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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.” > 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.

Legislation seeks local stormwater program opt-out

A stormwater management bill that incorporates three other bills and would allow some localities to opt-out of implementing local stormwater runoff management programs passed the House with a 93 to one vote.

House Bill 1173 would require the Department of Environmental Quality to establish a Virginia Stormwater Management Program for a locality that chooses not to implement a local program and does not have a municipal separate storm-sewer system (MS4), which exists in densely-populated urban areas. > Read more.

Legislation safeguards pets against domestic violence

At least 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters have reported their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets, according to the American Humane Association.

Delegate Benjamin Cline, R-Amherst, says he hopes to give solace to these pets and their owners with House Bill 972. The bill states that a protective order may grant possession of the family pet to the petitioner and prohibit further violence directed toward the pet. If passed, Virginia will join the 23 states that already have laws protecting companion animals. > Read more.

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Community

‘Scouting for Food’ drive to benefit FeedMore

An estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts recently traveled through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door-to-door, the first stage of the annual “Scouting for Food” effort, now in its 25th year. The public is asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and place them in front of their houses on Saturday, Nov. 3 when Scouts will again canvass neighborhoods to gather the food donations. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s the last weekend before Halloween but we’ve gathered a batch of pumpkin-free events in Henrico: Walk “Out of the Darkness” at Deep Run Park, enjoy the Latin Ballet’s performance of “Volver” and start your holiday shopping super early at the Craftsmen’s Classic at RRC. And there’s an event for our four-legged readers as well – FETCH a Cure’s Mutt Strutt on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Elko Community Center to celebrate re-opening Oct. 27

Henrico County will dedicate Elko Community Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27 at 6216 White Oak Rd. in Sandston.

This event, which is open to the public, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature remarks by county officials, facility tours, children’s activities, games, exhibits, classic cars, food and music by Churchyard Grass. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Sound the alarm

Halligan’s unique atmosphere creates fun ‘hot’ spot

Isn’t it a nice feature of Henrico County that we have “theme” restaurants like those in bigger cities right here in West Broad Village and that everything is for real? The Halligan Bar & Grill is all about fighting fires – quench your thirst and hunger, see and touch the real equipment of fire and rescue services, including a real historic fire engine truck, and mingle with real firefighters.

The Halligan is a true and honest theme restaurant named after the claw-and-blade bar used by fire and rescue services around the world. Independent restaurant owner Shawn Gregory used to be a firefighter himself and has parked a real fire engine right in the main restaurant. His father, also a firefighter, used to ride that very truck when on duty at Henrico Fire Station No. 3 years ago. > 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.

‘Monsters U’ proves itself as family gem


Anyone who has seen "Animal House," "Revenge of the Nerds," or any of the countless retreads and spoofs they spawned will surely find something familiar in "Monsters University." Pixar's latest comes from the very same mold, but has been cast in brighter, cuter colors. Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, the green-and-blue leads of 2001's "Monsters, Inc." (Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively) are freshmen at the titular university and face the typical trials and tribulations one would find in any college comedy. Arrogant fraternity jocks, a tough-as-nails dean and a campus-wide scare-off must all be overcome if Mike and Sully are to become the best of friends and blossom into the heroes we know from the original film. > Read more.

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