Public Safety Games raise money
The First Annual Henrico Public Safety Games, a fundraiser for the Henrico Christmas Mother, were held Dec. 7 at the Hermitage H.S. track and the Henrico County Training Center. Sponsored by Henrico County Fitness and Wellness, the games featured pairs of police officers, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies competing against one another in a series of events (2-mile run, bench press, pull-up/push-up/squat circuit, and agility course challenge) to test strength, speed and endurance.
The winning team of firefighters Patrick Sheehan and Justin Borel narrowly defeated Officers Mark Brennan and Josh Dixon from the Division of Police by one point. The competition was close all the way around, with police teams as a group winning by just two points over those from Henrico Fire. Christmas Mother Terry Brady was on hand to cheer on the teams and present “official” Henrico Christmas Mother hats to the winners, as the inaugural event raised several hundred dollars for the Christmas Mother.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Estilo charms, with a stylish twist, in Henrico’s Near West End
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Disney’s Frozen shines as an instant classic
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.
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