By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/20/2013 Government
Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.
Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a “Critical Needs” grant recipient. This investment will help expand Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden program, which provides fresh foods to Richmond’s food deserts – areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by. The grant will expand the garden’s planting space by 1,500 square feet, which will allow the Community Kitchen Garden to provide meals for approximately 7,690 individuals through their Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. FeedMore, Inc. is also receiving funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will support FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger relief programs and help the organization address the problem of food deserts that mark Greater Richmond, the most food-insecure region of the mid-Atlantic. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
In November, Richmond International Airport (RIC) was named the Henrico County Business Council’s Business of the Year at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s 2013 IMPACT Awards ceremony.
Since 1988, The IMPACT Award has recognized local businesses that have made an impact on the Greater Richmond Region’s economy by contributing to the Greater Richmond community through innovation within their industry. > Read more.
The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host award-winning author Lee Smith on April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060, as part of its annual "All Henrico Reads" program.
Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, along with some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2013
First Things First of Greater Richmond will host All Pro Dad, a free dinner and program for dads and their elementary-aged children on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Martin's Crossridge, 10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. The event will take place in the store's community room. Attendees will receive free pizza, drinks and an hour to bond while discussing important values. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 12/16/2013
Virginia Blood Services (VBS), the sole supplier of blood for more than 20 hospitals throughout the state of Virginia, is in need of blood donors to help replenish the local blood supply over the holidays.
A decline in blood donations is typical during the winter months as people become busy with holiday activities and travel. Patient needs remain steady, however, making it important for people to visit a VBS donor site or mobile drive to give blood. > Read more.
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
It’s the final weekend before Christmas – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare! Relax with half-a-million twinkling lights, enjoy Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” or experience the 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo.” Another way to relax before the Big Day is with a good book. You can find a vast array of books, covering many genres, and meet authors at the Celebrate with a Book event on Saturday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
A number of Henrico students are performing in the Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs through Dec. 23. Pictured above, left to right are: back row – Elizabeth Sjovald (Mother Ginger), Deema Meguid, Maya Link (Mogi top) and Sophie Rounds (Mother Ginger) and front row – Sarah Echols (Chinese) and Carter Echols (Chinese). > Read more.
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