Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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‘One Bag of Trash’ challenges Virginians

Clean-up effort underway statewide

While it may not inspire the sheer mania and hype of the Ice Bucket Challenge that recently swept the country, a new Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) campaign has caught the imagination of a number of area residents – and even a VIP or two.

The OneBagofTrashVa Challenge asks individuals and groups to pick up one bag of litter and recyclables, take a photo (or film a video) of the collection, and post it on social media with #OneBagofTrashVa. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host town hall meeting Dec. 5


Henrico County Public Schools officials will discuss the division's efforts to enhance and improve student achievement during a town hall meeting Dec. 5 at Varina High School.

The number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45 last year, but seven Henrico schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. HCPS officials will discuss how the division is making gains and working toward its goal of full accreditation for all schools. > Read more.

Historic Sandston site commemorated


The Sandston Founders' Club dedicated a historical marker Nov. 8 at 11 West Williamsburg Road. In the early 1930s, the building served as the community's drug store and post office. Pictured above (from left) are members of the Founders' Club Bobby Alexander, Bruce Waldrop, Jane Conner, Randy Vass, June Baldwin, Alice Baldwin, Ada May Chinn and Wayne Varner. > Read more.

Saxon Shoes donates more than $6,000 to nonprofits


Saxon Shoes is donating more than $6,000 to seven nonprofit organizations in the Richmond and Fredericksburg regions, as part of its "Dollar a Pair" initiative in October. For every pair of shoes purchased at Saxon's Henrico and Fredericksburg locations last month, Saxon donated a dollar to the participating charity of the customer's choice. The initiative was designed to help bring awareness to these causes and financial support to their programs. > Read more.

Delta to add second daily roundtrip from Richmond to Minneapolis/St. Paul

Delta Air Lines will offer a second daily non-stop flight between Richmond International Airport and the airline’s Minneapolis/St. Paul hub beginning June 8.

The twice-daily flights will be operated by Delta Connection carrier ExpressJet Airlines on 69-seat CRJ-700 aircraft, which features first-class and economy seating. > Read more.

Dynasty on wheels

Henrico skating club trains national, international youth champions

Forgive the passersby who glance at the blue-and-yellow tin building on Williamsburg Road, in the shadows of Richmond International Airport, and wonder whether someone is secretly filming a 1970s-version of the social media hit "mannequin challenge" – but with buildings instead of people.

With its iconic V-shaped entrance beams and retro-style logo, the Roller Dome appears frozen in place from an era long since gone. But it's not here to impress the connoisseur of modern architecture.

If you’re looking for something impressive, however, step inside and meet some of the people who call this facility home for much of the week. They are regional, national and even world champions – titleholders in a sport that is immensely popular in other parts of the world but relatively unknown here. > Read more.

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign returns


November’s "Click It or Ticket" law enforcement campaign began Nov. 21, and state police officials are reminding motorists to buckle up before traveling for Thanksgiving – or for any other reason.

State and local police officers throughout Virginia will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists during the campaign, which concludes Dec. 4.Click It or Ticket combines high-visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt users are 45 percent less likely to be fatally injured in a crash. > Read more.

Police arrest and charge Henrico man with murdering his wife

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 45-year-old county man with second degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old wife early this morning in the 3900 block of Orion Court in Eastern Henrico.

Police responded to a residence at about 12:15 a.m., where they found the victim, Katrina M. Banks, dead from a gunshot wound. Police charged her husband, Alvin Eugene Banks, with her murder and also with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Alvin Banks is being held in the Henrico County Jail.
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AT&T donates $35,000 to Henrico Education Foundation


With a recent $35,000 contribution from AT&T, the Henrico Education Foundation will help economically disadvantaged students prepare for college and beyond.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for external affairs in Virginia, announced the donation on behalf of the company this week. AT&T’s support will help keep students on a path to graduation and prepare the region’s future business, tech and community leaders, he said. The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative that seeks to drive innovation in education. The program has donated more than $250 million to educational initiatives since 2008 and aims to donate another $100 million through 2017. > Read more.

Mechanicsville woman dies in Henrico crash

A 52-year-old Mechanicsville woman died when the vehicle she was driving ran off Interstate 295 in northern Henrico and struck trees Nov. 20.

The driver, Nancy C. Lauff died at the scene. The crash occurred at about 7:10 a.m. at exit 43 on I-295 southbound. Lauff had exited onto the ramp to Route 1 but apparently did so at a high rate of speed, which caused her 2013 Toyota Yaris to run off the road to the right, where it struck the trees and overturned. Lauff was not wearing a seatbelt. > Read more.

Thanksgiving Day holiday to delay some CVWMA collections


Thursday and Friday CVWMA residential recycling collections will be delayed one day in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. There will be no collections on Thanksgiving Day.

RED Thursday and RED Friday recyclers will have a one-day delay in recycling collection service due to the holiday. Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks employee wins awards


Henrico County Recreation and Parks Recreation Coordinator Alicia Engels recently won the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. She received the award during the society's annual conference, held Nov. 5-8 in Roanoke. The awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Engels has worked for Henrico full time since 2008. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions. The interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. During the luncheon, Andreu will present “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey.” To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org. Full text

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