Henrico serves criminal summonses against Essex Village management


Henrico County has obtained 11 criminal summonses against PK Management, which manages Essex Village, for violations at the northern Henrico property, a county official said Tuesday evening.

Nine summonses were served Tuesday, two more are pending, and the county will seek four more by the end of the week, Building Official Greg Revels said.
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New GRASP scholarships to aide winners with college debt and costs


Fifteen Henrico County Public Schools students recently received a “2+2” scholarship from the non-profit organization GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.). In total, the newly created scholarships will help 71 students receive their baccalaureate degrees from a Virginia college or university with lower costs and less student debt.

The scholarship awards each winner $1,000 for his or her first year at a community college to cover the costs not covered by financial aid, such as books and computers.
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Long & Foster’s Innsbrook, Short Pump offices participate in community service day event


Thousands of real estate agents and employees with Long & Foster Real Estate, including those at the Innsbrook and Short Pump offices in Glen Allen, Virginia, took part in the company’s 20th annual Community Service Day June 7.

The Innsbrook and Short Pump offices chose to volunteer with Housing Families First on June 7. The organization’s mission provides families experiencing homelessness with what they need to move to a stable housing situation.
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Donations sought for Comfort Cases packing party


Comfort Cases, which helps provide comfort and support for thousands of children entering foster care each year, will hold a spring donation drive and packing party May 13 at the Virginia Home for Boys & Girls, 8716 W. Broad St. Donors can bring items to the packing party May 13 or drop off at two locations in the West End: Tuckahoe Condominiums 5621 Cary St. Rd. In Richmond (M-F 9-6, Sat. 10-6); and Patterson Antiques, 11258 Patterson Ave. (Mon.-Sat. 10-7).

Smok-n-Pigz BBQ will donate free BBQ plates to the first 200 people to the party, and Sweet Frog will give kids who bring a donation free ice cream.
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Henrico Police earns TRI-ARC international accreditation


The Henrico County Police Division has earned the TRI-ARC accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. A presentation took place recently at the CALEA spring conference in Mobile, Alabama. The division becomes only the 17th law enforcement agency world-wide to attain this distinction and just the 16th in the United States.

The CALEA TRI-ARC Award is given to the governing body or bodies and agencies that have concurrent CALEA accreditation for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training agencies. The Henrico Police Division originally was accredited in 1987. CALEA has re-accredited the division every three years since its initial accreditation.
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Parham Doctors’ Hospital opens Adult Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization Program


HCA Virginia’s Parham Doctors’ Hospital recently announced the opening of the Parham Doctors’ Hospital Adult Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization Program.

The SA-PHP program is an outpatient program that provides a mix of individual and group counseling in a setting with medical services. The SA-PHP program is a part of the Behavioral Health program services offered at Parham Doctors’ Hospital’s Center for Emotional Growth. Attached to the hospital, the expansion of services includes spacious group rooms and the latest therapeutic interventions for treating patients with a primary substance abuse diagnosis.
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Henrico CASA to plant pinwheel garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates will host a commemorative march in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. outside the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, 4901 E. Parham Road.

After a short march around Lake Hening, attendees will “plant” a pinwheel garden in front of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to commemorate volunteers’ efforts to protect local children whose lives are threatened by abuse or neglect.
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Assembly to reconvene Wednesday for ‘veto session’


APR. 3, 6 P.M. – Legislators will return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to consider 39 bills that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed during the General Assembly’s 2017 session.

To override a veto, the Republican-controlled Assembly must muster a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. Because the Democrats hold 34 seats in the House and 19 in the Senate, McAuliffe should have the votes to sustain his vetoes.
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A special touch

Children’s Theatre offers sensory-friendly shows

On a Saturday afternoon in August, Becky Ricker, a mother from Cumberland County, loaded her car with her 12-year-old daughter Hailey, Hailey’s best friend and her teacher and drove 50 miles to Henrico County for a performance of “The Golden Goose” at Virginia Repertory’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Hailey has a chromosome disorder that renders her nonverbal with difficulty walking, but for Ricker, the long drive would be worth the trip. This particular performance of “The Golden Goose” promised to be a “sensory friendly” one – a rare evening of theater in the Richmond area catering specifically to children with special needs.
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Attorney general to host screening of heroin documentary at Godwin H.S.


Attorney General Mark R. Herring, in partnership with Godwin High School, Freeman High School, and the Henrico Heroin Taskforce, will host a free public screening April 3 of "Heroin: The Hardest Hit," an award-winning documentary about the heroin/opioid crisis.

The documentary, produced by Attorney General Herring to raise awareness of the drug abuse crisis, features stories of addiction, overdose, and recovery as well as healthcare and law enforcement professionals working to combat the crisis.
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Business in brief


Draper Aden Associates announced today that it received the Gold Shovel Standard certification for excavation, which is a safety certification and rating system for companies that perform, subcontract, or oversee excavation work. DAA is currently the only consulting engineering firm in Virginia granted this best-in-class certification. Gold Shovel Standard is a nonprofit organization that fills an industry gap by providing third-party confirmation of baseline Safety Management Systems for the protection of buried assets, and fair and transparent metrics for damage prevention. According to the organization, companies that achieve this certification have policies and procedures related to excavation safety which, when followed, make a certified company unlikely to cause damage to buried infrastructure. More specifically, the company’s policies and procedures have been audited to meet the specific requirements of the Gold Shovel Standard program.
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‘All Henrico Reads’ to feature Montgomery April 5


The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools, and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist Sy Montgomery on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060. Copies of her works will be available for sale and she will autograph books following the program.

Montgomery is an award-winning naturalist and author of children’s and adult nonfiction whose books about animals and the people who study them have garnered wide acclaim. Her most recent work, The Soul of An Octopus, the 2017 All Henrico Reads featured title, was praised by many as among the best nonfiction books of 2015-16, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
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Lighting up the night


The 11th annual Deep Run High School Marathon Dance – a 27-hour event – raised $174,688 for 12 Virginia nonprofit organizations, increasing the total amount raised by the event to more than $1.9 million. The dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events. Nearly 370 students checked in on Friday night, March 17, and danced until Sunday, earning funds from donors who had pledged support.
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Limit handgun purchases to 1 a month, McAuliffe says


Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proposed an amendment to restore Virginia’s “one handgun a month” law. The amendment would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for anyone other than a licensed firearms dealer to purchase more than one handgun within a 30-day periodVirginia limited handgun purchases to one a month in 1993 when Democrats controlled the General Assembly and Douglas Wilder was governor. Back then, McAuliffe said, Virginia had the reputation of being “the gun-running capital of the East Coast.”

The law was repealed in 2012 when Republicans controlled the House and Senate and Bob McDonnell was governor.
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More Virginians have health insurance, data show


The percentage of Virginians without health insurance fell by 2 percentage points in 2015, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. All but two localities in Virginia saw a drop in the number of uninsured residents.

The uninsured population of Virginia fell from 12.4 percent in 2014 to 10.4 percent in 2015, the data showed. Nationwide, the proportion of Americans lacking health insurance went from 13.5 percent to 10.9 percent.
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