Walmart honors Citizen’s ‘Top Teachers’ during grand opening


The much-anticipated new Walmart Supercenter in Eastern Henrico opened to busy crowds last week, and company officials welcomed a special group of shoppers, too.
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‘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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Business in brief


Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, has announced that Henrico-based ChildFund International will join its team of partners as the “Official Charity of Choice” for the nine-day cycling event to be held in Richmond this September. As part of the partnership, the two organizations will co-promote the 10-Bike Challenge, a local offshoot of ChildFund’s Dream Bike program, an initiative that raises money to purchase bicycles for girls in 12 countries who need them to get to and from school. Local businesses are each being asked to participate in the 10-Bike Challenge by raising $1,000, enough to pay for 10 bikes. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough funds to pay for 3,400 bicycles. Tredegar, a global manufacturer of plastic films and aluminum extrusions in Richmond, is helping kick off the campaign with a $25,000 grant.
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Henrico graduations to be streamed online, on TV


Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place next week at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed from the school system's home page, http://henrico.k12.va.us, or from each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and shown again later in June.

The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums daily on the division’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later from the division’s website.
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Marshall changes her mind, will seek re-election

UPDATE: JUNE 3, 10:58 P.M. – Two-term Tuckahoe District School Board member Lisa Marshall – who announced a little more than a month ago that she would give up her seat – has changed her mind and announced tonight that she will seek re-election in November after all.

Marshall changed her mind after seeing that no one had filed to run for the seat, with the deadline to file less than a week away.
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2 Henrico students participate in White House event

Henrico students Amina Abdulkadir and Lilah Monroe represented Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at the White House June 3, as part of the first harvest of the White House's Kitchen Garden. The program was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's national initiative to get kids moving and eating healthy food.

Abdulkadir, a ten-year-old fourth-grader at Ridge Elementary, and Monroe, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Springfield Park Elementary, were accompanied by Abdulkadir’s mother, Isnina Hassan, and joined approximately 50 other students, parents and educators from around the country. The First Lady greeted the students, who then harvested vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden and enjoyed a light lunch featuring vegetables prepared by White House chefs.
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Cavs care


Members of the UVA Club of Richmond accompanied several residents of The Virginia Home to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in April as part of "Cavs Care Month."

Residents of the facility, which provides nursing, therapeutic and residential care to adults with irreversible physical disabilities, enjoyed a an afternoon exploring the gardens and the "Butterflies Live!" exhibition.
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Schools embrace financial literacy program


A financial literacy program called Banzai has made its way into the curriculum of Henrico County Public Schools and is meant to expose students to financial responsibilities.

Henrico Federal Credit Union started sponsoring the financial literacy program in 2012, and its engagement in the program gives teachers the opportunity to provide an innovative, high-quality experience to their students at no cost.

“The goal was to focus on improving financial literacy for the rising generations who would soon be facing financial decision in their lives,” said Banzai spokesperson Rachel Yentes. “This program also creates a relationship between students and their sponsor, who can help them with financial decisions in the future. Banzai is fun and engaging, which helps students to enjoy learning about financial literacy and most importantly, remember what they are learning."
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State, Ancestry.com complete Virginia’s vital records digitization


A two-year collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com has resulted in the complete digitization of Virginia's vital records. More than 16 million records have been digitized and indexed, with scanned images of the original public documents available online through Ancestry.com. (In Virginia, death, marriage and divorce data become "public" information 25 years after the event and birth data 100 years after.)

Access to the indexed information on the records is available free of charge through VDH’s Division of Vital Records’ and the Library of Virginia’s websites.
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Henrico student finishes 7th in Scripps National Spelling Bee


Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy finished seventh in the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night – one spot better than last year, when he finished eighth in the event.

In order to advance to last night's finals, Muthusamy correctly spelled "credenza," "castalia," "saxaul" and "symblepharon" during earlier competitions Thursday. During the 10-person finals, televised Thursday night by ESPN, Muthusamy correctly spelled "billiken," a comic figure used as a mascot, but then was eliminated when he misspelled "Tartarean," an adjective referring to Tartarus, a deep abyss used as a dungeon of torment and suffering in Greek mythology. He spelled the word with an "i" instead of an "e."

Only two students have won the Henrico countywide spelling bee in the past seven years – Muthusamy the past two years and Aditya Kannoth the five years prior to that.
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Business donates over-stove fire extinguishers to Henrico Div. of Fire


Professional Restoration Services recently donated 35 pairs of Stovetop Firestops, a fire extinguishing product that mounts over stoves to quickly and automatically extinguish stovetop fires when it senses flames, to the Henrico Division of Fire.

Henrico Fire officials have noted several positive outcomes from kitchen fires in the county during the past year that were suppressed by the system. One such fire occurred May 8 on Sprenkle Lane, but when firefighters arrived, they found that the system already had extinguished the fire (pictured, at right).
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Business in brief


More than 300 locations of the Richmond-based company sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit muscle strength and mobility by participating in the MDA Summer Camp mobile program. From June 1-30, sweetFrog associates will sell $1 pin-up mobiles that offer customers the opportunity to help send local children affected by neuromuscular diseases to a week where anything is possible at MDA Summer Camp – all at no cost to their families. This is the third year sweetFrog has supported MDA through its mobile fundraising programs, thus far raising more than $65,000. This year is the first program that has been supported by all locations of sweetFrog nationwide, including its expansive network of locally-owned franchised locations.
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Henrico Police turn on the ‘Summer Heat’


For the second consecutive year, the Henrico Division of Police is turning up the heat this summer.

Operation Summer Heat is a crime prevention and deterrence initiative that promotes a safe environment for Henrico’s summer visitors and county residents. Police officials kicked of the effort May 22, and it will continue through Sept. 7. The division will pay specific attention to events and/or areas where tourists may be visiting Henrico County. Henrico County citizens may assist the police with Operation Summer Heat by reporting any suspicious activity they may see in their neighborhoods or at community events by calling (804) 501-5000 (in non-emergency situations) or 911 during emergencies.
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United Way program nets Henrico residents $438k in refunds


Metrocash volunteers who are IRS certified tax preparers and Cash Coaches helped generate tax returns that garnered more than $2.9 million in federal and state tax refunds for 2,517 working adults in the Richmond region – including $438,701 for 401 Henrico residents – during the 2014 tax season.

Metrocash, the local Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program operated by United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg offers the preparation of federal and state income tax returns free of charge for low to moderate income workers earning less than $53,000 per year.

Because of the Metrocash program, local workers also saved a total of more than $622,000 in tax preparation fees.
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