Henrico County VA

Businesses collect, donate sports equipment

Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected nearly 1,000 pieces of sports equipment thanks to donations from the public, as well as from staff members and community partners, during the third annual AdvanceItUp! community initiative in June. AIU is designed to help combat childhood obesity in the metro Richmond community by increasing recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment.

The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from Fit4Kids, helped organize and clean the collected equipment before distribution.

CVWMA board votes against East End Landfill expansion

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority's board of directors voted unanimously today to deny a request to amend the Central Virginia Regional Waste Management Plan to allow expansion of the East End Landfill on Darbytown Road in the Varina District.

The CVWMA board represents 13 localities in the region. Landfill officials had sought to expand operations at the facility, which accepts construction and demolition debris.

At its Dec. 10 meeting last year, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose amendment of the regional plan. Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, whose Varina District is home to the landfill, spoke on behalf of Henrico’s board at today’s CVWMA meeting.

Business in brief

Carrabba’s Italian Grill selected St. Joseph’s Villa as the nonprofit beneficiary of its Short Pump grand opening on Monday, Jan. 13. The restaurant donated 50% of the day’s proceeds to the Villa for a total of $4,388. Funds raised will support the Villa’s mental health, educational, homeless and developmental disabilities programs for children and families. St. Joseph’s Villa serves more than 2,100 children and families each year.

RIR tickets go on sale Jan. 15

Tickets for Richmond International Raceway’s April 25-26 NASCAR weekend go on sale Jan. 15 to the general public. A limited number of frontstretch seats will be available.

The weekend begins Friday, April 25, with the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race, followed by the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $30 in advance, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free in general admission.

Business in brief

Curves Clubs in the Richmond area are now offering Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves Circuit strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus. The workouts will be showcased on a large screen TV, set to upbeat music, within each Club and a Curves coach who has been trained to deliver the moves will be present in every Circuit to ensure safety and effectiveness. Class times for the Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels will vary by location and the workouts will be refreshed frequently with new functional moves introduced each month throughout 2014. Curves of Glen Allen is located at 10278 Staples Mill Rd. Call 756-2002 for details.

Menchie’s opening at White Oak Village Jan. 4

Menchie’s, an international frozen yogurt shop, will open its second Henrico location Jan. 4 at The Shops at White Oak Village.

The location will host a seven-day grand opening event, offering specials and giveaways each day through Friday, Jan. 10 at the location, 4501 South Laburnum Ave., Suite 510.

“We chose to open a Menchie’s because of the brand’s commitment to its mission, vision, values and community service,” said franchisee Jodie Brendlinger. “Menchie's is a family friendly place that provides their guests with a smiley experience and we can‘t wait to share this with the Richmond community.”

Corny but true

A Henrico County farm broke the 12-year-old Iowa record of 442 bushels of corn per acre with 454.98 bushels, nearly three times the average 160 bushels nationally.

On Dec. 20, the NCGA (National Corn Growers Association) declared the yield an all-time high and world record. Because farm land is shrinking each year, it is crucial to get as much yield as possible from each acre, and Virginia’s corn yield as of November was estimated at 150 bushels per acre – up five bushels per acre from the previous forecast.

Lovern & Friends donates $18k to LINC

LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer recently received a donation of $18,655 from the Lovern & Friends charity organization. The money was raised at the Lovern & Friends golf tournament in October. LINC Executive Director Denise Kranich received the check from golf chairs Mike Lovern, Kent Scearce and Justin Steil last month.

Lovern & Friends began as an informal day of golf among friends to honor Michael Lovern, before he underwent his second operation to remove a tumor from his spinal cord.

RIR donates $15k to nonprofits

Richmond International Raceway completed its Five Days of Giving campaign last month with donations totaling $15,000, benefiting Richmond-area nonprofit organizations. The organizations are receiving grants from the track’s charitable arm – Richmond International Raceway Cares.

RIR opened a grant application for organizations interested in being considered for donations.

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