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Richmond Traffic Operations Center expands

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently expanded the Richmond Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in Chester. The size of the center’s video wall was doubled, allowing staff to better monitor traffic in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, a portion of I-95 in the Hampton Roads District and all 14 counties and 4 cities in the Richmond District, including Henrico.

The changes also improved the center’s backup generator capability and lighting to increase reliability during inclement weather and other emergencies; and reconfigured the work area to accommodate staff needed to dispatch units of the Safety Service Patrols.

The TOC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week dispatching and coordinating functions for transportation emergencies within the 26 counties in central Virginia. Another significant responsibility is updating of accident, work zone, and road weather information, which flows to the public through VDOT’s 511 system. Staff at the Richmond TOC operate and maintain 54 traffic cameras, 15 permanent overhead variable message signs, 13 trailer-mounted variable message signs, six highway advisory radio sites and 10 pavement sensors.

For more information, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/smart-traffic-center-richmond.asp.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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