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Henrico names this year’s ‘All Henrico Reads’ author, sets date for program. P. 3

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‘Parade of Homes’ kicks off this week

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Several Henrico communities among 2014 winners

Coal Pit Learning Center director honored

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An award-winning home from LeGault Homes in the Ridgewood Park community in Glen Allen. Golf tournament honors military veterans


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Troops raise the Union flag during a reenactment of the storming of Fort Harrison Sept. 27 at Runnymede in Varina. The event was part of a two-day commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights, during which black soldiers earned 14 Medals of Honor while playing their most prominent roles for the Union to that point in the war. (View more photos from the event on p. 7 and at HenricoCitizen.com.)


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Humane Society’s Pet Expo nears By Eileen Mellon




When the Henrico Humane Society was formed 20 years ago by a group of individuals concerned about animal welfare, its aim was to address the NONPROFITS large number of homeless animals in the greater Richmond area. Contributed photo


The Henrico Humane Society’s Pet Expo returns this month.

The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returns to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, deTHE sign and construction techniques in the region to the public. STORY The free, sigREAL ESTATE nature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders. The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond.The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year. Eight Henrico homes (from six different builders) were selected to be



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New Italian restaurant opens in Eastern Henrico Roberto Italian Restaurant opened recently at 5550 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. The restaurant is owned by Roberto Gallina, who was born and raised in Sicily, Italy and moved to the United States two decades ago. Gallina began working with his uncle in a pizza shop in South Hill, Va. and later continued his experience in Lancaster, Pa. With help from his parents, Damino and Tanya Gallina, he opened this restaurant in mid-September. George Weltmer/Henrico Citizen

“We can do this together.” Our Adult Day Center has been providing day time care for individuals 18 years to 90+ since 1967. Our person-centered approach provides a variety of programs for clients while caregivers get a break from their 24/7 caregiving responsibilities. Call for more information and to schedule a tour!

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region. The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. The Boathouse at Sunday Park in Chesterfield celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.The Rocketts Landing location is five years old and sister restaurant Casa Del Barco downtown will celebrate its second anniversary early next year. Construction will begin on the new Boathouse restaurant in late fall.

Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’ Since the preschool’s opening in 1976, The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, di- Gallimore – with the help of community rector of the Coal Pit Learning Center in partners such as the Innsbrook Rotary Club – has overseen the building’s exGlen Allen, at the 10th Annual pansion to twice its size and the Richmond History Makers Awards program’s growth into classes for Reception Oct. 21. both three- and four-year-olds. Of “Miss Dorothy” was named the more than 1,000 children who one of five recipients of this year’s have graduated from the Coal Pit History Makers award, which honLearning Center, all have fully qualors citizens and organizations makified for kindergarten, and many ing significant contributions to the continue to contact Miss Dorothy greater Richmond region. Other to share their successes as adults honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Dorothy Gallimore and express their appreciation for her impact on their lives. Lawrence, Richmond Cycling The History Makers reception Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) (which will kick off the Valentine’s grand reS.Argabright II. Gallimore will be honored in the “Cre- opening following a multi-million-dollar muating Quality Educational Opportunities” seum renovation) is open to the public. category for her success in transforming the Tickets, available for $40 per person, can be abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to reserved online at www.thevalentine.org/ educate the families of African Americans or by calling 649-0711 ext. 325. The deadworking in the coal mines, into a preschool line for pre-sale tickets is Friday, Oct. 17. for children from low-income backgrounds.

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The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond recently honored Henrico resident Cynthia Lantz as DSAGR Volunteer of the Year. Lantz has spent the past 25 years advocating for individuals with disabilities and helping families to navigate the disability maze. In addition to working as a parent advocate for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, she has served on the Henrico County Special Education Advisory Council, attended IEP meeting with parents, and assisted Cynthia Lantz with the resource fair and “Life in the Community Conference.”

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Tayari Jones named ‘All Henrico Reads’ author Atlanta the way Cheever did Westchester.” The Henrico County Public Library, Silver Sparrow was named as one in partnership with Henrico County of the best of 2011 by LiPublic Schools and the Friends of Henbrary Journal, O: The rico County Public Library, will Oprah Magazine, host nationally acclaimed auThe and Slate. thor Tayari Jones on Wednesnovel is described day, Apr. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 by the Los Angeles p.m., at Glen Allen High Times as “impossiSchool, 10700 Staples Mill ble to put down,” Road, Glen Allen,as part of its and the Washingannual All Henrico Reads proton Post called it gram. “compelling.” Tayari Jones Jones’ novel, Silver SparSet in a middlerow, the featured title, will be class neighborhood in Atavailable for sale, as well as some of her lanta in the 1980s, Silver other novels. She will autograph books Sparrow revolves following the program. around James Witherspoon’s Jones was born in Atlanta and is a two families, the public one and the segraduate of Spelman College, The Uni- cret one. versity of Iowa and Arizona State UniWhen the daughters from each famversity. She is currently an associate ily meet and form a friendship, only one professor in the MFA program at Rutof them knows they are sisters. It is a gers-Newark University. Jones also is relationship destined to explode when the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Her work explores the complexities of life in the urban centers of the American South.The Village Voice wrote that she “is fast defining middle-class black Citizen Staff Reports

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secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and relatable yet flawed characters – the father, the two mothers, the two daughters, the grandmother, and the uncle – she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives. All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for individuals to come together through a shared reading experience and discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:15 pm. For details, visit www.henricolibrary.org/AHR.

