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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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Making connections

Henrico HS student organizes camp for special needs students
Rising Henrico High School senior Olivia Faraone knew she wanted to build partnerships and friendships between students across a spectrum of talents, abilities and backgrounds at her school.

So this summer, she launched Camp Connected, a week-long summer camp that paired special needs participants with camp volunteers as part of the Students for Students club that works towards inclusion.

When Faraone began at Henrico High School, she noticed that students weren’t interacting with the special needs students. During her lunch break, she began visiting them in exceptional education teacher Anita Smith’s classroom. > Read more.

Finding peace of mind, just in time

Mental health clinicians, police officers work to handle mental health cases effectively, compassionately

Suzanne Throckmorton turned on the phones at 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:05 a.m., the first call came in. A suicidal man on the other end was pleading for help.

So began another day at the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) building.

The Glen Allen center is the county’s base of operations for connecting with and serving the mentally ill in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent. Here clinicians man phones 24 hours a day, devise plans for people in crisis situations and coordinate with police and hospitals to get patients the help they need.

Recent changes to the law, however, and a 10-percent case load increase have ramped up expectations placed on the clinicians at HAMHDS. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 18-24


734 Huntsman Road – $55,000 (vacant site), from Anderson Mill LLC to NVR Inc.
10038 Purcell Road – $82,950, 1,200 SF (built in 1971), from Willa M. Robinson to Bank of America NA.
10567 Mountain Gate Way – $96,075, 1,040 SF (built in 2005), from Rafaqat Ali to Michael Solodar.
20 North Rose Avenue – $101,904, 1,312 SF (built in 2006), from Sonya M. and J. Cameron Austin to US Bank Trust NA.
2016 Turtle Creek Drive #6 – $105,958, 1,120 SF (built in 1985), from Carmen McCoy to Alton and Linda B. and Catherine L. Buie.
1321 Grapevine Road – $108,000, 1,200 SF (built in 1984), from Treasa B. and Stephen C. Garrett to Bank of New York Mellon. > 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.
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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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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. University of Richmond Professor Dr. John Hayden will share his summer activities in the presentation “Skunk Cabbage and Other Botanical Adventures, August 2016.” A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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