‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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More than a game

Community softball event in Highland Springs designed to spur unity between citizens, officials

Eric Parker, a student at Highland Springs High School and member of the varsity baseball team, stepped outside into the bright sun after spending hours inside his school taking the SAT June 3. Instead of going home to relax once he finished, he decided to head over to the baseball field.

“Where’s a mitt?” he asked and then joined in on the Highland Springs community softball game. To warm up he quickly tossed a ball around with Henrico County Firefighter Frank Otey, and then it was time to play.
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Corporate investment


More than 5,550 participants took part June 11 in the Anthem Corporate Run, an event designed to celebrate the importance of workplace wellness initiatives, team building programs and business-to-business networking opportunities.
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Therapeutic healing

Support group offers teens help, hope through art

In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said.
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On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7.
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Glen Allen native serves aboard Navy’s most advanced submarine


A 2007 Deep Run High School graduate and Glen Allen, Virginia native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Tennessee, Gold Crew.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Uhl, a machinist’s mate, serves aboard the Kings Bay-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.

As a machinist's mate, Uhl is responsible for operating and maintaining the auxiliary engineering equipment aboard the submarine.
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Fresh Air Fund seeks host families


The Fresh Air Fund, a program through which nearly 4,000 children from low-income New York City communities spend a summer with host families in communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada, is seeking hosts for the coming summer.

According to the organization, there is no such thing as a “typical” host family. First-time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips.
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Henrico home sales rose in March

Parts of the greater Richmond real estate market experienced an increase in the number of homes sold during the month of March, according to Long & Foster.

The number of homes sold increased in much of the Richmond region in March compared to year-ago levels. In Henrico County, the number of homes rose by 16 percent. Median sale prices varied in the Richmond region in March when compared to the same month last year. In both Hanover and Henrico counties, the median sale price rose by 10 percent.
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New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end.
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RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading.
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Fire thieves and sour lemons

Book born of tragedy pays dividends

From the time Michael Brigati was a boy, he loved words.

His favorite book? A dictionary. He was fascinated by the way a search for one word would lead to another word and then another, and spent many a childhood hour poring through the big book’s pages.

“Language,” he says today, “is like a magic carpet. It leads you to another world.”
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April 21 Healy Gala to benefit Glen Allen HS senior


The Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation will host the Sixth Annual Healy Gala on April 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Healy Gala is held to raise funds to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship.

Mike Healy was a local businessman, family man and community leader who served on the Executive Board of the Richmond Strikers and served as chairman for Glen Allen Day, the largest single-day event in Henrico County, for three years. Mike Healy passed suddenly in 2011, and because of his commitment to civic duty, the Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation started a scholarship in his honor.
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Henrico student nominated for 2 national awards


Davina Seoparsan, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, has been nominated for two National Youth Activist awards for her extensive volunteer work on humanitarian and social justice issues.

At a young age, Seoparsan experienced a tragedy when one of her closest friends took her own life as a result of being bullied. She decided to honor her friend’s memory by creating a non-profit foundation called TogetherWeCanCelebrateLife, which raises awareness of bullying, depression and suicide prevention, as well as funds for research and resources about the issue.
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Henrico Police Athletic League celebrates 10 years, honors supporters


The 2017 Henrico Police Athletic League awards banquet, held March 30 at Glen Allen H.S., celebrated PAL's 10 years of success working with youth in the community and recognized staff, supporters, and volunteers.

Among the honorees were Henrico PAL Youth of the Year, Saniya King, pictured with (from left) Officer Michelle Sheehan, PAL police liaison and program coordinator; Henrico PAL Board President Johnny Newman; and Henrico PAL Executive Director Sgt. (retired) Kenny Ragland.
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Drive nets book bonanza

Ministers’ group donates to elementary schools

Hundreds of Eastern Henrico elementary school students – many of whom don’t have books of their own at home – soon will have new reading materials, thanks to the generosity of a number of local churches.

The Henrico Ministers Conference, which counts nearly 50 members from churches throughout the county, collected about 1,200 books and recently donated them in equal quantities to the PTAs at Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementaries, which will distribute them to students at the schools.
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The second annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lakebrook Dr. Taste of Virginia is a family-friendly food festival showcasing delicious dishes from local restaurants, each competing for the honorary “Taste of Virginia” title, as well as awards for other significant categories. Each restaurant competitor will be providing a $3 sample plate of their signature dish from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as additional menu items for purchase during the festival. Enjoy live music by Whiskey Rebellion, Soul Expressions and The Silver Bullets. There will also be an artisan market with craft vendors and local businesses, a Kid’s Zone with moon bounces and corn hole, and the evening will conclude with fireworks. Proceeds support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Rain date is July 2. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/InnsbrookTOVA. Full text

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