Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Henrico Board of Supervisors moved meeting back to Nov. 12

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, instead of Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Board Room at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The board will shift its first meeting this month in recognition of the Tuesday holiday. > Read more.

Short Pump ES students to host pumpkin launch, composting event

Judy Fitzpatrick’s Short Pump Elementary School students are making Halloween greener by asking people to launch their rotting pumpkins. Fitzpatrick’s fourth-graders are offering an alternative to sending tired jack-o’-lanterns to the landfill: turning them into compost to enrich the soil and feed pigs and other livestock.

If a more sustainable holiday isn’t reason enough to take part in the school’s Smash-O-Lantern event, those who bring their pumpkins to the school this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will get a chance to launch their gourds into recycling fame. The students are working with an engineer and the staff at Home Depot to construct and test a launcher. > Read more.

Ogburn defeats Dhakar for Three Chopt School Board seat

UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. – Former Henrico County teacher Micky Ogburn has won a special election to serve the final year of a four-year School Board term representing the Three Chopt District, easily defeating Surya Dhakar tonight, 62 percent to 36 percent.

Ogburn coasted to victory, receiving 11,505 votes to Dhakar’s 6,745. She won all 15 physical precincts and the absentee precinct, achieving more than 61 percent of the vote in all but four of them. > Read more.

Goshorn named Christmas Mother

The Henrico Christmas Mother Council has announced that Rebecca "Becky" M. Goshorn, a retired math teacher from Henrico County Public Schools, has been chosen as the 2014 Henrico Christmas Mother.

A Norfolk native and a resident of Henrico County for 38 years, Goshorn began teaching mathematics and computer science at Hermitage High School in 1977 and retired in 2000.

She is currently a mathematics education consultant, an adjunct mathematics teacher at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and an adjunct university supervisor for mathematics graduate Interns at Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Quidditch invades Dorey Park

Twenty college quidditch teams totaling more than 400 players participated in the U.S. Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship Nov. 1-2 at Varina's Dorey Park. A team from the University of Maryland won the tournament, while VCU's entry (pictured above) won the consolation bracket to qualify for the world championships. The game is inspired by one played by characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. > Read more.

12 new CASA volunteers sworn in

Twelve new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) were sworn in by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Rondelle D. Herman Oct. 8.

Herman told the new volunteers she depends on CASA to provide her the necessary information that helps in making the critical decisions in the lives of children. Appointed by the presiding judge, a CASA gathers information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances. > Read more.

Workshop aims to help harmonize school rules, home rules

Sometimes rules for children are different at school and at home. If fathers and children can’t reconcile these, the result can be confusion and frustration. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop about this thorny issue featuring guest speaker Phillip White on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen Street in Henrico.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. Attendees should bring their ManUp passports to the workshop to be stamped. Passports also will be available at the event. > Read more.

Henrico Police locate missing elderly couple

Both found safe, according to officials
UPDATE: 8:30 P.M. – Henrico Police report that an elderly Glen Allen couple reported missing several hours ago have been found safe.

Both 94-year-old Grace C. Wieber and 92-year-old George G. Wieber suffer from dementia. They were reported missing and had not been seen since 10:30 this morning. > Read more.

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

Quidditch tournament coming to Dorey Park on Nov. 1-2

‘Harry Potter’-inspired competition will attract 20 teams across Mid-Atlantic

Henrico County will host 20 college quidditch teams and almost 400 players from seven states and Washington, D.C., as they compete for the United States Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2 at Dorey Park.

In conjunction with the tournament, the Division of Recreation and Parks will present Quidditch Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. The family-friendly event will feature hands-on quidditch demonstrations, broom-making, food and other fun inspired by the “Harry Potter” book series by J.K. Rowling. > Read more.

Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Fallal Grocery – leased 5,000 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9864 W. Broad St.; Virginia Health Care Association Inc. – renewed its lease of 4,343 square feet in Interstate Center Building C at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Lumos Networks, Inc. – leased 4,168 square feet in Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; Fulcrum Collaborations, LLC – leased 2,756 square feet in Innsbrook Centre at 4551 Cox Rd.; and ULLC Family Services – leased 1,172 square feet in Vistas I at 5540 Falmouth St. > Read more.

Police arrest man in connection with hit-and-run that caused power outage

Henrico Police arrested and charged a 25-year-old county man with hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license in connection with an incident that knocked out power early Monday morning along the Staples Mill Road corridor in the Near West End.

Demos Harrison Moore, of the 7000 block of Vernon Road, was charged as the driver of a 2006 Honda Pilot that was traveling westbound on Staples Mill Road at about 1:49 a.m. Oct. 28, when it veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole at the intersection with Talley Road. The contact caused a second utility pole, on the south side of Stapes Mill Road, to fall into eastbound lanes. Two vehicles traveling eastbound struck the debris in the roadway. The driver of the Honda Pilot fled before officers arrived on scene. > 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

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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