HCPS Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.

Poll finds support for workforce training


Most Virginians said they are willing to pay more in taxes to keep programs for workforce training and development at their current levels, according to a statewide poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The survey, conducted by the VCU’s Center for Public Policy, said 58 percent of adults statewide felt that way. That view was more prevalent among Democrats, among people who don’t have children in the public schools, and among Virginians 65 and older.

“Economic development and workforce development are important topics nationally as well as statewide, and they will certainly be at the forefront of this year’s General Assembly session,” said John Accordino, interim dean of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which oversees the center. > Read more.

Advocates for rape survivors applaud grant


Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults. They say the money will help the state train sexual assault investigators, test rape evidence kits and provide services to rape survivors.

“At YWCA Richmond, we acknowledge that all survivors respond differently to trauma and to news involving sexual assault. News of this continued testing may provide comfort to survivors and their families that justice will be served to the perpetrator of the assault,” Rachel Solomon, the Y’s development and relations coordinator, said Thursday. > Read more.
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Green buildings, solarized homes proliferating in Henrico

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of occasional articles about environmentally friendly efforts in Henrico County.

About four years ago, Henrico County's unofficial "green corridor" of Staples Mill Road took off on a growth spurt, adding in quick succession such LEED-certified buildings as Glen Allen High School, the renovated Glen Allen Library and a couple of solar homes.

The new Holman Middle School built on nearby Francistown Road also earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification thanks to such features as efficient mechanical equipment, high-performance lighting systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, May 19-25


4379 Charles City Road – $29,000, 725 SF (built in 1951), from Raymon Eugene Peay to John Gottwald.
5618 Crenshaw Road, #813 – $36,000, 885 SF (built in 1963), from Yaushadia C. Wilson to Hisham and H. El Shabassi.
3204 Danville Street – $39,500, 688 SF (built in 1948), from Federal National Mortgage Association to Jessica A. Johnson.
3704 Austin Avenue – $60,368, 840 SF (built in 1939), from Richard A. Neveu to Federal National Mortgage Association.
121 N. Kalmia Avenue – $63,685, 884 SF (built in 1953), from Richard A. Neveu to Federal National Mortgage Association.
2212 Merle Street – $72,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1986), from Marina C. Mickens to Springleaf Finance Corporation Trust.
1505 Front Royal Drive – $82,000, 1,190 SF (built in 1977), from Jennifer M. and J.L.B. and J.L.B. Barnes, Jr. to William F. Swartz. > Read more.

ARC program helps students prepare for jobs


For some high school juniors and seniors, life after graduation is daunting. Looking for jobs means applications, resumes and new responsibilities. The Greater Richmond ARC is making the transition a whole lot easier for a special group of young adults.

Beginning this month, 31 students enrolled in ARC’s afterschool program will face graduation with more confidence and the skills to enter the work world.

On opening day, June 16, ARC will launch its Work Readiness program for soon-to-be graduates with developmental disabilities. > 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


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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