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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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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Read it, learn it, plant it


Holladay Elementary School third-grade teacher Sharon Middleton (above), teaches her students about the life cycle of trees with some of the instructional tools provided by Dominion's 'Project Plant It!'

Educators can download lesson plans in STEM subjects such as math and science from the program's website, http://www.projectplantit.com, which also includes educational games and videos about trees, as well as outdoor activities that families can enjoy together.
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Henrico Police Athletic League celebrates 10 years, honors supporters


The 2017 Henrico Police Athletic League awards banquet, held March 30 at Glen Allen H.S., celebrated PAL's 10 years of success working with youth in the community and recognized staff, supporters, and volunteers.

Among the honorees were Henrico PAL Youth of the Year, Saniya King, pictured with (from left) Officer Michelle Sheehan, PAL police liaison and program coordinator; Henrico PAL Board President Johnny Newman; and Henrico PAL Executive Director Sgt. (retired) Kenny Ragland.
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Drive nets book bonanza

Ministers’ group donates to elementary schools

Hundreds of Eastern Henrico elementary school students – many of whom don’t have books of their own at home – soon will have new reading materials, thanks to the generosity of a number of local churches.

The Henrico Ministers Conference, which counts nearly 50 members from churches throughout the county, collected about 1,200 books and recently donated them in equal quantities to the PTAs at Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementaries, which will distribute them to students at the schools.
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CharacterWorks, an after-school youth theater program, will present “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” May 25-28 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most fantastic stories, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” is a brand-new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach which promptly rolls into the ocean and launches him on a journey of enormous proportions. Tickets are $10 to $15. For a performance schedule and to purchase advance tickets, visit http://www.cworkstheater.org. Full text

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