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.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.
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‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign returns


November’s "Click It or Ticket" law enforcement campaign began Nov. 21, and state police officials are reminding motorists to buckle up before traveling for Thanksgiving – or for any other reason.

State and local police officers throughout Virginia will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists during the campaign, which concludes Dec. 4.Click It or Ticket combines high-visibility enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws with outreach and education.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt users are 45 percent less likely to be fatally injured in a crash. > Read more.

Police arrest and charge Henrico man with murdering his wife

Henrico Police have arrested and charged a 45-year-old county man with second degree murder in the death of his 35-year-old wife early this morning in the 3900 block of Orion Court in Eastern Henrico.

Police responded to a residence at about 12:15 a.m., where they found the victim, Katrina M. Banks, dead from a gunshot wound. Police charged her husband, Alvin Eugene Banks, with her murder and also with the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Alvin Banks is being held in the Henrico County Jail.
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AT&T donates $35,000 to Henrico Education Foundation


With a recent $35,000 contribution from AT&T, the Henrico Education Foundation will help economically disadvantaged students prepare for college and beyond.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for external affairs in Virginia, announced the donation on behalf of the company this week. AT&T’s support will help keep students on a path to graduation and prepare the region’s future business, tech and community leaders, he said. The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative that seeks to drive innovation in education. The program has donated more than $250 million to educational initiatives since 2008 and aims to donate another $100 million through 2017. > Read more.

Mechanicsville woman dies in Henrico crash

A 52-year-old Mechanicsville woman died when the vehicle she was driving ran off Interstate 295 in northern Henrico and struck trees Nov. 20.

The driver, Nancy C. Lauff died at the scene. The crash occurred at about 7:10 a.m. at exit 43 on I-295 southbound. Lauff had exited onto the ramp to Route 1 but apparently did so at a high rate of speed, which caused her 2013 Toyota Yaris to run off the road to the right, where it struck the trees and overturned. Lauff was not wearing a seatbelt. > Read more.

Thanksgiving Day holiday to delay some CVWMA collections


Thursday and Friday CVWMA residential recycling collections will be delayed one day in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. There will be no collections on Thanksgiving Day.

RED Thursday and RED Friday recyclers will have a one-day delay in recycling collection service due to the holiday. Friday collections will take place on Saturday. > Read more.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks employee wins awards


Henrico County Recreation and Parks Recreation Coordinator Alicia Engels recently won the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. She received the award during the society's annual conference, held Nov. 5-8 in Roanoke. The awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Engels has worked for Henrico full time since 2008. > Read more.

Henrico fourth-graders to benefit from National Park Foundation grant


Nearly 2,500 fourth-graders from Henrico, Hanover and Richmond will have the opportunity to visit their local national parks and receive an annual pass to visit other federal lands and waters – all for free – thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site and Richmond National Battlefield Park were among the sites selected by the foundation, the National Park Service’s official charitable partner. The funds will be used to transport fourth-graders from the Richmond region on field trips to the parks, helping them connect with outdoor spaces and enjoy them as living classrooms. "Every Kid in a Park" programs at Richmond’s national parks emphasize the area’s rich Civil War and Civil Rights history, including a new program at Fort Harrison that explores soldiers’ experiences and the efforts of the National Park Service to protect the site. > Read more.

Santa to arrive Nov. 25 at Virginia Center Commons


Santa Claus will arrive at Virginia Center Commons mall Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. He'll land at the JCPenney Court, where children and families can take photos and visit with him through Dec. 24.

On Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can bring their pets to have photos taken with Santa.

The mall also will host entertainment in the food court Dec. 10 and 17. On Dec. 10, the Hanover Concert Band will perform there from noon to 1, and the Central Virginia Wind Symphony will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

Business in brief


The 9Round of Henrico gym will open Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Shops at Wellesley, 3442 Lauderdale Dr. The location, owned by Heather Coe, offers shorter fitness workouts focused on kickboxing techniques. Developed by reigning IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds to recover. There are no class times, and trainers are always on site lead the workouts. The routines change daily to give members a fresh workout every time they go to the gym. 9Round of Henrico is open Monday through Saturday. > Read more.

Royal Productions buys Virginia Outdoor Sportsmen Show


Royal Productions, Inc. has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show from its founder, local taxidermist Hugh Crittenden, who started it 33 years ago. The show is held annually at Richmond Raceway Complex in Henrico.

Royal Productions recently sold the three local home shows that it had produced for a number of years. This purchase comes shortly after Royal Productions sold the three home local home shows, which they had produced for many years. > Read more.

Regency Square to host Christmas Parade Nov. 19


Regency Square mall will host its first Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. Santa Claus will arrive at the mall the same day.

The parade will begin at the corner of Starling Drive and Holly Hill Road, proceed north on Starling Drive, continue east to Quioccasin Road and then enter the shopping center parking lot for a special edition of Cars & Coffee-Richmond. > Read more.

RMA to host Recycle Day Nov. 18


The Retail Merchants Association will host its annual Recycle Day Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 5101 Monument Avenue. The event, hosted in partnership with Keep Virginia Beautiful, allows participants to drive through and drop off their unwanted recyclables for free. The first 150 participants will receive a coupon valid for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

KVB officials will accept all forms of plastic bags. Goodwill will accept clothing, shoes, furniture, domestics (sheets, towels), collectables, jewelry, antiques, books, household (dishes, housewares), working flat-panel televisions, DVDs, CDs, records, tapes, small electronics (radios, clocks, lamps), accessories (handbags, belts, scarves), computers, laptops, printers, monitors, hard drives, motherboards, RAM chips, cases, cables, copiers, plotters, telephone systems, and IT equipment. > 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.
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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A benefit concert will be held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Chad Southward, a Henrico-area man who received his third double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sandston Baptist Church. The Christian music concert, “Breathe Deeply – Songs for the Southwards,” will feature Amy Ladd and Friends, Clear Call and Who Shot Goliath? The MC will be Troy Westerman. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant related expenses. The concert is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Wanda Phillips at (804) 564-6237. Full text

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