Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.
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Henrico FCU to swap $20s for $50s at some ATMs March 23


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Henrico Federal Credit Union will give away some $50 bills in place of $20s at an ATM at one of its locations March 23 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The ATMs are located at:

• Dixon Powers Branch: 8611 Dixon Powers Dr., Henrico;

• Laburnum Branch: 1201 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico; > Read more.

Law ensures Virginians can resell tickets


In a defeat for Ticketmaster, a new state law will allow Virginians to resell tickets they’ve bought for concerts, football and basketball games, and other public events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed two bills that would protect people involved in reselling tickets – a practice critics call scalping. The law also says you can’t be turned away if you show up at an event with a ticket you received from someone else.

One of the measures – House Bill 1825 – was sponsored by Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.

HB 2343, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, would have required the state Department of Elections to provide local registrars with a list of voters who, according to data-matching systems, have been found to be registered in another state. > Read more.

Henrico to honor Community Leader of the Year May 3


ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council will honor Community Leader of the Year Dan Schmitt at its annual awards breakfast May 3. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane.

The Community Leader of the Year Award honors an unsung Henrico County hero who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county. > Read more.

Pinsker declares candidacy for House of Delegates


Matt Pinsker announced his candidacy recently for the June 13 Republican primary in the Virginia House of Delegates' 56th District. The seat is held by Republican Peter Farrell, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election in November.

A lifelong resident of the area, Pinsker attended Mills E. Godwin High School, graduated from the College of William & Mary and owns a law firm. In addition to serving in the Army Reserves and running a small business, he is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and has expertise in homeland security. > Read more.

Registration for 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy opens March 20

Henrico residents can experience county operations and services firsthand at the 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May. Registration opens Monday, March 20 at http://connect.henricorecandparks.com.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 20 to May 25. The academy is open to 35 residents age 18 or older. > Read more.

JetBlue to double number of Richmond-Ft. Lauderdale flights


JetBlue Airways will add a second daily roundtrip between Richmond International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to its summer schedule, effective June 15. The two markets were first connected by JetBlue in 2008.

With the addition of the second Ft. Lauderdale flight, JetBlue will now provide nonstop service between Richmond and Boston (four departures per day) and Orlando (twice-daily service) in addition to Ft. Lauderdale. > Read more.

Gov. McAuliffe expected to sign marijuana reforms


Virginia probably will ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the handful of marijuana-related bills passed by the General Assembly during its recent session. They include SB 1027, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy, and HB 2051 and SB 1091, which will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession. > Read more.

Strike Out Cancer to host 10th annual bowling challenge

The 10th annual Strike Out Cancer bowling challenge & silent auction, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will take place Mar. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd. A registration fee of $25 per adult or $15 per child includes three games of 9-no tap bowling and shoe rental.

Top teams and individual bowlers will receive recognition; participants will also be able to check out the silent auction, spin the wheel, and participate in other special prize drawings. > Read more.

Eighth-annual St. Paddy’s Palooza planned Mar. 18


The Eighth Annual St. Paddy’s Palooza will be held Mar. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Innsbrook pavilion, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Family-friendly fun will include live music, the Henrico Federal Credit Union hot air balloon, Celtic dancers, petting zoo, pony rides, and a variety of fair treats and foods from local
restaurants.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to be “shavees” for the event to bring to life the slogan, “Going Bald For A Cure." These volunteers collect donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. > Read more.

Never forgotten

Alzheimer’s Association provides support, hope

Jeff Baldwin tells people his grandmother died twice.

Once when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and again when her body finally shut down after five years of struggling with the disease.

“My grandmother at the end was not who she was during her entire life,” Baldwin said. “Not that she became the disease, but it changes you.” > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar Friday, Apr. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions. The interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. During the luncheon, Andreu will present “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey.” To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org. > 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

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. The second workshop, “Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden,” will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. The class will discuss how to plan, plant and harvest a vegetable garden. To register, call 501-5160. Full text

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