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Commonwealth Eye Care Associates, 10431 Patterson Ave., is inviting blind and visually impaired artists from metro Richmond to participate in their first annual CECA Insight Art Exhibit displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures and other mixed media. Artwork will be selected based on the artist’s originality, expressive use of media, artistic excellence and on their ability to inspire dialogue about the role of vision in the creative process. Selected artwork will be displayed in the CECA reception area from August 2-16. Participants may enter up to four pieces in each category; entries are due June 1. For more information, call Amy Philipp at 217-6363.

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Chef Todd Brady, formerly with LA Grill in Lakeside, is now operating out of The Dixie Chicken, located at 1203 Westover Hills Blvd. off Forest Hill Ave. Brady serves the same homemade, southern style cuisine as he did with LA Grill. For more information, call 837-0935 or visit http://www.thedixiechicken.com.

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The Henrico Business Council will host its Henrico Café event at the 28th annual Lebanese Food Festival on Friday, May 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Rd. in Glen Allen. Guests will gather in the covered patio between the sanctuary and church parking lot and then proceed as a group to the festival area. Enjoy Lebanese delicacies, music, traditional dancing and networking with business council members. Admission is free but guests are encouraged to purchase food. For information on the festival, visit http://stanthonymaronitechurch.org/festival. To register, call 783-9368 or visit http://www.grcc.com.

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SyCom Technologies, headquartered in Richmond, recently received the Cisco Partner Summit theater award for outstanding customer satisfaction for the East area. Out of all of the Eastern US Cisco partners, SyCom was chosen number one in customer satisfaction with a score of 4.95 on a 5-point scale. Cisco Partner Summit awards are presented at three levels: global, geo and theater, and reflect a partner’s performance in a given geographic region of the United States or Canada. Founded in 1996, SyCom is an award-winning IT Systems Integrator.

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The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently published the free downloadable book, “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” in which University of Richmond was listed. The Princeton Review selected colleges for the book based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada. Results also are used to tally a “green rating score” of 60-99, used in the company’s other college guidebooks and website. Colleges in the book are not ranked, but each scored a green rating of at least 83. Richmond scored 95.

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The Greater Richmond Alliance recently elected their executive committee. Chosen were Darel Gallagher of RBC Wealth Management and Melissa Carpenter of Springdale at Lucy Corr. Lisa Hollier of Choice Connections was re-elected as president. The Greater Richmond Alliance is an organization of highly competent and trustworthy individuals who specialize in providing professional services for seniors and their families. For more information, call Lisa Hollier at 364-0123 or visit http://www.greaterrichmondalliance.org.

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Circle Center Adult Day Services, 4900 W. Marshall St. near The Shops at Willow Lawn, will hold an open house on Wednesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tours, refreshments, adult day programs and activities and information on long term care. For more information, call Molly MacBean at 355-5717 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently named University of Richmond to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth time in recognition of commitment to, and achievement in, community service. Schools are selected annually for the scope and innovation of service projects, percent of student participation in community service, incentives for service and the extent of service-learning courses in the curriculum. CNCS is a federal agency that oversees service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serves America, and leads President Barack Obama’s initiative, United We Serve.
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HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The 26th annual Southern Women’s Show will take place Mar. 17-19 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. The show features the best food, fashion and shopping, as well as health, beauty and lifestyle advice all under one roof. The headline celebrity guest will be actor Keegan Allen of Freeform’s hit drama “Pretty Little Liars.” Several local personalities and organizations are also featured. There will be daily prizes, discounts and giveaways too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mar. 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mar. 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mar. 19. For details, visit http://www.southernshows.com/wri. Full text

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