Republicans, Democrats ready to race to fill open House seat


When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.

Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.

Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.

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.
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Law ensures Virginians can resell tickets


In a defeat for Ticketmaster, a new state law will allow Virginians to resell tickets they’ve bought for concerts, football and basketball games, and other public events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed two bills that would protect people involved in reselling tickets – a practice critics call scalping. The law also says you can’t be turned away if you show up at an event with a ticket you received from someone else.

One of the measures – House Bill 1825 – was sponsored by Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.

HB 2343, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, would have required the state Department of Elections to provide local registrars with a list of voters who, according to data-matching systems, have been found to be registered in another state. > Read more.

Henrico to honor Community Leader of the Year May 3


ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council will honor Community Leader of the Year Dan Schmitt at its annual awards breakfast May 3. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane.

The Community Leader of the Year Award honors an unsung Henrico County hero who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county. > Read more.

Pinsker declares candidacy for House of Delegates


Matt Pinsker announced his candidacy recently for the June 13 Republican primary in the Virginia House of Delegates' 56th District. The seat is held by Republican Peter Farrell, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election in November.

A lifelong resident of the area, Pinsker attended Mills E. Godwin High School, graduated from the College of William & Mary and owns a law firm. In addition to serving in the Army Reserves and running a small business, he is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and has expertise in homeland security. > Read more.

Registration for 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy opens March 20

Henrico residents can experience county operations and services firsthand at the 2017 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May. Registration opens Monday, March 20 at http://connect.henricorecandparks.com.

The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 20 to May 25. The academy is open to 35 residents age 18 or older. > Read more.

JetBlue to double number of Richmond-Ft. Lauderdale flights


JetBlue Airways will add a second daily roundtrip between Richmond International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to its summer schedule, effective June 15. The two markets were first connected by JetBlue in 2008.

With the addition of the second Ft. Lauderdale flight, JetBlue will now provide nonstop service between Richmond and Boston (four departures per day) and Orlando (twice-daily service) in addition to Ft. Lauderdale. > Read more.

Gov. McAuliffe expected to sign marijuana reforms


Virginia probably will ease up a bit in its laws against marijuana by making it easier for epilepsy patients to obtain cannabis extract oils and by relaxing the penalty for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the handful of marijuana-related bills passed by the General Assembly during its recent session. They include SB 1027, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy, and HB 2051 and SB 1091, which will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession. > Read more.

Strike Out Cancer to host 10th annual bowling challenge

The 10th annual Strike Out Cancer bowling challenge & silent auction, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will take place Mar. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bowl America Short Pump, 4400 Pouncey Tract Rd. A registration fee of $25 per adult or $15 per child includes three games of 9-no tap bowling and shoe rental.

Top teams and individual bowlers will receive recognition; participants will also be able to check out the silent auction, spin the wheel, and participate in other special prize drawings. > Read more.

Eighth-annual St. Paddy’s Palooza planned Mar. 18


The Eighth Annual St. Paddy’s Palooza will be held Mar. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Innsbrook pavilion, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Family-friendly fun will include live music, the Henrico Federal Credit Union hot air balloon, Celtic dancers, petting zoo, pony rides, and a variety of fair treats and foods from local
restaurants.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to be “shavees” for the event to bring to life the slogan, “Going Bald For A Cure." These volunteers collect donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. > Read more.

Never forgotten

Alzheimer’s Association provides support, hope

Jeff Baldwin tells people his grandmother died twice.

Once when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and again when her body finally shut down after five years of struggling with the disease.

“My grandmother at the end was not who she was during her entire life,” Baldwin said. “Not that she became the disease, but it changes you.” > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar Friday, Apr. 7 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. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man in connection with a commercial robbery in northern Henrico Mar. 6.

At about 6 p.m. that day, police responded to a check cashing business in the 3000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike following the robbery. A black male entered the store with his hand in his pocket and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the store.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 27-32 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 200-220 pounds. > 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

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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The Richmond Home + Garden Show returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 4 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5. Features of the show include more than 250 home improvement and gardening vendors, appearances by Kevin O’Connor (PBS’ “This Old House”) and The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Cooking Channel), tiny homes, pub sheds, Barkitecture Village (sponsored by Henrico Humane Society) and more. Tickets are $6 to $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 60+ and free for ages 12 and under. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeandgarden.com. Full text

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