Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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VIPs for a day

Wayman Swanson and his son, Nicholas, were among the “VIPs” who gathered at Shula's Steak House in Short Pump Nov. 5 for a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the restaurant chain.

Included in the festivities were opportunities to view a “25 Years of Shula's” commemorative video featuring the restaurant's founder, the legendary Baltimore Colts’ and Miami Dolphins’ coach Don Shula, and to hold a replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy that is presented to the NFL’s Super Bowl champion each year. > Read more.

Steward School gives interim head of school permanent title

UPDATE: NOV. 21, 2:15 P.M. – The Steward School today named Interim Head of School Dan Frank as the new head of school.

The Steward Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee conducted a national search but determined that the best candidate for the job was the one who already held it. The board and committee unanimously supported Frank's appointment.

“We are absolutely confident that we have selected the candidate who best fits the needs of our school community," Board Chair Maria Brent Jones said. "Dan is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation and community, as well as a deep understanding of Steward, to this leadership role.”
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Four Henrico firefighters earn Valor Awards


Four Henrico County firefighters were recognized at this year's Silver Anniversary celebration of the Valor Awards, an annual event celebrating the courage of the Richmond area's first responders.

Held Nov. 7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association and honored law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel from around the region for their brave and selfless acts.

Lt. Michael Jason Carneal received a Bronze Valor Award for his actions the night of July 22. While off duty, Lt. Carneal was leaving his home at approximately 5:45 a.m. when he noticed a neighbor knocking and screaming at the door of another neighbor’s house. > Read more.

Business in brief


Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc., an affiliate of McKesson Corporation, a leading healthcare services and information technology company, will invest more than $10 million in capital expense to expand its divisional headquarters operation in Henrico County, creating 225 new jobs. The company will relocate its headquarters facility to 168,500 square feet of the Deep Run III building, which was recently purchased and renovated by Markel|Eagle Partners. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Henrico County Economic Development Authority and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Gov. McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henrico County with the project. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. > Read more.

Tribal rhythm

This young dancer was one of many who participated in the 23rd annual Great American Indian Exposition and Pow-Wow at the Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico Nov. 15-16. The event also included a number of other activities and demonstrations. > Read more.

Free Agents Marketing wins IMPACT award

Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing won the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 IMPACT Award in the Small Business category, besting TrueTimber Tree Service and Unboxed Technology.

The awards recognize small and large companies for their impacts on the region’s economy, through innovation in their industries, community involvement and improving the lives of their employees.

From 2009 to 2013, Free Agents, through client expenditures, reinvested more than $34 million dollars into the greater Richmond region. In 2013, the agency sought services from more than 350 local vendors. > Read more.

Henrico HS closed again Friday

Contractor unlikely to face financial penalty for accident
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.

School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.

"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email. > Read more.

HCPS students offering holiday plants for sale

Horticulture students at Hermitage Technical Center and the Academy at Virginia Randolph will be holding plant sales in November and December at both campuses. The events will offer holiday-themed plants, such as poinsettias and flowering kale, Christmas cacti and others.

The Academy of Virginia Randolph will host its pre-Thanksgiving sale on Monday, Nov. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and its holiday sale Dec. 2-3, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 each at both events. The school is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Henrico native one of 50 new state troopers

Among the 50 new Virginia State Troopers who will graduate from the 122nd Basic Session Nov. 21 in Chesterfield are a Henrico native and an officer who will be assigned to Henrico.

Henrico native Jonathan Lee Harris will graduate and be assigned to serve in King William County, while Williamsburg native Benjamin Nicholas Canning will be assigned to serve Henrico County.

The new troopers have received more than 1,600 hours of classroom and field instruction in more than 100 different subjects, including defensive tactics, crime scene investigation, ethics and leadership, survival Spanish, police professionalism, firearms, judicial procedures, officer survival, cultural diversity and crisis management. > Read more.

Thanksgiving to delay CVWMA curbside recycling collections

CVWMA curbside recycling and trash collections will be delayed one day in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. There will no curbside recycling collections on Thanksgiving Day.

Recycling collections Monday through Wednesday will be on regular schedule. Red Thursday and Red Friday curbside recyclers will have a one-day delay in curbside recycling collection service due to the holiday. Collection will take place on the day following the regularly scheduled collection day. Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

A jolly good time

Thousands of shoppers – including the Alfaro family (pictured with Santa Claus) enjoyed Lakeside’s tenth-annual Holly Jolly Christmas event Nov. 14-15. Shops along the avenue stayed open late Friday night and offered food and discounts to shoppers who were getting a head-start on their holiday purchases. > Read more.

Celebrating early arrivals

Hillary Bleckley holds 21-day-old son Tatum – who was two months premature – at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17.

The hospital dressed newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery at the hospital in purple hats and onesies in recognition of the day. Purple is the official color of the March of Dimes, which works to reduce premature birth rates.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System supports the 39-Week Initiative, a national effort to reduce the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks into a pregnancy. > 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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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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Henrico County Community Revitalization will present a free home maintenance workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. The topic will be “Outdoor Improvements.” Learn how to take care of decks and patios, how to properly paint indoor and outdoor spaces, how to design a landscape that works for you, and how to prepare your yard for spring. The workshop features local experts, practical hands-on demonstrations, exhibits and light refreshments. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For details, call 501-7640 or visit http://www.henrico.us/revit. Full text

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