Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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Henrico SOL pass rates drop in 19 of 34 tests

Students perform better in 10 tests, same in 4 others
UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year. > Read more.

GRASP awards scholarships to 8 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization based in Glen Allen, recently awarded 42 College Success scholarships totaling $60,970.00 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program. Eight Henrico students were among the recipients.

“We had significantly more scholarship applicants this year and almost double the amount of dollars to award for this year’s scholarships," said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Dominion Club sold to San Diego firm

A San Diego-based golf and resort company has agreed to purchase The Dominion Club in Wyndham from The Dominion Club, LC and Loch Levan Land Partnership, the owner and manager of the club since 1992. The announcement comes 10 days after the Aug. 15 deadline for interested buyers to place their bids and means that a group of 10 members who sought to purchase the club was unsuccessful in its attempt.

Heritage Golf Group, LLC will purchase the club, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011 and emerged from that process last year. > Read more.

Into the fire

Inaugural teen fire academy graduates 11 students
Teen Summer Fire Academy participants practice removing a body from a burning building.

The stage was set for an exercise at the Henrico County fire training facility last month. A three-story cinderblock structure represented the burning building. Traffic cones stood in each window, and dummies were hidden in the dark recesses within. Sirens could be heard in the distance.

Three fire trucks filled with trainees pulled up to the imaginary scene. Firefighters hopped out of one truck and initiated a search and rescue mission, soon emerging with one dummy and reentering to find another. Crew members from the second truck set up hoses, charged the lines and entered the building, expertly knocking down the cones with the water. > Read more.

Glen Allen storms to 4-0 record in World Series pool play


Four games into the 2014 Babe Ruth Baseball 13-year-old World Series in Glen Allen, the host team is rolling.

Glen Allen won all four of its pool play games – by a combined score of 35-11 – to earn the top seed in the National division of single-elimination play, which begins today at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park.

Click to view a photo slideshow. > Read more.

Redskins running back visits children in Henrico therapy center


Following the final practice of Washington Redskins training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, running back Alfred Morris visited with children at the Richmond Hope Therapy Center in Glen Allen. Morris, pictured above at right, is one of the Bon Secours Community Health Ambassadors. He signed autographs and took selfies with the children and families at the center.

The center is part of Bon Secours Virginia and is Virginia’s first pediatric intensive therapy center. The intensive therapy model of three hours of therapy a day, five days a week for three weeks, is designed to help patients suffering from cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders achieve milestones that outpatient therapy cannot. > Read more.

Bon Secours sponsors ‘iCan’ bike camp

Bon Secours Pediatrics and Bon Secours Richmond Hope Therapy sponsored and hosted the iCan Bike camp for children with disabilities Aug. 11-15 at the University of Richmond’s Weinstein Center gymnasium. The camp provided children eight and older who have autism and Down’s syndrome with specialized instruction on how to independently ride a two-wheel bicycle by the conclusion of the camp.

Less than 20 percent of children with autism and 10 percent of children with Down’s syndrome learn how to ride a two-wheel bicycle in their lifetime. > Read more.

Henrico Adult Education’s Fall/Winter course offerings now available

The Henrico County Public Schools Adult Education division has published its course offerings for the fall and winter months. Programs will be offered in numerous fields of interest, including arts and design, business and creative writing, college and career readiness, computers, finance, foreign language, health and medical issues, ESOL, GED preparation, GED testing and others. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital has announced that Roger Giordano, M.D., will serve as the new medical director for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, effective immediately. Under Giordano’s direction, the program will provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation to adults with physical impairment and disability secondary due to disease, dysfunction or trauma. Giordano brings over 25 years of experience specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is active in the community as a speaker for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease education and specializes in stroke, amputation, spinal cord, trauma, orthopedics, pain management, neurological and general rehabilitation medicine. He received his bachelor of arts from Colgate University and his doctorate from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. > Read more.

Paver truck overturns, blocks lanes in the West End

UPDATE: AUG. 21, 11 A.M. – A paver truck overturned at the intersection of Mayland Drive and Gaskins Road shortly before 10 a.m. this morning in a single-vehicle incident.

No injuries were reported in the accident, but the truck spilled hydraulic fluid, in addition to the load it was carrying.

Northbound lanes on Gaskins Road and westbound lanes on Mayland Road are blocked while cleanup takes place. > Read more.

Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers. > Read more.

Henrico programs honored by Virginia Association of Counties

Henrico County recently was recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for programs that help nonnative-English-speaking residents assimilate to the community, informed residents about a meals tax proposal and promoted a better understanding of the workplace culture within the county’s government.

Henrico was one of 12 counties to receive a 2014 Achievement Award from VACo in recognition of a model local government program. Henrico and Loudoun County each received three awards, the most of any county. Overall, VACo recognized 18 programs among 61 entries. > 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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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