News In Brief - Oct. 5, 2006

SportClips to Donate to Henrico's 'Team Rescue Mode'
SportClips stores in the Richmond area will donate 10 percent of their total revenue from four days in October to a team of Henrico firefighters who will compete in an international event this November. Henrico's Team Rescue Mode qualified for the event earlier this year but must pay its own way to the competition in Nevada and handle all other event-related expenses itself. SportClips will donate 10 percent of its revenue from Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 to the team.

J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters to Hold Yard Sale
The J.R. Tucker High School Drama Boosters will hold their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the school's parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. Booths are available for $25 until Oct. 16. For details and application forms, contact Lisa Dyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 527-4600. Checks should be made payable to the J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters.

HCPS Gifted Advisory Council to Meet
The Henrico County Public Schools' Gifted Advisory Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend but needs assistance should call Mychael Dickerson at 652-3724.

MOPS to Hold Yard and Bake Sale
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will host its Giant Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glen Allen Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen.

Books, toys, furniture, music, collectibles and more will be available for purchase. Anyone interested in renting space at the event should contact Nina at 779-3057 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The rain date is Oct. 21.

The MOPS at GACC serves as a support group for mothers of all preschoolers. It meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Glen Allen Community Church.

First Marker Bank Fundraiser to Benefit AMA Heart Walk
First Market Bank will holds its Third Annual Yard Sale to benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the parking lot of First Market Square, 2000 Westmoreland Street (behind Richmond Ford on West Broad Street).

Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church to Hold Harvest Fest
Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside will hold its sixth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will feature outdoor worship at 10:50 a.m., following Bible Study for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibits with information and visuals that promote the church's ministries and community offerings will be open from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A smoked barbecue dinner will be available for $3 per person, and a hot dog dinner will be available for children for $1. The event also will include music.

Following the meal, members of the church will participate in the Franco's Lakeside Avenue 5K Run and Family Walk to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad. The family walk will be held at 2 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Those who have registered through local community churches can gain free admission to the garden by wearing the official t-shirt produced specifically for the event. For details, call 266-9696 or visit http://www.active.com.

ComedySportz to Hold Auditions
ComedySportz, Richmond's longest running improv show, will hold auditions for improvisers on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Those who are selected will be trained during a six-week period for six two-hour improv classes.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. ComedySportz is located in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7115-A Staples Mill Road. For details, call 266-9377.
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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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Jewish Family Theatre will present “Bad Jews” at 7:30 p.m. May 10-11 and at 2 p.m. May 14 at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, 5403 Monument Ave. This production, directed by Debra Clinton, has strong language and is recommended for an adult audience. Tickets are $20 for JCC members, $30 for nonmembers and $15 for seniors and students. For details, call 285-6500 or visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org. Full text

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