Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Third annual ‘Sharing Smiles Day’ offers free dental care for kids


Richmond-area children will be able to receive dental treatments at no cost during Sharing Smiles Day, an annual day of free dental care hosted by children’s dental provider Kool Smiles on Sunday, May 21.

Kool Smiles dentists will provide free dental care to area children up to 18 years of age from 9 a.m. to 12 noon May 21 at Kool Smiles Southside Plaza, 4722 N. Southside Plaza St. in Richmond. Available treatments will include dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions, and restorative care.
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Henrico Extension to offer free financial workshop April 27


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will present a free workshop Thursday, April 27 to help residents better manage their finances.

The Tools for Today’s Economy workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the demonstration kitchen of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The session will outline steps for making sound financial decisions in today’s economy. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 25.
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Fairfield meeting April 27 to continue focus on opioid crisis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, April 27 to continue to highlight the opioid crisis in Henrico County.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP as they resume a discussion that began in March about the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction.
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Republican candidates for Brookland supervisor’s seat meet at forum


APR. 19, 12:03 P.M. – The Three Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination for the Brookland District supervisor's seat presented their platforms during a forum last night at Henrico County's Western Government Center.

Ben Dessart, Gilbert Wilkerson and Bob Witte are vying for the right to challenge the Democratic nominee (either Danny Plaugher or Courtney Lynch) in a special election Nov. 7 to fill the remaining two years of late supervisor Dick Glover's term. Glover died at age 82 in February.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 3-9


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2508 Dickens Glen Court – $229,950, 1,728 SF (built in 1996), from Binh Q. Nguyen and Hai-Yen Thi to Durjoy and Mala Gupta.
8315 Buckeye Drive – $240,000, 1,751 SF (built in 1968), from Alan E. And Vera Pollock to William G. Payne, Jr. and Nancy C. Payne.
242 Siena Lane – $298,000, 2,198 SF (built in 2014), from Mary R. and David W. Pol to William N. Azie.
813 Arlington Circle – $325,000, 1,418 SF (built in 1950), from Bernice P. Nestor to David Dunham Addison, Jr. and Kara S. Addison.
8328 Forge Road – $362,008, 2,430 SF (built in 2017), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to Lyndsay and Brandon Gill.
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Job and opportunities fair April 29 to connect youngsters with businesses, organizations


The Capital Region Workforce Development Board will host its InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedar Fork Resource Workforce Center at 121 Cedar Fork Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is designed to connect government, business and not-for-profit organizations with hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 14 and 24 who are actively seeking summer opportunities, including jobs, internships, volunteer programs, resources and leadership development openings.
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Spring plant sales scheduled at Henrico schools


Two Henrico schools want to put some spring in your step with beautiful plants at great prices. Stop by the spring plant sales at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage and the Academy at Virginia Randolph.

The sales feature a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at bargain prices. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events.
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VCU Dental Care to host free oral, head and neck cancer screening April 22


Carol Fisher was at a routine dental appointment at VCU Dental Care in September 2015 when the Virginia Commonwealth University dentistry student who was examining her noticed suspicious lesions on her tongue.

“I thought they were soup burns,” the 74-year-old said. “The student said it didn’t look right, so she called the dentist over and he referred me to an oral pathologist. He said he was pretty sure it was cancer and next thing I knew, I was in the waiting room of an oncology clinic at VCU Medical Center. They scheduled me for surgery within weeks.”
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Henrico County hospitals earn “A” grades for patient safety

Two nationally renowned health care quality organizations recently recognized dozens of Virginia hospitals for exceptional patient safety performance, including Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors' Hospital and Bon Secours St. Mary’s in Henrico.

Overall, 35 of 70 Virginia hospitals evaluated by the Leapfrog Group earned “A” grades in the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade scores, placing the Commonwealth ninth among states in the nation.
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Henrico County Public Libraries debut online book recommendation service


Henrico County Public Library celebrated National Library Week with the launch of a new service for adult readers: Custom Book Lists. Custom Book Lists provides recommendations via email for patrons who fill out an online form about their reading preferences. Each book list is created by HCPL’s expert librarians, who will respond to online requests within one week. The service is available 24/7 through the library’s website, henricolibrary.org, and can be accessed via computer, smartphone, or tablet.
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Governor announces H.S. Student Voter Registration Week


Governor McAuliffe recently issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 23-29 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week, which aims to encourage more students to vote. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.

Last September, Governor McAuliffe announced the Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Any schools that reach or exceed 65 percent of their voting-age population registered will receive a congratulatory certificate.
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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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