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Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.
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Ninth annual Deep Run HS Marathon Dance planned March 20-21


Deep Run High School’s charity dance shows no sign of stopping. The ninth annual Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 20-21 at the Henrico County school. The eight preceding dances have raised a total of $1.36 million for Richmond-area nonprofits.

Hundreds of participating students will check in on Friday night and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits, including CARITAS, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia.

The dance ranks no. 2 nationally among such events in fundraising. > Read more.

Shed fire quickly extinguished in Henrico’s Northside


Firefighters quickly extinguished a shed fire in Henrico's Northside March 19 in the early afternoon.

Henrico Division of Fire units responded to the 2200 block of Lincoln Ridge Lane, just off Mountain Road in Glen Allen shortly after 12:30 p.m., and found heavy smoke coming from the rear of a home. Crews found fire coming from a detached shed at the rear of a single story residence. The shed suffered moderate fire and smoke damage, but because of the quick extinguishment, the fire did not spread to the residence or an adjacent shed. > Read more.

Business in brief


The St. Mary's Wound Care Center at Reynolds Crossing recently was recognized as a Healogics' Center of Distinction for 2014. St. Mary's is the first Bon Secours Wound Care Center to receive this honor, which is based on outstanding clinical outcomes, including at least 92% Patient Satisfaction Rate, 91% Healing Rate, less than 30 median days to heal, and a 19% or lower Outlier Rate. The Wound Care Center utilizes a physician-led, nurse-driven, weekly visit model of care. Using treatments such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) and bioengineered skin substitutes, the Wound Care Center at St. Mary's offers advanced wound care for various wounds including ulcers (diabetic, pressure, and venous), compromised surgical grafts and flaps, osteo- and soft-tissue radionecrosis, and even the late effects of radiation. > Read more.

Henrico Citizens Academy registration opens March 23


Henrico residents can get a firsthand, comprehensive look at county operations and services at the 2015 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from April 23 to May 28. Residents can register at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Monday, March 23. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The academy is open to 35 residents, with space reserved for seven individuals from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. > Read more.

Registration for Henrico Junior 4-H summer camp begins


The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, March 28 to begin accepting registrations for the 2015 Henrico County Junior 4-H Camp.

The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension office at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The residential camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14, will be held July 20-24 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.

Early registration is strongly encouraged because space is limited and many classes fill quickly. The cost of the camp is $242 and includes a T-shirt, lodging, meals, programs, instructional class materials and transportation by chartered bus. > Read more.

Steward to host ‘Pancakes for a Purpose’ March 21


The Steward School will host "Pancakes for a Purpose" from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, to celebrate the legacy of late Associate Head of School for Community Advancement Debbie Robson. Robson’s loss spurred the school community to build upon her desire to strengthen school pride.

The event is free, but suggested donations are $5 for individuals and $20 maximum per family. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until noon in the Middle School Dining Commons on The Steward School campus at 11600 Gayton Road. Children’s activities and planting in the school’s Ipsen Gardens will take place throughout the morning.

Proceeds from the event will support the recently created Debbie Robson Merit Scholarship, a four-year scholarship for two rising ninth graders. > Read more.

Partnership for Housing Affordability to host symposium on regional housing plan


Working on behalf of the Capital Region Collaborative, the Partnership for Housing Affordability has commissioned a report to address current and future housing needs for the Richmond region, impediments to meeting these needs and proposed strategies based on successful case studies. The report provides an affordable housing gap analysis and outlines strategies that may be employed to close the gap and measure progress during the next 15 years.

Presenters from the Partnership for Housing Affordability, TowneBank Richmond, The Community Foundation, the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Virginia Commonwealth University will share insights from the report at a symposium March 31 at 3:30 p.m., in the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center. > Read more.

Ridge ES principal receives REB Leadership Award


Katina Otey, principal of Henrico County’s Ridge Elementary School, recently was awarded the 2014-15 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

“To have this recognition is just a light, a light shining on our school,” said Otey. > Read more.

Fairfield MS to host summer camp festival March 27

Fairfield Middle School will host a summer camp festival on March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A number of summer camps will be represented by officials who will be available to answer questions and provide information about their summer programs. The event also will include parent workshops, activities, snacks, prizes and more.

Fairfield Middle School is located at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is free and open to the public. For details, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). > Read more.

Tejas Muthusamy repeats as regional spelling champ

Henrico sixth-grader will return to national spelling bee

Sixth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy repeated as regional champion Friday. Muthusamy, of Moody Middle School, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions in the 41st Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29 at National Harbor near Washington D.C. Last year, he finished eighth in that 281-person competition, earning national attention for his abilities from the event, which was broadcast on ESPN.

To win last week, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “redox” in the 14th round. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “of or relating to oxidation-reduction.” > Read more.

Henrico Police seek leads in 5-year-old shooting

Henrico County's Division of Police is seeking leads on a five-year-old shooting case that occurred in Twin Hickory.

On March 11, 2010, at about 10:55 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 4900 block of Park Meadows Lane. Once there, they discovered a 53-year-old victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the face from a rifle. He had been shot through the bay window of his kitchen. Henrico Fire transported the victim to VCU Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

After evaluation of the evidence and witness statements, the detectives believe that a suspect or suspects were hiding in the victim’s back yard before the incident occurred. > Read more.

Henrico sets final hearing on community development needs for March 26

Henrico County will hold a final public hearing Thursday, March 26 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 2031 of the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road. The hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 26 but was canceled due to winter weather.

Henrico will use the input of residents and others to prepare the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The plan will establish priorities for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. > 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.
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