Water system repairs to prompt lane closures Wednesday near Gayton, John Rolfe


Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.

Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals named to nation’s top 100


HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health. > Read more.

Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. > Read more.
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Paver truck overturns, blocks lanes in the West End

UPDATE: AUG. 21, 11 A.M. – A paver truck overturned at the intersection of Mayland Drive and Gaskins Road shortly before 10 a.m. this morning in a single-vehicle incident.

No injuries were reported in the accident, but the truck spilled hydraulic fluid, in addition to the load it was carrying.

Northbound lanes on Gaskins Road and westbound lanes on Mayland Road are blocked while cleanup takes place. > Read more.

Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers. > Read more.

Henrico programs honored by Virginia Association of Counties

Henrico County recently was recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for programs that help nonnative-English-speaking residents assimilate to the community, informed residents about a meals tax proposal and promoted a better understanding of the workplace culture within the county’s government.

Henrico was one of 12 counties to receive a 2014 Achievement Award from VACo in recognition of a model local government program. Henrico and Loudoun County each received three awards, the most of any county. Overall, VACo recognized 18 programs among 61 entries. > Read more.

Heller Award presented at Beth Sholom

The 2014 Arthur Heller Employee Recognition Award was presented in June to Shenita "Deka" Thompson, an employee of the Healthcare Center at Beth Sholom Lifecare Community.

Thompson, who has been employed in the Healthcare Center since 2006, was praised for her compassion and giving nature. Currently the medical records clerk, she has also worked as a CNA and a unit clerk, coordinated transportation for residents of the Healthcare Center, managed medical supplies when others employees vacation coordinates and filled in as receptionist when needed. She is known as the person who is the first to collect money to assist a fellow employee, and as an organizer of farewell parties. > Read more.

Elephant Auto Insurance moving headquarters to Allianz building

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 1:42 P.M. – Elephant Insurance is moving its U.S. headquarters from one Henrico location to another.

The company announced that it will relocate to a 54,000-square-foot space in the Allianz Global Assistance building at 9950 Mayland Drive. The building is the former home of Circuit City.

Elephant Auto has been located in Henrico for five years. The move will nearly double its existing space in size and will allow the company to nearly double its workforce in the next several years, to more than 600 employees.
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Robins Foundation offers $500k nonprofit grant to address regional needs

The Robins Foundation this week announced a $500,000 grant opportunity that challenges Richmond-area nonprofit organizations to devise creative and collaborative solutions to the region’s most confounding issues. Foundation officials are encouraging organizations to think big when applying for the grant.

The inaugural Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant, to be awarded annually, will fund one proposal that “celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond,” according to foundation officials. The award of up to a half-million dollars is designed to support a project that addresses an unmet community need or issue in emerging neighborhoods. > Read more.

Firefighters extinguish warehouse fire near RIR

UPDATE: AUG. 18, 10:15 A.M. – Henrico firefighters extinguished a small fire at a warehouse near Richmond International Raceway early this morning.

The fire alarm sounded at 1:16 a.m. at the warehouse, at 4201 Carolina Avenue, just about a mile from Fire Station No. 1 on East Azalea Avenue. Units that responded reported light smoke coming from the warehouse and found a small fire under a conveyor belt when they entered. They were able to extinguish it by 1:38 a.m. > Read more.

Henrico man named national commander, CEO of Civil Air Patrol

A Henrico man has been sworn in as the new national commander and CEO of the Civil Air Patrol.

Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez of Henrico was sworn in Aug. 15 at the organization's 2014 national conference.

“It will be my privilege to lead the team of national staff, wing and region commanders who make CAP simply the best nonprofit corporation in the country today,” said Vazquez, minutes after taking the guidon as national commander. > Read more.

Babe Ruth World Series arrives in Henrico

13-year-olds begin tournament play Saturday
Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover gives the opening address during opening ceremonies for the Babe Ruth 13-year-old World Series Friday, Aug. 15 at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park, while the host team from Glen Allen looks on.


The 10-team tournament began today and will continue throughout the week. Teams will play four games in pool play before beginning the single-elimination portion of the tournament. Glen Allen plays:

• Saturday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. against Nederland, Tex.; > Read more.

ChildFund’s influence spreads globally


In 1938, a Presbyterian minister from Richmond, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, created a campaign to help Chinese children orphaned during the Second Sino-Japanese war. He connected donors on a one-to-one basis with children through “adoptions.”

Today, his model has grown into an international organization – ChildFund International – that serves 18.1 million people in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots. > Read more.

Business in brief


Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Panda Express – leased 38,724 square feet in Staples Mill Marketplace at 9000-9120 Staples Mill Rd.; Golf Galaxy – renewed its lease of 16,100 square feet in Broad Street Plaza at 9900 W. Broad St.; Mechanical Solutions, LLC – leased 5,040 square feet at 2423 Grenoble Rd.; 3 Fellers Bakery, LLC – leased 3,750 square feet at 6010 N. Crestwood Ave.; SHC Services, Inc. – leased 2,093 square feet at 4200 Innslake Dr.; MetroPCS – leased 1,200 square feet in Merchants Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 W. Broad St.; and MetroPCS – leased 1,000 square feet in Oak Hill Plaza at 3103 Mechanicsville Tnpk. > Read more.

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CBF immerses local teachers in Bay ecology

Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures. > 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.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, check out Innsbrook’s 8th annual St. Paddy’s Palooza – there will be music and dancing, a hot air balloon, kid’s activities, festive green beverages and volunteers shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For more Irish fun, visit Walkerton Tavern for stories of Irish immigrants during the 19th century, traditional Irish foods, songs and an Irish craft. Concert opportunities this weekend include Leland Grant tonight at the Henrico Theatre, Sandston Baptist Church, Sandston Moose Lodge, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the Richmond Philharmonic at The Steward School. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The 33rd annual Lebanese Food Festival, hosted by St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, will be held on the church grounds next to Innsbrook at 4611 Sadler Rd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 19-20 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 21. There will be food, desserts and beverages, as well as live Lebanese music and traditional Lebanese folk dances. Admission and parking are free. Shuttle and offsite parking available at Markel Inc., 4521 Highwoods Pkwy. No pets. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org. Full text

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