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Humane Society CONTINUED from p. 1 Still run entirely by volunteers today, the HHS (a nonprofit organization) has matched thousands of animals with new owners since its inception – including more than 700 at its annual Pet Expo last year – saving the lives of pets and bringing new family members to homes in Henrico. “We had a really successful year last year and placed a lot of animals into forever homes,” said Kathy Hieber, a Henrico Humane Society board member and volunteer manager who also serves on the event committee.“We’re really proud of that number.We are not a small organization, and we’re excited that we did so much good last year.We want to do the same this year. It’s all about finding a forever home for these pets.” Although the organization primarily supports Henrico and the Richmond region, the HHS is unique in its efforts in that it rescues cats and dogs and strays from throughout the state and will adopt to any qualifying applicant. The HHS partners with all kill shelters in the state and pulls cats and dogs from those places to save them. It also works with other nonprofit rescue organizations, such as the Richmond Animal League, in order to share the responsibility and ensure that animals find a home. The organization also takes in strays found in the community and accepts pets surrendered by owners who can no longer care from them. “No matter how great a dog is, if they’re in a kill shelter, it’s a time sensitive issue,” said Hieber. “We keep the animal for an average of 10 days, and the employees and volunteers go to the shelters and examine the dogs that we think would fit into a home en-

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This year’s Henrico Humane Society Pet Expo will be held at the Richmond Raceway Complex Oct. 25. vironment. If they’re sick, but young and have a great personality, we get their medical needs taken care of so they can live a long life.” The HHS does not have a shelter, so when cats or dogs are taken from other shelters, they are fostered by volunteers until they can find a permanent home. The HHS also has two kennels at Impawsable Rescue, as well as at Battlefield Park Kennel in Varina to house overflow animals or those that haven’t found foster homes yet. The organization operated on a budget of about $200,000 last year year and relies upon donations,

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adoption fees and fund-raising efforts, such as the annual Pet Expo, to support its programs throughout the year as well as the help from 200 volunteers. The 15th Annual Pet Expo will take place this year on Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a new location, the Richmond Raceway Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children two to 12 years old.The indoor event will offer 75 exhibits related to pets, agility courses and dog contests, puppy races, other animal non-profits and adoption services.Attendees are encouraged to bring their animals. “The Pet Expo is an opportunity for pet lovers to socialize and shop, and it’s important for Henrico Humane so everyone knows where we are and that we can rescue your next animal,” said Hieber. “It’s also a chance to promote pet education and responsibility and overall just provide public awareness about the Humane Society.” Leading up to the Pet Expo, the HHS increases the number of dogs it rescues, since the larger audience provides a chance to give more animals a place to call home. Before adopting from HHS, individuals must fill out applications, which are then screened and reviewed. The organization pays close attention to the household income levels of applicants, as well as their work schedules, whether or not they have children and previous pet and vet history, among others, to ensure that the pets are being matched to the best home possible. “We have to screen – otherwise the pet will just come back to us, and that’s a lot of transition for an animal looking for its perfect match,” said Heiber.“We want to get it right the first time. “Rescue animals have a great disposition, are usually really great in family situations, and the alternative if they’re not rescued is death. I would hate to see a perfectly good animal that would be a great family member for someone have that happen.”

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Star Spangled Scramble honors military veterans By Lane Burgess In 2005, Sid Cooke lost his ability to walk because of multiple sclerosis. Bound to his wheelchair, he gave up golf. Seven years later, he stood up and golfed again thanks to a new invention, the Paramobile device, which allows wheelchair users the gift of standing up again. “The rest is history,” he said.“I went years I couldn’t play. I’ve been playing ever since.” Jeff Trice, a disabled veteran, teamed up with Cooke at Belmont Golf Course Sept. 26 for the Star Spangled Scramble, an event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that empowers wounded warriors through caregiving, economic and educational resources to aid in their recovery. The tournament, sponsored by Rink Management Services Corporation, was held to honor the duty, courage and sacrifice of military members and

Lane Burgess for the Henrico Citizen

Sid Cooke prepares to tee off at the Star Spangled Scramble using the Paramobile device, which lifts disabled golfers into position so that they can swing normally. veterans, both past and present, by supporting WWP. In 2010, Trice’s sons gave back to their veteran father, who had taught them sports growing up. On Father’s

Day, they gave him a Paramobile. “I couldn’t believe it,”Trice said with tears in his eyes.“I stood up and called my wife to me. I was able to hug and kiss her again.” For Trice, the machine is both recreational and emotional. “This is the greatest invention I’ve ever seen,” he said as he drove to the second hole at Belmont last week. According to Craig Offman, pro shop manager at Belmont Course Course and event organizer, half of the participants were former military

members looking to show their support for WWP, now celebrating its tenth anniversary. “The idea behind the tournament was to show our patriotism by honoring all military service members,” Offman said. “This was done in a broad scope to honor all people who have served.” Individuals living with paralysis, spinal cord injury, or other disabilities can benefit from the health benefits of the Paramobile, made available by the Stand Up and Play Foundation, a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to giving people the gift of standing up. The foundation is establishing adaptive sports chapters throughout the country where wheelchair users come to participate in sports, improve their health and have a good time. There are currently three Paramobiles available for use in the Richmond area – one at Birkdale Golf Club in Chesterfield and two at Windy Hill in Midlothian.There are approximately 60 available in the U.S. Standing improves circulation and respiration and provides pressure relief. “After someone’s had an accident or stroke, their life has totally changed and they tend to get pessimistic,” said Bob Fahy, secretary of the board for Stand Up and Play.“The Paramobile lets them reach back into the history of what they used to do.”

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Parade of Homes CONTINUED from p. 1 part of the event this year. Homebuilders that are members of the HBAR are eligible to enter both finished and unfinished homes in the Parade of Homes. The Parade of Homes is the premier event for homebuilders, who are setting a high bar to attract buyers and sell homes, according to Craig Toalson, chief executive officer of HBAR. “These homes are unique because they are brand new and detail the latest in building design quality and technique,” Toalson said. “Builders are using the most reliable, durable and energy-efficient products on the market.A new home is an opportunity for buyers to design their perfect house that is also low maintenance and environmentally friendly.” The homes are judged by building professionals from throughout Virginia in the categories of: Unfurnished Single Family Detached; Unfurnished Townhome and Condominium; Furnished Single Family Detached; and Furnished Townhome and Condominium. Awards are broken into price point categories,


ranging from $190,000 to $1.4 million, and are presented to homes deemed “Best in Class,” “Best Curb Appeal,”“Best Kitchen” and “Best Master Bath.” Silver and Gold awards also are presented. Among Henrico winners: • Ryan Homes’ Duncan Park community in Glen Allen won the Gold award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $250,000$300,000 range, as well as the Best Bath award in the same classification; • Ryan Homes’ Swanson Mill Run community in Glen Allen won the Best Bath award in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $690,000$750,000 range; • StyleCraft Homes’Townes at Pouncey Place community in Short Pump won the Silver award and Best Bath award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $410,000-$470,000 range; • Eagle Construction of VA LLC’s Shire Place community in Short Pump won the Silver award, Best Kitchen award and Best Curb Appeal award in the Furnished Townhome and Condominium category, in the $410,000-$470,000 range; • Gumenick Homebuilding LLC’s won Silver and Gold awards, as well as Best Bath, Best Kitchen and Best Curb Appeal, in the Furnished Townhome and

