Water system repairs to prompt lane closures Wednesday near Gayton, John Rolfe


Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.

Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals named to nation’s top 100


HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health. > Read more.

Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. > Read more.
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Chesterfield man cited after bringing gun to Richmond airport

A Chesterfield County man was cited and issued a summons by airport police on a state weapons charge Oct. 13 after Transportation Security Administration officers stopped him from bringing a loaded gun past the security checkpoint at the Richmond International Airport (RIC).

TSA officers detected the 9 mm caliber firearm, which was loaded with seven rounds in the resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun and extra magazine inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. > Read more.

Henrico HS football team making an impact on and off the field


Before their Oct. 3 win over Atlee, the Henrico Warriors hadn’t allowed a touchdown all season. And while the football team has been exceptional at reading opposing offenses in 2014, it's sharing great reads with Henrico County elementary students.

Through a program called “Reading Warriors," Henrico High School teams and clubs visit elementary school classrooms, where they share books with younger students.

“These students are our leaders, and they need to be visible and involved,” said Jeffrey Millner, assistant principal at HHS. “We’re also branding Henrico High School as a premier school. > Read more.

Henrico to offer voter photo ID registration at libraries

The Henrico County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will register voters for a free photo ID at several libraries in October to help them meet new requirements for voting in Virginia.

Voters will have to present an acceptable form of photo ID at their polling place before casting a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election, under a Virginia law that took effect July 1. Acceptable forms of ID include a Virginia driver’s license, a photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a United States passport, an employee photo ID, a government-issued photo ID and a photo ID from a college or university in Virginia. > 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.

A clinic offering drive-up and walk-up service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Dumbarton Elementary School, 9000 Hungary Spring Road. > Read more.

No serious injuries reported in Henrico garage fire

One man was treated at the scene of a garage fire in Eastern Henrico for possible smoke inhalation Monday night, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out in a garage in the 2300 block of Carlisle Avenue, near Williamsburg Road and the City of Richmond line, at about 6:30 p.m. Initial fire attack crews found the single-story garage heavily involved in fire 25 feet from a residence.

The first units to arrive were able to keep the fire contained to garage and prevent surrounding homes from catching fire. > Read more.

Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 18

Henrico County will hold its 31st annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the 19th century; these include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration.

Additional family activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze and a children’s pumpkin patch, where children ages 3-12 can pick their own pumpkins. > Read more.

Parade of Homes underway


The 63rd Annual Parade of Homes – the prime real estate event of the year – returned to the Greater Richmond area Oct. 4 for three weekends to showcase the best new homes, design and construction techniques in the region to the public.

The free, signature event for the Richmond real estate industry is hosted by the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) and features 70 new homes and one remodeled home built by 34 builders.

The homes are located throughout the Greater Richmond region, including the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, King William, New Kent and Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The event is expected to attract thousands of people, and this year the number of homes represents more than a 17-percent increase in entries and builder participation from last year. > Read more.

Business in brief


CBRE|Richmond recently reported the following transaction: NCI Information Systems – renewed their lease of 29,024 square feet at 1510 and 1530 E. Parham Rd. Joe Marchetti, David Wilkins and Rebecca Barricklow handled the transaction on behalf of the landlord. > Read more.

Humane Society’s Pet Expo nears


When the Henrico Humane Society was formed 20 years ago by a group of individuals concerned about animal welfare, its aim was to address the large number of homeless animals in the greater Richmond area.

Still run entirely by volunteers today, the HHS (a nonprofit organization) has matched thousands of animals with new owners since its inception – including more than 700 at its annual Pet Expo last year – saving the lives of pets and bringing new family members to homes in Henrico.

“We had a really successful year last year and placed a lot of animals into forever homes,” said Kathy Hieber, a Henrico Humane Society board member and volunteer manager who also serves on the event committee. > Read more.

Tayari Jones named ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

Jones’ novel, Silver Sparrow, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Jones was born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Jones also is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. > Read more.

Henrico 4-H sale of apples, peanuts, honey, cookbooks underway

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit the 4-H Youth Development program.

The sale features Virginia-grown produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and prices are:

• Winesap and York apples, $19 per half-bushel, which equates to about 80 cents per pound;

• Raw peanuts, with recipes, $11 per 2-pound sack;

• Salted or unsalted deluxe cocktail peanuts, $14 per 2-pound sack; > Read more.

Police arrest 2 in connection with July murder

Deonte Jenkins (left) and Christopher Pitts
Henrico Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the murder of a 22-year-old McDonald's employee in Eastern Henrico in July.

On Tuesday, police arrested 19-year-old Deonte Jenkins of Colonial Heights, and he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting during the commission of a felony and unlawfully wearing a mask in public in the commission of a felony. > 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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