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.
Sites among 13 in Virginia to receive federal funding
More land at two Civil War battlefields in Henrico County will be preserved, thanks to federal funding awarded to Virginia through the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants.
The two Henrico sites – 4.92 acres at Deep Bottom Battlefield II and 1.68 acres at Glendale Battlefield – are among nine Civil War sites statewide that will be preserved as part of the $2.7 million in grant money, which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced March 3.
Grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund were awarded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program to seven states. Virginia was awarded the most money for the most projects, which will be completed in partnership with the Civil War Trust and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/03/2016 Transportation
Major General Williams, Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, recently presented certificates of recognition to RIC grounds crew members Chuck Sobrito, Jeremy Niles, Scott Walker, Sammy Hodges and Desmond Athey, for help and support during Winter Storm Jonas that blanketed the Richmond region in January. The snow team was able to help keep the aviation unit operational during the storm. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/03/2016 Transportation
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has declared Mar. 7-11 as "Virginia Telework Week," during which it is encouraging businesses in Virginia to allow qualifying employees to work from home at least one day that week. Individuals and businesses can also participate in Virginia Telework Week by visiting http://teleworkva.org and making a pledge.
Teleworking for even one day a week can provide multiple benefits, such as improving employee morale, decreasing turnover, increasing the pool of prospective employee candidates, decreasing harmful emissions in the environment and reducing traffic, according to DRPT officials. > 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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CalendarThe Goochland Chapter of Virginia Oath Keepers, serving Henrico, Hanover, Louisa, Goochland and Powhatan, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5 at the Goochland Public… Full text