Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Fairfield meeting March 13 to discuss opioid crisis, General Assembly session


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Mar. 13 to discuss the opioid crisis and the 2017 General Assembly session.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP, Henrico Health Director Susan Fischer Davis and others to examine the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction. Thornton also has invited members of the General Assembly to provide an overview of the recently concluded legislative session.
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High-end Escape Nails & Day Spa opens


Escape Nails and Day Spa opened its doors in February in West Broad Marketplace, bringing a full service spa experience, including 122 types of manicures and pedicures. Some manicures and pedicures include complimentary neck and shoulder massages; the salon is also equipped for full body massages. Complimentary soda, hot tea, and coffee are offered with services, and the business has submitted paperwork seeking an ABC license so that add adult beverages can be added to the list.
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First middle school redistricting hearing set for March 16


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Mar. 16 to receive feedback on the first phase of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The first phase of redistricting would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.
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FBI director to Henrico crowd: ‘We cannot arrest our way out of’ opioid problem


Citizens of Henrico country came together with local law enforcement, FBI Director James Comey and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to discuss the opioid epidemic Mar. 1 at Glen Allen High School.

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” Comey told the audience.

The FBI is working to crack down on the supply of the drugs and to drive up the price of street opioids to make them as unattractive as possible, but truly solving the problem requires a community effort, he said.
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You’ve got a PAL


While the school bell signals the end of the day for most students and staff in Henrico public schools, for Officer Michelle Sheehan, who works as a school resource officer, it signals the start of the second part of her day as police liaison and program director for the Henrico Police Athletic League’s after-school program.

Sheehan is only one of many officers who work with Henrico PAL, a program started 10 years ago by Henrico police officers that is designed to develop positive relationships with Henrico’s youth through after-school mentoring, structured recreation and summer programs.
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Two-alarm fire displaces 21 from West End apartment complex


Twenty-one residents of a West End apartment complex were displaced by an early-morning fire today, but no one was injured by the blaze. One cat died in the fire, which was first reported at about 1:45 a.m. in the 3200 block of St. Martin's Trail, near J.R. Tucker High School.

Twelve apartments in the complex are uninhabitable, and the 20 adults and one child who lived in them are being assisted by the Henrico Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Both organizations worked with apartment management to help find temporary lodging and clothing for those displaced.
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Portion of Lakeside Avenue closed due to water main break


MAR. 3 – Crews have closed Lakeside Avenue between Maplewood Road and Spruce Street to make repairs to a broken water main.

Southbound traffic on Lakeside is being redirected to Maplewood, Hermitage Road and Dumbarton Road. Northbound traffic is being rerouted to Spruce, Club Road and Hilliard Road.
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Business in brief


Henrico-based Colortree Group, Inc. LLC has announced the appointment of Terry Manis as CFO. Manis will be heavily involved in all aspects of strategic initiatives including budgeting and forecasting. He also will maintain a strong relationship with Sterling National Bank and ensure the responsibility of the accounting department. Manis has more than 25 years of global/manufacturing experience, most recently as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Quibca Holdings, a large global manufacturer headquartered in Italy. Manis oversaw various business functions related to financial planning, budgeting, cash management, distribution, tax, and all other facets of accounting. Manis, who began his career as operations accountant at McKesson HBOC, received his BBA from Marshall University in 1989 and his MBA from Averett University in 1999. Colortree Group, Inc. is a full-service manufacturer of envelope products and print services for the direct mail industry.
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Section of Creighton Road to reopen Mar. 3 following bridge replacement


A half-mile section of Creighton Road east of Interstate 64 will reopen to through-traffic Friday, March 3, following installation of a two-lane bridge.

Creighton had been closed since May from Caddie Lane to Stone Dale Drive, near Glenwood Golf Club, while work was underway. Henrico County’s Department of Public Works replaced the one-lane bridge and improved the approaches to the new, wider bridge. The $3.45 million project was completed two months ahead of schedule.
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Section of Francistown to be closed March 3-17 for storm sewer improvements

A section of Francistown Road, from Greenford Drive to Mapleview Avenue, will be closed March 3-17 for storm sewer improvements.

Motorists are encouraged to bypass the work zone by following Greenford, Alston Lane and Huron Avenue or Mapleview, Crystalwood Lane and Chumley Lane.
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Henrico County to conduct telephone survey about information distribution

Henrico County has started a telephone survey of residents to better understand how they get news and information about the county and its programs and services.

The research firm Responsive Management of Harrisonburg will survey 500 residents in each of the county’s five magisterial districts by calling land lines and cell phones. If chosen at random for the survey, a resident’s caller ID will likely indicate Responsive Management from the area code 540, although it also may show “not available.” The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes.
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Henrico Extension to offer free financial workshops in March

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will present free workshops in March to help residents better understand issues affecting their personal finances.

The Know Your Reports workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The class will provide an overview of credit reporting and will explain how to order and review credit reports to help maintain credit worthiness and to prevent fraud. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 7.
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