Former Henrico PAL participant now serves as program counselor
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 09/03/2015 Features
In only eight years of existence, Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) has grown from a single, small after-school program to a series of sports camps, summer camps, recreational and after-school programs serving several hundred children each year.
Four years ago, Henrico PAL also won national recognition as Aubrey Temple of the Youth Leadership Council and board member Johnny Newman were honored as "Male Youth of the Year" and "Male Volunteer of the Year" at the national conference. > Read more.
New Orleans native who landed in Henrico after Katrina reflects after 10 years
By Sundra Hominik, Special to the Citizen • Photos by Sundra Hominik
Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans, Cain Bassett and his family left their home in the city's West Bank area and headed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Not to take a flight out of harm's way, but to hunker down until the impending massive storm passed.
In 2005, Bassett, who now lives in western Henrico County, was employed by Delaware North. He helped manage the company's 20 restaurants and bars that lined the New Orleans airport's concourses.
In the long hours before Karina hit, the company allowed Bassett, his wife, their two children, as well as a few other employees, to take refuge at the airport. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/03/2015 Henrico Business
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced recently the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The documents provide a framework for area schools to adhere to a recommended program plan with Junior Achievement, focusing on JA Finance Park, a middle and high school program focused on personal finance and career readiness. Under the agreements, schools are encouraged to increase their participation each year over the next three years. The JA Finance Park program teaches students how to create a family budget and live within their means. It consists of thirteen in-class lessons and culminates in a visit to the Capital One/JA Finance Park facility where students become adults for a day – making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 4,700 Central Virginia students participated in the program. With the memoranda in place, the number of participating students is expected to more than double by 2018. > Read more.
SEPT. 1, 11:08 A.M. – Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old Crozier woman in connection with an arson at a business on Three Chopt Road this morning.
At 2:59 a.m. this morning, Henrico Police and Fire received a call for service from a commercial alarm in The Balance and Ear Center building at 10200 Three Chopt Road. Arriving officers observed smoke coming from the building and fire on the interior. While checking the property, officers located a window through which entry was made into the building. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/01/2015 Henrico Business
Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call collected nearly 1,000 pieces of sports equipment thanks to donations from the public, as well as from staff members and community partners, during the third annual AdvanceItUp! community initiative in June. AIU is designed to help combat childhood obesity in the metro Richmond community by increasing recreation options and active living at home and school for area kids who do not have access to usable sports equipment.
The physicians and staff from Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call, along with volunteers from Fit4Kids, helped organize and clean the collected equipment before distribution. > Read more.
The beauty of tragedy is that it often brings with it the opportunity for an inspiring recovery. The Henrico community recently embodied that opportunity.
Tragedy struck a Henrico family when a fire scorched its home, leaving it with nothing. One of the family members is a teenage boy who was ready to embark on his college journey at James Madison University, but those plans seemingly went up in smoke with the fire.
Despite losing everything, that teenager has gone to James Madison, all thanks to a community effort to gather resources and raise money for the family. (Family members requested that their names not be used in this article.) > Read more.
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Emily Francis (left) of Richmond Green Drinks and Cary Jamieson of The Steward School checked out the cherry tomato crop Aug. 20 at the school's Bryan Innovation Lab following a visit by members of Green Drinks. Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab, was among the speakers who pointed out various sustainable features of the building and its surroundings, including geothermal, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems, as well as rain gardens and large storage cisterns (like the one pictured) to minimize groundwater pollution. > Read more.
For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.
CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.
“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
Henrico County has a lot to offer this Labor Day weekend! Before summer ends completely, you’ve got to try some Virginia wines at Southern Season’s weekly event, Fridays Uncorked. Check out The Comedy Dad, Alex Scott, at the Richmond Funny Bone or put your thinking caps on and take on The Escape Room. This weekend also features a two-day event at Malvern Hill and Carrington Kay at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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