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Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.”

Capping it off

More than 2,000 cyclists from as far away as Arizona, Maine, Michigan and even Vatican City flocked to Richmond May 11 for the 2013 Cap2Cap, in which participants bike between Virginia's modern and colonial capitals on rides ranging from 25 to 100 miles in length. Among volunteers greeting riders afterwards in the lunch tent at Rocketts Landing was Jacquelin Wade, shown hugging her friend Tera Holland, events coordinator and athlete liaison at Richmond Multisports. Holland, a first-timer at the Cap2Cap, had just finished the 25-miler and pronounced it "a blast!"

Lebanese Food Festival returns May 17-19

After three months and 30,000 pies of preparation, this year's Lebanese Food Festival is set to take place May 17-19 on the 15-acre campus of St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Glen Allen.

The 29th installment of the three-day festival is expected to draw more than 20,000 attendees for food and entertainment, said Sandra Joseph Brown, a member of the Lebanese Food Festival Committee.

Virginia’s suicide rate highest in 13 years

Virginia’s suicide rate is the highest it’s been in 13 years, according to the state’s chief medical examiner. Experts say the causes may include the poor economy and lack of mental health services.

In 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 1,067 suicides in the state – 12.6 suicides per 100,000 residents. The numbers have risen steadily since 2003, when there were 804 suicides, a rate of 10.9 suicides per 100,000 population.

Sandston Founders’ Club commemorates historic house

Members of the Sandston Founders’ Club gathered last month to honor the “Barton House” on Casey Street in Sandston – one of the original homes built in the community in 1920 that still has original shingles.

FeedMore celebrates volunteers

Henrico resident Larry Gidley (pictured with his wife, Susan) started volunteering with FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels in the mid-1990s after seeing first-hand the benefits the program had for his sister, who at the time lived in St. Louis and had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

“I realized my sister was no longer capable of preparing nourishing meals, so I started Meals on Wheels for her.”

Little Feet, big hearts

Douglas Freeman H.S. students (from left) Evelyn Harper, Selmira Avdic, Liza Shands, and Alaina Murphy (pictured with Nicholas LaGanke) served as volunteer buddies at the annual Little Feet Meet, held April 19 at DSF. A collaborative sports play program organized by Special Olympics Virginia and Henrico County Public Schools, Little Feet Meet is designed to bring together children with and without disabilities and promote more inclusive school environments.

A chance to ‘Stir It Up’

Feel like getting active this weekend?

Or do you feel like eating your way through a tasty sampler of foods from local farms, restaurants and chefs?

Thanks to a new community event, you can do both.

Milestone birthday extra special for stroke survivor

When the ballroom fills with merrymakers at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center April 20, it will be a celebration of more than a simple 60th birthday.

Renee Saunders, who turned 60 on April 15, will be celebrating the occasion with a “Harlem Nights”-style party – in addition to celebrating her survival, and a remarkable comeback from a near-fatal stroke.

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