPDATE: Mar. 4, 1 PM –The Henrico County parks that had been closed earlier today to allow crews to remove ice following Monday's storm all have now re-opened.

They are:
• Dorey Park & Recreation Center
• Three Lakes Park & Nature Center
• Crump Park & Meadow Farm Museum
• Echo Lake
• Spring Park > Read more.

Concealed weapons amendment goes to governor

A bill providing retired employees of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles an exemption from being required to obtain a concealed weapon permit was unanimously passed by the House of Delegates this week and now awaits Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature.

Senate Bill 279, introduced by Sen. John Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake, would amend Section 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia to allow retired employees of the DMV’s Law Enforcement Division the same concealed weapons permit exemptions enjoyed by Virginia State Police, Capitol Police, and local law enforcement retirees. > Read more.

Whistle-blower protection advances in Senate

Whistle-blower protection moved forward this week after a Senate committee voted 36 to 1 in favor of House Bill 728, which would make it illegal to terminate an employee for reasons related to that person’s exposure of waste, fraud or abuse.

“Intimidation and threats are a problem when it comes to quashing the willingness of a public employee to look after the taxpayers,” said Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, who introduced three bills on this topic—House Bills 728, 731 and 739. “So I think going forward, my intent is to correct a defect in the law because under current law it's not clear what a court does when there is a 'mixed motive' for the dismissal of an employee.” > Read more.

HCPS art students win regional awards

Students in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are kicking off “Youth Art Month” in March with stellar performances in the Scholastic Art Awards regional competition. HCPS students won 316 awards in the competition, eclipsing the division’s 2012-13 total of 169. Henrico students had more awards than any other school system in the region, which includes 60 Virginia counties and cities.

Two HCPS students – both from Henrico High School – were nominees for the Gold Key American Visions award for best in show. > Read more.

Short Pump Town Center adds 15 new stores

Short Pump Town Center this week announced the addition of 15 new retailers and restaurants and a multimillion-dollar renovation. During the next six to nine months, shoppers will see the new stores, which will fill more than 62,000 square feet of space:

• American Eagle Outfitters/aerie
• Athleta (now open)
• Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
• Free People > Read more.

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Community

Farmers’ Market donates to Breast Center

The Lakeside Farmers' Market donated 41 crocheted and knitted hats, three shawls and two lap robes to the Bon Secours Women's Breast Center in October for "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." The items were made by the market's vendors and customers, including the 11-year-old girl pictured. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you're looking to check a few gifts off your holiday list, visit Lakeside Avenue this weekend for some great deals during its annual Holly Jolly event. A great way to feel jolly – Taste The Local, a new festival in Short Pump celebrating what makes Virginia unique. Other events this weekend include: an archery workshop, Art for All Ages and a forum for young men. Click here for more! > Read more.

Heart Walk raises $631k for AHA

The Richmond Heart Walk, held Oct. 20 at the SnagAJob.com Pavilion in Innsbrook, raised $631,000 for the American Heart Association – with more donations being accepted through the end of the year at http://www.richmondvaheartwalk.org.

Participants took to the one- and three-mile routes around the Innsbrook office park to help raise awareness for heart disease to support the education, programs and research goals of the American Heart Association. Teams representing local businesses, universities and community groups walked together with brightly colored matching shirts to show their unity. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Don’t rush to see Turbo

Turbo is not a subtle film. Like so many others (Rudy, Rocky – even this summer’s Monsters University), it espouses that with hard work and true passion, anyone can achieve his or her wildest dreams.

But those films dealt out their messages with a deftly human touch. Their heroes did reach greatness, but only for a fleeting moment. Rocky didn’t end his film as the world heavyweight champ, and neither did Rudy end up the quarterback for the Fighting Irish. > 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.

Lakeside’s Italian secret

Arianna’s delights with oversized meals priced right
Flavors – such as these slices of fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, drizzled with olives and capers – abound at Arianna’s in Lakeside.
In the Lakeside area of Henrico, you’ll find some well-known places like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Bryan Park, but you may miss a delicious Italian secret – Arianna’s Grill, located at 5107 Lakeside Avenue.

Fortunately, I live nearby and take advantage of the restaurant’s lunches, dinners and home delivery; I can’t say no to their oversized salads and specialty pizzas. > Read more.

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