Weekend Top 10

NOV 24 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 to Jan. 8 (closed Dec. 24-25). This year’s theme will explore “Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights” – from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics. The event features more than a half-million lights, botanical decorations, trains, […]

Volunteer cheers

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) held its annual volunteer appreciation party Nov. 13 at Capital Ale House Innsbrook, and honored Karen Franklin (pictured, at right, with UNOS Director of PR and Marketing Lisa Schaffner) as Volunteer of the Year. Synapse also was recognized as an organization for its support of UNOS.

Fund children’s health program, state officials tell Congress


Medical coverage for more than 60,000 children and 1,000 pregnant women in Virginia lies in the hands of Congress, which has yet to reach a decision on how to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP is an extension of Medicaid that provides government-funded health insurance to children and pregnant women from families who earn too much to qualify for […]

Number of home-schooled students in Va. tops 40k

Total includes more than 1,000 students in Henrico

Alycia Wright, a Short Pump resident, used to run her own classroom, where each day she taught dozens of middle-school students. That all changed after Wright had her fourth child and decided to begin home-schooling her children. “We tried it for a year, loved the freedom and we have not stopped,” she said. A licensed middle school teacher for 12 […]

Talking teeth

At Henrico summit, author highlights dental divide

  In her eight years as a journalist with the Washington Post, Mary Otto wrote frequently about social issues of heartbreaking poverty and lack of access to health care. But no story – or heartbreak – affected her quite like that of Deamonte Driver of Maryland. Deamonte was the normally energetic 12-year-old boy who, in January 2007, came home from […]