Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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Deadlines for absentee voting near


The deadlines for absentee voting in the Nov. 8 election are nearing. The last day for the receipt of absentee ballot applications by mail and fax in Henrico County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Applications should be faxed to the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-5081.

The last day to vote absentee in person at the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, polls in Henrico will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. > Read more.

Henrico School Board renames Godwin specialty center for late teacher


The Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director who died in June – the day after school ended – in a car accident not far from the school. The Center for Medical Sciences now will be known as the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director at Godwin. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area. > Read more.

Saxon’s ‘Shoes for the Needy’ starts Nov. 1


The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army launches Nov. 1, and donations will be accepted through Dec. 24 at Saxon Shoes at Short Pump Town Center. The collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond.

Saxon encourages individuals, families, businesses and groups to clean out their closets and donate gently-used shoes. > Read more.

HCPS to host College and Career Night Nov. 2


Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2016 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event, which offers students the chance to talk with representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military, will be held Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road.

Pre-registration barcodes, a timesaving feature introduced at last year's event, will again be available. > Read more.

HCPS to host job fair Nov. 1 for bus drivers, nutrition trainees, custodial services


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, full-time school nutrition manager trainees, and substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Glen Allen branch of Henrico County Public Library (10501 Staples Mill Rd.) Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers. > Read more.

Business in brief


Equity Concepts, a Richmond-based financial services firm with offices in Henrico County and Carytown, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1991 by Michael Thaler, the firm started off as a two-person operation that has now expanded to two area offices, as well as two additional associate firms in Altoona, Penn. The company serves more than 2,000 households and oversees approximately $800 million in assets. It recently was ranked sixth on this year’s Richmond BizSense annual list of area wealth and asset management companies. Thaler has also established his own nonprofit, Effective Ministries, Inc. (EMI), also known as The LINK. The LINK oversees partnerships and projects that meet the physical and spiritual needs of the communities it serves in Richmond and Niger, Africa. > Read more.

82-year-old man struck, killed by vehicle on Quioccasin Road


OCT. 27 – An 82-year-old Henrico man was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Quioccasin Road early Thursday morning.

The victim, Luis Franco, was struck by a Toyota SUV near the intersection of Quioccasin and Westridge Road shortly before 7 a.m. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died. > Read more.

Mud pies, skies and butterflies

Math Science Innovation Center in Eastern Henrico celebrates 50 years of wonder

Even the most relaxed parents may blanch on occasion at the thought of letting their kids delve deeply into buckets of mud or handle insects and spiny sea creatures. Throw in the mention of exploring a spider room, and some might barely suppress shudders.

But at the MathScience innovation center (MSIC) in Eastern Henrico County, flies and mud pies are all part of the game – and the learning. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to offer alcohol impairment simulation series


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital will host three alcohol impairment simulation events this week to raise awareness of how one’s balance, motor planning, and coordination skills are effected by alcohol.

The simulation series will be held in the Forest Lobby of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, 1602 Skipwith Road, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26; and at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 28. > Read more.

Henrico CASA welcomes 10 new volunteers


Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.

West Broad Marketplace continues opening tenants into Q4 of 2016

Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.

The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.

Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > 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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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