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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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Henrico HS football team making an impact on and off the field


Before their Oct. 3 win over Atlee, the Henrico Warriors hadn’t allowed a touchdown all season. And while the football team has been exceptional at reading opposing offenses in 2014, it's sharing great reads with Henrico County elementary students.

Through a program called “Reading Warriors," Henrico High School teams and clubs visit elementary school classrooms, where they share books with younger students.

“These students are our leaders, and they need to be visible and involved,” said Jeffrey Millner, assistant principal at HHS. “We’re also branding Henrico High School as a premier school. > Read more.

Henrico to offer voter photo ID registration at libraries

The Henrico County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will register voters for a free photo ID at several libraries in October to help them meet new requirements for voting in Virginia.

Voters will have to present an acceptable form of photo ID at their polling place before casting a ballot in the Nov. 4 general election, under a Virginia law that took effect July 1. Acceptable forms of ID include a Virginia driver’s license, a photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, a United States passport, an employee photo ID, a government-issued photo ID and a photo ID from a college or university in Virginia. > Read more.

Henrico Health Department to offer free flu vaccinations Oct. 23, 25

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu vaccines to the public Oct. 23 and 25 at four locations throughout the county.

Clinics offering walk-up service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center cafeteria, 7850 Carousel Lane; Oakland Village Apartments Community Center, 1400 Old Bronze Drive; and Essex Village Apartments Community Center, 117 Engleside Drive.

A clinic offering drive-up and walk-up service will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at Dumbarton Elementary School, 9000 Hungary Spring Road. > Read more.

No serious injuries reported in Henrico garage fire

One man was treated at the scene of a garage fire in Eastern Henrico for possible smoke inhalation Monday night, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out in a garage in the 2300 block of Carlisle Avenue, near Williamsburg Road and the City of Richmond line, at about 6:30 p.m. Initial fire attack crews found the single-story garage heavily involved in fire 25 feet from a residence.

The first units to arrive were able to keep the fire contained to garage and prevent surrounding homes from catching fire. > Read more.

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Community

Civil War Living History Day planned for Saturday

Join the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks for the Civil War Living History Day. This free family event will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dabbs House Museum, 3812 Nine Mile Road in Henrico.

Explore life during the Civil War for men, women and children whether they were at home, in camp or on the battlefield. Re-enactors will set up Civil War style encampments, soldier drilling and firing displays. Other domestic Civil War chores and activities will also be highlighted. > 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.

Allen & Allen seeking Hometown Heroes nominations

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen recently announced that it is seeking nominations for its annual Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor the firm's centennial anniversary, is designed to applaud local hometown heroes that give back to their community on a daily basis.

"The annual Hometown Heroes award is Allen and Allen's way of celebrating Virginians doing good things for others. Our firm was founded on service and we gain tremendous motivation from those in the community around us, the real heroes," said Douglas A. Barry, president.

Nominations will be accepted through May 25 at http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes Fift.y winners will be announced in late June. Finalists will be honored at a series of award events taking place in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Charlottesville. > 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.

‘Asian Cajun’ restaurant entry arriving

Come September, Henrico County residents will be rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their bibs for a taste of New Orleans along with some flavors hailing from the Far East.

Crustacean Boil N’ Grill is slated to open at the end of next month in the Golds Gym Plaza shopping center on West Broad Street next to Comedy Sportz Improv Theatre.

The restaurant will serve boiled crawfish, Alaskan crab, shrimp, lobster and every other wonder of the sea, but owner Calvin Pan said this won’t be your regular seafood joint. > Read more.

Going Greek, going casual

Cafe’s traditional fare both delights and disappoints
When I read an online reviewer's comment that the Greek Grill Cafe was "second only to Stella's" in the quality of its Greek food, I knew – as a loyal long-time fan and regular at Stella's – that I had to check it out.

After two visits to the Cafe, I can attest that it bears at least one resemblance to Stella's: the exterior appearance is small and plain, made more pleasing by the large windows. Tucked almost under the freeway, the Cafe is located on a shabby stretch of Westwood Avenue; but the inside appearance is cozy, with home-like touches such as lush plants to soften the dreary view and large murals depicting scenes from Greece. > Read more.

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