Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Glen Allen students win Reflections awards

Three Glen Allen High School students were winners in the PTA Reflections Contest recently. Junior Noah Carpenter (pictured above, right) won the Award of Excellence in the Virginia PTA Reflections Contest for his film entitled “A Better World Starts at Home.” Junior Katherine Weber (left), won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Music Composition. Freshman Abby Dodd (center) won the Richmond District’s Outstanding Interpretation Award for Dance Choreography.
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Henrico Fire earns national Congressional Fire Services Institute award


The Henrico County Division of Fire recently was selected from among fire departments across the United States to receive the 2015 Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award. The award recognizes best-practices in emergency medical services. Representatives from Henrico County will receive the award April 16 during the annual CFSI Caucus Dinner in Washington DC.

The award recognizes the commitment of Henrico County in supporting Department of Defense missions. Henrico Fire regularly partners with a variety of DOD units including the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army and the Virginia National Guard.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of a retail outparcel situated at 11290 W. Broad Street in the Brookhollow Shopping Center in Henrico County. CFT Developments, LLC purchased the 1.18 acres from Target Corporation for $2,100,000 and plans to build a 6,000 square foot building to accommodate a Panda Express restaurant with drive-thru and retail space at this location. Planned opening is tentatively scheduled for November 2015. Connie Jordan Nielsen of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the buyer.
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Governor criticized for allowing more surveillance


A Democratic senator, a prominent Republican and civil libertarians are blasting Gov. Terry McAuliffe for amending a bill that would protect Virginia citizens from high-tech government surveillance.

Senate Bill 965, introduced by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, aimed to protect citizens’ right to privacy. The bill would limit the ability of government agencies and their use of technology to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and organizations.

“Unless a criminal or administrative warrant has been issued, law-enforcement and regulatory agencies shall not use any surveillance technology to collect or maintain personal information where such data is of unknown relevance and is not intended for prompt evaluation and potential use respecting suspected criminal activity or terrorism by any individual or organization,” the bill stated.
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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.
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Controlled burn scheduled at Malvern Hill


The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.

The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.

The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density.
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‘Liberty or death’ lives on, 240 years later

Henry's famed speech occurred in what was then Henrico County

It was the birthing cry of a nation, and 240 years later, Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech still resonates.

In fact, if you know where to look in Richmond, you can still hear it.

A re-enactment was held at St. John’s Church on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the speech that Henry delivered at the Second Virginia Convention in March 1775. More re-enactments will be conducted for schoolchildren during April. And from May until September, the speech will be re-enacted for the general public every Sunday afternoon.
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Police seek information about murder

Henrico Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of a 22-year-old Henrico man March 25.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. that day, officers responded to a firearm violation in the 200 block of Newbridge Circle. Responding officers located an adult male victim, 22-year-old Justin Gabriel Rogers of the 2400 block of Bromby Street, with obvious signs of trauma. He was dead upon the officers' arrival. The motive and cause of death is unknown, and detectives are continuing their investigation.
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Governor orders training for ABC agents


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

This comes a week after McAuliffe called for the State Police to investigate ABC enforcement officers’ arrest of a University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson. Johnson, who needed 10 stitches in his head, said the agents used excessive force.

The governor issued a press release outlining Executive Order 40, which will require “the immediate retraining of all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth, and community policing.”
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Business in brief


Shine Blowdry Bar, Richmond’s first salon devoted exclusively to hairstyling and makeup services, opens at 5227 W. Broad St. near Willow Lawn this April. With 10 styling stations, the 1,440 square foot, modern salon is designed to be walk-in friendly. There is no need to make an appointment, with the exception of booking large/private parties or visits outside of regular business hours. At Shine, the experience typically starts with a complimentary cup of coffee or glass of wine (for patrons over 21) and a peek at a “Look Book” for inspiration on various styles, ranging from the bouncy “Starlet” to the sleek “Executive Sweet.” Basic blowouts include a shampoo, blowdry and styling at a flat fee $40, no matter the hair length or level of difficulty. Kids under 10 are eligible for “The Twinkle” styling at $25. Updos, braids and on-location styling can be scheduled at additional cost. Hair repair and massage treatments and a variety of makeup services are also available.
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Lowe’s, First Alert donate smoke detectors


Officials from Lowe’s in Short Pump recently donated 200 First Alert smoke detectors to the Henrico County Division of Fire. The division will use the detectors in its smoke detector program, which provides the life-saving items free to county citizens who otherwise could not afford them.

Pictured, Lowe’s Manager Kerrie Guido and Pro Services Specialist Lavelle Rudd present the smoke detectors to a Henrico Fire official.

The division relies upon donations to make the program successful. Each year, it installs approximately 1,000 smoke detectors in homes throughout Henrico County.
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Deep Run Marathon Dance raises $216,753 for charities


The Ninth Annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided an invigorating boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $216,753, bringing its nine-year fundraising total to more than $1.5 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.

Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 20 and left 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.
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