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Off-duty Henrico police officer killed in traffic accident

Funeral arrangements set for Berry
Thomas Berry, Jr.
Updated July 14: Funeral arrangements have been set for a Henrico police officer who was killed earlier this week in a traffic accident while off duty.

A viewing for Thomas P. Berry, Jr. will be held at Bliley's, 8510 Staples Mill Road, on Friday, July 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at St. Paul's Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road, with an interment to follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laws Sons and Daughters Fund, c/o Henrico County Credit Unit, 8611 Dixon Powers Drive, Henrico VA 23228.

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An off-duty Henrico police officer died today when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in the 2200 block of John Rolfe Parkway in Short Pump.

Thirty-five year-old Thomas P. Berry, Jr., an eight-year officer with the county, was traveling west on Ridgefield Parkway near John Rolfe Parkway at about 2:40 p.m., when an SUV exited the John Rolfe Commons Shopping Center. Berry's motorcycle struck the side of the SUV. He was transported to VCU Medical Center, where he died as the result of his injuries.

The driver of the SUV was treated at St. Mary's Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. An investigation into the incident is underway; no charges have been filed.
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Henricus Historical Park to host Publick Day Sept. 20

Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.

Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.

Commonwealth Parenting, CMoR-Short Pump to present 6-part parenting forum series

As part of its 30th anniversary year and partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting will present a six-part RVA Parents Forum Series to address some of the toughest issues confronting parents.

Parenting experts and family educators will tackle topics ranging from bullying to alcohol, sex to divorce, and technology and stress. Parents will learn how to identify potential problems.

"We're excited about bringing this much-needed forum series to parents in central Virginia. Through our valuable partnership with Commonwealth Parenting, we can have a deeper impact in the community through parent and caregiver education," said Karen Coltrane, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Richmond. > Read more.

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

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Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

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Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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