By Holly Speck and Hannah Matheson, Capital News Service 02/24/2017 General AssemblyGeneral Assembly 2017
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.
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.
By Amelia Heymann, Capital News Service 02/24/2017 General Assembly
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.
More public access points to rivers, creeks coming
Residents and river enthusiasts in Henrico soon will be able to access local waterways and the Chickahominy and James rivers with greater ease, thanks to the addition of multiple public access points that will increase opportunities for recreational use and spread the impact of visitation.
There are only two public access sites to waterways in Henrico currently – at Deep Bottom Park and Osborne Landing in Varina – both of which access the James River. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/07/2014 Henrico Business
CarLotz, a Richmond-based used vehicle consignment business serving the sale-by-owner and corporate fleet vehicle market, recently announced the closing of a $5-million round of equity capital that will aid the company’s expansion efforts. CarLotz currently operates in Henrico, Midlothian and Chesapeake. The capital was raised from the company’s existing investors as well as funds from a small handful of investors and executives with experience in national multi-site retail expansion, real estate, and the broader automotive industry. CarLotz is actively seeking new retail center locations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia in the near term with plans to expand further up and down the east coast over the next several years. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/07/2014 Henrico Business
The Henrico Economic Development Authority will host two innovation events in October designed to inspire entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses and to support business owners who are seeking to take their companies to the next level. The events will be held on back-to-back days at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.
The EDA’s Catalyst business workshop on Thursday, Oct. 16, will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is targeted to business owners who want to advance their businesses. It will include a handful of rapid-fire sessions about common business pain points and trending topics of 2014, networking segments and “work team” breakout sessions designed to address problem-solving and promote group sharing. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/07/2014 Henrico Schools
Fifteen Henrico elementary school teachers recently were selected to participate in a free year-long professional development project designed to change the way science is taught in schools across the state.The Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) teaches teachers how to shift from the traditional lecture-led classroom to problem-based learning (examining “real world” problems and thinking like scientists to find solutions).
More teachers from Henrico are participating than from any other school district in the state. > Read more.
Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who robbed an Exxon station in the West End last month.
On Monday, July 28, shortly before midnight, the male suspect entered the station in the 8000 block of Quioccasin Road. The suspect displayed a handgun and made demands of the adult male cashier. The cashier complied, and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported. > Read more.
The Henrico County Police Division and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County will celebrate the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) Aug. 5.
Chief Douglas A. Middleton and his staff, as well as Henrico Police Officers and many county officials, will visit more than 70 neighborhoods throughout Henrico County to strengthen police-citizens partnerships. Middleton will start by visiting the Richmond International Raceway NNO event at 5 p.m. Then, until about 9:30 PM, the night will be alive with cookouts, block parties, ice-cream socials, parades, and other fun events taking place throughout the county. Homeowners in neighborhoods that do not have events scheduled may show their support by putting on porch lights. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/04/2014 Non-Profits
A new hotline will serve victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the greater Richmond region, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Jenkins Foundation to the YWCA of Richmond.
The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/04/2014 Henrico Government
The Henrico Division of Police will promote nine officials in a ceremony Aug. 6 at the Henrico County Training Center.
The following members will be promoted:
• Lieutenant L. N. Toney, promoted to the rank of captain.
• Sergeant S. E. Kubicki, promoted to the rank of lieutenant. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 07/31/2014 Henrico Business
Southern Season celebrated its grand opening on Staples Mill Road earlier this week with an invitation-only sneak peek, during which the company's Share the Food Foundation made a $20,000 donation to FeedMore.
The store combines groceries with a wine and beer bar, gift baskets, housewares and a restaurant, among other amenities. It's the first business to open in the new 80-acre Libbie Mill development at the intersection of Staples Mill Road and Bethlehem Road, near I-64 in the Near West End. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/31/2014 Henrico Business
Adam Jones, managing partner of the LongHorn Steakhouse in Glen Allen, recently attained Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. Each year, managing partners throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by showing strong and inspiring leadership while also achieving top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year are recognized. This year, Jones joins a group of 20 managing partners selected from the more than 460 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America. The Glen Allen LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 11311 West Broad Street. > Read more.
Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear and school and office supplies begins Friday, Aug. 1.
During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each, will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.
The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/31/2014 Henrico Business
First Capital Bank will kick off the school year with its seventh-annual "Stuff the Bus" event, which is designed to collect school supplies for students in need.
During the month of August, First Capital Bank officials will host five collection events in the metro Richmond region, including one in Henrico County Aug. 16, at the Short Pump Walmart on West Broad Street at Pump Road.
On that day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bank officials will park a school bus in front of the store, which will serve as a drop-off point for pencils, notebooks, glue sticks and other new school supplies donated by shoppers. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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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