Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.
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Miles of smiles

Organization created by Henrico teen earns national recognition

On Friday nights, a group of about 15 Henrico girls can be found sitting in a circle with balls of variously colored yarn sprawled around them. This designated knitting night has become a tradition for the girls known as Miles of Scarves, a group created in 2009 that knits scarves to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The group recently was named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Group by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“When I started this group, I had no idea that this would grow this much,” said Meredith Polk, the founder of Miles of Scarves. > Read more.

Business in brief


The McShin Foundation recently received a charitable donation of 100 EVZIO™ naloxone auto-injectors from Kaléo, a Richmond-based pharmaceutical company. EVZIO, the first and only naloxone product labeled for immediate administration by family members or caregivers as emergency therapy for the treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, is a pre-filled, single-use, hand-held auto-injector that works by temporarily blocking the effect of an opioid, potentially reversing the life-threatening respiratory depression and allowing the recipient to breathe more regularly. Each EVZIO uses voice and visual cues to assist in guiding a user through the injection process and delivers a single 0.4 mg dose of naloxone HCl injection. > Read more.

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.

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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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