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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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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April 21 Healy Gala to benefit Glen Allen HS senior


The Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation will host the Sixth Annual Healy Gala on April 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Healy Gala is held to raise funds to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship.

Mike Healy was a local businessman, family man and community leader who served on the Executive Board of the Richmond Strikers and served as chairman for Glen Allen Day, the largest single-day event in Henrico County, for three years. Mike Healy passed suddenly in 2011, and because of his commitment to civic duty, the Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation started a scholarship in his honor.
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Business in brief


Weichert Realtors - Baron & Snipes, Co. recently announced its 2016 Office Award Winners. The agents were honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., based on reaching minimum requirements in gross commission income earned or real estate transactions closed in 2016. These agents were Keith Smith (Ambassador Club); Aekta Chawla (Executive Club); Deborah Peaks (Executive Club); and Greg Baron (Executive Club).
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McGeorge donates $20k to FeedMore


McGeorge Toyota recently donated $20,000 to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization. The contribution will support local children, families and seniors in need of nutritious meals who are unable to provide for themselves.

Pictured, McGeorge Toyota General Manager Bob Farlow (left) presents a check to Douglas Pick, CEO of FeedMore.

FeedMore offers other hunger relief programs, such as the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe.
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Henrico student nominated for 2 national awards


Davina Seoparsan, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, has been nominated for two National Youth Activist awards for her extensive volunteer work on humanitarian and social justice issues.

At a young age, Seoparsan experienced a tragedy when one of her closest friends took her own life as a result of being bullied. She decided to honor her friend’s memory by creating a non-profit foundation called TogetherWeCanCelebrateLife, which raises awareness of bullying, depression and suicide prevention, as well as funds for research and resources about the issue.
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Kindergarten registration to be held April 20


On April 20, Henrico County Public Schools will join with 12 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2017-18 school year. Registration will take place from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. April 20.

To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, the child must reside in Henrico County with a parent or court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

Children should be registered at the school they will attend.
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