Deadlines for absentee voting near

The deadlines for absentee voting in the Nov. 8 election are nearing. The last day for the receipt of absentee ballot applications by mail and fax in Henrico County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Applications should be faxed to the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-5081.

The last day to vote absentee in person at the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, polls in Henrico will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. > Read more.

Henrico School Board renames Godwin specialty center for late teacher

The Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director who died in June – the day after school ended – in a car accident not far from the school. The Center for Medical Sciences now will be known as the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director at Godwin. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area. > Read more.

Saxon’s ‘Shoes for the Needy’ starts Nov. 1

The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army launches Nov. 1, and donations will be accepted through Dec. 24 at Saxon Shoes at Short Pump Town Center. The collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond.

Saxon encourages individuals, families, businesses and groups to clean out their closets and donate gently-used shoes. > Read more.

Bon Secours sponsors ‘iCan’ bike camp

Bon Secours Pediatrics and Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy sponsored and hosted the iCan Bike camp for children with disabilities Aug. 11-15 at the University of Richmond’s Weinstein Center gymnasium. The camp provided children eight and older who have autism and Down’s syndrome with specialized instruction on how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle by the conclusion of the camp.

Less than 20 percent of children with autism and 10 percent of children with Down’s syndrome learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle in their lifetime. > Read more.

Henrico Adult Education’s Fall/Winter course offerings now available

The Henrico County Public Schools Adult Education division has published its course offerings for the fall and winter months. Programs will be offered in numerous fields of interest, including arts and design, business and creative writing, college and career readiness, computers, finance, foreign language, health and medical issues, ESOL, GED preparation, GED testing and others. > Read more.

Business in brief

HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital has announced that Roger Giordano, M.D., will serve as the new medical director for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, effective immediately. Under Giordano’s direction, the program will provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation to adults with physical impairment and disability secondary due to disease, dysfunction or trauma. Giordano brings over 25 years of experience specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is active in the community as a speaker for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease education and specializes in stroke, amputation, spinal cord, trauma, orthopedics, pain management, neurological and general rehabilitation medicine. He received his bachelor of arts from Colgate University and his doctorate from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. > Read more.

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Patient First to offer free Halloween candy x-rays

Patient First will offer free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy at all neighborhood medical centers from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.

While an adult should always inspect candy before allowing a child to enjoy their trick-or-treating rewards, the free X-ray offer gives parents an additional precaution to consider and to provide peace of mind. X-rays may detect objects such as glass, metal or plastic; however, parents still need to provide supervision, since some foreign materials may not appear in x-rays. > Read more.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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