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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets.
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Henrico Restaurant Week nets more than $4,500 for VHBG


The inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week, April 11-19, raise more than $4,500 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Representatives from the Henrico Citizen and participating restaurants gathered May 21 at VHBG, where Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas presented a check for $4,525
to VHBG President Claiborne Mason.

Henrico Restaurant Week involved 34 Henrico restaurants, who created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event. Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the VHBG.
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Students get a head start on art

Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.
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New candidates file for School Board, sheriff, clerk of court positions


Three new candidates have announced their plans to seek Henrico government seats in this November’s election.

In the Nov. 3 general election, James Layne will challenge incumbent Republican Sheriff Mike Wade; Tinesha Jackson will face the winner of a June 9 Republican primary (between Heidi Barshinger and Sherry Fones); and Ralph Hodge will challenge incumbent John Montgomery for the Varina District seat on the School Board.

Previously, two independents – Brian Taylor and John Dantzler – filed paperwork to challenge Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton in the November election.
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Sandston Memorial Day parade planned


The Seventh Annual American Legion Post 242 and Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade will take place on Memorial Day, May 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at Seven Pines Elementary School on Beulah Road and proceed down Williamsburg Road through Sandston to Confederate Avenue.It will be preceded at noon by a veterans’ recognition ceremony at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Sandston.
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RIR wins tourism award


Among the honorees at Richmond Region Tourism’s “I Am Tourism” awards breakfast, held recently at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, was Richmond International Raceway (RIR), winner of the Dedicated Partner Award. Accepting on behalf of RIR was Dennis Bickmeier, RIR president (pictured, center, with Jack Berry of Richmond Region Tourism and James Burrell, chairman of the board of directors).

The award recognizes an organization for its outstanding partnership and ongoing collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism, which termed RIR a “tourism powerhouse” for the Richmond region that generates an economic impact equal to that of a Super Bowl.
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Sales tax holiday for emergency items starts May 25


Virginia is no stranger to hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms, earthquakes and flooding. That’s why the Virginia will again offer tax-free shopping for a week, beginning Monday, May 25, on hurricane preparedness items.

The event exempts 22 categories of smaller items from the state and local retail sales tax. The exempt items include batteries, flashlights, bottled water, tarps, duct tape, fire extinguishers, cell-phone chargers, smoke detectors, buckets, rope and first aid kits. As long as each item costs $60 or less, it is tax-exempt.

Last year, gas-powered chainsaws priced at $350 or less were added to the list of tax-exempt items, along with chainsaw accessories that cost $60 or less.
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WestPark shopping center sold for $33.3M

UPDATE: MAY 20, 4:10 P.M. – A West End shopping center has been sold to an Illinois real estate firm for $33.3 million.

InvenTrust Properties purchased the WestPark Shopping Center, a 176,973-square-foot center on West Broad Street between Stillman Parkway and Pemberton Road, from Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.
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Henrico sheriff hires laid-off Petersburg deputies


Thirty-three sheriff’s deputies who lost their jobs when the Petersburg jail closed recently now have new jobs in Henrico County.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade (pictured, at right) hired the deputies to his staff, following a special hiring push targeted at officials with previous corrections experience, and they were sworn in May 18 at the Henrico Public Safety Training Center on Parham Road.

The move will be a positive one not only for the deputies, but also for the Sheriff’s Office, according to Wade.
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Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicator (VPC) 2015 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition.

Awards were announced at the VPC (formerly known as Virginia Press Women) spring conference awards luncheon, held May 2 in Norfolk.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the specialty articles category, with two stories focusing on environmental topics. The articles were about the Environmental Film Festival’s expansion into Henrico County, and about the trend towards building and outfitting more homes and commercial structures with solar panels and other green features. Judges noted that Kruszewski “did her research and also made the articles interesting to read.”
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17 Henrico schools earn VIP performance awards


Seventeen western Henrico schools were among the 252 schools statewide that earned Virginia Index of Performance awards, signifying for advanced learning and achievement. Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education made the announced today.

The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board.

“These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy,” McAuliffe said.
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Forums draws candidates for 12th Senate, 74th House seats



A joint forum May 12 for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 74th District House of Delegates seat and Republicans seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat drew six of the seven candidates and a crowd of nearly 100 people to St. Peter Baptist Church in Glen Allen.
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Henrico fire chief named top in Southeast


Anthony E. McDowell, chief of the Henrico County Division of Fire, has been chosen as the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.

McDowell, who has led the Division of Fire since October 2012, was selected from 15 nominees and will receive the award June 20 at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham, Ala.

“Henrico County is thrilled that Tony’s excellent public service has been recognized by his peers in the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said. “Henrico enjoys a high quality of life in part because of the work and dedication of the men and women of the Division of Fire. As chief, Tony leads from the front and by example. He is driven by a passion for helping others and is guided by a commitment to his faith, his family and his community.”
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