Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools officials will host a job fair to hire full-time and substitute bus drivers Jan. 10 at the Varina Area Library.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

“Driving a bus is a great job for people with flexible schedules who enjoy working with students, and a great way to earn extra money,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist. > Read more.

Germany-based manufacturer to open Henrico facility

Company to locate in Byrd Corporate Park in Eastern Henrico
UPDATE: JAN. 4, 11:05 A.M. – A German-based manufacturer will open a warehouse in Eastern Henrico and could ultimately hire 60 employees, Greater Richmond Partnership officials announced today.

iMPREG Group, one of the world’s leading providers of liner systems for trenchless pipe rehabilitation, will open the facility in the Byrd Corporate Park near on Byrd Industrial Drive, near Laburnum Avenue. A second phase of operation, which would include manufacturing, is expected to increase the location's employee total to 60 as part of a $5.4 million expansion. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a suspect who robbed a business in the 3800 block of Meadowbridge Road Dec. 29.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. that day, a black male entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded currency. After receiving an undisclosed amount of currency, the suspect fled the business on foot. He was last seen running toward Radcliffe Avenue. > Read more.

Honoring service


The Varina Ruritan Club honored four people at its annual “Person of the Year” awards in November. Winners, pictured from left, were John “Kenny” Simon – Henrico firefighter of the year; Phyllis Schmick – Varina Ruritan of the year; Henry Wheeler – Varina First Citizen of the year; Karen Kimbrough – Henrico police officer of the year. > Read more.

Business in brief


Kaléo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, recently announced that Henrico-based McShin Foundation has been awarded the 2016 Kaléo Cares Award for outstanding achievement in serving patients in need. The McShin Foundation, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit full-service Recovery Community Organization, committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against substance abuse disorders. McShin offers peer-to-peer intervention and recovery services, residential recovery support and a new program for high school students. The organization responds to more than 200,000 recovery support requests each year. This is the second year of the award. > Read more.

No delay for CVWMA collections


CVWMA residential recycling collections in Henrico County will be on regular collection schedule the week of Jan. 2-6, since New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day both fall on the weekend. All CVWMA recyclers should place containers out for recycling on their normally scheduled day by 7 a.m. > Read more.

Henrico to accept Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 to Jan. 8


The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:

•Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;

•Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot;

•Springfield Road Public Use Area, 10600 Fords Country Lane, near Nuckols Road and Interstate 295; and

•Charles City Road Public Use Area, 2075 Charles City Road. > Read more.

Rx Partnership to benefit from Dominion Foundation grant


Rx Partnership, a public/private partnership based in Henrico County that was established to increase access to medication for Virginia's vulnerable populations, recently received a $7,500 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources. The organization will use the grant to support its dual mission of providing medication access, along with serving as a resource to its partner affiliates across the commonwealth.

The organization dispensed more than 50,000 free prescriptions for 10,614 low-income, uninsured patients in 2016, representing a retail value of about $11.5 million, according to Rx Partnership Executive Director Amy Yarcich. > Read more.

Northern Henrico family displaced by apartment fire

A Dec. 22 fire displaced a family in northern Henrico County.

Henrico Fire officials received a call for smoke coming from an apartment in the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, and firefighters arrived to the scene within four minutes. They determined that the fire was in the first floor walls and was extending to the second floor, and they opened the walls to extinguish the flames. But, the damage to the apartment displaced the occupants (for an as-yet undetermined amount of time). Officials from the Red Cross will assist them. > Read more.

State Police to increase patrols during the holidays


Virginia State Police will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort during the holidays by increasing patrols and participating in DUI checkpoints with local police and sheriff's offices throughout the state.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the U.S. die every day in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. That translates to one person every 53 minutes. Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the past three decades; however, the chance of being involved in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three during the course of a lifetime. Alcohol-related crash deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year. > Read more.

Business in brief


Bremo Pharmacy, located at 2024 Staples Mill Rd. in Henrico, will offer free heart disease risk factor screenings in January, February and March. A pharmacist will measure blood pressure, review lifestyle and family history, assess current medications and help set goals for 2017. Call (804) 288-8361 ext. 120 to schedule an appointment. > Read more.

Reynolds’ ‘Preview Day’ scheduled for Jan. 7


Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions. > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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