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11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group


Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes: > Read more.

Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application. > Read more.
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Project Lifesaver helps keep Henrico residents safe


Since its adoption by Henrico County in 2005, the Project Lifesaver program has helped locate 312 missing county residents suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and autism.

During the past 30 days, the program has helped locate five missing residents and return them to their homes safely.

The Henrico Division of Fire, Division of Police and Sheriff’s Office provided a demonstration last week of the Project Lifesaver program at the Henrico County Training Center to demonstrate how it works. > Read more.

Martin’s customers donate $24k to Henrico Christmas Mother

Martin's Food Markets will make a donation of more than $24,000 to the Henrico Christmas Mother program, as a result of contributions provided by its customers Nov. 2-Dec. 6.

The grocery store chain collected a total of $100,177 from customers at its Metro Richmond and Williamsburg stores during the period. The Henrico Christmas Mother will receive $24,549.33. Other programs receiving donations are the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother ($28,000), the Hanover Christmas Mother ($13,120), the Salvation Army Central Virginia Command ($26,000) and the Salvation Army of Williamsburg ($8,505). > Read more.

Parading through

The Christmas spirit was alive in Varina Dec. 13, as the Varina Toy Parade rolled along Osborne Turnpike (featuring Henrico Christmas Mother Becky Goshorn, above) to the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of spectators then gathered to watch the James River Boat Parade of Lights. > Read more.

HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.

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Community

Charity flag football game at Highland Springs HS

The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Hornets will face off again to help raise awareness and contributions to support Special Olympics Virginia. The flag football game will be held Saturday, June 16 at Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave. Gates open at noon and the game starts at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Ticket sales will assist the Special Olympics. For more information, call 476-0040 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). > Read more.

‘2012 Foundation’s Finest’ raises money for cystic fibrosis

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Virginia Chapter recently announced the 2012 Foundation’s Finest Class. Thirteen of Richmond’s finest young professionals have started a seven week fundraising blitz. Their goal is to raise $3,000 each through a combination of donations, ticket sales, auction donations, sponsorships, and planning special events around the community.

The Foundation’s Finest program is an event of the CF Young Professionals Leadership Council and guided by event co-chairs Jessica Chandler of Wardrobe Richmond and Amanda Weiner of Saxon Shoes. > Read more.

Fan Care Program for seniors begins Friday

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is again helping older adults combat summer heat by sponsoring the Fan Care Program. Through Fan Care, now in its 22nd year, older adults age 60 and over can receive a fan or other cooling assistance. They also must meet income eligibility requirements.

To apply, call the Fan Care Hotline at 343-3005 and leave a name, address and phone number. A Fan Care representative will return your call.

Fan Care is made possible by cooperative efforts of Dominion Virginia Power, the Virginia Department for the Aging and Senior Connections. The program will start June15 and ends on September 30, 2012. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Eastern Henrico has a lot to offer this weekend: the new Highland Springs Community Center will re-open and the film “Shenandoah” will play Sunday at the Henrico Theatre. In western Henrico, “Annie Get Your Gun” will be at CACGA and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse will feature The Whitetop Mountaineers. And if you’re in the mood to start holiday shopping – and support a great cause – the Little Sisters of the Poor will host their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There are several opportunities to hear unique music this weekend: a harpsichord recital at River Road Church Baptist, a violin and piano recital at Trinity Lutheran Church and UkeFest Virginia – a two-day event celebrating all things ukulele. And new this year – compost your jack-o-lanterns at Short Pump ES! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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