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This LeGault Homes entry from the Ridgewood Park community in Glen Allen won a Best Bath award in the $390,000-$450,000 price range in this year’s Parade of Homes. Condominium category, in the $570,000-$630,000 range, for two homes in its Grayson Hill community in the West End; • LeGault Homes’ Ridgewood Park entry in Glen Allen won a Best Bath award in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $390,000-$450,000; • Winchester Homes won a Silver award for its

see PARADE OF HOMES, p. 11

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Shots from the Past

Photos by Joel Klein for the Henrico Citizen

Three battle reenactments in two days and a variety of living history exhibits, music, food and activities filled the expansive Runnymede property in Varina Sept. 27-28, as Henrico County commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights. (View more photos at HenricoCitizen.com)

Lakeside In Focus

Pass It On... Consignment, Antiques & Gifts After working in the corporate world for more than 25 years, Dee Shue decided it was time to re-invent her career, so March in 2009, Pass It On... was born. As a professional marketer and someone who had a self-described passion for “finding cool stuff at great prices,” it made sense to her to combine those two passions. (Shue recalled that she had been shopping in secondhand stores long before it was “cool.”) The Lakeside area presented itself to be the perfect venue, with a hometown feel, the Lakeside Farmers’ Market and a variety of other small business owners. Now, five years later, Pass It On... continues to provide unique items at great prices.

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It is the only consignment shop in Lakeside that offers both booth rental, starting at $125 per month, as well as straight consignment, on a 50/50 split. Shoppers also can find a variety of artisans’ wares in the store, including a unique collection of outof-commission prints by the renowned artist P. Buckley Moss and dog portraits by Carolyn Kipps. Jewelry, stoneware and handpainted furniture also are part of the mix at Pass It On...

And, the store researches items to provide the best prices for antiques. Starting this fall, the store will be offering classes for wreath making, perhaps spinning (thread, not bikes) and a variety of old classic crafts that Shue hopes to re-introduce to this generation. Stay up to date about the class schedules, dates and times by visiting the shop’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ pages/Pass-It-On-Consignment-AntiquesGifts/394865165672), then signing up for a night of creativity and fun! Stop by the shop to take a look at he huge variety of consignment, antiques and unusual gifts. Pass It On... is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 am - 5 pm; Friday from 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and Sundays from 12 to 4 pm. Call the store at (804) 262-5508. If it doesn’t have what you’re looking for, just ask Shue or one of her employees to add you to the store’s wish list, and they’ll look for you.

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Modern parents have it soft (or do they?) By the time my first child was born, I assumed parenthood couldn’t hold too many surprises. Between caring for three younger siblings, monopolizing my neighborhood babysitting market, and coaching youth sports for the two previous decades, I had more experience with children at age 28 than some adults accumulate in a lifetime. But I was still in for a shock when my daughter arrived. I never anticipated the bone-deep, sapped-of-all-life weariness I would feel after a day of being home with her (and later her two sisters). I never dreamed how mentally cruel motherhood could be: how my children would not only dominate my every waking thought, but seize my subconscious and induce crazy, irrational nightmares about them as I slept. But what took me most by surprise about motherhood was the way the task of parenting itself had been transformed since I was a child. That was my first hint that bringing up children might be harder – even with half the number of kids – than it was for my mom. Growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, I watched my mom sit and socialize with her neighbors in the back yard of our Norfolk

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home, and chat over the back fence with our neighbors in Alexandria while we


FORUM played. Silly me – I always assumed I would do the same. But in the 30-odd years that intervened between my childhood and my children’s, full-time moms became a scarce commodity. So it was a shock to move to suburban Pennsylvania during my first pregnancy, and find that not only were there no coffee klatches, there was no one even at home. I eventually adjusted to living in a neighborhood that emptied out by day, and learned to form playgroups with moms I met at the Y and parenting classes. I came to lean hard on those get-togethers and classes, not only as an essential part of my social life, but as a chance to exchange ideas with other mothers. Sometimes we talked about practical issues, like teething remedies and sleep issues. But we spent more of our time discussing how to best help our children fulfill their potential and become compassionate, responsible, self-sufficient adults. Ultimately, those meetings and play dates helped me develop the chid-raising philosophy that I now call The Countercul-

ture Parent. Although the times and culture had changed since my boomer childhood days, I was a strong believer in raising children the old-fashioned way. At the same time, I did not want my girls to have a childhood like mine; I wanted to be a more involved, hands-on parent than the role models I’d had growing up. I also did not want my kids spoiled by the material wealth that surrounded us in our upperincome suburbs -- and that was exacerbated by the affluent ‘80s culture and an overindulgent grandmother. And finally, I did not want them to grow up addicted to television as their father and grandparents were. Bucking the trends to become a counterculture parent was hard enough back then, when push-button home entertainment was limited to television. While curtailing TV time took effort, I only had to fight one electronic enemy to control my kids’ exposure to commercial messages and sleazy programming. Now, fast forward 30 years from my athome mom years, and the challenges of providing a wholesome, old-fashioned childhood have multiplied exponentially. A parent today must navigate a bewildering landscape of cellphones, tablets, computers, and video games – not to mention TV’s in every restaurant, shopping mall, and waiting room – and a minefield of worries about new dangers, ranging from internet predators to distracted drivers. Kids are bombarded with commercial messages and questionable pop-culture val-

