Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.
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‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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Cyclist killed in crash was 52-year-old man

Henrico Police have named the victim killed June 21 when the bicycle he was riding collided with a truck on Mechanicsville Turnpike near I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Fifty-two year-old Ray J. Freeman, of Richmond, died at a local hospital after being struck. The truck that hit him was traveling south on Mechanicsville Turnpike.
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2 seeking Republican nomination for Clerk of Court seat

Heidi Barshinger and Sherry Fones will compete June 9 for the Republican nomination to seek the Henrico Clerk of Court seat in the Nov. 3 general election, during which the winner will face at least one challenger, Tinesha Jackson (a paralegal in the Henrico County Attorney’s office). Both candidates responded to the Citizen's candidate questionnaire, and their answers appear below.
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3 competing for Republican Commonwealth’s Attorney nomination

Shannon Dillon, Jeff Everhart and Tony Pham are competing for the Republican nomination to run for the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney seat in the Nov. 3 general election against incumbent Democrat Shannon Taylor. Each responded to the Citizen's candidate questionnaire, and their answers appear below.
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Business in brief


Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, has announced that Henrico-based ChildFund International will join its team of partners as the “Official Charity of Choice” for the nine-day cycling event to be held in Richmond this September. As part of the partnership, the two organizations will co-promote the 10-Bike Challenge, a local offshoot of ChildFund’s Dream Bike program, an initiative that raises money to purchase bicycles for girls in 12 countries who need them to get to and from school. Local businesses are each being asked to participate in the 10-Bike Challenge by raising $1,000, enough to pay for 10 bikes. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough funds to pay for 3,400 bicycles. Tredegar, a global manufacturer of plastic films and aluminum extrusions in Richmond, is helping kick off the campaign with a $25,000 grant.
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Henrico graduations to be streamed online, on TV


Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place next week at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed from the school system's home page, http://henrico.k12.va.us, or from each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and shown again later in June.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums daily on the division’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later from the division’s website.
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Marshall changes her mind, will seek re-election

UPDATE: JUNE 3, 10:58 P.M. – Two-term Tuckahoe District School Board member Lisa Marshall – who announced a little more than a month ago that she would give up her seat – has changed her mind and announced tonight that she will seek re-election in November after all.

Marshall changed her mind after seeing that no one had filed to run for the seat, with the deadline to file less than a week away.
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2 Henrico students participate in White House event

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe represented Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, were accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and joined approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady greeted the students, who then harvested vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoyed a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs.
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Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition.
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Schools embrace financial literacy program


A financial literacy program called Banzai has made its way into the curriculum of Henrico County Public Schools and is meant to expose students to financial responsibilities.

Henrico Federal Credit Union started sponsoring the financial literacy program in 2012, and its engagement in the program gives teachers the opportunity to provide an innovative, high-quality experience to their students at no cost.

“The goal was to focus on improving financial literacy for the rising generations who would soon be facing financial decision in their lives,” said Banzai spokesperson Rachel Yentes. “This program also creates a relationship between students and their sponsor, who can help them with financial decisions in the future. Banzai is fun and engaging, which helps students to enjoy learning about financial literacy and most importantly, remember what they are learning."
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State, Ancestry.com complete Virginia’s vital records digitization


A two-year collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com has resulted in the complete digitization of Virginia's vital records. More than 16 million records have been digitized and indexed, with scanned images of the original public documents available online through Ancestry.com. (In Virginia, death, marriage and divorce data become "public" information 25 years after the event and birth data 100 years after.)

Access to the indexed information on the records is available free of charge through VDH’s Division of Vital Records’ and the Library of Virginia’s websites.
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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that.
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Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right).
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Business in brief


More than 300 locations of the Richmond-based company sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Summer Camp mobile program. From June 1-30, sweetFrog associates will sell $1 pin-up mobiles that offer customers the opportunity to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA Summer Camp – all at no cost to their families. This is the third year sweetFrog has supported MDA through its mobile fundraising programs, thus far raising more than $65,000. This year is the first program that has been supported by all locations of sweetFrog nationwide, including its expansive network of locally-owned franchised locations.
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