Some roads, parks, libraries closed today
County landfills accepting storm-related debris free
The effects of Hurricane Irene have closed several Henrico County roads, parks and libraries today.
White Oak Road is closed between Route 60 and Elko Road; Sandy Lane is closed between Creighton Road and Watts Lane; and Creighton Road is closed at the Henrico-Hanover county line.
The county's Division of Recreation and Parks has closed Confederate Hills, Dorey Park, Hunton Park, Hidden Creek, Park, Meadowview Park, the Glen Lea Recreation Center and the Roslyn Hills playground as the result of power outages or storm damage. RF&P Park and Springfield Park are open today but have no power.
The Armour House, Deep Run Park, Belmont Recreation Center, the Henrico Theatre, Walkerton Tavern, and Twin Hickory Park (business only) all are open today.
The county also has canceled the 6 p.m. Zumba class scheduled for tonight at Dorey Recreation Center and the 7 p.m. Henrico Concert Band performance scheduled for Dorey Park.
Dumbarton, Fairfield, Municipal, Sandston and Twin Hickory libraries are open; Glen Allen, North Park, Tuckahoe and Varina are closed.
Residents cleaning up from the storm can take their unbagged storm-related yard debris and vegetative waste free of charge to Henrico's East and West landfills. Bagged yard waste and bulky waste, including scrap wood, drywall, carpets and soiled food, will be charged at the rate of $3 per load.
Contractors can haul yard debris and vegetative waste for $50 per ton.
Residents with storm-related questions should continue to call the Henrico Hurricane Hotline at 501-7413.
Residents can continue to obtain free water at Fire Station No. 2, 2400 Darbytown Road, and at Fire Station No. 15, 3820 Mountain Road. Residents should bring their own containers; bottled water will not be provided.
Citizens who need shelter or other assistance should contact the Department of Social Services at 501-4001.
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.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.
The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.
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