Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

Candidates will seek seats on Board of Supervisors, in Virginia House
APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing

Support group offers teens help, hope through art

In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said.
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Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County.
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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent.
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Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above).
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Woman wins $4M lottery prize in Henrico

You might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on Feb. 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’”
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General Assembly finalizes ethics bill


The results are in. All of the General Assembly’s work on ethics reform in the 2015 session came to an end Friday with the passage of a 98-page bill that lawmakers hailed as a significant accomplish, but some critics said it still needs work.

The issue of ethics has been a joke for some legislators, but House Speaker William J. Howell said on the first day of the session that it is the responsibility of the General Assembly to gain Virginia’s trust back.

The week before the session started, former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison for corruption – and toward the end of the session, his wife Maureen was given a prison term of one year and a day.
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United Way celebrates ‘Read Across America Day’


Read Across America Day, or Dr. Seuss’s birthday, was celebrated March 2 by more than 60 members of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, who fanned out across the region to read to toddlers and preschoolers. Their mission was to foster a love of books and reading with children and to raise awareness for the importance of early literacy.

The goal of early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between youngsters and adults and the role of literacy-rich experiences.

Above, Kings Dominion employee Raquel Goodson reads Green Eggs and Ham to some eager listeners at Antioch Learning Center in Henrico’s East End.
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UCI 2015 events to begin in Lakeside

UPDATE: FEB. 27, 10:50 A.M. – The first two days of events in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships this fall will begin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside, officials with Richmond 2015 confirmed publicly today.

The championships, a nine-day event that is considered international cycling's premier event, are being held in the United States for just the second time ever and the first since 1986.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, team time trial training and trial circuit training will begin at Lewis Ginter and head along Lakeside Avenue before winding through downtown Richmond, entering Eastern Henrico along Route 5, then circling south to Osborne Turnpike and back into downtown.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 3595 Mayland Court in Henrico County. Mayland Court Partners, LLC purchased the 5,043 square foot office/warehouse condo from Moreland Realty LLC for $675,000 as an investment. Evan M. Magrill, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
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Rep. Scott: Let independent panel draw districts


U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, says the General Assembly should take some of the politics out of redistricting by having an independent commission redraw political boundaries.

When legislators themselves do redistricting, they have a personal interest in protecting their political future and their party, Scott said. That’s why he’d prefer that redistricting be done by a bipartisan or nonpartisan panel.

“It would still be partisan, but the difference is that it’s not personal,” Scott said in an interview after speaking to political science students and faculty Monday at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Feeling right at home


The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
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Could new children’s hospital land in Henrico?

The Richmond region is closer to having a freestanding, independently-operated children's hospital, and the site may be announced as early as June, the head of the organizational alliance told a Henrico women's group recently.

Addressing a Feb. 5 meeting of The Tri Club Woman's Club at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Katherine E. Busser, CEO and president of the Virginia Children's Hospital Alliance, described a movement that has taken years to get underway but is rapidly gaining momentum.
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Fire officials practice ice rescue


Firefighters don't have the opportunity to train for every type of rescue operation they may eventually face, but Henrico firefighters did have a real-world training opportunity last weekend, thanks to frigid temperatures in the county.

The Division of Fire’s Specialty Rescue teams practiced ice rescues at a partially frozen lake in Three Lakes Park in northern Henrico Feb. 20. The Technical Rescue team, Hazardous Materials team and the Search and Rescue Dive team joined forces to practice skills needed to successfully pull victims out of a frozen lake.

One of the team members in a special ice suit was placed in the water, and team members practiced rescuing him using some of the specialized equipment. In one scenario, a Carlson board and ice spikes were used to make it out on the ice to the victim and ropes were used to pull both of them back.
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No injuries reported in Northside fire


No one was injured but a family of six will be displaced for a short period of time as the result of a fire at a house in the 2700 block of Harvie Road Feb. 23.

Henrico Fire units responded to the fire at 11:33 a.m. and found smoke coming from the front of the house. Inside the home, fire crews found fire in the kitchen of the single story home. The fire had spread to the living room and attic area of the home. Fire crews were able to keep the fire contained to that portion of the home, and it was quickly extinguished. The fire was marked under control at 11:49 a.m.
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