Former Henrico PAL participant now serves as program counselor
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 09/03/2015 Features
In only eight years of existence, Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) has grown from a single, small after-school program to a series of sports camps, summer camps, recreational and after-school programs serving several hundred children each year.
Four years ago, Henrico PAL also won national recognition as Aubrey Temple of the Youth Leadership Council and board member Johnny Newman were honored as "Male Youth of the Year" and "Male Volunteer of the Year" at the national conference. > Read more.
New Orleans native who landed in Henrico after Katrina reflects after 10 years
By Sundra Hominik, Special to the Citizen • Photos by Sundra Hominik
Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans, Cain Bassett and his family left their home in the city's West Bank area and headed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Not to take a flight out of harm's way, but to hunker down until the impending massive storm passed.
In 2005, Bassett, who now lives in western Henrico County, was employed by Delaware North. He helped manage the company's 20 restaurants and bars that lined the New Orleans airport's concourses.
In the long hours before Karina hit, the company allowed Bassett, his wife, their two children, as well as a few other employees, to take refuge at the airport. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/03/2015 Henrico Business
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced recently the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The documents provide a framework for area schools to adhere to a recommended program plan with Junior Achievement, focusing on JA Finance Park, a middle and high school program focused on personal finance and career readiness. Under the agreements, schools are encouraged to increase their participation each year over the next three years. The JA Finance Park program teaches students how to create a family budget and live within their means. It consists of thirteen in-class lessons and culminates in a visit to the Capital One/JA Finance Park facility where students become adults for a day – making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 4,700 Central Virginia students participated in the program. With the memoranda in place, the number of participating students is expected to more than double by 2018. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/08/2015 Henrico Government
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, June 15 to discuss emergency preparedness and issues related to the growing number of older residents in Henrico County.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.
Anna McRay, deputy coordinator for emergency management in the Henrico Division of Fire, and Thelma Bland Watson, executive director of Senior Connections, will join Thornton for the discussion and will answer questions. McRay will explain what Henrico is doing to prepare for an emergency and what residents can do for themselves. Watson will highlight resources that are available to older adults and the Age Wave Coalition. > Read more.
Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson and the Eastern Henrico Business Association will hold a Community Conversations meeting Monday, June 15 to discuss the state of Henrico County Public Schools.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road.
Varina District School Board representative John W. Montgomery Jr. and Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw will join Nelson for the discussion of school system trends, initiatives and issues. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/08/2015 Henrico Schools
Seven students graduated from eighth grade at Richmond Montessori School last week, during a ceremony in the school's Lynn C. Humphreys Performing Arts Center. The students (pictured, from left) are Kiera Megan Wibberly (who will attend The Center for Education and Human Development at Glen Allen High School in the fall); Joshua Gregory Pei (Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School); Zoe Marisa Orr (Douglas S. Freeman High School); Blair Lee Hinckle (Trinity Episcopal School); Adrienne Michelle Eaheart (The Center for Information Technology at Deep Run High School); Gabrielle Rae Davenport (Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology); and Jackson Tyler Trent Burkey (The Math and Science High School at Clover Hill High School). > Read more.
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Emily Francis (left) of Richmond Green Drinks and Cary Jamieson of The Steward School checked out the cherry tomato crop Aug. 20 at the school's Bryan Innovation Lab following a visit by members of Green Drinks. Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab, was among the speakers who pointed out various sustainable features of the building and its surroundings, including geothermal, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems, as well as rain gardens and large storage cisterns (like the one pictured) to minimize groundwater pollution. > Read more.
For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.
CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.
“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
5th Wall Theatre will present “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Dr., Sept. 10 through Oct. 3. Starring award-winning actors Jacqueline Jones and Alexander Sapp, and directed by Morrie Piersol. Talkbacks will follow select performances. > Read more.
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