HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 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. > Read more.
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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.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle in Eastern Henrico

Henrico Police have released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle in Eastern Henrico. Joseph Z. Carrington, 54, of the 1800 block of National Street in Henrico, was pronounced dead at the scene on Gay Avenue, near Walsh Drive.
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Bagby falls short in 74th District primary

Kevin Sullivan wins Democratic nomination, will compete in Jan. 13 special election
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DEC. 23, 11 A.M. – Henrico County School Board member Lamont Bagby fell several votes short in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination to seek the 74th District House of Delegates seat in a Jan. 13 special election.

Bagby lost by eight votes – 24 to 16 – in a firehouse primary to Charles City resident Kevin Sullivan, a former International Brotherhood of Teamsters political coordinator. Former 74th District representative Floyd Miles finished third.

Only about 100 Democrats in the district (which spans portions of Henrico and Richmond and all of Charles City County) were eligible to vote – those who are active members of the Democratic committees in one of the three localities – and only a few more than 40 turned out. > Read more.

Short Pump Town Center completes enhancements

Short Pump Town Center has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation that took place during the past several months.

The center has added landscaping, walkways lit with hanging lanterns, new gathering spaces withseating under heated pavilions, fountains, a new pedestrian bridge spanning the main plaza, additional covered bridges, updated restrooms, a centrally located glass elevator, a new children's play village in the food court and an outdoor play area in the main plaza, in addition to a fireplace. > Read more.

Project Lifesaver helps keep Henrico residents safe


Since its adoption by Henrico County in 2005, the Project Lifesaver program has helped locate 312 missing county residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and autism.

During the past 30 days, the program has helped locate five missing residents and return them to their homes safely.

The Henrico Division of Fire, Division of Police and Sheriff’s Office provided a demonstration last week of the Project Lifesaver program at the Henrico County Training Center to demonstrate how it works. > Read more.

Martin’s customers donate $24k to Henrico Christmas Mother

Martin's Food Markets will make a donation of more than $24,000 to the Henrico Christmas Mother program, as a result of contributions provided by its customers Nov. 2-Dec. 6.

The grocery store chain collected a total of $100,177 from customers at its Metro Richmond and Williamsburg stores during the period. The Henrico Christmas Mother will receive $24,549.33. Other programs receiving donations are the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother ($28,000), the Hanover Christmas Mother ($13,120), the Salvation Army Central Virginia Command ($26,000) and the Salvation Army of Williamsburg ($8,505). > Read more.

Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Rebecca Steel has joined the Residential Property Services Group as portfolio manager in its Richmond office. Steel is a native of Roanoke and has lived in the Richmond area for 12 years. Her portfolio will consist of multi-family properties in Richmond and Norfolk. She has more than 20 years of property management experience. Before joining Thalhimer, Steel was with Plus Management, overseeing a portfolio of commercial buildings as well as art studios and workspaces along with conventional and tax credit communities. Prior to that, she worked in managerial roles with United Dominion Realty Trust, Landmark Property Services and served as vice president of operations for Summit Realty Group. Her experience encompasses HUD based, LIHTC as well as conventional communities to include new construction, historical rehab projects along with the re-positioning of distressed communities to compete within the current market. Steel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from UC Irvine as well as a degree in early childhood development. > Read more.

Henrico firefighter honored

Henrico firefighter Jon Reinmuth recently earned the Liberty Mutual Firemark Award for Community Service.

Reinmuth manages the activities of the fourth-grade education program, the Junior Firefighter program, Summer Blast and the Kids Safety Wagon for the Division of Fire. He is currently working on development of several new programs that will enhance service to the county, including upgraded senior safety programs, the Hand Only CPR program and a college safety program. > Read more.

Henrico Police earns spot on Military Times’ ‘Best for Vets’ in 2015

The Henrico County Police Division has earned a spot in the Military Times' “Best for Vets” ranking for 2015. The Division of Police was one of 24 agencies recognized across the United States for its efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success.

The Henrico County Police Division’s Personnel Unit averages approximately 12 recruiting visits to military bases annually while working with Military Transition Officers and Career Services Units to recruit and hire veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, the division’s Personnel Unit assists current members who are being deployed or returning to duty with their transitions. > Read more.

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Community

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

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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