By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 07/01/2016 Features
From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.
He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.
Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/01/2016 Henrico Crime
JUNE 30 – A mid-day house fire in Henrico's Far West End Thursday displaced two residents, but no one was injured. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Henrico Fire units were called to the 10700 block of New Trail Court, off Springfield Road. Units arrived within 5 minutes to find flames coming from the roof of a two-story home in the 10700 block of New Trail Court.
First arriving units forced their way into the home, where they advanced hose lines to the second floor. Firefighters pulled the second-floor ceiling down in order to gain access to the fire. At the same time, personnel from the ladder truck completed a search and discovered that no one was home at the time of the incident. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/30/2016 Henrico Business
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: EVB – leased 18,885 SF in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; Dana Gibson Inc. – leased 8,962 SF at 1601 Roseneath Rd.; and Lee Nails & Spa – leased 1,620 SF in Nuckols Place at 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr. > Read more.
Thousands of people commemorated Memorial Day at the fifth annual American Legion Post 242 Sandston Memorial Day Parade Monday. A group of veterans (right) traveled along the parade path by horse and carriage. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/28/2013 Henrico Government
Henrico County will test its community alert system Tuesday, June 4, by sending a message to nearly 157,000 landline phones and to more than 3,500 email addresses and wireless devices that are registered with the system.
The test of the Community Emergency Notification System is planned ahead of the 2013 hurricane season and is expected to have minimal impact on residents and businesses. They will not need to answer the calls or respond to the messages that are left on their answering machines or received as emails or text alerts. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/24/2013 Transportation
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) expects the remaining half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge to open to all traffic Tuesday, May 28, weather permitting. The opening would come three months ahead of schedule, according to VDOT officials.
The new bridge is wider than the old bridge and includes one 12-foot travel lane and one 10-foot shoulder in each direction. The wider shoulders will function as both an emergency breakdown lane and an area for cyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there will be a 5-foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
“The contractor, localities and VDOT have been committed since day one to keep this project on schedule,” said District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We’re pleased those efforts have resulted in the bridge opening three months ahead of schedule.” > Read more.
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Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.
As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Celebrate Independence Day in Henrico! The county’s annual event is new and improved this year with a later start time, expanded hours and new entertainment, including the Richmond Symphony and a laser light show. Lewis Ginter is also offering free admission all day. On Saturday, check out the first annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, the family movie at Varina Library or Anthony Snape and special guest Jess Labus at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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