Advocacy groups for low-paid workers blasted a Virginia Senate committee for killing two bills that would have raised the minimum wage incrementally over the next three years.
“It is a sad day when politicians prioritize corporate profits over hardworking Virginia families,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia and a member of the Women’s Equality Coalition. “$7.25 is not enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over your head at the same time, and no one who works a full-time job should be living in poverty.”
Supporters of the legislation had hoped Virginia would become the 30th state with a minimum wage above the federally mandated minimum of $7.25 an hour. > Read more.
By SaraRose Martin, Capital News Service 01/19/2017 General Assembly
In an effort to protect and expand women’s health care in Virginia, House Democrats said Tuesday they have introduced three bills to ensure easier access to abortion and contraceptives.
The bills represent a contrast to Republican measures such as the “Day of Tears” resolution that encourages Virginians to mourn abortion, Democratic legislators and their allies said at a news conference.
Progress Virginia Executive Director Anna Scholl said the General Assembly has seen more than 75 proposals to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care since 2010. She urged legislators to stop making women’s health care political. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/16/2017 Henrico Schools
Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.
The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/23/2016 Henrico Business
The new Cross Grain Brewhouse restaurant and bar will open at Richmond International Airport this week. The location will hold its grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 24. The restaurant, operated by Delaware North Travel Hospitality Services, will feature a menu with house-made items and a focus on local craft beers. > Read more.
A sample of transactions during this period appears below:
3910 Genacre Lane – $62,000, 1,586 SF (built in 1951), from James F. and Christy D. Kolb to Virginia Home Buyers LLC.
8321 Eden Street – $83,500 (vacant site), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to NVR Inc.
1911 Aeronca Avenue – $95,250, 1,032 SF (built in 1965), from Earl C. Parsons to Paula S. Leadbetter.
9720 Royerton Drive – $110,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1957), from John S. Edwards Estate to Duong Ha and Trang Pham.
1561 Skirmish Run Drive – $118,000, 1,041 SF (built in 1980), from Louise B. Hanson to Christopher J. and Morgan B. Smart.
5401 Raleigh Road – $124,000, 1,025 SF (built in 1952), from Mark H. Marable to Moore Properties LP.
7430 Doran Road – $127,000, 1,450 SF (built in 1955), from Robert M. Clemons, Sr. and Sallie G. Clemons to Ernest F. Meadows, Jr. > Read more.
The family of Callen Tyson – a local child who is battling leukemia – will host a blood drive at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.
Tyson was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2014 when he was only four years old and is nearly halfway finished with his three-year treatment. Part of that treatment has involved blood infusions, which has inspired his family and friends to host blood drives.
“By holding drives continuously throughout the year and in various locations across the state, we hope to help keep blood banks stocked and ready for anyone in need,” said Tyson's mother, Katie Tyson. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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CalendarThe Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the E. Bruce Heilman Dining Center at the University of Richmond. Each meeting features breakfast and an interesting speaker. For details, call Pete Sizemore at 288-0999. Full text