ues on every side; just try and limit exposure to shop-and-buy messages in the face of grocery store aisles stacked floor to ceiling with pitches for junk food and sugary superhero cereals. Harder still, try to fight the temptation to sedate your kid with electronic gadgets when cars come with TVs, and cellphone games and toy tablets are promoted for infants. Meanwhile, our crazed consumer culture pushes the idea that your tot has to use and own technology at a younger and younger age to keep up with peers. To be a counterculture parent today requires higher-caliber weapons than I had in my own arsenal of support – but thankfully, a wealth of good resources exists. Mothers’ groups, dads’ groups and playgroups abound for both at-home and working parents, and there are numerous parenting websites and online support groups. Better yet, the experts at Commonwealth Parenting – who helped me immensely when I moved to Richmond in 1990 – stand ready to help advise and guide parents looking for a hand. This month, in fact, Commonwealth Parenting marks its 30th anniversary with a series of forums exploring topics of interest to parents, from stress and technology to bullying and divorce. The Commonwealth Parenting website (commonwealthparenting. org) offers information on additional classes that address behavioral topics, grandparenting, and more, as well as a hotline (5451928) to answer parent questions. So whether you embrace our fast-paced, high-tech culture, or you prefer a slower, counterculture parenting style, the Forum – and other Commonwealth Parenting programs – are worth a good look. With a tough job like parenting, there is no such thing as having too many tools in your tool belt.

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Out of the box


‘Trolls’ offers cute characters, but too many lessons By Adam Bellotto The last film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, ParaNorman, was a movie with a message. And that message was: “Don’t judge others (in ParaNorman’s case, a pack of not-so-ravenous zombies) just because they’re different from you or me.” Laika’s latest offering, The Boxtrolls, has a message of its own:“High society isn’t necessarily the best society.” Also, it’s about being a good father. And the importance of music. Oh, and what it means to be a hero.And just for fun it throws in the same “no judging the different” shtick from ParaNorman. Maybe The Boxtrolls should have dialed it down a shade. A Boxtroll is a curious little thing – a blue-grey beastie with pointy ears and nubby teeth, wearing a cardboard box as its only piece of clothing (although in a pinch, the box also doubles as a turtle shell for hiding, or a sled-like mode of transport). And in the town of Cheesebridge, the Boxtrolls are a scourge – at least, that’s what the public opinion is. Really, the Boxtrolls are sweet and gentle and only come out of their underground homes to pick apart our trash in search of anything mechanical (each Boxtroll is an engineering whiz).They’re even raising a human boy of their own, named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). But society cares not for Boxtrolls and would much prefer them rounded up and done away with, and they’ve assigned that task to Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), a ratty-haired exterminator with sinister plans of his own. The Boxtrolls themselves are an unlimited source of cuteness.They’re sweet and memorable (think the Minions from Despicable Me, only coated with a thick layer of grime) and endear themselves to you from the first moment they scramble onto the screen. Ditto for Cheesebridge, a society where basically all life functions around cheese. The level of detail here is astounding; given that the first two films from Laika – Coraline and Paranorman, were set in the present day, The Boxtrolls’ imagined Victorian setting has released a torrent of pent-up whimsy from its creators. But where Paranorman was tight and focused – every inch of film adding to its anti-bullying message – The Boxtrolls’ attempt to teach is a sprawling mess. It’s essentially split into three quadrants: Boxtrolls, White Hats (the richest of the rich) and Red Hats (the poorest of the poor. . . humans, that is). When dealing with either shade of hat, The Boxtrolls tells us that class distinctions only divide us.The White Hats are snobs, and their leader, Lord PortleyRind (Jared Harris) shrugs off all duties of family, leadership and decency so he can sit in a literal ivory tower and delight in the finest bats’ milk cheddar. At the same time, Snatcher’s desire

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to sup on the finest dairy products Cheesebridge has to offer that drives him to be our sneering villain. But in its message of social class, The Boxtrolls conveniently forgets about the Boxtrolls, even though their standing lurks far under any white hat/red hat debate. Instead, The Boxtrolls uses the adorable little monsters to teach about parenting – specifically how you don’t need the finest cheeses to be a decent dad. Which is why Fish (every Boxtroll, Eggs included, is named after the product his/her box once housed) is surrogate father to Eggs, and a generous and loving one, at that. Meanwhile, Lord Portley-Rind barely acknowledges his daughter’s existence. That we have two separate chunks of movie trying to teach us two different things splits The Boxtrolls down the middle (also the four or five other themes crammed in there indiscriminately don’t help), meaning neither side gets the attention it truly deserves. Which is an absolute shame. What’s worse: all the time The Boxtrolls spends leaping between life lessons means little time for the story. An hour or so’s worth of plot is crammed into the film’s climax – this character dies, then this one, no wait this one’s alive, this one undergoes a change of heart – in a rapid fire sequence that comes off as sloppy and ultimately meaningless. And yes, there are a few deaths. Some are a little more gruesome (this is PG, though, so whimsically off-screen gruesome) while others are too silly to ever be scared of. Still, consider this a darker piece of fantasy, and it times it may be too ghoulish for a younger crowd – leeches and crushing machines and swollen cheese allergies abound. Like ParaNorman and Coraline, this one’s skewed a little bit towards the grownups. On its animation laurels alone, The Boxtrolls is a success, but we’ve seen what Laika has done before, and it’s far better than this. Come for the trolls, stay because those trolls are just so hopelessly lovable. And hope the next one from Laika’s picks a message and sticks with it.

Following are routine and complaint inspection reports for Henrico County food establishments inspected recently by the Henrico Health Department, according to Virginia Department of Health guidelines. Deficiencies are noted as “critical” (posing a direct or immediate threat to the safety of the food being served) or “non-critical” (representing a failure of cleaning or maintenance). Inspections represent only a snapshot of the establishment on a specific date and time and may not be representative of its overall cleanliness, according to the VDH. Unless noted, all reported violations were corrected at the time of inspection or shortly thereafter.

