Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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‘Public service is a privilege,’ House Speaker says

As the Virginia House of Delegates convened Wednesday for the General Assembly’s 2015 session, House Speaker William Howell welcomed newly elected delegates, set out the chamber’s goals and reminded legislators of their position as public servants.

“It is said quite often – public service is a privilege. None of us are entitled to the seats we hold in this body,” said Howell, a Republican from Fredericksburg.

He told lawmakers to live up to the standards expected by their constituents.
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Morrissey reclaims his House seat

Embattled lawmaker wins special election despite serving jail time
Joe Morrissey
UPDATE: Jan. 13, 9:15 P.M. – Embattled – and imprisoned – former Delegate Joe Morrissey tonight won back the 74th District House of Delegates seat that he resigned late last year, defeating Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton in a special election that was necessitated by his resignation.

Morrissey earned 42 percent of the vote, to Sullivan’s 33 percent and Walton’s 24 percent. Slightly more than 6,700 of the 53,000 registered voters turned out for the special election. The district encompasses a wide swath of northern and eastern Henrico, all of Charles City County and a portion of Richmond.

For now, the win means that Morrissey will serve the final year of the two-year term and be sworn in Wednesday morning when the General Assembly convenes in Richmond. But Virginia Republicans and Democrats have vowed to do whatever they can to remove him from office, following his conviction last month on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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Feeling handcuffed

State inmates overcrowding Henrico’s two jails, costing county taxpayers $6.5 million annually
One-fourth of the inmates in Henrico’s jail are under extended temporary custody from the state, costing county taxpayers an estimated $6.5 million per year.

The state reimburses seven times less than what Henrico officials say it costs to house the inmates, and the sheriff’s department will have to repay the state under Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to balance the budget shortfall. County officials worry the problem is likely to get worse following the closing of Powhatan correctional facility.

The county jail, designed to house offenders up to the date of their trial or sentencing and for no longer than one year, is functioning instead partially as a state prison.
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Melting Pot to donate to Children’s Hospital through Jan. 31

Through the end of January, in honor of The Melting Pot of Richmond’s 20th year in business, it will make a $20 donation to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU from the sale of each special three-course anniversary package.

The period began Jan. 11 and will continue through Jan. 31 with a Daddy-Daughter Date Day, during which the restaurant, located in Gayton Crossing in Henrico's Far West End, will be open early (from noon to 4 p.m.). Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (804) 741-3120).
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Adams announces she will seek Farfield School Board seat

Community advocate Tara Adams has announced that she will seek the Fairfield District School Board seat in November's election. The seat is currently held by Lamont Bagby, who intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 74th District seat in the House of Delegates this June. Bagby has not announced whether he would seek a third term on the School Board should he fail to earn that nomination.

The entire School Board will be up for election in November, along with the Board of Supervisors.
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Henrico seeks public input on community development priorities

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will hold a series of public hearings to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years.

The meetings will be held:

• Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue;

• Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive;

• Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.
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GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.
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Henrico Fire conducting 3-day training exercise at Westminster Canterbury

Henrico Fire officials are conducting a comprehensive three-day training exercise this week (Jan. 12-14) at the Westminster Canterbury Richmond continuing care retirement community in northern Henrico.

Though many fire trucks and emergency response vehicles are converging upon the site, there is no actual emergency. WCR is the home of nearly 900 residents and employs 700 people.

The exercise involves many fire units from throughout the county. The training will last all day each of those days to engage three shifts of firefighters.
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For Sandston group, Africans, a net gain

Church members travel to Ghana to provide ‘More than Nets’
Members of the Sandston Baptist Church with Ghana Baptist Convention members.

Five Members of Sandston Baptist Church recently traveled to Ghana, West Africa to distribute chemically treated mosquito nets to the tribes of people in Yendi through the program More than Nets, a nonprofit that works in conjunction with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and the Ghana Baptist Convention to reduce malaria.

Linda Shobe, 63 and a lifelong member of the church, said that the October trip was the most rewarding and spiritual experience she has had.

“I have wanted to do a mission trip to Africa since I was a young girl, and now I can say that I went,” she said.
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Three vying for 74th seat in special election

Charles City Democrat Kevin J. Sullivan and Henrico Republican Matt D. Walton will compete in a special election for the 74th District House of Delegates seat Jan. 13, and they’ll be joined by the man who resigned the seat late last year – Joe Morrissey, a Democrat who is running as an independent while serving a six-month jail term.

The winner will be sworn in the following day, when the General Assembly returns to session, and will serve the final year of a two-year term.

The somewhat strange scene was set when Morrissey entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (not admitting guilt but admitting that there was enough evidence to convict him) after his relationship with a then-17-year-old girl who worked for him was questioned.
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Credit union collects more than 4,000 pounds of food for FeedMore

With the help of the community and local businesses, Entrust Financial Credit Union collected 4,027 pounds of food for FeedMore as part of its “Pack the Christmas Pod” effort during four weeks last month.

The “Pack the Christmas Pod” event supported the efforts of FeedMore, Central Virginia’s hunger-relief leader, by encouraging the greater Richmond community to fight hunger by working together. More than 20 local businesses partnered together and packed non-perishable food items into Entrust Financial Credit Union’s 12-foot storage unit.
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HCPS hosting job fair to recruit bus drivers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Jan. 13 to seek full-time and substitute bus drivers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road.

“We need people who love children and who want flexible schedules to drive our students to and from school on a full-time basis or when our full-time drivers are not available,” said Mary Alderson of HCPS Human Resources.
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