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St. Joseph’s Villa completes new perimeter road on campus

The St. Joseph’s Villa campus has a new look – and a new traffic flow.

Villa officials announced last week that the facility had completed work on its new perimeter road around the campus, which is located on Brook Road in northern Henrico.

The perimeter road is part of a three-phase construction project designed to create a safer and more therapeutic environment for clients at the Villa. After completion of an infrastructure redevelopment project in fall 2010, work began on the new road, which carries vehicular traffic around the Villa campus. 

Now that the new road is complete, resurfacing work on many existing roads on campus is underway, while other campus roads are being converted into a new pedestrian avenue. That new avenue, which will be free of vehicular traffic, is designed as a safer way for children to travel from building to building amid fresh landscaping that will provide a more tranquil environment for learning.

“We are thrilled that we are at the point of transitioning from one construction phase to another,” said Kathleen Burke Barrett, Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Villa.  “Now that work can begin on the new pedestrian mall, we know we are getting closer to the day when the ‘new Villa campus’ will be a reality.”

The Villa’s main entrance on Brook Road is closed during work on the new phase of the project, and traffic is being diverted to the new perimeter road.

Work on the Villa’s construction projects has been funded by donors to the Believing is Seeing Campaign, which has raised more than $8.6 million toward a goal of $10 million.

Work on the roads around the Villa entrance is scheduled to take place during the next three months.  During that time, visitors to St. Joseph’s Villa can access the Villa campus (and parking lots) through the south gate (on Brook Road) and a new Parham gate (on Parham Road). 

Visitors may download driving directions from the Construction page on the Villa website, http://www.NeverStopBelieving.org/construction.htm


Community

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.

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.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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