SEPT. 16 Basil, 2452 Old Brick Road – No critical violations reported and three non-critical violations reported. Bojangles, 11 South Laburnum Avenue – Two critical violations reported (multiple dented cans found in dry storage area with canned goods; bacon, ham, and sausage below grill, egg batter for chicken observed at improper temperatures – ice bath had melted and there was very little water in it) and two non-critical violations reported. Costco Wholesale, 9650 West Broad Street – No critical violations reported and three non-critical violations reported. Hong Kong Kitchen, 2907 Williamsburg Road – Two critical violations reported (large pan of breaded chicken in sliding door reach-in unit, cooked chicken, shrimp, cooked pork, chopped pork on rear cold table, shrimp, cooked chicken, cooked pork, raw beef on second cold table observed at improper temperatures; several large baskets of egg rolls in walk-in and containers of wonton dumplings in cook line low-boy unit found with no date marking) and no non-critical violations reported. Lehja Restaurant, 11800 West Broad Street – One critical violation reported (rice in warmer observed at improper temperature) and no non-critical violations reported. Little Caesar’s Pizza, 4007 Mechanicsville Turnpike – No violations reported. O’Charley’s Restaurant, 6291 West Broad Street – One critical violation reported (food in prep units – pico, tomato, boiled egg – observed at elevated temperatures) and no non-critical violations reported. Waffle House, 7109 West Broad Street – Two critical violations reported (sausage gravy observed holding at improper temperature, third pan in steam table had been removed; elevated temperatures observed in prep unit next to grill, ham and waffle batter observed at improper temperatures) and no non-critical violations reported.

SEPT. 17 Andy’s BBQ, 5235 South Laburnum Avenue – One critical violation reported (plastic container of egg wash in reach-in unit observed with a date of Aug. 31) and four non-critical violations reported. Brookside Bar & Grille, 7515 Brook Road – No violations reported. Hardee’s, 1120 East Nine Mile Road – No critical violations reported and one non-critical violation reported. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 11800 West Broad Street – No critical violations reported and five noncritical violations reported. The Answer Brewpub Co., 6008 West Broad Street – Two critical violations reported (TCS foods cooked on site and held in refrigerator more than 24 hours were not date marked; hose attached to faucet under kitchen handsink found without a backflow prevention device on faucet) and five non-critical violations reported.

SEPT. 18 Daily Grind, 11655 West Broad Street – One critical violation reported (bleach in three-compartment sink observed at improper levels) and three non-critical violations reported. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road – One critical violation reported (food slicer soiled) and two non-critical violations reported. Einstein Brothers Bagels, 1368 Gaskins Road – No violations reported. El Amanacer Latino Market, 8410 Staples Mill Road – Six critical violations reported (different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination – raw chicken stored above raw fish; slicer found dirty; three pans of tamales observed at improper temperatures, electrical outlet was being worked on but food remained in dining area; ham, sliced tomatoes in upper make table, beef and diced tomatoes in lower make table, beef found under grill area and salsa observed at improper temperatures; no written procedures for use of time as a public health control with potentially hazardous foods; raw and/or undercooked eggs provided on menu without proper disclosure or reminder) and seven non-critical violations reported. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, 11301 West Broad Street – One critical violation reported (chemicals in spray bottles by ice machine were not labeled) and no non-critical violations reported. O’Dragon Buffet, 10101 Brook Road – Two critical violations reported (precooked chicken not date-labeled in walk-in cooler; no written policy or times written for items on time control) and no non-critical violations reported. Sheetz, 7035 West Broad Street – One critical violation reported (meatballs observed holding at improper temperatures) and no non-critical violations reported. Shoney’s, 10093 Brook Road – No critical violations reported and four non-critical violations reported. Vibra Hospital of Richmond, 2220 Edward Holland Drive – One critical violation reported (green beans observed at improper temperature inside cabinet, beans were not heated to proper temperature before hot holding) and three non-critical violations reported. Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, 1000 Virginia Center Parkway – No critical violations reported and five non-critical violations reported.

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Marek Kudlicki, from Vienna,Austria, will perform an organ recital at River Road Church, Baptist at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary.This concert is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at RRCB. It is open to the public with free admission. For details, visit www.rrcb.org/concertseries.


Celebrate trains from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave. There will be a finger puppet craft station, the Fun Time train, train races on the lawn, Play-Doh train designs and cookie decorating. Admission is free. For details, call 737-2859 or visit www.henrico.us/rec.


The Henrico Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. at Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy. The club is designed to offer a beginner hiking experience for participants with little to no previous experience. Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle. No charge. Registration is required. For details, call 501-5501 or visit www.henrico. us/rec.


Ages 8-17 are invited to Craft Like Crazy on the first Monday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. October’s craft is paint. Admission is free. For details, call 225-2056 or visit www.henrico.us/rec.


NAMI Basics, a free six-week educational course for parents and other family caregivers of children living with mental illness, will be held on Mondays Oct. 6 through Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center, 1506 Willow Lawn Dr., Suite 207. This course is taught by trained teachers who are also parents/caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13. To register, call 285-1749.


Henrico Police will present a Gang Awareness Program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Topics to be discussed include the state code gang definition, why do kids join gangs, warning signs, what parents can do, available resources and more. Admission is free. For details, call Henrico Police Prevention Services at 501-4838.


Farmers Insurance District 15 will host a free open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the new district office located at 1703 N. Parham Rd., Suite 100. Participate in contests with cash prizes, enjoy complimentary refreshments and get to know the Farmers family. The event is open to the public and family-friendly.


The Henrico County Division of Fire will visit Glen Allen Library at 10:30 a.m. to talk about fire safety with children ages 3-5. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look. Space is limited. For details, call 290-9500 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.


Bon Secours and the Sandston Library Education Series will present “The Mysteries of Medicare” with James B. Dwyer, MBA and past board member of the Radiology Business Management Association, at 12 p.m. A box lunch will be provided. Registration is required. For details, call 290-9900 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.


Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours and will be open on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the school, 5121 Nine Mile Rd. All produce is grown in the school’s garden using organic practices.


8 Innsbrook After Hours will present Earth,Wind & Fire at 6 p.m. at the Snagajob Innsbrook Pavilion. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $20 to $25. For details, visit www.innsbrookafterhours.com.


The Innsbrook Executives’ Breakfast Series continues at 7:15 a.m. at The Place at Innsbrook, 4036-C Cox Rd. Gail Johnson, founder and CEO of Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM LLC, will speak on “Leader in Me: Education Programs.” Hear about Johnson’s business-building concepts and strategies and her exciting plans for further international expansion. Admission is $20. For details, call Sandy Kuhn at 864-3756 or email [emailprotected].


