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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.

Redheads


Mark Gordon, CEO of Bon Secours' Memorial Regional Medical Center, and nurses from the Mother Infant Unit at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital hold newborn babies in the St. Mary’s nursery Feb. 3. All newborns in the nursery wore red baby caps that day to to commemorate National Wear Red Day and to kick off American Heart Month. American Heart Association volunteers knitted the caps by hand. > Read more.
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Fall fatherhood festival planned at Dorey Park

The 2014 ManUp Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be more than a typical autumn face-painting opportunity. The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer plenty of fun, but its goal is larger: inspiring area men to be better fathers and role models to their own children and to the children of the community.

The Henrico Fatherhood Initiative puts on the festival as the kickoff to its ManUp Passport Challenge, a yearlong series of family and personal growth workshops and activities.

In 2013, more than 1,000 men attended the event at Henrico County’s Dorey Park to enjoy food, carnival games and music with their children. > Read more.

Business in brief


Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services, based in Ashland, has opened a new location in Lakeside. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5311 Lakeside Ave. Members of the Chamber of Commerce will join owner and founder Dawn Beninghove to officially open the new site. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The new building houses administrative and management offices as well as classrooms for their “Trained To Care” program offering classes in Personal Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. For details, visit http://www.cenninc.com. > Read more.

Henrico company acquires SkyMall Ventures

Henrico-based Connexions Loyalty, a division of Affinion Group of Connecticut and a leading provider of loyalty and rewards programs, Wednesday announced the acquisition of SkyMall Ventures, a division of Xhibit Corporation and provider of loyalty solutions for well established brands in the financial services, hospitality and gaming industries.

Connexions Loyalty and SkyMall Ventures will combine to serve more than 200 million customers globally.

“SkyMall Ventures has an impressive track record of organic growth, with proven leadership and an impressive client base,” said Scott Lazear, president of Connexions Loyalty. > 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

Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 at 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. CAT’s 2017 entry into the Acts of Faith Festival, “Wishing Well” is a contemporary comedy about mother-daughter revelations during one stormy weekend in North Carolina that puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. while matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $23. For details, visit http://www.cattheatre.com. Full text

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