Henrico home sales continue on strong pace


The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales.
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer.
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UMFS has urgent need for foster parents


UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown.
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HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair for bus driver candidates at the Glen Allen Branch Library Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Attendees can view buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for bus driver positions

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the library to conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates.
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Business in brief


Virginia Credit Union has received a national award for youth financial education from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). VACU received second place among large credit unions in the U.S. in the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards. The award recognizes Virginia Credit Union for Smart Start, a comprehensive financial education curriculum for middle and high school students. Developed by Virginia Credit Union Financial Education Director Cherry Hedges, the adaptable curriculum is used in schools, with youth organizations, at community teen money camps and many other settings. Virginia Credit Union has used the curriculum to reach more than 8,700 young people so far in 2015. Virginia Credit Union was entered in CUNA’s national award competition after it earned a first place award in Virginia.
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Pocahontas Parkway tolls to increase on Jan. 4, 2016


Tolls on Pocahontas Parkway will rise to $4 at the Main Plaza and to $2.25 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

The toll increase is in accordance with the applicable schedule of permitted toll increases approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2006.

Tolls on the Parkway last were raised three years ago, in January 2013, with a top price of $3.25 at the Main Plaza and $1.50 at the secondary toll points.
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Holiday poinsettia sales benefit two Henrico schools


Horticulture students at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and at Hermitage Technical Center will be holding holiday plant sales on both campuses this month.

The Academy at Virginia Randolph will host sales Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its campus, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 apiece.
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New ABC store opening in Short Pump Dec. 2


A new Virginia ABC store will open in Short Pump Dec. 2.

The store, located at 3450 Pump Road in the Short Pump Crossing Shopping Center, will be the fourth in the new line of "premier" stores, joining those in Williamsburg, Leesburg and Virginia Beach, which have opened since March 2014.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter and Commissioners Judy Napier and Henry Marsh and other dignitaries will attend the grand opening of the Short Pump location.
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2 Henrico art teachers named best in Virginia


Two Henrico County art teachers recently were named Virginia’s best for 2015 at their respective levels.

The Virginia Art Education Association named Carver Elementary School’s Julz Suder (pictured, left) as the state’s top elementary school art teacher for 2015 and Hermitage High School's Allison Boyd (right) as Virginia’s top high school art teacher for the year.

The two were honored at the group’s state conference in Roanoke.
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Steward School to offer merit grant program


The Steward School, an independent coed JK-12 school in Henrico County, today announced a new merit-based grant program for its Upper School. The new program is being funded by a donation from a current Steward family. At the donors’ request, their gift will fund several merit-based grants of up to $10,000 each per year for students who are new to Steward in the Upper School.

“A core part of The Steward School’s mission is to celebrate a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body, so that we can provide a rich and well-rounded educational experience,” said Dan Frank, head of school.
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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ seeking help for the aged


A program that provides holiday cheer, companionship and gifts for Richmond area seniors is partnering with businesses and community members to collect items for aging adults. Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Richmond and surrounding areas, the Be a Santa to a Senior program provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Holiday shoppers who want to participate in the gift-giving can visit one of eight area Christmas trees, which feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests – such as a pair of slippers or a small pharmacy gift card. In Henrico, trees are located at The Crossings at University Park, 2422 Pemberton Road; The Hermitage at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Parkway; Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Drive; Our Lady of Hope, 13700 N. Gayton Road, and Home Instead Senior Care, 2565 Homeview Drive.
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HCPS to host suicide prevention workshop Dec. 3


Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. among children and teens ages 10 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help educate parents, friends and others about the warning signs, risk factors and strategies to help support youngsters, the Henrico County Public Schools School Counseling Department will host a suicide prevention workshop Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.
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Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs


Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance.
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Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy


The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo.
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Henrico Rec and Parks wins 2 statewide awards


The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks received two awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at its annual conference, held Nov. 7-10 in Virginia Beach. The statewide awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Twin Hickory Park was awarded the Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds Greenways, and Trails) in the population category of 100,000+. A few highlights of the site include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for 2-5 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds.
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