The Richmond campus of ECPI University and RichTech will host the Greater Richmond Career Expo from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Richmond Westin Hotel, 6631 W. Broad St. Participating companies include HCA Healthcare, UNOS, Elephant Auto Insurance, Henrico County Police Department and more.There will also be professional development seminars. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, www.greaterrichmondcareerexpo2014.eventbrite.com.


The Shepherd’s Center will continue its Open University four-week fall lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Bernie Henderson, CEO of Woody Funeral Homes, will speak on “The Final Farewells to Our Eight Virginia-born Presidents.” A brown bag lunch precedes at noon with dessert and beverages provided. The series is free. For details, call 355-7282 or visit www. tscor.org.


The Shops at Willow Lawn’s community event Mommy & Me and Daddies Too continues with Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. outside on the plaza. Enjoy a morning out with live entertainment, crafts, games and programs designed to enhance parent’s interaction with their children. The program continues on the second Wednesday of each month. Admission is free. For details, visit www.willowlawn.com.


Senior citizens group Elderberries will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post #244, located at 2522 Indale Rd. in Glen Allen. Stuart Trice will be playing the piano and singing. Bring a sandwich; chips, drinks and dessert will be provided. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month, year-round. For details, call Brenda Anderson at 672-0074.


The best of fall and holiday menswear hits the runway during the third annual Fashion Night Out at Franco’s, located at 5321 Lakeside Ave., at 6 p.m. There will be a fashion show, Italian fare, bourbon tasting, silent auction and music. Tickets are $25. The event benefits Greater Richmond SCAN. For details, visit www.grscan.com/events/francos-fall-fashionshow.


VCU Medical Center will present the seminar “Why MRI for Breast Imaging” at 5:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Research has found that MRI can locate small breast lesions sometimes missed by mammography. The seminar is free and open to the public. Register online at www.vcuhealth.org/ seminars.


The fifth annual Mill House Pig Out BBQ will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Mill House, 7812 Shrader Rd. Award-winning pulled pork BBQ will be smoked by Chef Elliott Buckner and

sides prepared by The Mill House Kitchen Unit. All proceeds raised benefit The Mill House, a Clubhouse model vocational rehabilitation program serving survivors of brain injury in the Metro Richmond area. The deadline for pre-orders is Oct. 8. For details, visit www.communitybraininjury.org/858.


The Professional Singles Association (PSA) will host a Happy Hour for 50+ singles at 5 p.m. at Mekong Restaurant, 6004 W. Broad St. The group will also go upstairs to The Dance Space for a night of dancing. Visitors welcome. For details, call Sue at 536-1695 or visit www.psaofrichmond.com.


The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association will present its sixth annual RVA Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Eighty employers are participating. The fair is open to all job seekers, not just VT students and alumni. Space is limited. To register, visit www.richmondhokies.org.


In honor of Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 2500 Pump Rd. Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. For details, call 1800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.


The Fairfield Ruritan Club will host a chicken BBQ dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Antioch Community Center, 5650 Elko Road in Sandston. The cost for a barbecued half-chicken, potatoes, string beans, bread, dessert and beverage is $9 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Advance orders may be placed by calling 833-9928 or 737-3125 by Oct. 8. Walk-ups also are invited.


The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will present the 8th annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival at 8:30 a.m. in Innsbrook. There will be free familyfriendly entertainment and activities, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, live music by The Groove Motive, exhibitor and advocacy displays, and more. Rain or shine. For details, visit www.firstgiving.com/dsagr.


The 27th annual Richmond Home Show, presented by James River Air, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. More than 135 exhibitors will display all types of products and services for the home everything needed to make the home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and to explain the features of their products and services. Tickets are $5 or $4 with online coupon. For details, visit www.richmondhomeshow.com.


Stop and smell the roses Oct. 11-12 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Rose Fest. Walk through winding paths of 1,800 roses for a sensual feast of color, fragrance and beauty. Capitol Opera Richmond will perform in the Rose Garden on Oct. 11 and the Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform “Fiesta del Sol” on Oct. 12. Performances are at 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. each day. Included with regFor details, visit ular Garden admission. www.lewisginter.org.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with bilingual music from family entertainer Andres Salguero at Tuckahoe Library – Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; and Dumbarton Library – Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited. For details, visit www.henricolibrary.org.


The Henrico Business Leaders’ Networking Breakfast Meeting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Richmond Marriott West, 4240 Dominion Blvd. Jon Hatfield from the Virginia War Memorial will speak. Registration is $30 to $40. For details, call 675-7502 or visit www.henricobusinessleaders.com.


Varina Library, 2001 Library Rd., will present Harry Stilson’s Richmond Through Photography at 7 p.m. Kitty Snow, Stilson’s great-granddaughter, will reveal the city’s past as told through Harry’s prolific images and her thoughtful narration. For details, call 290-9800 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.


The Sandston Rotary Club meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Roma’s Restaurant, 325 E.Williamsburg Rd. For details, visit www.sandstonrotary.org.


The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the E. Bruce Heilman Dining Center at the University of Richmond. Each meeting features breakfast and an interesting speaker. For details, call Pete Sizemore at 2880999.


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair for East End substitute candidates from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VEC Resource Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road.All candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Substitutes are needed to fill a variety of positions, including classroom teachers, school security officers, clerical, library assistants and others. For details, call 652-3664 or visit henrico.k12.va.us.


The Henrico Business Leaders Third Wednesday Social will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Southerly Restaurant and Patio, 2250 Staples Mill Rd. There is no charge for this informal networking get-together. For details, visit www. henricobusinessleaders.com.


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer “Literature in the Garden,” a six-week class for third-, fourth- and fifthgraders who are home-schooled. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays Oct. 15 through Nov. 19 at the Armour House and Gardens at Meadowview Park, 4001 Clarendon Rd. Cost is $20. To sign up, call Lisa T. Sanderson at 501-5160 or email [emailprotected].


The Shepherd’s Center will continue its Open University four-week fall lecture series “Lunch and Life” at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Special Agent David P. Hulser, FBI Richmond Division, will speak on “Identity Theft Protection: Strategies for Today.” A brown bag lunch precedes at noon with dessert and beverages provided. The series is free. For details, call 355-7282 or visit www.tscor.org.

