‘It’s such a blessing’

Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First.
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Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital.
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HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.
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State Police to increase patrols for Fourth of July weekend

Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.

“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.”
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Local fifth-grader to perform at Carnegie Hall

Ten-year-old Margaret Parrino, a rising fifth-grade student at Richmond Montessori School, was selected as a winner in her age division of the 2015 American Protege International Vocal Competition. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m.

Talented young musicians from across the globe compete, and the winners perform their solo debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world.
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Lakeside girl to compete at MLB All-Star Game event

A Lakeside girl won her age bracket in the qualifying round of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. last month and is headed to the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati to compete for the national championship in her division.

Kayla Stephens (above) won the 7-8 year-old division for girls at the event. All 30 MLB teams hosted similar events for boys and girls in four age divisions: 7-8 ,9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
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No one injured during fiery morning wreck on I-295

UPDATE: JUNE 30, 12:02 P.M. – No one was injured during a fiery two-tractor trailer accident on Interstate 295 North near the Pocahontas Parkway in Varina this morning.

Henrico Fire units responded to the scene near mile marker 25 on I-295 North at 8:19 a.m. and found both tractor trailers off the road and down an embankment, with one on fire.
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Va. Guard soldiers, airmen eligible for Va. Veterans ID card

A new Virginia law takes effect July 1 making Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen eligible for the Virginia Veterans Identification Card, and the first applicants for the card will be recognized at a ceremony at 10 a.m. July 1, 2015, at the Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Veterans Services will conduct the ceremony, and a DMV 2 Go mobile customer service center will be on site to process the applications and remain afterwards to perform other transactions. Applicants will receive their Veterans ID Card in the mail from DMV's secure card issuance facility in about five days.
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Land Lovers, Clean Businesses honored

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee selected the winners of its 2015 Land Lover and Clean Business Awards, which honors one residential and one business property in each of the county's five magisterial districts that are beautifully landscaped and maintained.
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Henrico Schools holding job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair in two sessions next Tuesday, July 7, from 8-11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road.

HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will attend to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.
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Fairfield MS band wins 5 awards

The Fairfield Middle School Band performed at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg during the "Music in the Park" event and brought home five awards for excellence. The band was directed by Kimberly Storrs and Ms. Cook.
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‘NuckolsPlace’ shopping center planned in Far West End


A new shopping center will sprout at the intersection of Nuckols Road and Twin Hickory Road in Henrico's Far West End.

NuckolsPlace will sit on 15 acres surrounding an existing Walgreens store and will feature about 90,000 square feet of what developers are terming high-end retail. Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc. sold the site to Nuckols Place VFI, L.C., for $8.1 million, the companies announced Thursday. A Ukrop's grocery store had been planned for the site years ago, but then the company was sold to Martin's in 2010.
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A prize with a purse


Brennan Maynard (left), a history teacher at J.R. Tucker H.S., was awarded the Edson Pederson Prize in History at a faculty luncheon held June 9. The award was established upon the retirement of Edson Pederson (right) from JRTHS in 2004.

Each year, the Tucker principal selects a history teacher to receive the award, which is accompanied by $300 to use as the teacher wishes. Pederson's wife, Sharon, says she established the fund to show support for teachers and has built the fund over the years with contributions from friends and family. "So far as we know," she said, "it is the only gift of its kind for teachers in the area."
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Henrico County property transactions, June 8-14


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3212 Emporia Street – $70,000, 688 SF (built in 1948), from Lease Buy Own LLC to Renee R. Slaughter.
1503 Bronwyn Road #T-2 – $90,000, 846 SF (built in 1977), from Winifred W. Malone and M. R. Taylor Trustee to Federal National Mortgage Association.
800 Brassie Lane #D – $91,000, 1,075 SF (built in 1998, from Betty L. Ackerman to James E. and Sue E. Bailey.
1609 Buckner Street – $112,500, 1,114 SF (built in 2004), from Kimberly T. Broadnax to Joel Q. and Mary A. Alston.
912 Stonemeadow Drive – $158,000, 1,440 SF (built in 1999), from Shawn F. Gaines to Quinton R. Wright.
5608 Millwheel Way – $161,000, 1,440 SF (built in 2005), from Joseph Ryan Rose to Keys2Click LLC.
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