Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 05/03/2016 Education
Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.
At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.
As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.
For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/18/2015 Henrico Government
The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Saturday, Dec. 26 through Saturday, Jan. 9.
The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:
• Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;
• Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot; > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/18/2015 Henrico Government
Marvis W. Marshall, supplier relations manager for the Henrico County Department of Finance, was recognized by a regional organization for her commitment to ensuring diversity among suppliers in public procurements.
The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council presented Marshall with the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award at an annual awards reception last week in Hampton. The organization, which consists of corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and universities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, works to expand opportunities for minority business enterprises. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015 Henrico Business
The October edition of Henrico Restaurant Week, sponsored by the Henrico Citizen and its parent company, T3 Media, LLC, raised $5,000 for the Henrico Christmas Mother program. T3 Media owner/publisher Tom Lappas (above, right) presented a check to Henrico Christmas Mother Beverly Cocke (above, left) and HCM President Harriet Long at the Henrico Christmas Mother warehouse Dec. 14.
Henrico Restaurant Week involved 18 restaurants, which created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event (Oct. 2-11). Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the the Henrico Christmas Mother. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016
Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.
Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.
“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/25/2016
The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.
“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
CAT Theatre will present four shows during its 53rd season, which begins this fall. All four shows will be Richmond-area premieres, including one world premiere by a local playwright.
The season will feature:
• I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley – Oct. 14-29;
• The Wishing Well, by Maryland playwright Jon Klein – Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017; > Read more.
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