Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time.
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Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.
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Man struck and killed in western Henrico hit-and-run

A 24-year-old man died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in western Henrico April 23.

The victim, Emmanuel Isaiah DeJesus, was found lying on the side of the roadway at about 10:25 p.m., April 23 near Patterson Avenue and Palace Way. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises more than $340,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 18 in Innsbrook raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research. More than 1,600 participants took part in the event.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of four Walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond held since Sept. 20; combined, the four raised more than $530,000.

Susan Hudson, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond’s 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair, has been a Walk participant for eleven years.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced that Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has leased 52,296 square feet of office space in Suite 400 of Villa Park III, located at 7870 Villa Park Dr. in Henrico. The Department will be relocating its headquarters location to Villa Park III from 4010 W. Broad Street. Mark E. Douglas, CCIM, SIOR and Brian K. Berkey of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the lease negotiations for the landlord, SCP-G Villa Park, LLC.
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Virginia Department of Health establishes Ebola hotline, online resources

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) opened an Ebola hotline Tuesday to help answer questions from the public and provide the most up-to-date information to Virginians.

The number – 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virginia’s 211 Call Center will be handling the calls using frequently asked questions (FAQs) developed by VDH.

“Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine.
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Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.
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Register for the Henrico Citizen’s Business and Branding Summit

Would your business like to do more business in Henrico? Would you like to learn marketing methods to reach a hyper-local customer base or learn more about business and personal branding techniques?

Then you won't want to miss the Henrico Citizen's Business and Branding Summit, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Richmond, 8225 W. Broad Street.

This free, no-obligation informational event will provide insight and ideas from local branding and marketing professionals and the Henrico Citizen team. You'll also have a chance to network with other local business leaders and professionals.
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Police using new body cameras

36 Henrico officers testing first batch this fall
Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.

Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.

“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.”
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Support for victims of domestic violence

October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the victims and survivors of the ongoing issue that affects one in four women. In Henrico, a collaborative group of organizations has gathered to provide services and events around the issue.

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.

The consolidated service provides all callers with a knowledgeable resource to explain options and conduct a safety assessment.
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Henrico Health Department to offer free flu vaccinations Oct. 23, 25

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu vaccines to the public Oct. 23 and 25 at four locations throughout the county.

Clinics offering walk-up service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center cafeteria, 7850 Carousel Lane; Oakland Village Apartments Community Center, 1400 Old Bronze Drive; and Essex Village Apartments Community Center, 117 Engleside Drive.
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Police make arrest in fatal car-through-building incident

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man in connection with an incident at a West End apartment complex Oct. 5 that killed a six-year-old boy.

Police charged Ronnie R. De La Cruz with reckless driving on private property Oct. 18. De La Cruz was driving a car that crashed through an apartment building at the Three Chopt West apartment complex in the 8800 block of Three Chopt Road. The car entered an apartment, trapping a woman and her two sons. One boy, Raul Exekiel Nicholas Vasquez, later died.
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Summit leaders champion safe driving


Since her mother was killed in 2008 by a driver talking on his cell phone, Jennifer White has traveled the country visiting distracted driving summits.

She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, Katie Couric, CNN, Fox News and more to advocate for safe, distraction-free driving and the prevention of additional devastating loss of life.

At the Second Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, held Sept. 15-16 at the Westin Hotel Richmond in Henrico County, White announced that Virginia has by far the best summit of all she has attended.
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Henrico’s ninth rabies case this year confirmed

A raccoon that was killed during a fight with two dogs in a Far West End neighborhood Oct. 14 has tested positive for rabies.

The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit responded to the 2800 block of Oak Point Lane, just off Church Road near John Rolfe Parkway, Monday after a caller reported the fight taking place in a backyard. Responding officers found the raccoon dead, and its remains were submitted to the state lab for rabies testing.
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Henrico County Television named third best government station nationally


For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Television has been named the third best overall government television station in the country, trailing only San Diego and Seattle — stations serving major metropolitan areas.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors recognized HCTV for “Overall Programming Excellence,” a category NATOA deems to be of “special significance.” In this category, judges evaluate the variety of programming, technical elements including video quality, audio, lighting and graphics, as well as the overall impression of the station.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor for the second year in a row,” said Public Relations & Media Services Director Tamra McKinney.
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Community

YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

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.
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Restaurant Watch


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