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13 Henricoans included on Public Safety Memorial roster

An artist's rendering of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial (courtesy VPSF)

Thirteen Henrico County public safety officers who died during service to the community are among the 765 public safety officials statewide whose lives and service will be commemorated on the initial roster of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial, which will be built in Capitol Square in Richmond next year. The list of names was announced this week by the Virginia Public Safety Foundation, a nonprofit that is serving as the memorial's administrator.

“I am humbled by the length of this roster of Virginia heroes and the magnitude of their sacrifice for our safety and security,” said Memorial Co-Chair Jerry Kilgore. “During this holiday season, I hope that all Virginians will keep in their hearts and prayers the families of these 765 men and women, many of which still feel the greatest pain of their loss at this time of year.”

VPSF formally launched the campaign to raise $2 million for construction of the monument in May 2012. In total, $800,000 in private contributions has been secured.

“VPSF is honored to have played a role in compiling this historic roster,” said VPSF President Hadden Culp, a retired firefighter from Prince William. “This long roster of names represents so much heroism and sacrifice deserving of our respect.”

The Henrico officials whose names will be engraved on the memorial are: Lewis Ray Beddow; Andre Gerard Booker; Cecil Allen Broughman Jr.; James Ronald Clarke; William Herman Edwards III; Helmut Mark Fano; Richard F. Gentry; Welford Early Green; John Patrick Harris; Barry Wayne Maham; Donald Aubrey Stillman; Jerry Edwin Trimmer; John Haines Yarbrough.

For details about VPSF, the Line of Duty Death Roster or the Memorial Fund, call 804-648-6299, ext. 1004, or visit http://www.vpsf.org


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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