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The new location combining the Toys ‘R Us and Babies ‘R Us brands will hold its grand opening Friday, Oct. 12 at 11801 W. Broad St. Giveaways, discounts, kid-friendly activities and visits from popular costumed characters will continue throughout the weekend, Oct. 12-14. In conjunction with the grand opening, the Toys ‘R Us Children’s Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia to support wish fulfillment in Richmond-area communities.

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The Virginia Water Well Association (VWWA) recently donated a new water well to the ACE (Another Chance to Excel) Program. When ACE approached Curtis Drilling about the cost of a well for ACE’s Urban Garden Program, owner Curtis Bordewyk decided to nominate ACE as the potential recipient of a new well gifted during the VWWA’s Annual Training Day Event. The training day is designed to help the men and women engaged in the water well construction industry meet the challenges of the ever-changing technology used in well construction. On Sept. 28, at the Creighton Road campus of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 150 student drillers received instruction on well drilling and pump testing. VWWA then gifted the well, used in its demonstration, to ACE. The ACE Program is an organization that aids ex-offenders and disadvantaged youth with their transition back into the community.

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On Saturday, Oct. 6, participating Southern States locations will offer specially marked “pink” items for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Use the store locator at http://www.southerstates.com to find a participating location.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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West Broad Village’s Rock & Roll Summer outdoor concert series continues at “The Pad,” adjacent to Aloft Hotel at 3939 Duckling Dr., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Even Better Than the Real Thing, a U2 tribute band, will perform. The concert is free and open to the public. Several parking decks feature free parking. The series continues every other Friday through August. For details, visit http://www.shopwestbroadvillage.com or www.facebook.com/WestBroadVillageShopping. Full text

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