Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.
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‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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Cyclist killed in crash was 52-year-old man

Henrico Police have named the victim killed June 21 when the bicycle he was riding collided with a truck on Mechanicsville Turnpike near I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Fifty-two year-old Ray J. Freeman, of Richmond, died at a local hospital after being struck. The truck that hit him was traveling south on Mechanicsville Turnpike.
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Ridge ES principal receives REB Leadership Award


Katina Otey, principal of Henrico County’s Ridge Elementary School, recently was awarded the 2014-15 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing.

“To have this recognition is just a light, a light shining on our school,” said Otey.
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Fairfield MS to host summer camp festival March 27

Fairfield Middle School will host a summer camp festival on March 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. A number of summer camps will be represented by officials who will be available to answer questions and provide information about their summer programs. The event also will include parent workshops, activities, snacks, prizes and more.

Fairfield Middle School is located at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is free and open to the public. For details, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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Tejas Muthusamy repeats as regional spelling champ

Henrico sixth-grader will return to national spelling bee

Sixth-grader and Henrico County Public Schools spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy repeated as regional champion Friday. Muthusamy, of Moody Middle School, bested champions representing 30 central Virginia school divisions in the 41st Annual Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee. He now advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24-29 at National Harbor near Washington D.C. Last year, he finished eighth in that 281-person competition, earning national attention for his abilities from the event, which was broadcast on ESPN.

To win last week, Muthusamy correctly spelled the word “redox” in the 14th round. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “of or relating to oxidation-reduction.”
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Henrico Police seek leads in 5-year-old shooting

Henrico County's Division of Police is seeking leads on a five-year-old shooting case that occurred in Twin Hickory.

On March 11, 2010, at about 10:55 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 4900 block of Park Meadows Lane. Once there, they discovered a 53-year-old victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the face from a rifle. He had been shot through the bay window of his kitchen. Henrico Fire transported the victim to VCU Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

After evaluation of the evidence and witness statements, the detectives believe that a suspect or suspects were hiding in the victim’s back yard before the incident occurred.
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Henrico sets final hearing on community development needs for March 26

Henrico County will hold a final public hearing Thursday, March 26 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in room 2031 of the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road. The hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 26 but was canceled due to winter weather.

Henrico will use the input of residents and others to prepare the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The plan will establish priorities for the use of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds.
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Henrico’s Scott Farm sold


Scott Farm, a prominent 99-acre site at the northern Henrico I-95/I-295 interchange, has been sold.

The Scott family recently sold the property, located on the southeast corner of the interchange, to Riverstone Properties for $5.69 million. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC represented the family, which had owned the property for generations and had been marketing it for the past decade to potential buyers.

The site had been under contract several times in years past, but none of the deals were finalized. It once was considered as part of a larger site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, when local officials were bidding for that facility (which was awarded to Charlotte, N.C.) and later as a possible site for Cabela's, which instead will locate in Short Pump.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the latest new tenants signed to Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. With an expected opening date of June, Mango Salon will open their third location in Richmond. The new space for The Hutch is now under construction and will be ready by April 1 for their third concept in the Richmond Market. Josh and Jessica Bufford are also the owners of Toast and Estilo in The Village Shopping Center. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, located on Gaskins Road at Gayton and Quioccasin Roads, is a 156,917 square foot retail center containing an eclectic blend of national and local retailers.
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General Assembly salutes the troops


Nearly 800,000 Virginians, about 10 percent of the commonwealth’s population, are veterans – one of the highest concentrations of veterans among the 50 states. During the General Assembly’s recent session, lawmakers showed their appreciation to the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Legislators passed a bevy of veterans-related bills. If signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, they will fund veterans care centers in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, expand employment opportunities for veterans and authorize a study of the state’s services for veterans.

The assembly’s salute to the troops coincided with a visit to Richmond by Robert McDonald, the U.S. secretary of veterans affairs.
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GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782).
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Regency Square names new general manager


Regency Square mall recently hired Steven Bonniville as its general manager. He previously served as facilities director of Regency Square from 2009 through 2012 and as general manager of Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond. He has more than 10 years of experience in the retail industry. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the center’s day-to-day operations, retailer and community relations and marketing and leasing of the center.

“The future of Regency Square is bright and I’m excited to be part of the team that will get us there,” Bonniville said. “Our goal is to exceed our customers' expectations and to make Regency Square the hub of retail and community activities.”
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Henrico 4-H team repeats as LifeSmarts state champions


A Henrico County 4-H team will compete in the national LifeSmarts consumer education competition for the second consecutive year after winning the state championship this week in Glen Allen.

The 4-H team — called WYSIWYG, an abbreviation for “What You See Is What You Get” — consists of students Joshua Hyde, Stephen Baker, Curtis Cantwell, George Evans and Emily Royster. Karie Dawkins coaches the squad, with assistance from Kathleen Cantwell and Sheila Hyde.

WYSIWYG earned its second state title after scoring better than five other teams in the Virginia LifeSmarts Competition, held March 9 at the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center in Glen Allen.
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Budget proposal offers 2-percent pay raise

Real estate tax would remain unchanged, machinery tax slashed
UPDATE: MAR. 10, 7:30 P.M. – A 2-percent pay raise for county employees, a tax cut for manufacturing companies and an increased commitment to sports tourism highlight Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas' proposed 2015-16 fiscal year budget, which he presented to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session tonight.

The proposed $1.12-billion operating budget – which represents a 2.3 percent increase from the current budget – would maintain the county's real estate tax at 87 cents per $100 of assessed value. It also would provide funding for 10 new police officer positions (during the third year of a five-year plan to add 50 new officers in the field) and a new "senior ombudsman" who would work to advocate for and assist the county's growing population of senior citizens.
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