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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Cat tests positive for rabies in Henrico

A cat that was acting strangely in the 5400 block of Seminary Avenue in Henrico's Northside Dec. 4 and later died at a veterinary office had rabies, Henrico County Police confirmed Monday.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit located the cat after being called to the area, where the cat had been exhibiting neurological symptoms. Officials transported it to the veterinary office, where it died shortly thereafter. Its remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing and came back positive the next day. > Read more.

Where the sidewalk begins

Some new pedestrian walkways are planned in Henrico

With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.

But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.

“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."

The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said. > Read more.

Light show

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights opened Nov. 28 and will illuminate Lakeside nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 12 (except for Dec. 24 and 25, when it will be closed). This year's theme – A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden – celebrates the history of the Lewis Ginter site, through more than 500,000 twinkling lights. > Read more.

Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Phoenix Fitness and Martial Arts – leased 7,595 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Acision, LLC – leased 3,248 square feet in Waterfront Plaza at 4401 Waterfront Dr.; The Weigh Station – leased 3,129 square feet in the Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; ALPS Insurance Agency, Inc. – leased 2,947 square feet in Interstate Center-Building B at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Firehouse Subs – leased 2,440 square feet in 5215 Shoppes at 5215 W. Broad St.; and W. Moore – renewed its lease of 1,763 in Westerre III at 3900 Westerre Pkwy. > Read more.

Safe Harbor names new director

Safe Harbor has named Cathy Easter as its new executive director.

Easter will lead the Henrico organization's sexual and domestic violence prevention work throughout the Metro Richmond community. She was selected by the Board of Directors' Executive Search Committee to replace Kathleen Demro, who served as the Safe Harbor’s executive director for five years.

Board President Mary Catharine Ginn Kolbert said she is excited to have Easter as the next leader of Safe Harbor.
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A visit to Santa Paws

Some local pet owners took the opportunity to introduce their pets to Santa Claus at Virginia Center Commons mall last month.

Above, Santa poses with four pugs and a cat named Macaroni (owned by Ruth Ferrer and Nancy and Gabriel Williams of Mechanicsville). > Read more.

Police charge Chesterfield man in 19 Henrico commercial burglaries

Suspect also charged in 20 other cases in Chesterfield and Richmond
UPDATE: DEC. 2, 11:14 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 50-year-old Chesterfield man in connection with 19 commercial burglaries in Henrico beginning in October. David Allen Williamson, of the 2300 block of Alfalfa Lane in Chesterfield, also faces charges in connection with 12 commercial burglaries in Richmond and eight in Chesterfield.

The incidents in Henrico showed that the method of entry was consistent, and similar items were taken from each location. When Richmond and Chesterfield began experiencing similar incidents, police in the two jurisdictions collaborated. > Read more.

Deep Run student wins ‘Reflections’ award

Grace Y. Lee, a senior at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, recently won the Outstanding Interpretation Award at this year’s Reflections Contest in the category of photography, the Virginia PTA announced last month.

Lee will be honored in the Reflections Award ceremony in February 2015. As the first place winner, Lee will have her entry judged at the district level.

The Virginia PTA provides the opportunity with students in pre-K through grade 12 to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program. > Read more.

Henrico Fire promotes 7

The Henrico Division of Fire this week promoted seven officials: J. Bryan Miers to fire battalion chief; Scott J. Archibeque and Ronald J. Thomas to fire captain; Daniel J. Cramer, Christian H. Kitchen, Joseph K. Mooney and Kevin M. Pond to fire lieutenant.

Fire Chief Anthony McDowell announced the promotions Dec. 1. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cohen Equities, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm, recently acquired six retail properties in the United States, including The Shoppes at Twin Oaks in Henrico County. The Shoppes at Twin Oaks is a 39,117-square-foot shopping center at Westerre Parkway and Cox Road. Currently, 12,264 square feet of space in the center is available for rent. Cohen Equities has purchased 26 properties in 13 U.S. states since its founding in 2012. > Read more.

3 Henrico teachers win REB Awards

Three Henrico County Public Schools teachers recently won grants as part of the 2014 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence, while three other HCPS teachers were finalists for the awards. The six were honored at a ceremony held earlier this month at the Virginia Historical Society.

The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.

HCPS seeks budget input for FY 2015-16

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.

The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.

There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. > 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.
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The Henrico County Public Library will host New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen High School as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program. Her novel and the featured All Henrico Reads title, “The Soul of an Octopus,” explores the emotional and physical worlds of the octopus – a surprisingly complex, intelligent and spirited creature – and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Books will be available for sale and the author will autograph books following the program. Admission is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/ahr. Full text

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