Long named Henrico Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Harriet Long, a retired math teacher from the Fairfield District, has been chosen as the 2013 Henrico Christmas Mother.

Long is married to Kenneth Long and has two sons and three grandsons. She is a product of Henrico schools, having attended Lakeside Elementary School and graduated from Hermitage High School. She attended Mary Washington College (now The University of Mary Washington) and received a B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to teaching elementary school in Richmond City and in Henrico and Spotsylvania counties, she taught preschool at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. In 2006 Long retired from Moody Middle School, where she was the sixth grade coordinator in the International Baccalaureate Program.

Long is a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, where she serves as a deacon, preschool Sunday School teacher, and on several committees. She also volunteers at a local nursing home and supports athletic programs in which her grandsons are involved. She is also a volunteer math tutor, and when time allows enjoys sewing, reading, playing the piano, traveling, and spending time with family. This year’s Christmas Mother has been involved with the Christmas Mother program since 2007, helping further its mission to provide new toys, new clothing, books, and food to qualified families with children, seniors, and disabled adults who are residents of Henrico County.

Henrico Christmas Mother is a 501(c)(3) organization and is run by an all-volunteer council made up of former Christmas Mothers and representatives of each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. The organization is supported solely by contributions from the community.

Those wishing to make a donation can mail a check to Henrico Christmas Mother, P.O. Box 70338, Henrico, VA. 23255-0338. To donate online or for information about sponsoring a family, volunteering, or applying for assistance, visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org or call 236-9741.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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