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Parade of Homes CONTINUED from p. 6 home in the Stable Hill community in Glen Allen in the Furnished Single Family Detached category, in the $800,000-$850,000 range. Pat LeGault of LeGault Homes started his custom home building business in 2010, and it has become one of the fastest growing companies in the region. This is his first year having a home featured in the Parade of Homes, something of which he is particularly proud. His success comes from listening to the trends that buyers are most interested in, he said. “You have to make sure you have the right home,

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and this year we do,” said LeGault.“We’re very proud of the home we built here. It’s fantastic for the value. We are seeing trends of people really liking open floor plans, open kitchens and some leaning toward firstfloor living with at least one bedroom on the main floor. People are also really into lighter colors in their home, with grays and really light blues, light marble countertops, etc.” LeGault and Toalson believe that the increasing number of home-buyers in Henrico are a mix of people moving in the area and moving within the region. People in the area are moving from their first home to a second home, or are renters who want to buy, or buyers who want a new home instead of an older home. “I think it’s a great event and helps bring attention to where you’re building and what your company is


all about,” said LeGault.“It may not lead to an immediate sale, but it may be built a year or two years from now, so it’s a very positive experience.A lot of times people are getting ideas, and it exposes them to what’s in the market.” All new homes except for one are open the weekends of Oct. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, while the remodeled home is open Oct. 18-19.Admission is free except for Entry No. 50. For details, visit www.richmondparadeofhomes.com. *** All new homes except for one are open the weekends of Oct. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, while the remodeled home is open Oct. 18-19. Admission is free except for Entry No. 50. For details, visit www.richmondparadeofhomes.com.

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elcome back! We’ve had a tremendous start to the school year, and I’ve enjoyed seeing so many smiling faces in our schools. It’s my pleasure to bring you up to speed on what we’re doing. Our theme for this year and beyond is “The Right to Achieve. The Support to Succeed.” We feel this captures our belief that all students are entitled to have a positive and productive learning experience while with us, and to show academic progress during the school year regardless of where/how they begin. Four overarching areas of focus support the theme: (1) Student Safety; (2) Academic Progress; (3) Closing Gaps; and (4) Relationships. You will see, hear, and feel these areas of focus throughout the school year. Appreciation is again offered to the Student Performance Task Force that met several times last spring and helped to provide guidance on the work ahead of us. The task force was comprised of staff, students, parents, and community leaders. I look forward to providing updates

on our progress in these areas as the year unfolds. 2014 has also been a year of great achievements in Henrico County Public Schools. Eighteen of our schools earned 2014 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, which was tops in the Richmond area. Our School Board worked together with our HCPS Finance team and our partners in Henrico County General Government to provide a pay raise for eligible teachers and staff in January 2015. And, of course, we must also express our continued gratitude to the citizens of Henrico County who approved a meals tax that took effect in June. The estimated $18 million in annual revenue will be dedicated exclusively to HCPS, which helps ensure a brighter future for all of our students. While we enjoy numerous accolades, we are not without challenges. Henrico County is a changing community. In 2008-09, less than 30 percent of our students

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came from homes that qualified for free or reduced lunch fees. Today, that number is 41 percent and will likely continue to increase. Additionally, we served over 1,000 homeless students last year. We welcome with open arms all of the students who pass through our doors; however, there are some challenges that we need to embrace as a community to ensure that every student succeeds. This fall, please consider joining us for one of our town hall meetings on the proposed 2015-16 Code of Community Conduct. This new code would replace the existing Code of Student Conduct next year, by clearly stating the roles and responsibilities of students, staff and the community in hopes of encouraging a positive learning environment. Details, including dates and times, are available on henrico.k12.va.us beneath ”Hot Topics”. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to seeing you in our schools!

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heir faces were hesitant, happy, talkative or tear-streaked as thousands of Henrico County students stepped off of buses and curbs and into a new school year. For returning students, a new year means taking satisfaction in knowing: Knowing how to find your way through a maze of halls, what lunch entrees are the best and how to focus on a locker combination with a tardy bell looming. For new students it’s about getting through that first nervous week until they too, feel like veterans. This year the playing field has been leveled a bit between pros and newbies. There are enough changes for the 2014-15 school year that every student, teacher and staff member will be a little confused at times as they figure it all out. What’s new?

The grading scale. Students in grades 6-12 are now using a 10-point scale. The move puts Henrico County Public Schools in line with other large school systems in Virginia. New laptops. Middle and elementary students are enjoying speedy, powerful new Dell laptops. The old machines had reached the end of their lease period, and were becoming harder and more expensive to repair. For elementary students and teachers, this means a shift from a Mac to Windows operating system. PowerSchool. This new student information portal is taking the place of HCPSLink, and allows students, par-

ents and teachers to track Springfield Park ES class grades, attendance and student schedule information. There are even separate apps for parents and students to install on their smartphones and tablets. A new look for lunch and breakfast menus. HCPS meals now have less sodium, more fresh fruits and vegetables and more whole grains, in accordance with the federal Healthy HungerFree Kids Act of 2010. To make the nutritional improvements, the cost of a student lunch has increased 10 cents, to $2.60. This does not affect students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. A new school year always brings shifts in policy, technology and ways of learning. But one thing that never changes? The excitement of that very first day.

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Eyes, ears and walkie-talkies: My day as a Watch DOG By Chris OBrion There’s nothing like the heady sense of power that comes with a walkie-talkie. As I stood in the main office of Pocahontas Middle School gripping the crackling, black device marked “Pocahontas Watch DOGS,” I knew it was going to be a good day. This was the day I’d signed up to be part of the Watch DOGS, or Dads Of Great Students. I’d signed up at Pocahontas’ Back-to-School night after history teacher and program coordinator James Milcarek delivered an ebullient recruiting pitch asking each father to consider participating in Watch DOGS on his child’s birthday. The Watch DOGS program organizes fathers and father figures to act as positive male role models in schools, and to help improve school security. There are more than 4,000 chapters active at schools in 46 states, according to the National Center for Parenting, the group that runs the program.


