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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.

Fox, raccoon test positive for rabies


A fox killed by Henrico Animal Protection officers in Glen Allen and a raccoon found dead in Varina on Monday both tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Animal Protection officers responded to the 1500 block of Gabriel Court (near the Creeks at Virginia Center shopping center) May 25 at approximately 9 a.m. for a call about the fox acting strangely. Officers attempted to capture the animal, which was under the deck of a residence, but they instead killed it after it tried to attack them. The fox's remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing, and positive rabies results came back May 26.

No human or animal exposures were reported in the case. > Read more.

Proving someone cares


When C.A.R.E Inc was founded last November, it was the goal of Executive Director Amy DeJongh to address the issues of child sexual abuse in the community – a topic that she believed was under - addressed in part because of a lack of available resources. There are currently no centers dedicated to child sexual abuse in the area.

“There are services for children, but they are offered through centers that also treat and handle other issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and some of the centers have a minimum age requirement, such as the child must be 12 before they can be treated,” said DeJongh. “The main goal of C.A.R.E Inc is to focus only on the issue of child sexual abuse and effects the abuse can have on the child and the child’s non-offending parent and family.” > Read more.

Barshinger, Fones seek Republican Clerk of Court nomination


Two former coworkers in the Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office are competing for the Republican nomination to seek the position of Henrico clerk of court in November.

Heidi Barshinger, who spent more than a decade as a prosecutor in the office and has 25 years of prosecutorial experience, and Sherry Fones, who has worked in the office for 17 years, will square off in the June 9 Republican primary election. The winner will face another county employee, Tinesha Jackson (a paralegal in the Henrico County Attorney’s office) in the general election Nov. 3.

The clerk of court, who manages court orders, subpoenas and pleadings for the Circuit Court, in addition to overseeing county land records and vital records, is elected for an eight-year term. Current clerk Yvonne Smith is retiring from the position after three terms. > Read more.

Martin’s to close Staples Mill store

Near West End store will shutter July 11
Martin's Food Markets today announced it will close its store at 7129 Staples Mill Road in Henrico July 11.

“This difficult decision was made as the result of our ongoing assessment of the operating performance of our stores,” said Tom Lenkevich, Martin's president. “We are always evaluating our store base, and while the Staples Mill store team worked very hard, the store has not achieved performance goals."

The Staples Mill Martin's is approximately 42 years old and was acquired from Ukrop’s in 2010. Martin's has three other Henrico stores less than four miles away – at 10250 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, 7035 Three Chopt Road and 5700 Brook Road. Full-time associates will have the opportunity to be placed in a full-time position at a nearby store. Part-time associates will be offered positions at nearby stores.
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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

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.

CAT Theatre announces 2015-16 schedule, new partnership

Final performance of 2015 season – ‘Quartet’ – starts this week

CAT Theatre’s final show of its 51st season – Quartet by Ronald Harwood – will open May 22 and run through June 6. It will be the show’s Richmond-area premiere.

The theatre also announced its four-show schedule for its 52nd season, which will begin in October and continue into June 2016, and announced a new partnership with The Bifocals Theatre Project, an outreach program into senior communities in the Richmond region. > Read more.

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