Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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A place to excel

County donates former library to nonprofit
It's no surprise when a business deal begins to take shape during a golf outing.

Perhaps less common is the business deal that percolates during a youth football practice. But such was the case for Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson.

During a visit to former Varina High School football star Michael Robinson's football camp, Nelson was discussing with Robinson his excitement for the new Varina Library, whose opening last June was at that time forthcoming.
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Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate recently named Amy Enoch as the new manager of its Tuckahoe office. Enoch brings more than 15 years of real estate expertise to her new position, and she most recently led Long & Foster’s Village of Midlothian office. Enoch has served in both sales and management positions during her tenure at Long & Foster. Prior to her real estate career, Enoch worked in information technology and hospitality. She is a graduate of Radford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, English and history. Enoch has also received the designation of Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) from the National Association of Realtors, and this showcases her expertise in the fundamentals of real estate.
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Panel won’t restrict death penalty


To the dismay of Catholic advocacy groups, a Senate committee has killed a bill to restrict capital punishment in Virginia.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10-3 last Wednesday to “pass by indefinitely” Senate Bill 1296, sponsored by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond. The bill would have allowed the death sentence only when the conviction was supported by DNA or other biological evidence or when a video “conclusively connects the defendant to the offense” – for example, with a “voluntary interrogation and confession.”

The next day, members of the Virginia Catholic Charter, representing church members from throughout the state, gathered in Richmond for Catholic Advocacy Day, an annual summit addressing key issues before the General Assembly.
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CMoR moving satellite location to Short Pump Town Center

UPDATE: FEB. 4, 1:50 P.M. – The Children's Museum of Richmond's Short Pump location will move from West Broad Village to Short Pump Town Center this summer. The museum's new home will be under the Food Court between Soft Surroundings and the escalator.

CMoR will be located in an 8,500-square-foot space and will showcase some of the museum’s most popular exhibits, such as The CarMax Foundation Service Station, the Silver Diner, a grocery store, a performance stage and an art studio. The museum plans to introduce several new exhibits, including a giant Light Bright Wall, an interactive EyePlay Floor projector and a special display area developed in partnership with the MathScience Innovation Center.
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Derby day


Cub Scout Pack 736 (pictured at top) held its annual Pinewood Derby car race Jan. 31 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, featuring 69 cars made and painted by Scouts – including the Batman-themed racer displayed by nine-year-old Jaden Radogna (above).

Fifty-nine Scouts participated in the derby races and all had to comply with the technical specifications that apply to all Cub Scout pinewood racecars. A number of creative designs were reflected among the cars, including tanks, bacon, Hershey bar, submarine, cheese and Lego shapes and themes.
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Education Secretary Holton visits Harvie Elementary


Harvie Elementary School hosted Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton Jan. 30. Holton toured the school, met with students and teachers and participated in a roundtable discussion with teachers.

Harvie is using a number of creative approaches in an effort to achieve full accreditation.

“The educators, parents, and students at Harvie Elementary are doing great things,” Holton said. “I was struck not only by the dedication of the staff, but by the innovative approach the teachers and administrators have taken to ensure student success.”
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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as advocates; plans 20th anniversary


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Feb. 28 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, April 1 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Feb. 13, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed and fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks.
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Panel kills car title, payday loan regulations


Car title and payday loan vendors will face no new hurdles this year, after a House committee killed seven bills that would have further regulated or even banned such businesses.

The House Committee on Commerce and Labor voted down the bills on Tuesday.

Payday and car title loans are perennially under fire from both sides of the aisle for what critics call predatory lending practices and outrageously high interest rates.
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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators.
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‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like.
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Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea.
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U.S. Navy Concert Band to perform in Glen Allen

Performance will be one of 32 on the 2015 spring tour
The United States Navy Concert Band will perform in Glen Allen next month as part of its 2015 spring tour.

The band will play Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Allen High School Auditoriam, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The tour is one of the Navy's signature outreach programs.
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Business in brief


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ and Johnston-Willis Hospitals are now offering a new FDA-approved automated breast ultrasound system for imaging women with dense breast tissue, making them the only hospitals in Central Virginia who are offering this new screening option. The Invenia ABUS, or Automated Breast Ultrasound System, is an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions. The system is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility and sensitivity of whole breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection. Virginia is one of 13 states that has passed legislation mandating that screening mammography patients demonstrating greater than 50 percent breast density should be informed of their density as well as the limitation of screening with mammography alone.
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HCPS program to guarantee future teaching jobs for current students


Public high school students in Henrico County will have the opportunity to earn a guaranteed teaching job when they graduate college, thanks to the new Teacher Scholars’ program, which Henrico County Public Schools launched this semester.

The Henrico school division, along with other systems nationwide, has witnessed a shortage in the number of teachers in areas such as math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education and family and consumer sciences. The new Henrico program will offer an incentive to students and hopefully spark an interest in teaching.
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