Republicans, Democrats ready to race to fill open House seat


When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.

Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.

Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.

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.
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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.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 17-23


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 17-23, 2014 appears below:

7 Red Fox Lane – $50,000, 923 SF (built in 1962), from Janet Blanchard to James Houghton and Jonathan Pierce.
2155 Binford Lane – $60,000, 1,007 SF (built in 1977), from Melissa Dawn Johnson to Moore Eloise Neal.
8705 Weldon Drive – $85,000, 1,397 SF (built in 1955), from William F. Gallasch and Mary K. G. Redd to William Frederick Gallasch.
104 Defense Avenue – $97,000, 824 SF (built in 1949), from Dan Sturdivant, Jr. and V.E. Sturdivant to Equity Trust Company.
508 Wilmer Avenue – $105,000, 1,224 SF (built in 1977), from Signal Asset Management LLC to GMG Properties LLC.
6116 Almond Creek Lane – $121,000, 1,872 SF (built in 1991), from Corey and Marshelle Y. Cooke to Devon Shelton.
5211 Coxson Road – $144,568, 970 SF (built in 1948), from Charles H. Parsons III and Angela L. Parsons to Federal National Mortgage Association. > Read more.

Raccoon found in West End tests positive for rabies

A raccoon that attacked a pot-bellied pig in a residential area on River Road Dec. 7 had rabies, Henrico Police reported.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 8700 block of River Road for an animal related call for service that day, after the caller informed police that he had observed a raccoon attack one of his pot-bellied pigs and killed the raccoon. The raccoon remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing. > Read more.

Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine. > Read more.

Ease to please

Varina farm protected by conservation easement

Virginia Lipford has lived on her 10-acre, fourth-generation family farm in Varina for the past 40 years. Now, she can rest comfortably, after the recent establishment of a conservation easement between her family, the Henricopolis Water and Conservation District and the Capital Region Land Conservancy that will help protect her property forever.

A conservation easement takes place when a property owner seeks help in preserving his or her land by limiting certain types of uses or preventing developments from taking place on the land in perpetuity, while the land remains in private hands. > Read more.

Missing Highland Springs woman found safe

UPDATE: Dec. 9, 11:27 A.M. –Henrico Police reported this morning that a missing 19-year-old Highland Springs woman who has autism had been located safe and reunited with her family. Elizabeth Dawn Martinez had been reported missing yesterday afternoon.

No further details about her return are available at this time. > Read more.

Bon Secours promotes St. Mary’s Hospital CEO

Bon Secours Virginia recently announced that it will promote St. Mary's Hospital CEO Toni R. Ardabell to chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, effective Jan. 1. In her new role, Ardabell will be responsible for all operations in Central Virginia, with the exception of the Medical Group and HealthSource, which will remain directly reporting to Bernard. Ardabell will continue to serve as CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. She also will assume the role with the Bon Secours Richmond Board as the CEO of Bon Secours Richmond.

Ardabell joined Bon Secours in 2009 as the chief executive officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. In 2012 she was given additional responsibility for Women’s, Pediatrics, Retail and the Senior Services service lines. Most recently, in 2014, her responsibilities grew to include chief executive officer of St. Francis Medical Center. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals hosting physicians from China

HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals is hosting a group of 16 Chinese physicians through Dec. 19. The visiting physicians will be shadowing physicians at Henrico Doctors’ to learn American methodology and practice in medicine.

The group, sent by the Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, is in Henrico as part of an exchange program run by the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS & Affiliates).

“Healthcare is continuing to expand globally bringing international cultures closer together for the same cause,” said Anthony Spensieri, M.D., chief medical officer for Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. > 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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