HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.
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Registration for Henrico Junior 4-H summer camp begins


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, March 28 to begin accepting registrations for the 2015 Henrico County Junior 4-H Camp.

The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension office at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The residential camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14, will be held July 20-24 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.

Early registration is strongly encouraged because space is limited and many classes fill quickly. The cost of the camp is $242 and includes a T-shirt, lodging, meals, programs, instructional class materials and transportation by chartered bus. > Read more.

Steward to host ‘Pancakes for a Purpose’ March 21


The Steward School will host "Pancakes for a Purpose" from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, to celebrate the legacy of late Associate Head of School for Community Advancement Debbie Robson. Robson’s loss spurred the school community to build upon her desire to strengthen school pride.

The event is free, but suggested donations are $5 for individuals and $20 maximum per family. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until noon in the Middle School Dining Commons on The Steward School campus at 11600 Gayton Road. Children’s activities and planting in the school’s Ipsen Gardens will take place throughout the morning.

Proceeds from the event will support the recently created Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, a four-year scholarship for two rising ninth graders. > Read more.

Partnership for Housing Affordability to host symposium on regional housing plan


Working on behalf of the Capital Region Collaborative, the Partnership for Housing Affordability has commissioned a report to address current and future housing needs for the Richmond region, impediments to meeting these needs and proposed strategies based on successful case studies. The report provides an affordable housing gap analysis and outlines strategies that may be employed to close the gap and measure progress during the next 15 years.

Presenters from the Partnership for Housing Affordability, TowneBank Richmond, The Community Foundation, the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University will share insights from the report at a symposium March 31 at 3:30 p.m., in the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center. > Read more.

Ridge ES principal receives REB Leadership Award


Katina Otey, principal of Henrico County’s Ridge Elementary School, recently was awarded the 2014-15 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

“To have this recognition is just a light, a light shining on our school,” said Otey. > Read more.

Fairfield MS to host summer camp festival March 27

Fairfield Middle School will host a summer camp festival on March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A number of summer camps will be represented by officials who will be available to answer questions and provide information about their summer programs. The event also will include parent workshops, activities, snacks, prizes and more.

Fairfield Middle School is located at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is free and open to the public. For details, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). > Read more.

Tejas Muthusamy repeats as regional spelling champ

Henrico sixth-grader will return to national spelling bee

Sixth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy repeated as regional champion Friday. Muthusamy, of Moody Middle School, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions in the 41st Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29 at National Harbor near Washington D.C. Last year, he finished eighth in that 281-person competition, earning national attention for his abilities from the event, which was broadcast on ESPN.

To win last week, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “redox” in the 14th round. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “of or relating to oxidation-reduction.” > Read more.

Henrico Police seek leads in 5-year-old shooting

Henrico County's Division of Police is seeking leads on a five-year-old shooting case that occurred in Twin Hickory.

On March 11, 2010, at about 10:55 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 4900 block of Park Meadows Lane. Once there, they discovered a 53-year-old victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the face from a rifle. He had been shot through the bay window of his kitchen. Henrico Fire transported the victim to VCU Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

After evaluation of the evidence and witness statements, the detectives believe that a suspect or suspects were hiding in the victim’s back yard before the incident occurred. > Read more.

Henrico sets final hearing on community development needs for March 26

Henrico County will hold a final public hearing Thursday, March 26 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 2031 of the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road. The hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 26 but was canceled due to winter weather.

Henrico will use the input of residents and others to prepare the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The plan will establish priorities for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. > Read more.

Henrico’s Scott Farm sold


Scott Farm, a prominent 99-acre site at the northern Henrico I-95/I-295 interchange, has been sold.

The Scott family recently sold the property, located on the southeast corner of the interchange, to Riverstone Properties for $5.69 million. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC represented the family, which had owned the property for generations and had been marketing it for the past decade to potential buyers.

The site had been under contract several times in years past, but none of the deals were finalized. It once was considered as part of a larger site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when local officials were bidding for that facility (which was awarded to Charlotte, N.C.) and later as a possible site for Cabela's, which instead will locate in Short Pump. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers. > Read more.

General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs. > Read more.

GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782). > Read more.

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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.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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