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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


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.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program. > Read more.

Henrico Police earns spot on Military Times’ ‘Best for Vets’ in 2015

The Henrico County Police Division has earned a spot in the Military Times' “Best for Vets” ranking for 2015. The Division of Police was one of 24 agencies recognized across the United States for its efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.

The Henrico County Police Division’s Personnel Unit averages approximately 12 recruiting visits to military bases annually while working with Military Transition Officers and Career Services Units to recruit and hire veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, the division’s Personnel Unit assists current members who are being deployed or returning to duty with their transitions. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 17-23


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 17-23, 2014 appears below:

7 Red Fox Lane – $50,000, 923 SF (built in 1962), from Janet Blanchard to James Houghton and Jonathan Pierce.
2155 Binford Lane – $60,000, 1,007 SF (built in 1977), from Melissa Dawn Johnson to Moore Eloise Neal.
8705 Weldon Drive – $85,000, 1,397 SF (built in 1955), from William F. Gallasch and Mary K. G. Redd to William Frederick Gallasch.
104 Defense Avenue – $97,000, 824 SF (built in 1949), from Dan Sturdivant, Jr. and V.E. Sturdivant to Equity Trust Company.
508 Wilmer Avenue – $105,000, 1,224 SF (built in 1977), from Signal Asset Management LLC to GMG Properties LLC.
6116 Almond Creek Lane – $121,000, 1,872 SF (built in 1991), from Corey and Marshelle Y. Cooke to Devon Shelton.
5211 Coxson Road – $144,568, 970 SF (built in 1948), from Charles H. Parsons III and Angela L. Parsons to Federal National Mortgage Association. > Read more.

Raccoon found in West End tests positive for rabies

A raccoon that attacked a pot-bellied pig in a residential area on River Road Dec. 7 had rabies, Henrico Police reported.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 8700 block of River Road for an animal related call for service that day, after the caller informed police that he had observed a raccoon attack one of his pot-bellied pigs and killed the raccoon. The raccoon remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing. > Read more.

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Community

Hat trick for Henrico man

At the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD), held Dec. 4 in Roanoke, Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen (at right in photo, with grandson Kristopher Burnette) was honored with the 2012 E.C. Compton Meritorious Achievement Award. A former chairman of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Henrico County, Campen has been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for 34 years. He has also served as AREA III Chairman of the VASWCD, been a member of the state association’s legislative committee for 24 years, and headed committees involved with Chesapeake Bay corrective efforts. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, West End Comedy has a show for you! More laughs this weekend can be found at ComedySportz Improv Theatre and at Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Story.” Other ways to boost your holiday spirit – visit a forest of decorated trees at CACGA and enjoy a colonial Christmas at Henricus. Click here for more! > Read more.

Lions Club receives eyeglass donation

For his community service project in preparation for testing for his third-degree black belt, Ryan Rotondi chose to collect used eyeglasses to donate to the Lions Club. He collected 168 pairs and donated them to the Glen Allen/Short Pump Lions Club, which sponsored his efforts, at its Nov. 7 meeting.

At right, Lion Nancy Capehart, chair of the eyeglasses recycling program, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rotondi. The glasses he collected will be included with the club’s shipment to the Lions Recycling in Roanoke, where they will be refurbished and made available to medical missions in Central and South America. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Calling all nature lovers! There are several exciting events scheduled just for you this weekend. Browse through organic herb and gourmet vegetable plants at Lavender Fields Herb Farm’s annual Herb Faire & Open House. Check out a professionally judged iris show or shop for flowers at the Chickahominy YMCA. Kiddos have an action-packed weekend as well! The third annual We Heart Harlie and Friends, SCAN’s Race to Protect Children and the Greater Richmond Walk for Wishes all provide fitness and fun! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

‘Bee’ takes flight in Latin Ballet show

Celebrating the beauty of the planet and reminding attendees of the importance of creatures such as bees was the message of the colorful and intense ballet production “The Kiss of the Bee” that the Henrico-based Latin Ballet of Virginia presented at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen April 3-6.

Albert Einstein’s warning of “No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man,” was presented by the ensemble using dance and music as universal and cross-cultural languages.

“The Kiss of the Bee is a purely educational dance production and a continuation of the ballet’s environmental theme “Verde” that points to the importance of energy and resource conservation as well as the protection of animal and plant species,” said Ana Ines King, the artistic director of the Latin Ballet. > Read more.

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