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Cohen Equities, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm, recently acquired six retail properties in the United States, including The Shoppes at Twin Oaks in Henrico County. The Shoppes at Twin Oaks is a 39,117-square-foot shopping center at Westerre Parkway and Cox Road. Currently, 12,264 square feet of space in the center is available for rent. Cohen Equities has purchased 26 properties in 13 U.S. states since its founding in 2012. > Read more.

3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.
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Tayari Jones named ‘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 nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

Jones’ novel, Silver Sparrow, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Jones was born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Jones also is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. > Read more.

Henrico 4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The sale features Virginia-grown produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and prices are:

• Winesap and York apples, $19 per half-bushel, which equates to about 80 cents per pound;

• Raw peanuts, with recipes, $11 per 2-pound sack;

• Salted or unsalted deluxe cocktail peanuts, $14 per 2-pound sack; > Read more.

Police arrest 2 in connection with July murder

Deonte Jenkins (left) and Christopher Pitts
Henrico Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old McDonald's employee in Eastern Henrico in July.

On Tuesday, police arrested 19-year-old Deonte Jenkins of Colonial Heights, and he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting during the commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public in the commission of a felony. > Read more.

Star Spangled Scramble honors military veterans


In 2005, Sid Cooke lost his ability to walk because of multiple sclerosis. Bound to his wheelchair, he gave up golf.

Seven years later, he stood up and golfed again thanks to a new invention, the Paramobile device, which allows wheelchair users the gift of standing up again.

“The rest is history,” he said. “I went years I couldn’t play. I’ve been playing ever since.”

Jeff Trice, a disabled veteran, teamed up with Cooke at Belmont Golf Course Sept. 26 for the Star Spangled Scramble, an event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that empowers wounded warriors through caregiving, economic and educational resources to aid in their recovery. > Read more.

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Community

Greater Richmond’s ARC’s weekend respite program scheduled

The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization providing programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities for nearly 60 years, will host weekend respite opportunities for adults (ages 18 and older) and children (ages 10-17) with developmental disabilities throughout the year at Camp Baker in Chesterfield.

The weekend respite program provides participants with a wide range of supervised activities, including music, arts and crafts and community outings at ARC's 22-acre, handicapped-accessible facility. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has several family-friendly events to offer this weekend: a mini career day at Virginia Center Commons, a pajama party to benefit Commonwealth Parenting and a family game night at Dorey Recreation Center. Whether you have children or not, saving money these days is vital – a Couponing 101 workshop on Saturday will help you get started! Click here for more! > Read more.

Rec and Parks registration planned

Henrico County Division of Recreation & Parks will host its Winter/Spring 2013 Program Registration on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Rd., and the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Look for your "At Your Leisure" program guide in the mail or at any Henrico County Public Library. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Easter events are starting to pop up – Virginia Center Commons will host the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Christ Church Episcopal will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon. Other fun activities for families include Kid Khaos, for ages 4-6 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, and an Orienteering Competition at Dorey Park. 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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