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HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.

‘Love Local’ contest rewards shoppers for buying locally

The Retail Merchants Association and participating businesses are combining to offer local shoppers the chance to win a Valentine's Day package by shopping locally Feb. 8-14.

The "Love Local" contest will award a Sweetheart Package valued at more than $500 to one shopper who participates by visiting a participating store during the week, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShopRVA. No purchase is necessary. Participants may enter only one photo per store but as many stores as they would like. > Read more.
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Henrico middle school earns $100k fitness center


Henrico's Fairfield Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia awarded new $100,000 fitness centers through the National Champion Schools campaign. The announcement was made Thursday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Chairman Jake Steinfield.

Fairfield, Huntington Middle School in Newport News and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk each will receive a state-of-the-art PositivelyTM Fitness Center, as the result of their demonstration of new and innovative ways to promote student physical activity and wellness. The new centers will be dedicated this fall with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each school. > Read more.

New Eastern Henrico health center to open Sept. 8


The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.

The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.

“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis. > Read more.

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Royal Productions’ 27th annual Richmond Home Show, presented by James River Air, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. More than 135 exhibitors will display all types of products and services for the home - everything needed to make the home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and to explain the features of their products and services. People may ask questions, get quotes and details for purchases they may be considering. Tickets are $5 or $4 with online coupon. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com > Read more.

Bells will be ringing…


School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.

The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus. > Read more.

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Community

Volunteers needed for annual river cleanup at Osborne Park

The 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup will take place at multiple sites among several river localities on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will spend the morning sprucing up the river and several tributary streams by picking up trash.

In addition to volunteers who clean along shoreline areas and trails, boaters also play a crucial role. Paddlers and power-boaters are able to collect floating trash and access shoreline trash that’s difficult to reach by foot. Much of the trash collected is the result of litter that is carried by rain runoff along roadside ditches to streams, and eventually to the James River. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Earth Day Challenge helps homeowners conserve energy

The Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA) and the state’s Virginia Energy Sense program recently launched the Earth Day Challenge with 16 other organizations to help Richmond-area residents make their homes more energy efficient.

To enter the challenge, which runs through Earth Day on April 22, homeowners will conduct a free online energy assessment that will instantly recommend ways they can save energy at home. Participants in the Earth Day Energy Challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of five free in-home professional energy assessments donated by RREA’s pre-qualified contractors.

Professional home energy assessments, which can cost between $300 and $400, will help identify potential energy wasters in a home — especially those in tough to spot or difficult to access areas like crawl spaces and heating and cooling ducts. The home energy assessment allows the homeowner to prioritize the most cost-effective energy improvements to lower energy bills and live in a more comfortable home. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Strange brews

Henrico’s first craft brewery opens
Go wash out your already overflowing beer mug, because Henrico's first craft brewery just started pouring last month.

Strangeways Brewing opened its 8,400-square-foot brewery on Dabney Road May 29. The brewery introduced its two flagship beers at about 26 local restaurants Memorial Day Weekend in the form of three bar crawls. > Read more.

A community ‘Kaffeehaus’ in Henrico’s Far West End

Born and raised in good old Europe, I am quite familiar with the traditional Austro-Hungarian tradition of the Kaffeehaus, an institution that represents a lifestyle of relaxing and thinking in a familiar environment with coffee, pastry, news, good service, marble tables, subdued sounds like the click-clack of the coffee machine, mugs and plates, conversations among patrons and with staff and a bit of low volume Johann Strauss music.

And so it was a thrill to find a modern version of a Kaffeehaus right here in Henrico County: The Daily Grind, near Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.

Oklahoma tornado victims to benefit from Innsbrook concert

The Innsbrook Foundation will present a special concert June 19 at the Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion to raise funds benefiting the victims of the Moore and Shawnee communities of Oklahoma.

The Innsbrook After Hours RVA Cares event will feature five bands and a family festival in recognition of the many families devastated by the Oklahoma tornadoes on May 20, which killed 23 people, injured 377 others, and left destroyed and damaged homes affecting 33,000 residents. > Read more.

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