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A new one-of-a-kind store will open Saturday, March 31 in Towne Center West near Short Pump Town Center called The Olive Oil Taproom. The store is a full-service retail merchant offering fine extra Virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet cheeses and other fine products such as sauces, tapenades, dips and gifts. Guests will be able to sample specialty items such as naturally infused olive oils and vinegars that complement any type of gourmet food. The Olive Oil Taproom’s oils have more than the standard levels of polyphenol and oleic acids; higher levels of each have been proven to be a very high antioxidant associated with lowering the incidence of breast cancer and coronary diseases such as cholesterol.

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The Virginia Innovators Network (VINE) recently was formed to support innovative Virginians who are looking to bring their unique products and service ideas to market. VINE, an independent nonprofit organization, enables inexperienced innovators to engage successful ones, and introduces them to resources with critical subject matter expertise for protecting, developing, licensing, manufacturing and selling their product or service. VINE is affiliated with the United Inventors Association and will hold its first public event on Monday, March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Meeting Center, 2708 Enterprise Pkwy. VINE President Mike Bucci will speak on “Making the Jump from your Idea to Market Success.” VINE’s vision, goals and activities will also be discussed. To learn more and register, visit http://www.vainnovators.org.

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Rent The Help, a new home and business labor assistance company, recently was formed in Henrico by CEO and founder Corey Divine. The company offers clients the extra hands to help accomplish any task or project they may need assistance completing, such as landscaping, moving, event setup/take down, holiday decoration or organization. Rent The Help’s associates are fully insured, bonded and background checked. Employees wear uniforms and personalized ID badges to verify their identities. For more information, call 249-9024 or visit http://www.rentthehelp.com.

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Richmond-West LearningRx, an all-ages educational center, recently developed a continuing education online self-study course that teaches people to recognize cognitive deficiencies. The U.S. Department of Education recently indicated that weak cognitive skills are the source of 80% of learning problems. LearningRx’s course “Cognitive Skills – Understanding Learning Challenges” provides methods for detecting students with weak cognitive skills while also providing the tools needed to strengthen these skill deficiencies. Teachers and parents taking the class will receive a solid foundation in understanding cognitive skills, as well as video demonstrations of strategies and printable activities that can be used with students. The course is approved by Henrico County Public Schools. For more information, call 612-9959 or visit http://www.learningrx.com.
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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. Mashup Band will perform 80s, 90s and 00s mash-ups. 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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