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Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First.
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Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital.
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Pham leads in most recent fundraising efforts


Republican Tommy Branin (Three Chopt District) and Democrat Danny Plaugher (Brookland District) raised the most money of any candidates seeking a position on the Henrico Board of Supervisors during the most recent reporting period, which included July and August. Reports were due Sept. 15.

Branin reported $13,380 in contributions, with $7,500 coming in a single donation from Wilton Properties, Inc, while Plaugher reported raising $8,907.24 spread out across 110 total contributions. Branin is competing with Democrat Robert Shippee and independent Eric Rohnacher, who raised a combined $4,875 during the most recent period.. Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, is running against incumbent Republican Dick Glover, whoraised $3,000, including a $1,000 contribution from Flag Stop Car Wash.
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HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities


Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs;
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Henrico receives HUD funding to increase access to housing


U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced recently that Henrico County will be one of seven Virginia localities and organizations to receive a portion of nearly $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help local governments fight housing discrimination, improve economic conditions and increase access to affordable housing.

Henrico will receive $1,575,820 from HUD’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $599,842 from the HOME program, and $139,425 from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The CDBG program provides grants to state and local governments to help provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
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Regency Square partners with local artists and students


SEPT. 29, 12:30 P.M. – In celebration of Regency Square’s 40th year, the shopping center has scheduled four art projects planned to bring a feeling of celebration and vibrancy to the mall. The first art exhibition will feature local artists Matt Lively and Hamilton Glass in collaboration with students within Douglas Freeman High School’s art department. Together they will construct a mural inside the shopping center near the JCPenney wing on the first floor. Regency Square is donating paint, brushes, canvas and all other materials needed to complete the mural. The art supplies will be presented to the school tomorrow.

The two local muralists will work with more than 200 ninth- through twelfth-grade students and three art teachers.
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UK-based Detectamet chooses Henrico for North American operations


A United Kingdom-based designer and manufacturer has selected Henrico County as the location for its first international facility.

Detectamet, a designer and manufacturer of metal and x-ray detectable plastic products, recently opened its facility in Eastern Henrico. The company plans to hire 15 employees and invest $1 million in the 14,000-square-foot operation.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Detectamet to Henrico and its growing international corporate community,” said Frank J. Thornton, chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors.
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Virginia Randolph students will walk the walk


Students at Henrico’s Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center will be taking their test scores and grades for a walk.

The two-school campus will drive home the aerobic-academic message with its second “Walk at School” event Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll even have a DJ to keep them moving.

The public is invited to attend to encourage the walkers with words, a high five, a fist bump or a token from your business or organization
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Deep Run HS students win category in 2015 Virginia ‘Datathon’


Students from Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology won the Virtual Challenge category in the Virginia 2015 Datathon Challenge. The new statewide technology competition involves teams of students, government employees and regional computer coding groups. The Deep Run students worked on their entry over the summer, and were declared category winners Sept. 3.

The contest is the brainchild of state officials, and is an attempt to make Virginia’s government more efficient, transparent and responsive by making better use of data. Participants create apps and other technology tools and compete in one of four categories: Universities; Virtual; State and Local Government; and Community. In the Governor’s Commonwealth Cup, a competition pitting the Datathon category winners, the Deep Run “Data Wizards” won the People’s Choice Award and received a standing ovation.
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Richmond man caught trying to bring loaded gun through TSA checkpoint


A Richmond man was arrested on a state weapons charge after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Sept. 27 when the TSA officers detected a loaded handgun in one of the man’s carry-on bags.

TSA officers detected the handgun, a .380 caliber semi-automatic, loaded with 13 rounds including one in the chamber, in the man’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt.
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Greene to seek Fairfield School Board seat as write-in candidate

Decision met with disapproval by some board members
SEPT. 25, 12:50 P.M. – Less than a month after he was appointed by the Henrico School Board to serve the final four months of former Fairfield District member Lamont Bagby's term, Pierre Greene announced that he will seek the seat on a permanent basis through a write-in campaign during the Nov. 3 election.

Greene's decision was met with disapproval by some School Board members, since they specifically had sought to choose a representative who would not seek the seat permanently.

Members did not want to give the advantage of incumbency to any candidate. None of the three candidates on the November ballot – Tara Adams, Roscoe Cooper, III or Marcus Martin – applied for the temporary position.
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Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 31 to Sept. 6


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

4913 Wall Avenue – $91,790, 1,314 SF (built in 1961), from Linda S. Trimmer et ale to Ariel Lopez Morales.
1034 Oakland Road – $110,000, 995 SF (built in 1953), from Jeffrey K. Bowman to Anthony Witcher.
1514 Cross Keys Court – $120,000, 1,162 SF (built in 1977), from Mary Jane Harris to Schylar T. Evans.
2200 North Parham Road – $127,000, 2,089 SF (built in 1933), from Thomas J. Keats to Carltonia Holdings LLC.
4000 Battersea Court – $148,000, 1,484 SF (built in 2002), from US Bank Trust NA to Jejwan M. Parnell.
3100 Barrington Road – $157,870, 1,440 SF (built in 2015), from Monarch Land LLC to Sherod Nicholas Hampton.
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Business in brief


Create Digital of Glen Allen has added three new members to its team: Larry Hoffheimer, Chloe Bos, and Kristen Duke. Hoffheimer is vice president of client services and has 16 years’ experience overseeing digital engagements. Prior to joining Create Digital, he held both principal and VP roles at ICF International. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Richmond. Bos is an account supervisor and comes from The Martin Agency, where her client list included brands such as Stolichnaya and Georgia-Pacific. Bos earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from Kansas State University. Duke is Create Digital’s new user experience (UX) architect. Prior to joining Create Digital, she held UX roles at ICF Interactive and Genworth Financial. She earned her bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from James Madison University.
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Synapse to celebrate birthday with gathering, networking


Some 200 businesses and 25 local nonprofit organizations will come together Oct. 22 to celebrate the second birthday of Synapse LLC with a gathering and member presentations on topics of interest.

Launched in October 2013, Synapse facilitates networking between business and community organizations by building personal business connections around each member, while focusing on helping develop individuals into industry and community leaders in their local areas.
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