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11 seniors form inaugural HCPS ‘Teacher Scholars’ group


Eleven high school seniors accepted into Henrico County Public Schools’ new Teacher Scholars’ program will have guaranteed teaching jobs waiting for them when they graduate from college. The program is a way to address the need for teachers in content areas where there aren’t enough qualified applicants. The 2015 group includes: > Read more.

Steward student wins national science award


Steward School eighth-grader Gracie Goodpasture recently was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2015 Angela Award, presented annually to one female student in grades 5-8 from the United States who has a strong connection to science.

The award and a $1,000 savings bond were presented to Goodpasture by NSTA President Dr. Juliana Texley at an award ceremony held at The Steward School.

In the Angela Award application, Goodpsature was required to detail her interests in science. She described her experience working with Perdue Farms on a third-grade class project, which led her to become interested in chickens. She put together innovative ideas about raising them at home and worked with Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, who has remained her mentor and wrote a recommendation for her NSTA application. > Read more.
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State SOL committee proposes changes

UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.

The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.

The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 3-9


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 3-9, 2014 appears below:

514 Dale Street – $86,322, 1,073 SF (built in 1957), from Tracy M. Manoley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1528 Young Street – $100,000, 1,484 SF (built in 1940), from Gwendolyn C. Wells to J&R Rent to Buy LLC.
2307 Nortonia Road – $106,100, 925 SF (built in 1956), from James F. Moore to C. Brown Properties LLC.
2704 Chariot Street – $131,973, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Vergyl L. Cabbagestalk to Federal National Mortgage Association.
23 Huntsman Road – $140,000, 1,042 SF (built in 1951), from William Lee and Sue P. Smith to Dallas Pitcock Anthony. > Read more.

Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. > Read more.

Student helps sprout ‘STEM’ growth


Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.

Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it. > Read more.

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Community

Art ‘ReFined’ in Lakeside

Local artist Kris Taylor (above) was among the visitors at a March 31 open house held at the relocated women's consignment shop ReFinery, formerly of the Bellevue area and now in Lakeside. Among the artist's oil paintings and framed etchings now on display at the shop is this favorite, "Second Sighting of the Sacred White Cow," which was inspired by a field full of cows that Taylor spotted while driving through the Colorado countryside near Ute Mountain. Taylor's work will be on display through May at ReFinery, located at 5402 Lakeside Avenue. > Read more.

NEW awards eight grants

The Network of Enterprising Women (NEW) recently announced its 2012 grant recipients, which include: the James House ($1,500), St. Joseph’s Villa ($1,500), Strategies to Elevate People ($1,500), National Alliance on Mental Illness ($1,500), Court Appointed Special Advocates ($1,000), Hospital Hospitality House ($1,000), Art 180 ($1,000) and YWCA ($1,000). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Keagan’s earns its good ‘pub’

When you enter Keagan’s Richmond, with its long bar and corner stage, it feels immediately like a typical Irish pub or tavern with its noise from merry patrons sitting along the well-equipped long bar eating a boxty or Shepherd’s pie and sipping their Guinness on tap or Irish Whiskey.

But that is about as far the Irish character goes. The music, whether from the “can,” a Virginia rock band, or the DJ in the evening, is not necessarily Irish. The same is true of the food menu, which offers (in addition to typically Irish specialties) typical American favorites, such as burgers, sandwiches, and chicken drums (the boneless variety) with spicy and not so spicy sauces and sides. > Read more.

‘Block party’ planned in Lakeside Aug. 24

The Lakeside Sport Complex will host a community-wide block party on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its facility at 7503 Ranco Road.

The event will include a number of local small businesses that focus on health, wellness, fitness and sports for the entire family. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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