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Henrico recognized as a 2017 ‘Playful City USA’ community


A national nonprofit organization, KaBOOM!, has selected Henrico County as a 2017 Playful City USA community. The organization encourages communities to bring fun and balanced activities to children every day.

Henrico's selection is joined by the city of Richmond, town of Ashland, as well as the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, New Kent and Powhatan. All of the localities make up the first region completely recognized through Playful City USA.

Church uses goats to clear overgrowth


For the past week, dozens of goats have called the Christ United Methodist Church off of Horsepen Road home.

The goats are not just for show though; – they are actually hard at work. Julia Davidson, a long time member of the church, came up with the idea of hiring goats to come in and help eat the large amount of foliage that has cropped up in the woods behind the church. Davidson told the Citizen that she thought the woods area obscured the view of the church from the road.

Refugee fair offers help and hope


From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.

He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.

Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge.

Training for homeless youth featured at workshop


In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.

Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation.

‘Spirit of Becky’ lives on


Howard W. “Bud” Minor, Jr. had just assumed the presidency of the Western Henrico Rotary Club in 1990 when he got the call one July evening from fellow Rotarian Cordell Briggs.

Seventeen-year-old Becky Briggs, Cordell's daughter, had been killed in an auto accident that afternoon on Interstate 95 near Emporia.

At Briggs' request, Minor went to identify the body. His long-time friend said he just was not up to the task.

Running on air


More than 250 teams and 5,600 runners from throughout the region took part in the seventh annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 9. The event is designed to highlight the importance of workplace wellness programs to businesses of all sizes in the Richmond region.

The overall winners were Skeeter Morris of 3Sports (male division) and Sarahbeth Jones, Apex System (female division). Andrew Rose of Compare.com took the title in the Fastest Male CEO category, and Carrie Roth of Virginia Biotech Research Park won in the Fastest Female CEO category.

Never forgotten


Flags lined a portion of Hilliard Road in Lakeside on Memorial Day, in honor of military service members.

Allen & Allen seeks ‘Hometown Heroes’ nominations


The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is seeking community nominations for its award, which it introduced in 2010 to honor the firm’s centennial anniversary. Awards recognize the positive impact of local individuals who give back to their community on a daily basis.

“Allen & Allen admires the bravery, dedication, and hard work of the people across Virginia who value the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, president of Allen & Allen. “Service to others, no matter the size of the gesture or good deed, connects each of us back to a basic human value. We can all find a way to make a difference.”

Lebanese Food Festival returns this week


The 32nd annual Lebanese Food Festival, hosted by St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, will be held on the church grounds next to Innsbrook at 4611 Sadler Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 13-14 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15.

The event will include food, desserts and beverages, as well as live Lebanese music and traditional Lebanese folk dances in full costume. Admission and parking are free. The festival will be held rain or shine.

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ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council will honor Community Leader of the Year Dan Schmitt at its annual awards breakfast at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Ln., from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Schmitt, president and founder of RMC Events, has not only guided RMC since 1999 but also has led growth and revitalization efforts of the Glen Allen Youth Athletics Association. Due to limited space, advance registration for the breakfast is required. Tickets are $35 for ChamberRVA members and $45 for non-members. For details and registration, visit http://www.chamberrva.com or contact Geoff Zindren at 783-9316. Full text

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