Citizen Staff Reports 07/21/2016 Government
Fire chiefs from Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield will join Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, local professional firefighters and Muscular Dystrophy Association officials to host a special event July 25 to kick off the firefighters' annual "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign. This campaign seeks to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer.
The event will take place at noon at James Center Plaza in Richmond, continuing more than 60 years of fire fighter tradition. The event will feature speakers including Jones, local fire chiefs, Richmond City Council members and other government officials, as well as MDA Goodwill Ambassador families. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/21/2016 Henrico Business
Melody Magic Music Studio, a children’s music and movement studio on Lauderdale Drive in Short Pump, has been named among the best Kindermusik programs worldwide – out of more than 5,000 programs of their kind internationally – for the second consecutive year. The honor, awarded to owner Katherine Knight, was earned after an independent review of the facility’s programming, parent reviews, and other related feedback. The certification is re-evaluated every year and educators are required to participate in ongoing training and education. Melody Magic Music Studio’s Kindermusik-based classes are research-based music and movement curricula for children up to six years of age. Enrollment for fall classes opened July 15 for returning students and will open Aug. 1 for everyone. There will be a week of demo classes starting Aug. 22. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/21/2016 Henrico Schools
In collaboration with community partners around the metro-Richmond area, University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies is launching a new beer brewer professional certificate program. The first class will begin in October.
This program is geared toward those interested in entering or advancing in the growing craft beer industry. Students will learn the craft brewing business from the procurement of raw materials through to the proper handling, processing, packaging and distribution of the final product. > Read more.
By Grant Smith, Capital News Service 03/11/2016 General Assembly
In an 8-7 vote along party lines, a Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday. The eight Republicans on the Senate Committee on Education and Health voted in favor of House Bill 1090; the panel’s seven Democratic members voted against it.
HB 1090 states that the Health Department “shall not enter into a contract with, or make a grant to, any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where non-federally qualified abortions are performed.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/11/2016 Henrico Schools
Upper and lower elementary students at Richmond Montessori School raised more than $5,300 for the American Heart Association through "Jump Rope for Heart" and "Hoops for Heart" events at the school. During the month of February, lower elementary grades participated in Jump Rope for Heart, and upper elementary participated in Hoops for Heart.
Many students donated their own money or collected money from family and friends while participating in the community service project for the American Heart Association. Student Brianna Woody collected the most money – a total of $1,035. > Read more.
Unanimous vote comes after months of public debate
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor
MAR. 10, 4:43 P.M. – In a significant – yet anticipated – move Thursday, the Henrico County School Board voted unanimously to strip Harry Flood Byrd's name from the county middle school on Quioccasin Road that it has adorned since the school's 1971 opening.
The board's decision came after months of consideration, public discussion and citizen input, stemming from an initiative originally presented to the board by a Hermitage High School student last fall. The board will solicit new names for the school for a period of 30 days, beginning today, and intends to adopt a new name within several months, so that all necessary changes will be completed in time for the start of the new school year this fall.
School system officials have estimated that changing the name could cost as much as $136,000. But School Board members today indicated that initially, they would fund only the immediate necessary changes (such as signage), which could cost about $36,000. The board has earmarked $12,437 for those costs as a contingency. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 07/18/2016
Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.
Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
There are some great events this weekend in Henrico that will take your mind off the incredible heat. Highland Springs residents are invited to a Neighborhood Block Party with music, games, food and giveaways. The Tuckahoe Square Dance Club will host a dance at Pinchbeck Elementary School. There are still a few spots left for a free women’s self-defense class at The Academy of Kung Fu. And the Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will continue its Sunday Strolls at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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