CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.

Applications for Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2018 now open

Applications for the Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) flagship program Leadership Quest are now open at http://www.lmronline.org until May 1. Community leaders from Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and the City of Richmond are encouraged to apply.

All interested candidates are encouraged to attend a recruitment reception March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Markel Corporation, 4501 Highwoods Parkway in Glen Allen. The reception will give candidates the opportunity to meet current LMR members and learn more about the organization. > Read more.

Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.
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Panel kills car title, payday loan regulations


Car title and payday loan vendors will face no new hurdles this year, after a House committee killed seven bills that would have further regulated or even banned such businesses.

The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted down the bills on Tuesday.

Payday and car title loans are perennially under fire from both sides of the aisle for what critics call predatory lending practices and outrageously high interest rates. > Read more.

HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.

Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.

U.S. Navy Concert Band to perform in Glen Allen

Performance will be one of 32 on the 2015 spring tour
The United States Navy Concert Band will perform in Glen Allen next month as part of its 2015 spring tour.

The band will play Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Allen High School Auditoriam, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The tour is one of the Navy's signature outreach programs. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ and Johnston-Willis Hospitals are now offering a new FDA-approved automated breast ultrasound system for imaging women with dense breast tissue, making them the only hospitals in Central Virginia who are offering this new screening option. The Invenia ABUS, or Automated Breast Ultrasound System, is an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions. The system is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility and sensitivity of whole breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection. Virginia is one of 13 states that has passed legislation mandating that screening mammography patients demonstrating greater than 50 percent breast density should be informed of their density as well as the limitation of screening with mammography alone. > Read more.

HCPS program to guarantee future teaching jobs for current students


Public high school students in Henrico County will have the opportunity to earn a guaranteed teaching job when they graduate college, thanks to the new Teacher Scholars’ program, which Henrico County Public Schools launched this semester.

The Henrico school division, along with other systems nationwide, has witnessed a shortage in the number of teachers in areas such as math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education and family and consumer sciences. The new Henrico program will offer an incentive to students and hopefully spark an interest in teaching. > Read more.

Police make arrests in larceny cases

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Henrico Police arrested and charged a 19-year-old Florida man and two 17-year-olds with several crimes, following two incidents of larceny from automobiles in the Far West End Jan. 24.

Ricardo Jean-Marie of Pompano Beach, Fla. was charged with 10 counts of credit card theft and 10 counts of conspiracy to commit credit card theft. He is being held in the Henrico County Jail. The 17-year-olds each were charged with one count of credit card theft and are being held in Henrico County Juvenile Detention. > Read more.

Henrico supervisors elect Thornton chairman, Nelson vice chairman for 2015

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson vice chairman for 2015.

Their election marks the first time that African-Americans will hold both leadership posts on Henrico's Board of Supervisors.

Thornton is beginning his fourth service as board chairman, a position he held most recently in 2011. He first was elected to represent Fairfield in 1995 and currently is serving his fifth term on the county's board. Thornton, who served as vice chairman last year, succeeds Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O'Bannon as chairman. > Read more.

Families testify for medical marijuana


Haley Smith, 14, suffers from a rare disorder called Dravet syndrome, similar to epilepsy. In the middle of a hearing being conducted by the Senate Committee for Education and Health, she suffered a mild seizure in her sleep. Her mother, Lisa Smith, stroked the girl’s forehead until it stopped.

Minutes later, Smith addressed legislators: “This is normal for me. This is Haley for me.” Smith went on to ask senators to provide relief to Haley and other Virginians suffering from various diseases -- by approving a law authorizing the medical use of marijuana. > Read more.

Law would let Dominion hike electric bills


Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers’ electric bills, if the General Assembly passes a bill before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

The legislation would require Dominion to maintain its base rate for eight years beginning in 2013 – when the state last reviewed the company’s rates – until 2020. While the base rate would stay the same, the company would retain the authority to increase fuel surcharges and other “riders” that are added to customers’ utility bills. > Read more.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.” > Read more.

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Community

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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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