News In Brief
VDOT Establishes Customer Service Center
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently established a customer service center to take citizen calls and answer transportation questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads. The number may be used to report potholes, ask questions about road work or request maintenance services, among other items. Citizens should continue to dial 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org to receive information about traffic and road conditions.
HCPS College and Career Night Planned
The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) and School Counseling Services departments will host the annual countywide College and Career Night on Nov. 9 at Highland Springs High School, 15 South Oak Avenue in Highland Springs, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Middle and high school students and their parents will be able to meet with representatives from more than 110 colleges, as well as representatives from approximately 50 businesses and all branches of the military. The event is designed to expose students to post-secondary opportunities. Representatives from the HCPS administration also will be in attendance.
Salvation Army Sets Online Red Kettle Goal at $25,000
The Salvation Army Central Virginia Command hopes to raise $25,000 through its Online Red Kettle donation program. The campaign runs through the end of December and is available online at give.salvationarmyusa.org/goto/CentralVA. As part of the program, donors also can host their own personal virtual red kettles in support of the Salvation Army and invite their family, friends, and associates to donate to those in need.
Master Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers
Virginians4Haiti Seek Donations
Richmond-based Virginians4haiti is seeking donations of children’s toys through its “toys4haiti” holiday campaign. The organization, founded by former Richmond Renegades owner Allan B. Harvie, Jr., hopes to donate 10,000 toys to the children of Haiti who were affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake there. It donated school supplies to Haitian children several months ago.
The organization is seeking small plush toys or other items that are small, soft and lightweight, such as those available at discount or dollar stores. Children’s flip-flops also are needed, new or gently used.
School Board Members Honored
Henrico County School Board members Linda McBride (Brookland District) and Lamont Bagby (Fairfield District) recently earned the 2010 Friend of Virginia Educational Media Association (VEMA) Award and were recognized at an awards celebration Oct. 28 at the annual VEMA state conference. The award is presented to an individual, group or organization who recognize the roles of library media and educational technology in the instructional program. Bagby was cited for his frequent visits to school libraries and active participation in library events, while McBride was recognized for her support of libraries, particularly during this year’s budget process when she said, “Too many people simply do not understand all that librarians do and all that they contribute to the school environment.”
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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