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All active, retired or former U.S. military veterans will receive a free lunch in celebration of Veteran’s Day at Texas Roadhouse outside Virginia Center Commons Mall. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, veterans can choose one of 10 entrees, including a six ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides, plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, sweet tea/ice tea or coffee. Proof of service including military or VA card or discharge papers is required to participate. Free meal offer is for military personnel only; spouses or other family members are not included. For details, visit http://www.texasroadhouse.com.

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Immigration attorney Emily Sumner, who is fluent in Spanish, recently opened Sumner Immigration Law PLLC in Innsbrook. A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law, Sumner is experienced in a wide range of immigration law services including permanent residence, work and business visas, visas for artists and athletes, investor visas, consular processing and fiancé and marriage-based green cards. For more information, call 396-3412 or visit http://www.sumnerimmigration.com.

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Genesis Electrical Services, Inc. and Renewable Engineered Systems (RES) will give a free seminar on affordable, residential solar power on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the education building at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Space is limited to 30 guests. To register by Nov. 14 call 912-3665 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Denise Kranich, former executive director of the Innsbrook Foundation, recently was named head of the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC). As LINC’s executive director, Kranich is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and works with the board of directors to further LINC’s mission of easing the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing education, assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources. Before joining LINC, Kranich served for 18 years with the Innsbrook Foundation where she was responsible for the Innsbrook After Hours concert series, the Richmond Corporate Games and other activities. A breast cancer survivor, Kranich was named the 2010 Henrico Community Leader of the Year and one of the 2011 Influential Women of Virginia.

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Chadwick & Son Orchids, Inc. recently donated a collection of 27 specimens of their renowned First Lady orchids, now known as the Presidential Collection, for permanent display at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG.) The collection includes plants named after former first ladies, Lady Bird Johnson, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush as well as those recently presented to First Lady Michelle Obama. The plants will be grown off-site at the USBG production facility until blooming, and then put on public display at their conservatory across from the Capital. The orchids will bloom at different times throughout the year so there will be new orchids to see almost year round. Founded in 1989, Chadwick & Son Orchids operates 10 greenhouses located in Powhatan County and a retail location in Richmond’s museum district. The company also boards more than 13,000 orchids for local clients and maintains the orchid collection for the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico.

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Veteran arts manager Shannon Hooker recently joined the University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts as assistant director. Hooker came to the Modlin Center from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she was director of campus life arts and programs. Her primary responsibilities as assistant director will be to implement a comprehensive operations plan. The plan includes enhanced customer services initiatives, educational and residency programs, volunteer development and community outreach. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Winthrop University and a master of arts from the University of New Orleans.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Two Brothers Mattress Company – leased 6,900 square feet at 8401 Brook Rd.; Eagle Energy Solutions, Inc. – leased 3,718 square feet in Interair Center, 5371-5393 Glen Alden Dr.; Apple One – leased 2,013 square feet in the Banks Brothers Building at 4461 Cox Rd.
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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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Bluegrass band Sideline will perform at 8 p.m. at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd. Sideline consists of Steve Dilling, banjo; Skip Cherryholmes, guitar; Jason Moore, bass; Nathan Aldridge, fiddle; and Brad Hudson, dobro. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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