Three Republicans whose legal backgrounds run the gamut of experiences in the field will compete in a June 9 primary for the right to challenge incumbent Shannon Taylor, a Democrat, in the Nov. 3 general election for Henrico’s Commonwealth Attorney. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Henrico Circuit, General District and Juvenile courts.
Shannon Dillon, a former judge advocate general (JAG) prosecutor in the U.S. Navy who has had a private defense practice for the past
seven years; Jeff Everhart, a defense attorney for his entire 33-year legal career; and Tony Pham, the general counsel for Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody and former assistant prosecutor for the City of Richmond, are seeking the party’s nomination. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports • Photos courtesy Shannon Early/VHBG 05/22/2015 Henrico Business
The inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week, April 11-19, raise more than $4,500 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Representatives from the Henrico Citizen and participating restaurants gathered May 21 at VHBG, where Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas presented a check for $4,525
to VHBG President Claiborne Mason.
Henrico Restaurant Week involved 34 Henrico restaurants, who created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event. Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the VHBG. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/05/2015 Henrico Business
The Greater Richmond Partnership has announced that Kels USA Corporation has chosen Henrico County for the location of its expansion to the United States. The electrical contact material company has started business with a small sales office with plans to expand to manufacturing their products locally in the next 2-4 years. The Partnership first met with Kels during a marketing mission to Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. Subsequent meetings and visits followed, including three visits to the Richmond Region and three to the Kels headquarters in Brazil during marketing missions. Before choosing Henrico, the company considered locations in Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia. Kels cited their main reason to expand to the U.S. is for market entry and proximity to the current customers to provide better service. Kels, founded in 1976, manufactures metal-based products for the electro-electronics, automotive and appliance industries. Kels also plays a great role in refrigeration, tooling and metallurgical industries supplying brazing alloys. By 2019, the company estimates that it will be successful enough to expand its facility to a 100-person manufacturing center. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/05/2015 Henrico Schools
Honorees from 45 area public and private schools joined with parents, educators, and community leaders Feb. 12 for the 48th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards program, sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) and held at River Road Baptist Church.
Keynote speaker Jonathan C. Zur, CEO and President of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, led the gathering of educators, parents, and community leaders in congratulating award winners. Among students recognized for their excellence of character, efforts on behalf of social and cultural justice, and desire to help others overcome prejudice and discrimination were 17 Henrico County seniors. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/05/2015 Henrico Schools
Fourteen Henrico County schools have been named 2015 Active RVA Fit Schools in recognition of their success at incorporating physical activity into their curricula.
The certification is given by healthy-lifestyle nonprofit Sports Backers as part of its Active RVA initiative to promote fitness in the Richmond area. To qualify, a school must show it has made fitness part of its culture through programs and infrastructure, and show measurable results in increasing physical activity among its students, staff and local community. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/03/2015 Henrico Schools
Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.
The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.
“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 02/14/2013
If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebrations, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering Orchids Galore and a chocolate workshop. You can also take your Valentine to a show at Henrico Theatre – Gaye Adegbalola performs Friday and Theatre IV presents “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
It was a red-out in the nurseries of Bon Secours hospitals Feb. 1, as all the babies were dressed in red knit caps and blankets as part of National Wear Red Day to kick off American Heart Month. At right, St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni Ardabell holds one of the newborns at that hospital. Each of the knit caps worn by the infants was knitted by Bon Secours volunteers. > Read more.
Girl Scout Troop 3715, composed of fifth-grade girls from The Collegiate School, recently earned its Bronze Award – a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Troop members are Emma Blackwood, Layla Brinster, Sarah Carrington, Caleigh Deane, Katie Dunn, Chandler Eddleton, Sarah Kate Gentry, Caroline Laskin, Caitlin Long, Gwen Lynch, Teresa Markiewicz and Avery Schebell. The troop donated 113 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to families who adopted pets from the Richmond SPCA and also made and donated more than 1,000 “happy socks” (cat toys constructed from socks stuffed with fiberfill and catnip) to the SPCA. > Read more.
‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.
But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.
That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.
An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.
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