HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.
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McEachin selected to Congressional leadership positions


Virginia Fourth District Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) was elected a co-president of his freshman class in Congress earlier this week. He shares the presidency with Congresswoman-Elect Nanette Barragan (CA-4) and Congresswoman-Elect Val Demings (FL-10).

Thursday, McEachin was selected as a regional whip for the Democratic Caucus. > Read more.

Radio host honors Henrico-based FBI agents


Special agents and intelligence analysts serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Joint Terrorism Task Force were honored by WRVA’s Jeff Katz (above, left) during a recent Blue Friday broadcast. Katz's Blue Friday shows highlight the actions of local law enforcement professionals who have gone above and beyond in their service.

The FBI personnel selected were integral in thwarting an ongoing white supremacist plot orchestrated by convicted felons who were planning to bomb local synagogues and black churches. The three men had indicated that they wanted to commit acts of murder and mayhem that were “bigger than Charleston.” > Read more.

Two Henrico women honored by Virginia Jaycees

Two Henrico women are among the four Virginians honored recently by the Virginia Jaycees.

The organization selected Unity Bowling as its "Outstanding Future Leader" and Amanda Hall as one of three "Outstanding Young Virginians." The awards honor Virginians who make a positive impact in their communities.

“This year we honored four outstanding young leaders from around the Commonwealth who strive to change the world around them by creating positive and sustainable change in our communities," Virginia Jaycees President Diego Soto said. > Read more.

Henrico to receive third round of pre-K funding


Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.

A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process. > Read more.

Business in brief


Long & Foster Real Estate has announced that its Innsbrook sales office will support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in its Toys for Tots campaign this year. The office launched its toy drive for Toys for Tots earlier this month and will collect toys through December 9. Toys may be dropped off at the Innsbrook sales office, located at 11225 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year marks the company’s 26th year participating in the holiday collection campaign. > Read more.

Virginia woman caught with loaded gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A New Kent County woman was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport (RIC) checkpoint Nov. 30 when TSA officers detected a .380 caliber handgun among her carry-on items. The handgun was loaded with three bullets, including one in the chamber.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued a summons to the woman, a resident of Quinton. > Read more.

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Local filmmaker traces family’s journey from Cambodia – and back

As a freelance videographer and editor for the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Lindsay Stone has tackled a variety of challenging projects.

Among her more notable productions is a 2010 documentary, filmed during travels in Germany with Holocaust survivor Alexander Lebenstein and depicting his childhood experiences through the horrors of Kristallnacht, deportation, and imprisonment.

At the conclusion of the video, Stone documented efforts of his hometown community to connect with Lebenstein, and the residents' renaming of the town school The Alexander Lebenstein School Against Racism. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host job fair Dec. 6


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico Workforce Resource Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road. The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, along with substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers. > Read more.

‘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.

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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

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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