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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets.
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Fairfield meeting April 27 to continue focus on opioid crisis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, April 27 to continue to highlight the opioid crisis in Henrico County.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP as they resume a discussion that began in March about the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction.
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Republican candidates for Brookland supervisor’s seat meet at forum


APR. 19, 12:03 P.M. – The Three Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination for the Brookland District supervisor's seat presented their platforms during a forum last night at Henrico County's Western Government Center.

Ben Dessart, Gilbert Wilkerson and Bob Witte are vying for the right to challenge the Democratic nominee (either Danny Plaugher or Courtney Lynch) in a special election Nov. 7 to fill the remaining two years of late supervisor Dick Glover's term. Glover died at age 82 in February.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 3-9


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2508 Dickens Glen Court – $229,950, 1,728 SF (built in 1996), from Binh Q. Nguyen and Hai-Yen Thi to Durjoy and Mala Gupta.
8315 Buckeye Drive – $240,000, 1,751 SF (built in 1968), from Alan E. And Vera Pollock to William G. Payne, Jr. and Nancy C. Payne.
242 Siena Lane – $298,000, 2,198 SF (built in 2014), from Mary R. and David W. Pol to William N. Azie.
813 Arlington Circle – $325,000, 1,418 SF (built in 1950), from Bernice P. Nestor to David Dunham Addison, Jr. and Kara S. Addison.
8328 Forge Road – $362,008, 2,430 SF (built in 2017), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to Lyndsay and Brandon Gill.
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Job and opportunities fair April 29 to connect youngsters with businesses, organizations


The Capital Region Workforce Development Board will host its InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cedar Fork Resource Workforce Center at 121 Cedar Fork Road in Eastern Henrico. The event is designed to connect government, business and not-for-profit organizations with hundreds of youngsters between the ages of 14 and 24 who are actively seeking summer opportunities, including jobs, internships, volunteer programs, resources and leadership development openings.
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Spring plant sales scheduled at Henrico schools


Two Henrico schools want to put some spring in your step with beautiful plants at great prices. Stop by the spring plant sales at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage and the Academy at Virginia Randolph.

The sales feature a large selection of flowers, vegetables, herbs and hanging baskets at bargain prices. Students at the two schools have been hard at work preparing plants for the annual events.
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VCU Dental Care to host free oral, head and neck cancer screening April 22


Carol Fisher was at a routine dental appointment at VCU Dental Care in September 2015 when the Virginia Commonwealth University dentistry student who was examining her noticed suspicious lesions on her tongue.

“I thought they were soup burns,” the 74-year-old said. “The student said it didn’t look right, so she called the dentist over and he referred me to an oral pathologist. He said he was pretty sure it was cancer and next thing I knew, I was in the waiting room of an oncology clinic at VCU Medical Center. They scheduled me for surgery within weeks.”
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Henrico County hospitals earn “A” grades for patient safety

Two nationally renowned health care quality organizations recently recognized dozens of Virginia hospitals for exceptional patient safety performance, including Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Parham Doctors' Hospital and Bon Secours St. Mary’s in Henrico.

Overall, 35 of 70 Virginia hospitals evaluated by the Leapfrog Group earned “A” grades in the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade scores, placing the Commonwealth ninth among states in the nation.
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Henrico County Public Libraries debut online book recommendation service


Henrico County Public Library celebrated National Library Week with the launch of a new service for adult readers: Custom Book Lists. Custom Book Lists provides recommendations via email for patrons who fill out an online form about their reading preferences. Each book list is created by HCPL’s expert librarians, who will respond to online requests within one week. The service is available 24/7 through the library’s website, henricolibrary.org, and can be accessed via computer, smartphone, or tablet.
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Governor announces H.S. Student Voter Registration Week


Governor McAuliffe recently issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 23-29 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week, which aims to encourage more students to vote. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.

Last September, Governor McAuliffe announced the Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration for the 2016-2017 school year. Any schools that reach or exceed 65 percent of their voting-age population registered will receive a congratulatory certificate.
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Fire thieves and sour lemons

Book born of tragedy pays dividends

From the time Michael Brigati was a boy, he loved words.

His favorite book? A dictionary. He was fascinated by the way a search for one word would lead to another word and then another, and spent many a childhood hour poring through the big book’s pages.

“Language,” he says today, “is like a magic carpet. It leads you to another world.”
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April 21 Healy Gala to benefit Glen Allen HS senior


The Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation will host the Sixth Annual Healy Gala on April 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Healy Gala is held to raise funds to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship.

Mike Healy was a local businessman, family man and community leader who served on the Executive Board of the Richmond Strikers and served as chairman for Glen Allen Day, the largest single-day event in Henrico County, for three years. Mike Healy passed suddenly in 2011, and because of his commitment to civic duty, the Glen Allen Ruritan Community Foundation started a scholarship in his honor.
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Business in brief


Weichert Realtors - Baron & Snipes, Co. recently announced its 2016 Office Award Winners. The agents were honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., based on reaching minimum requirements in gross commission income earned or real estate transactions closed in 2016. These agents were Keith Smith (Ambassador Club); Aekta Chawla (Executive Club); Deborah Peaks (Executive Club); and Greg Baron (Executive Club).
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A two-hour guided walk through of portions of Malvern Hill July 1 will kick off the Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site's “History at Sunset” series of evening guided walks and programs highlighting new park lands and lesser-known stories. The series will continue at four other local Civil War sites and Evergreen Cemetery at 7 p.m. each Saturday in July. The Malvern Hill event will allow visitors to experience one of the Civil War’s best-preserved battlefields during a two-hour walk. Park Ranger Bert Dunkerly will offer a detailed analysis of the command and decision-making strategies of Generals McClellan and Lee; visitors are invited to weigh in. Attendees should meet at the Malvern Hill battlefield, 9175 Willis Church Road. Full text

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