Henrico County VA

Dominion Foundation donates $1 million to groups providing critical community needs

Dominion Resources announced recently that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance. > Read more.

Henrico County Division of Police graduates 44th Citizens Academy

The Henrico County Division of Police graduated the 44th class of its Citizens Police Academy Nov. 5. Academy graduates were: Mark Brickey, Jeffrey Brush, Jonathon Brush, Miranda Brush, Hemal Desai, Catherine Link, Lisa Loudermilk, Jacqueline Madison-McCreary, Sonya Magamoll, Robert Marshall, Rose Martin-Turnage, Justin Murphy, Tom Murray, James Pfister, Chasity Turnage, and Breona Tyler.

The Citizens Academy allows participants to receive much of the same hands-on training and experience that actual police officers and recruits undergo. > Read more.

Henrico Rec and Parks wins 2 statewide awards

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks received two awards from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society at its annual conference, held Nov. 7-10 in Virginia Beach. The statewide awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Twin Hickory Park was awarded the Best New Facility (Parks, Playgrounds Greenways, and Trails) in the population category of 100,000+. A few highlights of the site include walking trails, open play areas, multi-purpose field, landscaping, irrigation, a picnic shelter with restrooms, a playground for 2-5 year olds and one for 6-12 year olds. > Read more.
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Perera likely to return to Henrico as asst. superintendent

A familiar face may soon be back in Henrico County's public school system.

HCPS officials and superintendent Pat Kinlaw will recommend Katrise Perera, a former principal of John Rolfe and Elko middle schools, for the position of assistant superintendent for instruction. The position includes responsibility for all of the division’s K-12 instructional efforts, as well as the departments of Career and Technical Education and Research and Planning. Bondy Shay Gibson recently vacated the position to take the superintendent's role in Jefferson County, W. Va. > Read more.

Business in brief

Orangetheory Fitness will locate its first Richmond-area studio in The Corner at Short Pump, located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and West Broad Street in the Far West End. The high-intensity interval fitness franchise has opened three studios in Virginia so far and has several more sites in development. The Short Pump studio will celebrate its grand opening in late September. > Read more.

Henrico County Television wins Emmy for foster care program

The Henrico County Television program "The Decision: Aging Out of the Foster Care System" has earned a 2015 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 57th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 27 in Bethesda, Md.

Produced and directed by Steve Boyd, the program won the award in the public/current/community affairs category. The 23-minute show features four young adults as they weigh the choice of transitioning from Henrico's foster care system at age 18. > Read more.

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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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