News In Brief
VDOT Establishes Customer Service Center
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently established a customer service center to take citizen calls and answer transportation questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads. The number may be used to report potholes, ask questions about road work or request maintenance services, among other items. Citizens should continue to dial 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org to receive information about traffic and road conditions.
HCPS College and Career Night Planned
The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) and School Counseling Services departments will host the annual countywide College and Career Night on Nov. 9 at Highland Springs High School, 15 South Oak Avenue in Highland Springs, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Middle and high school students and their parents will be able to meet with representatives from more than 110 colleges, as well as representatives from approximately 50 businesses and all branches of the military. The event is designed to expose students to post-secondary opportunities. Representatives from the HCPS administration also will be in attendance.
Salvation Army Sets Online Red Kettle Goal at $25,000
The Salvation Army Central Virginia Command hopes to raise $25,000 through its Online Red Kettle donation program. The campaign runs through the end of December and is available online at give.salvationarmyusa.org/goto/CentralVA. As part of the program, donors also can host their own personal virtual red kettles in support of the Salvation Army and invite their family, friends, and associates to donate to those in need.
Master Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers
Virginians4Haiti Seek Donations
Richmond-based Virginians4haiti is seeking donations of children’s toys through its “toys4haiti” holiday campaign. The organization, founded by former Richmond Renegades owner Allan B. Harvie, Jr., hopes to donate 10,000 toys to the children of Haiti who were affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake there. It donated school supplies to Haitian children several months ago.
The organization is seeking small plush toys or other items that are small, soft and lightweight, such as those available at discount or dollar stores. Children’s flip-flops also are needed, new or gently used.
School Board Members Honored
Henrico County School Board members Linda McBride (Brookland District) and Lamont Bagby (Fairfield District) recently earned the 2010 Friend of Virginia Educational Media Association (VEMA) Award and were recognized at an awards celebration Oct. 28 at the annual VEMA state conference. The award is presented to an individual, group or organization who recognize the roles of library media and educational technology in the instructional program. Bagby was cited for his frequent visits to school libraries and active participation in library events, while McBride was recognized for her support of libraries, particularly during this year’s budget process when she said, “Too many people simply do not understand all that librarians do and all that they contribute to the school environment.”
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
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.
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