Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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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.

Getting to know…Stephen Hickman

The Collegiate School's new Head of School
In December, the Collegiate School announced Stephen Hickman as the new Head of School. Hickman set up office at Collegiate in July and has been preparing for what will be the school’s 99th year. He recently sat down with the Citizen to discuss his new role.

Henrico Citizen: Talk about what prepared you to take on the job as Collegiate Head of School.

HickmanMy preparation really goes back to when I was in high school. I felt that my future was in education. I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and coaches. Even when I was in business for roughly 17 years – I was in the securities industry working with NASDAQ for most of that time – I never lost the passion for education. It had done so much for me; education literally changed my life. > Read more.

Fair(field) market value

Healthy eating, business sense and the value of entrepreneurship are among the many lessons students from Fairfield Middle School learned this summer.

The Fairfield Middle School East End Community Garden, a student-run farmers’ market that has operated each Wednesday, concluding Aug. 13, has served as the training ground for these skills.

Fairfield math teacher Amanda Hall dreamed up the farmers’ market two years ago. > Read more.

Villa starts new autism intervention program

St. Joseph’s Villa recently launched an early intervention program for children ages 2 to 5 with autism. The program, one of the first of its kind in Central Virginia, operates on the Villa campus and is overseen by Adam Dreyfus, director of the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.

The program was formed in response to the increasing rate of autism in the nation and an improved ability for its diagnosis as early as age 2. > Read more.

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Community

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

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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River Road Church, Baptist will present Grammy-nominated harpsichordist Jory Vinikour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concert takes place two days before Johann Sebastian Bach’s 332nd birthday; Vinikour will help celebrate this occasion by performing Bach’s classics. Vinikour appears regularly as harpsichordist at the finest opera houses and festivals in Europe. In 2017, he will play continuo for the next installment in Nézet-Séguin's Mozart cycle, “La clemenza di Tito,” with Rolando Villazón singing the title role. The concert is part of the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series at RRCB. It is open to the public with free admission; donations welcome. For details, visit http://www.rrcb.org/concertseries. Full text

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