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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.
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Henrico Fire promotes 7

The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.

Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1. > Read more.

Business in brief


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.

HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy a night out on the town this weekend with performances by The Desiree Roots Trio, Jim Avett, Richard Becker and Ellen McDaniel-Weissler. You can also catch a movie at Henrico Theatre and a “Matinee with Miss Maggie” at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Art, with spirit

The work of local artist KB Joseph is on display at The Daily Grind Coffee House and Café in Short Pump for a three-month period as part of owner Sam Jarrar's ongoing effort to spotlight the works and talents of local visual and musical artists.

Joseph, a James Madison University graduate, has won multiple awards for her work and publications in The Virginia Art Education Association Magazine and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her style of movement and “hidden” imagery involves artistic movements such as futurism, cubism, abstract expressionism and even graffiti. > Read more.

Nominate a local senior for Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer

Emeritus at Deep-Run, a senior living community in the west end, is seeking nominations for its Valentine’s Day Friendship and Cheer contest. A local senior, who otherwise would spend Valentine’s Day alone, will receive a free Valentine’s dinner at home with gifts and friends. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Are you looking for a date night idea? Sit back and enjoy local theatre performances like “Leaving Iowa” at CAT Theatre and “Lady Patriot” at the University of Richmond. For some laughs, check out comedian Kevin Bozeman at the Richmond Funny Bone. Or sample some Virginia wine, cider, mead and wine at James River Cellars Winery’s Experience Virginia event. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Barbecue finds a home

Buz & Ned’s impresses in West End location
For about two years, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue has been open at the corner of West Broad and Parham, and it’s my fault for not going sooner. If you haven’t made the trip, shame on you.

As I finally walked in at noon on a Monday, I put aside many years of deep Fuddruckers-laced nostalgia from my childhood, and the smell of all kinds of barbecue greeted us.

There is much to see; nothing is overlooked when it comes to decor. > Read more.

‘Classical Fever’ strikes Henrico

Last month, world-renowned conductor and speaker Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra presented a free concert to more than 400 people at St. Michael Catholic Church. He joined the Symphony Musicians of Richmond and American Federation of Musicians Local 123 for the charity event benefiting United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg.

Zander conducted “Classical Fever,” a unique performance for those without classical music in their lives. It aims to help people discover personal connections to the art and have a deep artistic experience. > Read more.

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