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Imparting pearls of wisdom

Henrico teacher’s organization provides girls with lessons on etiquette, life
Eight young ladies in Henrico County just became “polished pearls” after graduating from Deborah Price’s Polished Peal Society etiquette program June 25.

Price is a third-grade teacher in Henrico who noticed that girls in her classes seemed to lack confidence and manners. So she did something about it – she opened the society, which serves as an etiquette school.

Classes run from October through June and culminate in a “Pearl Ball” at which the students (ages 8-18) are formally presented as graduates and polished pearls. The ball ties together all of the new skills that the girls have learned through Price’s program.

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.

A jolly good time in Lakeside

Hundreds of shoppers spent an evening on Lakeside Avenue Nov. 11 as part of the annual “Holly Jolly Christmas” shopping event, which continued Nov. 12. Shoppers were able to take free trolley rides along the avenue Friday night to visit shops and the Lakeside Farmers’ Market. The event was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association.

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A benefit concert will be held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Chad Southward, a Henrico-area man who received his third double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sandston Baptist Church. The Christian music concert, “Breathe Deeply – Songs for the Southwards,” will feature Amy Ladd and Friends, Clear Call and Who Shot Goliath? The MC will be Troy Westerman. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant related expenses. The concert is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Wanda Phillips at (804) 564-6237. Full text

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