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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Fairfield Middle School celebrates new fitness facility

Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, helps Fairfield Middle School students cut the ribbon to signify the dedication of the school’s new $100,000 fitness center.
Fairfield Middle School recently unveiled its new fitness center, which was awarded by the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, through its National Champion Schools campaign, in September. Fairfield was one of just three schools in the state selected to receive one of the centers, which is valued at $100,000.
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Henrico County property transactions, Oct. 6-12


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Oct. 6-12 appears below:

8 Stillwater Lane – $20,000, 914 SF (built in 1962), from Herman W., James C. and Jerry W. Hicks to Jerry W. Hicks.
6615 E. Davista Avenue – $61,300, 696 SF (built in 1947), from Traves W. Wood to Robinson Street Properties LLC.
607 S. Kalmia Avenue – $105,892, 1,404 SF (built in 1976), from Allan R. and Margaret Smith to Midlothian Real Estate Holdings LLC.
1687 Independence Court – $110,000, 1,280 SF (built in 1981), from Eric Jorgensen to Ken Jordan and Todd Cassidy.
8902 Penguin Road – $121,750, 1,470 SF (built in 1955), from Wanda R. Smith to Meredith Builders Inc. > Read more.

Man shot in northern Henrico neighborhood

UPDATE: 3:42 P.M., OCT. 27 – A man was shot shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Byron Street and Jeter Street, near Mechanicsville Turnpike and Laburnum Avenue, in northern Henrico. Police responded to a call and found the man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to VCU Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury.

Detectives and Forensic Personnel are investigating the shooting, but police do not have information about a suspect. > Read more.

‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises more than $340,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 18 in Innsbrook raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research. More than 1,600 participants took part in the event.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of four Walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond held since Sept. 20; combined, the four raised more than $530,000.

Susan Hudson, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond’s 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair, has been a Walk participant for eleven years. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced that Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has leased 52,296 square feet of office space in Suite 400 of Villa Park III, located at 7870 Villa Park Dr. in Henrico. The Department will be relocating its headquarters location to Villa Park III from 4010 W. Broad Street. Mark E. Douglas, CCIM, SIOR and Brian K. Berkey of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations for the landlord, SCP-G Villa Park, LLC. > Read more.

Virginia Department of Health establishes Ebola hotline, online resources

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola hotline Tuesday to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information to Virginians.

The number – 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling the calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

“Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine. > Read more.

Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. > Read more.

Register for the Henrico Citizen’s Business and Branding Summit

Would your business like to do more business in Henrico? Would you like to learn marketing methods to reach a hyper-local customer base or learn more about business and personal branding techniques?

Then you won't want to miss the Henrico Citizen's Business and Branding Summit, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Richmond, 8225 W. Broad Street.

This free, no-obligation informational event will provide insight and ideas from local branding and marketing professionals and the Henrico Citizen team. You'll also have a chance to network with other local business leaders and professionals.
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Police using new body cameras

36 Henrico officers testing first batch this fall
Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.

Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.

“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.” > Read more.

Support for victims of domestic violence

October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the victims and survivors of the ongoing issue that affects one in four women. In Henrico, a collaborative group of organizations has gathered to provide services and events around the issue.

The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers.

The consolidated service provides all callers with a knowledgeable resource to explain options and conduct a safety assessment. > Read more.

Henrico Health Department to offer free flu vaccinations Oct. 23, 25

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu vaccines to the public Oct. 23 and 25 at four locations throughout the county.

Clinics offering walk-up service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center cafeteria, 7850 Carousel Lane; Oakland Village Apartments Community Center, 1400 Old Bronze Drive; and Essex Village Apartments Community Center, 117 Engleside Drive. > Read more.

Police make arrest in fatal car-through-building incident

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man in connection with an incident at a West End apartment complex Oct. 5 that killed a six-year-old boy.

Police charged Ronnie R. De La Cruz with reckless driving on private property Oct. 18. De La Cruz was driving a car that crashed through an apartment building at the Three Chopt West apartment complex in the 8800 block of Three Chopt Road. The car entered an apartment, trapping a woman and her two sons. One boy, Raul Exekiel Nicholas Vasquez, later died. > 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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