Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Henrico Police Athletic League celebrates 10 years, honors supporters


The 2017 Henrico Police Athletic League awards banquet, held March 30 at Glen Allen H.S., celebrated PAL's 10 years of success working with youth in the community and recognized staff, supporters, and volunteers.

Among the honorees were Henrico PAL Youth of the Year, Saniya King, pictured with (from left) Officer Michelle Sheehan, PAL police liaison and program coordinator; Henrico PAL Board President Johnny Newman; and Henrico PAL Executive Director Sgt. (retired) Kenny Ragland.
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Drive nets book bonanza

Ministers’ group donates to elementary schools

Hundreds of Eastern Henrico elementary school students – many of whom don’t have books of their own at home – soon will have new reading materials, thanks to the generosity of a number of local churches.

The Henrico Ministers Conference, which counts nearly 50 members from churches throughout the county, collected about 1,200 books and recently donated them in equal quantities to the PTAs at Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementaries, which will distribute them to students at the schools.
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Local, state races take shape


Competition for elected positions in local and state government has picked up, with a number of candidates formally announcing their plans to seek office. The current slate of candidates includes:

Brookland District Supervisor (a special election will be held in November to fill the remaining two years of the term of Dick Glover, who died in February)

• Democrats – Courtney Lynch (the founder of Lead Star, a leadership development organization) and Danny Plaugher (the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail). The Democratic candidate will be selected during an April 29 caucus at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
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Tax-filing deadline is Tuesday


Usually, April 15 is the filing deadline hanging over the heads of U.S. taxpayers. But this year, Americans have been granted a slight reprieve: They have until April 18 – this Tuesday – to submit their federal income taxes.

By law, individual tax returns are typically due on April 15. But when that falls on a weekend or holiday, as it does this year, the deadline is automatically extended.

The Internal Revenue Service offers a number of tips for people still working on filing their 2016 federal taxes.
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McClellan nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recently announced that Virginia state Senator Jennifer McClellan is a 2017 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Named in honor of Giffords, a former Arizona Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of Giffords’ career, in and out of office.
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Henrico names England to lead county’s public utilities department

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas has appointed Charles B. “Chip” England to serve as director of the Department of Public Utilities, effective May 15.

England currently works as the director of the Department of Engineering and Utilities for Prince George County. He will succeed Arthur D. Petrini, who is retiring from the position. Petrini has led Henrico’s DPU since 2001.
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Varina Area Library earns national design awards


The Varina Area Library recently won the AIA/ALA Library Building Award. The library, designed by Richmond architecture firm BCWH and Tappé Architects of Boston, was one of eight American and European libraries to be recognized. The Library Building Award is presented by the American Institute of Architects in conjunction with the American Library Association, and is the only award that recognizes whole library buildings for their design.

Varina Library was noted by the awarding agencies for “[bridging] its rural and historic context with the contemporary ambitions of the community.” The design was praised for its variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, supporting collaboration, communal activity, quiet study, project production, self-directed access to information and appreciation of the natural landscape.
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School system seeks bus drivers, nutrition workers

Job fair scheduled April 18

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers and full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at Henrico County Public Library’s Glen Allen branch on Staples Mill Rd. April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers. Good bus driver candidates will be paid while they train.

Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use computers and get help if needed.
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Animal instincts

'All Henrico Reads' author makes memorable visit to county

In March 2011, internationally bestselling author Sy Montgomery met a friend who changed her life. Six years later, speaking to a full auditorium at Glen Allen High School on April 5, Montgomery painted a picture of this friend, Athena, for the audience.

“She had a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and ink like an old-fashioned pen,” Montgomery said. “She could change color and shape and pull her baggy, boneless body through an opening the size of a walnut.”

Athena, a giant Pacific octopus, was central to the researching and writing of Montgomery’s book The Soul of an Octopus. She was the “someone” that Montgomery first introduced to the students, families and library patrons who sat in the audience at the annual All Henrico Reads program last Wednesday.
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Henrico County property transactions, Mar. 20-26


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

10220 Winston Boulevard – $118,000, 1,152 SF (built in 1953), from William and Holly Romm to 10220 Winston Boulevard Series.
4906 Finnegan Court – $124,000, 1,120 SF (built in 1985), from Barbara Tate to Ariel A. Hayes.
4702 Fairlake Lane – $132,000, 1,028 SF (built in 1976), from Patty Jean H. Shields and C. M. S. Shields Sr. and C. M. S. Shields, Jr. to A2ZProperty LLC.
20 Longstreet Avenue – $147,500, 2,111 SF (built in 1952), from Gene G. Tatum Trustee to Rishard James.
9111 Derbyshire Road #B – $155,000, 986 SF (built in 1964), from David M. Headly to Mark Hansen Troemel.
7506 Greengate Drive – $157,000, 1,250 SF (built in 1956), from Crystal Dawn Munnings to Gary L. Odegaard.
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Henrico church to offer ‘drive-in’ prayer services on Good Friday


APR. 11, 11 A.M. –Need a quick prayer? One Henrico church is making it easy for you this Good Friday.

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 15, Pastor Mark Sprowl will offer "drive-in" prayer on the circular drive at Laurel Presbyterian Church, 9675 Staples Mill Road (just north of Hungary Road).
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Business in brief


NetSearch Digital Marketing recently launched four new websites for its clients. VAKnee.com - for a local West End orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bill Nordt; Neka Inc - one of the largest stone fabricating facilities in the nation; Aero Transfer - a national transportation and logistics company; and YardBirdsRVA - a local birdhouse shop. The company also has recently completed a redesign of its West End offices on Rigsby Road.
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