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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HCPS hosting job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Jan. 13 to seek full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road.

“We need people who love children and who want flexible schedules to drive our students to and from school on a full-time basis or when our full-time drivers are not available,” said Mary Alderson of HCPS Human Resources. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henricus Historical Park has announced that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation to assist in the execution of SOL- and STEM-aligned, multi-curricular programming for students enrolled in the After School Program for Richmond City Public Schools for grades K-5. Social studies, history and science programs provided by educators at Henricus will focus on Colonial and Virginia Indian life in 17th-century Virginia. Education programs offered by Henricus Historical Park include: History Kids (English and Virginia Indian); Mapping the James River; Math and Mapping the James River; and 17th-Century Sciences. One-hour programs designed for 35 students will feature hands-on learning techniques, individual engagement and team work. Each program offers a fun and interactive way to learn about Colonial and Virginia Indian history. Outreach education programs at Henricus are designed to bring the museum experience to a school setting. For more information, call 748-1611. > Read more.

Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press after being sentenced to two years in prison. (Photo by Michael Melkonian/Capital News Service)
By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

At a packed hearing at the federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced McDonnell, 60, to two years in prison followed by two on probation.

McDonnell will be incarcerated at a federal facility in Petersburg at the request of his defense team. The Federal Bureau of Prisons must determine by Feb. 9 where McDonnell will carry out his sentence.
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Henrico Police seek details in West End hotel shooting

Henrico Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the individuals who shot two men in the main entrance of the Magnuson Hotel on West Broad Street early on New Year's Day.

At about 2 a.m. that day, police responded to the hotel to find the two victims, who had been attending a private party, suffering from non-life threatening injuries after being shot. They were transported to VCU Medical Center. Prior to the shooting, a physical altercation took place inside the party between multiple individuals. > Read more.

Henrico residents urged leniency for McDonnell


UPDATE: JAN. 6, 3 P.M. – Prominent Henrico County residents wrote letters attesting to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s character and integrity and urging a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing him for public corruption.

Senior U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, who today sentenced McDonnell to two years in prison, received 443 letters from across the country on McDonnell’s behalf, including several from Henrico.

The letter writers included Patricia O’Bannon, who chairs the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. > Read more.

Highland Springs man found dead

A 21-year-old Highland Springs man was found dead Jan. 5 at about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Green Pasture Road and Hanover Road in Eastern Henrico.

Henrico police officers responded to a medical emergency call at the site and found Brandon Nathaniel Wright, of the 100 block of North Rose Avenue in Highland Springs, dead upon arrival. Wright's body showed signs of trauma, according to police. > Read more.

Smoke detector saves family of 5 in Eastern Henrico

The residents of small two story home in Eastern Henrico were awoken early this morning to the sound of a working smoke alarm, which helped save their lives after their house caught fire.

Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the 200 block of South Fern Avenue for the report of a house fire shortly before 7 a.m. and found heavy fire from the second story window of the residence. Initial fire attack crews learned that the entire family of five had made it out of the house safely. > Read more.

Tougher driving laws for seniors take effect

Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers - including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific in-person renewal procedures - took effect Jan. 1 in Virginia.

A new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80. It also shortens the license renewal cycle for drivers 75 and older from every eight years to every five years. > Read more.

HCPS’ ‘ManUp Fatherhood Initiative’ to host workshop for men

If you’re a parent, conflict may seem like a member of the family. While disagreements are part of family life, they don’t have to be painful and destructive. With some knowledge and practice, conflicts can be resolved so that things get done and all sides feel respected. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop entitled “Conflict Resolution and Coping Skills,” with guest speaker Frank Manners, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Adams Elementary School, 600 South Laburnum Avenue.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the sale of 4915 Norman Road in Henrico County. 4915 Norman Road, LLC purchased the 128,877 square foot manufacturing/distribution property from Reynolds Group Holdings, Inc. for $2,900,000 as an investment. The property is currently vacant and the new owners are seeking tenants for the building. Evan M. Magrill, SIOR and Matt Braun of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > Read more.

Villa’s programs assist thousands


Isaac had had difficulty controlling his anger ever since he was in kindergarten. When classroom outbursts, school suspensions and hospital visits became routine, his mother, Lachelle, had no choice but to stop working and care for him full time.

Isaac’s aggression came from a diagnosed mental illness. Lachelle had worked for years in the medical field as a triage nurse, but had no idea of where to turn to get her son the treatment he needed. Henrico County Mental Health and Developmental Services then referred Isaac to the Therapeutic Day Treatment program at St. Joseph’s Villa.

After about a year in the program, Lachelle saw a huge turnaround in Isaac’s behavior. > Read more.

New Year’s Day holiday will delay some CVWMA collections

CVWMA curbside recycling collections will be delayed by one day Jan. 1-2, since there will be no collections on New Year's Day.

Curbside recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Blue Thursday and Blue Friday curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in collection services Jan. 1-2. Customers should place their container(s) at the curb by 7 a.m. on collection day. All Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

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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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