Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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Nominations sought for REB Awards


The Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which provide recognition and cash grants for outstanding local principals.

The annual awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the City of Richmond are eligible. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 17


The deadline for Virginia residents to apply to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is Monday, Oct. 17.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at http://elections.virginia.gov. To complete the online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver's licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier still may fill out the registration application online but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office. > Read more.

Henrico County Council of PTAs’ annual meeting to address bond referendum


The Henrico County Council of PTAs will host its annual meeting Oct. 18 at Henrico High School, during which officials will discuss the proposed Henrico bond referendum, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is a chance for PTA members at all HCPS schools to interact and share information. Following the business meeting, school and general government leaders will answer questions about the fall bond referendum. Among those present for the discussion will be Superintendent Pat Kinlaw and members of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

Northstar Career Academy celebrates growth


Northstar Career Academy celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 8155 Staples Mill Road Sept. 20 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade (in blue) represented the governor at the ceremony and was assisted by Head of School Dr. Pat West (holding scissors) and the school’s mascot, Navi. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek larceny suspect


The Henrico Division of Police are seeking a man who they believe made several purchases with a stolen credit card last week.

Police responded to the 4500 block of South Laburnum Avenue Oct. 2 after reports of a suspicious person. The man saw the officers and then fled into a wooded area and escaped their view. When police investigated further, they learned that he had recently made several purchases in the area with the stolen credit card.

The suspect (pictured) is an adult black male and was last seen wearing a black and red shirt and black pants. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 17 to highlight health, safety organizations, Nov. 8 ballot


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 17 to highlight organizations focused on community health and safety as well as to discuss the Nov. 8 ballot, which will include Henrico County’s bond referendum.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Thornton and county representatives will discuss Henrico’s ballot, which will include the five bond referendum questions on the back. > Read more.

Henrico Police invite public comment for accreditation assessment


Henrico County Division of Police officials are inviting the public to provide input as part of an accreditation assessment of the division that will be conducted next month.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive Nov. 7 to examine all aspects of the division's policy and procedures, management operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the Henrico Division of Police meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. > Read more.

Smart Beginnings holds annual meeting in Henrico


Smart Beginnings hosted its annual meeting, coordinated by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Oct. 5-6 at The Westin Richmond in Henrico. More than 75 statewide early childhood leaders from all corners of the state met to hear from experts and to share best practices about how to overcome the barriers that prevent many young children from accessing services that promote school readiness in their communities.

Above, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William Hazel addressed attendees, while Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent looks on. > Read more.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Oct. 15


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies. > Read more.

Avalon swim team claims ‘Dunk Hunger 2016’ gold medal


An epic battle ensued across Richmond all summer long, as swim teams and pools throughout the region competed in Richmond Family Magazine’s Dunk Hunger 2016 to help end chronic hunger in Central Virginia. This year’s community effort raised the equivalent of 75,246 pounds for FeedMore.

Henrico's Avalon Swim Team claimed this year’s Gold Medal and picked up a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of Dunk Hunger’s co-presenting sponsor, Nova of Virginia Aquatics. Other top finishers were Silver Medal Winner, Wyndham Tidal Waves, followed by Canterbury Recreation, Hungary Creek, and Burkwood. > Read more.

Bon Secours, Short Pump Town Center to host ‘Pink for a Purpose’ Oct. 13


Bon Secours Cancer Institute and Short Pump Town Center are joining forces Thursday, Oct. 13 to support women’s health – specifically breast cancer awareness – through their annual "Pink for a Purpose" event at the mall. The event will feature wine tastings, appetizers and retail "therapy" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Main Plaza of Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink.

Health experts Dr. Misti Wilson and Dr. William Irvin, Jr. will speak. Attendees also will have the chance win giveaways, prize raffles (including a $500 Short Pump gift card, discounts from participating retailers and appetizers and wine tastings at eight Short Pump Town Center restaurants). > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest robbery suspect


Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 33-year-old county man with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with a robbery that occurred Oct. 4 in the 6800 block of Paragon Place. Police anticipate other charges will be filed against the suspect, Jeremy Lemech Graham, in connection with other commercial robberies in the West End.

Officers observed a vehicle leaving the area of the Oct. 4 robbery and ultimately stopped it with the assistance of the Richmond Police Department, at which point they arrested Graham. > 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.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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