In Henrico County, 22 middle and elementary schools have active Watch DOGS programs. But what does a Watch DOG do exactly? Upon arriving at Pocahontas for my Watch DOGS shift, I was given the walkie-talkie, a shirt identifying me as a Watch DOGS representative and a packet with a schedule, a tip sheet, a school map and a voucher good for a free school lunch. Wait, I thought. Wasn’t I a little like a school cop? And didn’t cops get donuts? As we walked through noisy Pocahontas hallways, Milcarek explained that the program was initially a reaction to school shootings. While it still focuses on security, it also gives fathers a ready-made way to participate in their children’s schools. At Echo Lake Elementary School, parent volunteer John Waters said that involvement means a lot to students. “Probably the most unexpected thing is the excitement and appreciation you get from your kids,” Waters said. “I have a daughter in fifth grade;

she knew her mom would be involved in the school, but when she found out about [Watch DOGS] she got very excited. The kids like that daddy’s at the school walking around checking doors and helping out.” Waters, also an officer with the Henrico County Police Department, has been coordinating the program at Echo Lake since 2009. About 200 fathers, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers participate. In 2013-14 Watch DOGS were at the school 85 percent of the days school was open. The Echo Lake Watch DOGS are affiliated with the school’s PTA, and help out in ways beyond school security. “We help greet kids at the morning drop-off,” said Waters. “We help with the recycling drive and the Christmas Mother collections. Whatever teachers need us to do.” Back at Pocahontas, I pulled on my Watch DOGS t-shirt, introduced myself on the morning announcements and wished my daughter a “Hawky” birthday on camera. My 13-year old pronounced it an embarrassing start.

No matter. Milcarek said Watch DOGS needed to be as visible as possible. “You’re another set of eyes and ears.” I greeted students in the halls, checked classroom and exterior doors to make sure they were locked, and generally looked like a guy who’d been entrusted with a walkie-talkie by someone in authority. I walked the school grounds, scanning for glass bottles and people who probably shouldn’t be hanging around. I also spent part of the time in my daughter’s classes, where I heard a great history lecture on Hitler’s aggression in the late 1930s, and made my own African-inspired clay mask. The time flew by, and I got an awareness of my daughter’s day that I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. When it was time to leave, I handed over my shirt – and reluctantly, my walkie-talkie too. Contact your child’s school to see if they participate in the Watch DOGS program. Find out more at fathers.com/ watchdogs.

HCPS at a glance (figures as of Feb. 27, 2014)


Total students


46 elementary 12 middle

Total facilities:


9 high 2 technical centers 3 program centers


Ethnic Makeup

36.1% 43.3%

Asian 8.9% Hispanic 7.6% Other 4.2%


Total HCPS employees: 6,643



Amount spent per student: $9,369

Student to teacher ratio

23:3 21:9 middle

Libraries Total items circulated in 2013-14: 1,573,756

3,743 Total database hits in 2013-14: 1,131,245 Total eBooks in collection:

2013-14 operating budget: $508.1 million


Food & Nutrition Lunch cost 1960s: 35 cents Lunch cost 2014-15:


5 most popular lunch entrees for students ages 13-17: 1. French fries 2. Pizza 3. Hamburgers 4. Chicken nuggets/strips 5. Mexican entrees

Total meals served per day at all HCPS schools and centers:

35,000 Total cartons of milk consumed per year:


2,415,061 chocolate skim milk 1,058,636 1% white milk 482,925 strawberry skim milk 92,976 skim white milk

Total pizza slices served per year:


Portions of chicken nuggets served per year:


Total HCPS buses:


Average miles driven each school day with student(s): Total HCPS students riding the bus each day:




Cost of over 1 million gallons of diesel fuel used in 2013-14: $3.3 Million

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Sp tlight On: Apps and school websites Do you know your ZippSlip from your Nutrislice? HCPS website The mother ship. The district website is large and diverse, like the county it serves. Apply for job openings, check out calendars, follow the School Board, read news stories, watch HCPS-TV videos and more. Much more. henrico.k12.va.us Your school website Local, local, local! This is where you’ll find the latest school news, faculty and staff listings, clubs and sports information and assorted goodies unique to your neighborhood school. http://henrico.k12.va.us/schools PowerSchool Let’s bow our heads and say a small prayer for the departed HCPSLink. PowerSchool is the new way for parents and students to see attendance and grades. It’s more powerful than HCPSLink (hey, it’s right there in the name) and has nifty smartphone apps for parents and students. Access PowerSchool through the division’s home page.



SchoolSpace If PowerSchool is Batman, SchoolSpace is Alfred. It’s not flashy, but it handles the details and does the hard work of keeping students and teachers connected. This is the place for assignments, notes, study guides, emails from teachers and announcements. It’s even got a Batmobile (the dropbox) for whisking papers and other assignments between students and teachers. ZippSlip People like autumn, but not the giant piles of leaves. Or the giant piles of school forms. ZippSlip can’t help with leaves, but by letting parents fill out and return forms electronically, the service is saving paper. Saving paper means saving trees, and that means … more leaves. Oh well. To access ZippSlip, go to henrico.k12.va.us and click on “Helpful Links.” Note: Using ZippSlip is optional. MyPaymentsPlus Yes, there’s a 4.3 percent convenience charge, and three words are a lot to smoosh into one name, but MyPaymentsPlus can be a big timesaver. Need to pay a technology fee? Done. Pony up for a yearbook? Finished. Field trip costs? Paid. This online payment service will even send you alerts. MyPaymentsPlus can be reached from the HCPS website by clicking on “Helpful Links.” Like ZippSlip, using MyPaymentsPlus is optional. MyLunchMoney No more lunch money checks disappearing in bottomless backpacks! MyLunchMoney (another smooshed three-word payment service) is aimed solely at keeping your student’s stomach from growling. You can add money to a student’s meal account by clicking a couple of buttons, or use auto-pay to bill your credit card when the account drops below a set amount. And yes, parents can sneak a look at whether that salad students said they bought was really a triple order of fries. An optional service. Nutrislice From taco salads to turkey breast, Nutrislice (website and app) provides a quick view of your school’s lunch and breakfast menus. Want to see if BBQ’s on the menu for Halloween day at Fair Oaks Elementary? (It is.) Check Nutrislice! http://henrico.nutrislice.com

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