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School system honors top teachers at awards ceremony

Two of Henrico County's finest educators were named the 2011 Gilman Teacher of the Year and First-Year Teacher of the Year at an awards ceremony last week. Gail C. Wood of Hermitage High School and Ashley Ciara Sweatt of Fair Oaks Elementary School were among the 114 teachers honored for their dedication in the classroom.
Gail Wood

Wood, who teaches French and Spanish at Hermitage High School, was named the school division's 2011 Gilman Teacher of the Year. Finalists for the award were Sally M. Austin of Pemberton Elementary School; Mindy Fennemore Dobrinski of Holman Middle School; Marcelle Armstrong Hicks of Varina Elementary School; and Alisa Smith of Harvie Elementary School.
Ashley Sweatt

Sweatt, the 2011 First-Year Teacher of the Year, teaches third-grade at Fair Oaks Elementary School. Finalists for the award were Lauren Bew of Twin Hickory Elementary School; Elizabeth Foster of Carver Elementary School; and Lindsey Pantele of Glen Allen High School.

The Henrico Education Foundation supported the event, and Herff Jones Inc. donated a $1,000 cash award for the Gilman Teacher of the Year winner and $500 for each of the four finalists.

In addition, Beth Reed, an autism teacher at Mehfoud Elementary School, was named the Christie Award winner for 2011. The Christie Award recognizes a member of Exceptional Education and Support Services whose contribution to HCPS has been exemplary in service of children and their families.


Community

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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