Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Law ensures Virginians can resell tickets


In a defeat for Ticketmaster, a new state law will allow Virginians to resell tickets they’ve bought for concerts, football and basketball games, and other public events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed two bills that would protect people involved in reselling tickets – a practice critics call scalping. The law also says you can’t be turned away if you show up at an event with a ticket you received from someone else.

One of the measures – House Bill 1825 – was sponsored by Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.

HB 2343, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, would have required the state Department of Elections to provide local registrars with a list of voters who, according to data-matching systems, have been found to be registered in another state. > Read more.

Henrico to honor Community Leader of the Year May 3


ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council will honor Community Leader of the Year Dan Schmitt at its annual awards breakfast May 3. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane.

The Community Leader of the Year Award honors an unsung Henrico County hero who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county. > Read more.

Pinsker declares candidacy for House of Delegates


Matt Pinsker announced his candidacy recently for the June 13 Republican primary in the Virginia House of Delegates' 56th District. The seat is held by Republican Peter Farrell, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election in November.

A lifelong resident of the area, Pinsker attended Mills E. Godwin High School, graduated from the College of William & Mary and owns a law firm. In addition to serving in the Army Reserves and running a small business, he is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and has expertise in homeland security. > Read more.

Registration for 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy opens March 20

Henrico residents can experience county operations and services firsthand at the 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May. Registration opens Monday, March 20 at http://connect.henricorecandparks.com.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 20 to May 25. The academy is open to 35 residents age 18 or older. > Read more.

JetBlue to double number of Richmond-Ft. Lauderdale flights


JetBlue Airways will add a second daily roundtrip between Richmond International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to its summer schedule, effective June 15. The two markets were first connected by JetBlue in 2008.

With the addition of the second Ft. Lauderdale flight, JetBlue will now provide nonstop service between Richmond and Boston (four departures per day) and Orlando (twice-daily service) in addition to Ft. Lauderdale. > Read more.

Gov. McAuliffe expected to sign marijuana reforms


Virginia probably will ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the handful of marijuana-related bills passed by the General Assembly during its recent session. They include SB 1027, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy, and HB 2051 and SB 1091, which will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession. > Read more.

Strike Out Cancer to host 10th annual bowling challenge

The 10th annual Strike Out Cancer bowling challenge & silent auction, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will take place Mar. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd. A registration fee of $25 per adult or $15 per child includes three games of 9-no tap bowling and shoe rental.

Top teams and individual bowlers will receive recognition; participants will also be able to check out the silent auction, spin the wheel, and participate in other special prize drawings. > Read more.

Eighth-annual St. Paddy’s Palooza planned Mar. 18


The Eighth Annual St. Paddy’s Palooza will be held Mar. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Innsbrook pavilion, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Family-friendly fun will include live music, the Henrico Federal Credit Union hot air balloon, Celtic dancers, petting zoo, pony rides, and a variety of fair treats and foods from local
restaurants.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to be “shavees” for the event to bring to life the slogan, “Going Bald For A Cure." These volunteers collect donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. > Read more.

Never forgotten

Alzheimer’s Association provides support, hope

Jeff Baldwin tells people his grandmother died twice.

Once when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and again when her body finally shut down after five years of struggling with the disease.

“My grandmother at the end was not who she was during her entire life,” Baldwin said. “Not that she became the disease, but it changes you.” > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar Friday, Apr. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions. The interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. During the luncheon, Andreu will present “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey.” To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man in connection with a commercial robbery in northern Henrico Mar. 6.

At about 6 p.m. that day, police responded to a check cashing business in the 3000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike following the robbery. A black male entered the store with his hand in his pocket and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the store.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 27-32 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 200-220 pounds. > 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

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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The fifth annual Youth Triathlon, presented by Endorphin Fitness, will take place at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, 8716 West Broad St. The race is open to ages 5-14 and features a short pool swim, loop bike course closed to vehicular traffic, and a run on level playing fields. An optional four-day youth triathlon camp will precede the event, taking place Aug. 14-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Participants will be taught essential skills of the sport in a safe, fun environment. Cost of the camp is $95. All proceeds from the event will benefit the children at VHBG. For details, fee information and registration for the VHBG Youth Triathlon and camp, visit http://www.endorphinfitness.com/vhbg-youth-triathlon. For details about sponsoring or volunteering at the triathlon, contact Joan Marble at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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