Henrico woman earns national pharmacy fellowship


Henrico County native Nilofar “Nellie” Jafari recently was named the American College of Clinical Pharmacy-American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Virginia Commonwealth University Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow for 2017-18.

Jafari is a 2007 graduate of J.R. Tucker High School.

Pharmacists selected for the fellowship have the opportunity to gain real-world insight into health care policy analysis and development via immersion in the congressional environment.
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Section of Lauderdale Drive to be closed April 26 for drainage improvements


The westbound lanes of Lauderdale Drive will be closed between John Rolfe Parkway and Cambridge Drive on Wednesday, April 26 for drainage improvements.

The lanes are expected to be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Motorists will be detoured from westbound Lauderdale onto John Rolfe, Gayton Road and Cambridge before being directed back onto Lauderdale.
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Henrico Police to host prescription drug take-back event April 29


The Henrico County Division of Police and the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in the nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Program Saturday, April 29. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building.

The program is free and anonymous. Unused or expired pills, patches and liquid prescriptions (in their sealed original container) will be accepted. Needles and sharp items will not be accepted. No questions will be asked.
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Henrico to present ‘Little Black Dress’ May 21 to promote awareness of depression


Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and JLP Productions will present “Little Black Dress,” a play that seeks to help individuals who may be suffering from depression, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

Based on a true story, “Little Black Dress” encourages audiences to think about ways to help or get help for someone who may be experiencing depression, a misunderstood and potentially life-threatening illness if it is not treated.
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Fox bites Near West End resident, runs off

May 14, 1:25 P.M. – A fox bit a Near West End resident Thursday, then ran into the woods.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penick Road, near Glenside Drive, observed the fox chasing the family's dog into a fenced back yard and attempted to intervene. That's when the fox ran back toward the open gate, bit the resident on the knee, then ran into a wooded area next to Glenside Drive.
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L.L. Bean coming to Short Pump Town Center

Store will open this November, employ 100 people
MAY 14, 10:50 A.M. – Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean today announced that it will open a store at Short Pump Town Center in November. It will be the company's second location, joining one in Tysons Corner.

The 15,500-square-foot store – which will be located in the space currently occupied by the food court – will employ approximately 100 people, according to company officials, and will feature active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear.

“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to open a store in Richmond, just a stone’s throw away from the James River and all of the other countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Richmond area and immersing ourselves in the Virginia community, culture and outdoor traditions.”
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4 Henrico high schools named among nation’s best

Deep Run, Godwin, Freeman, Henrico earn spots on annual US News list
Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine named Deep Run, Mills Godwin, Douglas Freeman and Henrico high schools as top schools in its annual “Best High Schools” rankings. Deep Run was ranked the No. 17 high school in Virginia; Godwin No. 28; Freeman No. 33; and Henrico No. 44. Henrico County’s total of four state-ranked high schools was second in Virginia behind Fairfax County.

The magazine analyzed 2012-13 data for more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It named 2,527 – 12.8 percent – as gold or silver medal winners. Only a state’s gold and silver medalists are ranked. The magazine ranked 52 schools in Virginia.
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FIT to be served

Police work to track down 3,000+ wanted persons

Henrico Police Sgt. Jeff Carroll has a never-ending to-do list.

As the sergeant in charge of the Fugitive Investigation Team (FIT), Carroll and the four detectives under his command are responsible for tracking down and bringing in the thousands of people in the county with outstanding warrants. But with every warrant served, others come in.

There are currently 3,352 outstanding warrants in Henrico County. In a county the size of Henrico, that equals roughly 1 percent of the population, although many individuals have multiple warrants.
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Henrico candidates forum scheduled for May 12

Democrats seeking 74th District House seat, Republicans seeking 12th District Senate seat to appear

The Henrico County NAACP Branch and Henrico Minsters Conference will sponsor the Henrico County Candidates Town Hall Forum, Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Baptist Church, 2040 Mountain Road, Glen Allen.

Candidates for two General Assembly seats who will compete in two June 9 primary contests have been invited to attend.

Candidates invited who are seeking the 74th House of Delegates Democratic nomination are Stephen R. Adkins, Lamont Bagby and Leonidas B. Young II.
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Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets May 16


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.
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Teachers, administrator win top HCPS honors


Kecia Studevant Howell, a French teacher at Hermitage High School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2015 Gilman Teacher of the Year Wednesday at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School. 

Chris Kresge, a fifth-grade teacher at Echo Lake Elementary School, was named the division’s 2015 First-Year Teacher of the Year.



“I’m honored to have been selected as this year’s Gilman award recipient,” said Howell. “This is due in large part to the many great educators who have served as role models and inspired me. I’m grateful to Henrico Schools for providing us all with the support we need to excel with our students – both in and outside of the classroom.”
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Candidate’s signs tout primary election that isn’t happening

MAY 8, 10:50 A.M – Signs have popped up throughout the Fairfield District recently encouraging voters to cast their ballots in an election that isn't actually happening.

John Dantzler has announced his intention to seek the Fairfield District seat on the county's Board of Supervisors, which is currently held by Democrat Frank Thornton. In his initial filing with the county's registrar, Dantzler indicated that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination. And signs that he has erected in the district encourage voters to cast their ballots for him in a June 9 party primary, though they do not mention any party affiliation.

There's just one problem: that election will not take place.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2015

Profiles of 20 teachers who make a difference
The Henrico Citizen's fifth-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group


Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes:
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Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application.
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Community

YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

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.
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