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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that. > Read more.

Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right). > Read more.

Business in brief


More than 300 locations of the Richmond-based company sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Summer Camp mobile program. From June 1-30, sweetFrog associates will sell $1 pin-up mobiles that offer customers the opportunity to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA Summer Camp – all at no cost to their families. This is the third year sweetFrog has supported MDA through its mobile fundraising programs, thus far raising more than $65,000. This year is the first program that has been supported by all locations of sweetFrog nationwide, including its expansive network of locally-owned franchised locations. > Read more.

Henrico Police turn on the ‘Summer Heat’


For the second consecutive year, the Henrico Division of Police is turning up the heat this summer.

Operation Summer Heat is a crime prevention and deterrence initiative that promotes a safe environment for Henrico’s summer visitors and county residents. Police officials kicked of the effort May 22, and it will continue through Sept. 7. The division will pay specific attention to events and/or areas where tourists may be visiting Henrico County. Henrico County citizens may assist the police with Operation Summer Heat by reporting any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhoods or at community events by calling (804) 501-5000 (in non-emergency situations) or 911 during emergencies. > Read more.

United Way program nets Henrico residents $438k in refunds


Metrocash volunteers who are IRS certified tax preparers and Cash Coaches helped generate tax returns that garnered more than $2.9 million in federal and state tax refunds for 2,517 working adults in the Richmond region – including $438,701 for 401 Henrico residents – during the 2014 tax season.

Metrocash, the local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program operated by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg offers the preparation of federal and state income tax returns free of charge for low to moderate income workers earning less than $53,000 per year.

Because of the Metrocash program, local workers also saved a total of more than $622,000 in tax preparation fees. > Read more.

RIC sets all-time record for April passenger count


Richmond International Airport had a record-breaking April. The airport reported that its total passenger count last month of 300,491 surpassed the previous record for April of 298,209, set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.”

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago. > Read more.

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Community

Holman student named Miss Va. Coed Junior Teen


Holman Middle School student Victoria Nguyen recently was named Miss Virginia American Coed Junior Teen after competing in the Miss Virginia American Coed pageant in Williamsburg. She was the youngest competitor in her division. Nguyen now will advance to represent Virginia at the 2015 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant at Walt Disney World in Florida in November. > Read more.

Companion Extraordinaire to honor veterans May 14

Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services will be honoring veterans and current military members May 14 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at 5311 Lakeside Avenue.

Companion Extraordinaire dedicated a hall in its new Lakeside office as a “Wall of Honor” and will be presenting 13 military service men and women with certificates as well as placing their service photos on the wall.
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Henrico student among 3 vying for national $10,000 scholarship

Public vote open through Friday to select winner
Henrico resident Haley Malloy is one of three national finalists for a $10,000 scholarship, whose winner will be determined by the vote of the public.

Malloy is a finalist for The Goddard School Anthony A. Martino Scholarship, which is open annually to any high school junior or senior who graduated from a Goddard School pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. Applicants are evaluated based upon the work ethic and perseverance they have demonstrated – two key characteristics of Martino, the founder of the Goddard School franchise system. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Music lovers unite! There are several great concerts this weekend beginning with Innsbrook After Hours who will be kicking off their 30th season with Foreigner, Lee Brice, and Rusted Root & The Wailers. The Richmond Women’s Chorus will present “Let Freedom Sing” at the Henrico Theatre tonight; The Taters will perform tomorrow at The Tin Pan; and the Richmond Choral Society will present “Sentimental Journey III” on Sunday at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

More than monkey business

Disneynature’s ‘Monkey Kingdom’ is its strongest yet

“Did you know monkeys could swim?” asks Tina Fey in Monkey Kingdom. While she’s asking, a toque macaque (a two foot-long monkey with red-white fur and great hair) breast-strokes under the surface of a pond, yanking out lily pad flowers by her teeth and dragging them ashore to munch later.

Turns out monkeys can swim. And slide down telephone poles. And do the thing from Flashdance where you bring down a cascade of water on your head and shake it off in slow-motion.

All will happen in Monkey Kingdom, the eighth film in nine years from Disneynature, Disney’s wildlife documentary outlet. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Relax this holiday weekend with Fridays Uncorked at Southern Season – taste wines from the Roman Empire! Or at James River Cellars who is hosting “Experience Virginia” – sample Virginia wine, beer, cider and mead. And what goes better with wine than strawberries – an annual tradition in Varina, the Gallmeyer Farms’ Strawberry Fields Festival is tomorrow. Other fun happenings this weekend include: “A Little Princess” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen; weekly dance at American Legion Post 125; and National Theatre Live’s “Man and Superman” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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