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A jolly good time

Thousands of shoppers – including the Alfaro family (pictured with Santa Claus) enjoyed Lakeside’s tenth-annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 14-15. Shops along the avenue stayed open late Friday night and offered food and discounts to shoppers who were getting a head-start on their holiday purchases.

Hollybrook resident finally getting closure

As disabled residents of the Hollybrook Apartments on St. Joseph’s Villa property south of the main campus navigate to cross Brook Road, many face difficulties with traffic and are fearful for their safety. Resident Brian Montgomery has been fighting for enhancements for the Brook Road corridor along the Villa’s property since 2000, when he was struck by an SUV while on his way to get groceries. His chair wound up under the vehicle and he barely escaped breaking his neck. Twelve years later, he is finally seeing plans put in motion to make the corridor a safer area for residents and pedestrians.

Henrico native seeks Orlando mayorship

Mike Cantone
In the city where dreams come true, the son of a Henrico County elementary school teacher is hoping to realize one of his own.

Mike Cantone, the son of Colonial Trail Elementary School Principal Philip Cantone, is running for mayor of Orlando, Fla. The election is being held today.

Cantone attended Short Pump Elementary School while growing up in Henrico's Far West End and graduated in 2001 from J.R. Tucker High School.

His interest in politics was sharpened during his participation in the Presidential Classroom in Washington, a nonprofit civic organization that provides high school students with educational training to help prepare them for leadership roles in public and private service.

Henrico Extension accepting applications for expanded gardens program

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for Gardens Growing Families, a community garden program for county residents.

For a nominal fee, individuals and families will receive expert help as they grow their own vegetables in plots at the Lakeside Garden, at Vale Street and Michael Avenue, near Lakeside Avenue; and at the Alma Avenue Island Garden, near Alma and Laburnum avenues. For the first time, a new garden on West Jerald Street in Highland Springs will be available.

LOVE comes to town

LOVE has officially arrived in Henrico County. The Virginia Tourism Corporation and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden celebrated the arrival of the VTC's giant "LOVE" artwork at the garden Nov. 22 as part of the Dominion GardenFest of Lights, which officially opened Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9.

The LOVE sign is 16 feet long and more than 6 feet tall. It is part of the "Virginia is for Lovers" marketing campaign and will be on display throughout the GardenFest of Lights event. Lewis Ginter is the first attraction in the state to display the artwork, which previously has been displayed only at Virginia welcome centers statewide.

Short Pump Town Center kicks off holidays

Hundreds of people visited Short Pump Town Center Nov. 18 to celebrate Santa’s arrival with a parade and magical tree lighting, which were followed by performances by the Salvation Army Band and Susan Greenbaum.

Short Pump mall suspends cell-phone tracking program

Short Pump Town Center and another shopping mall in California have stopped tracking shoppers' cell phone signals temporarily, following a request from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York. CNNMoney was first to report the announcement.

Short Pump Town Center and the Promenade Temecula in southern California (both Forest City Enterprises properties) began tracking the cell phone signals of shoppers on Black Friday in an attempt to cull information about their habits. Though the tracking was done anonymously, it raised concerns among some shoppers and other observers who felt it still was a violation of privacy.

Parkway completion ends four-decade wait


Residents of the nearby Eagles Creek and Eagles Ridge communities joined in the party with county supervisors, planning commission members, and public works officials – not to mention eager motorists – as Henrico County celebrated the long-awaited completion of the John Rolfe Parkway with a Nov. 8 ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Rolfe Commons.

Pumpkins away!

Henrico's first annual Punkin’ Dunkin’, postponed from its original pre-Halloween date due to rain, drew dozens of spectators to Lake Innsbrook Nov. 9 to cheer on pumpkin launchers of all ages.

Part of Innsbrook's Great Pumpkin Palooza benefiting The Faison School, the event featured a large trebuchet (dubbed “Harvest and Assault”) built by the trebuchet team of H&A Architects and Engineers, as well as a catapult-like device constructed by Highwoods Properties.

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