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Cohen Equities, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm, recently acquired six retail properties in the United States, including The Shoppes at Twin Oaks in Henrico County. The Shoppes at Twin Oaks is a 39,117-square-foot shopping center at Westerre Parkway and Cox Road. Currently, 12,264 square feet of space in the center is available for rent. Cohen Equities has purchased 26 properties in 13 U.S. states since its founding in 2012. > Read more.

3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.
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HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

State SOL committee proposes changes

UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.

The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.

The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 3-9


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 3-9, 2014 appears below:

514 Dale Street – $86,322, 1,073 SF (built in 1957), from Tracy M. Manoley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1528 Young Street – $100,000, 1,484 SF (built in 1940), from Gwendolyn C. Wells to J&R Rent to Buy LLC.
2307 Nortonia Road – $106,100, 925 SF (built in 1956), from James F. Moore to C. Brown Properties LLC.
2704 Chariot Street – $131,973, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Vergyl L. Cabbagestalk to Federal National Mortgage Association.
23 Huntsman Road – $140,000, 1,042 SF (built in 1951), from William Lee and Sue P. Smith to Dallas Pitcock Anthony. > Read more.

Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. > Read more.

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Community

MADD to host candlelight vigil Dec. 2 at UR

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.

Tournament supports adoption efforts

Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.

Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.

A.C. Moore to host winter craft day for kids

Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A hero is born

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.

Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.

At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.

Authentically Italian

Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.

In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)

For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.

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