HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 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. > Read more.
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Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’

The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, director of the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen, at the 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Awards Reception Oct. 21.

"Miss Dorothy" was named one of five recipients of this year's History Makers award, which honors citizens and organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. Other honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II.

Gallimore will be honored in the "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" category for her success in transforming the abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to educate the families of African Americans working in the coal mines, into a preschool for children from low-income backgrounds. > Read more.

Shots from the past

Henrico commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights

More than 1,000 reenactors – and thousands more spectators – filled Runnymede in Varina today for the first day of a two-day commemoration of the Battle of New Market Heights, which took place Sept. 29-30, 1864.

The battle was a significant one because it marked the first time black soldiers had been empowered by the Union to play a significant role, and they responded by helping deliver a victory. Fourteen of the 18 Medals of Honor awarded to black soldiers during the war were given for efforts at New Market Heights.

The battle was another nail in the coffin of the Confederacy, which would surrender the following April to end the war.
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3 Henrico schools receive school security equipment grants

Three Henrico public schools were among more than 370 statewide to receive grants for security equipment from the state yesterday.

Henrico will receive a total of $72,880 for the equipment, to be purchased for Glen Lea, Highland Springs and Varina elementary schools.

In total, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced $6 million in funding for school security equipment at 373 schools and other facilities in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs. > Read more.

Business in brief

Ariya Family Chiropractic Centers recently affiliated with Amanda Brentlinger Zimmerman, a certified nutrition consultant. In 90-minute interviews, Zimmerman will be counseling patients on supplements, family and personal nutrition, how to manage the now familiar family routine of eating in haste, lifestyle changes for those on the go and more. Zimmerman will be seeing patients in the Glen Allen office. > Read more.

Unexploded Civil War artillery shell discovered at Fort Harrison

Staff members at Richmond National Battlefield Park discovered an unexploded artillery shell within the moat of a Confederate fortification known as Fort Gilmer in the park’s Fort Harrison Battlefield unit Sept. 22. The site was being cleared in preparation for an interpretive tour of Fort Gilmer scheduled for the 150th anniversary of the fighting there, which will be held Sept. 29.

The park’s resource protection rangers responded and with the assistance of the park historian, determined that it was a live cannonball with an intact fuse. Park officials contacted the Henrico Police Bomb Disposal Team, which responded. A 500-foot safety perimeter was established and the shell was safely removed and destroyed at the county’s firing range. > Read more.

Newly discovered Civil War photos show Henrico battlefield


Henrico County’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle of New Market Heights will take place on a grand scale later this month, but the public gained new insight into local battle sites last week.

Newly discovered historic photos showing troops at Fort Harrison and Petersburg were unveiled publicly for the first time by the National Park Service Sept. 13 at the Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.

NPS ranger and historian Mike Gorman presented an overview of the Richmond-Petersburg campaign using the photographs, taken in 1864 and 1865. > Read more.

Battle of New Market Heights reenactment set for Sept. 27-28


Henrico County will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights — a battle significant for the role played by African-American soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops — with reenactments and living history exhibits Sept. 27-28. Descendants of some of the soldiers will be recognized as part of the activities.

The event will be held at the Runnymede property adjacent to the Malvern Hill site of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, 8750 Willis Church Road, located between Darbytown Road and Route 5/New Market Road. Gates open at 9 a.m.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking will be available at the site. Other visitors will be directed to off-site parking and then shuttled to the event. > Read more.

Bon Secours partners with HealthFair to bring mobile screenings to region

Bon Secours this week announced a partnership with HealthFair, a national testing provider that brings health testing to community neighborhoods through its mobile screening buses. The Bon Secours HealthFair mobile screening bus debuted in Hampton Roads and began screening participants in this region this month.

“This partnership will bring needed and affordable testing services to Richmond that are necessary and have not been easily available in the past,” said Peter J. Bernard, CEO, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “We are committed to building healthier communities, and prevention and early detection with these screenings will support us in our quest.”

The Bon Secours HealthFair bus will offer local residents screening tests to assess their risk of heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and some cancers. > Read more.

2 Henrico citizens named to Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence

Two Henrico citizens are among the 30 members of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's new Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, whose membership was announced Sept. 22.

Henrico residents Jean A. Cheek (a registered nurse and forensic nurse examiner at Virginia Commonwealth University) and Nancy Oglesby (Deputy Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney) were named to the task force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Mark Herring and will hold quarterly meetings to focus on finding common solutions to building safer, more educated college communities in Virginia.

The appointees include a variety of experts in the field of sexual assault from law enforcement to educators, forensic nurses, Title IX coordinators, advocates, and others. > Read more.

HCPS to host five meetings on proposed Code of Community Conduct

Henrico County Public Schools has scheduled a series of public meetings to receive feedback and new ideas on the proposed Code of Community Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. The proposed Code of Community Conduct outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents and guardians and school employees in order to maintain a safe, supportive environment that encourages citizenship.

The public meetings listed below will be attended by the district’s representative on the School Board, Superintendent Pat Kinlaw, and school division administrators. > Read more.

Moving on up

Henrico witnesses a boom in high-end housing
Henrico County has seen a surge in the high-end housing market, with about 100 homes priced at more than $750,000 being bought or built in the last year, specifically in the Three Chopt and Tuckahoe magisterial districts.

HHHunt, a home developer based in Henrico, sold multiple homes in its new Ellington Woods community for more than $1 million recently, a trend that George Moore, vice president of development for HHHunt Communities, believes isn’t going to stop any time soon.

“When you talk about higher-priced homes, these areas are very desirable,” Moore said. “The schools in this area of Henrico County are ranked some of the highest in the state of Virginia; there is quality development, and people are looking for attractive communities with landscaping, high end amenities and the nearby services.” > Read more.

TSA workforce donates one ton of food to Central Va. Food Bank

A friendly competition among various groups of employees at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who work at Richmond International Airport turned into a last-minute rally that saw the TSA workforce of approximately 200 employees collect more than one ton of food to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank of Richmond.

The 2,500 cans and boxes of donated food weighed in at 2,069 pounds after a three-week collection period by TSA employee groups. The winning team donated 710 cans and boxes of food. > Read more.

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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

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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