Republicans, Democrats ready to race to fill open House seat


When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.

Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.

Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.

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.
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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.

Dominion freezes plans for new Varina substation


Dominion Virginia Power is temporarily freezing plans for a new substation in Varina, following months of consideration and public debate about the facility's proposed site.

The company is withdrawing a request it filed in June 2015 that seeks the Henrico Planning Commission's endorsement of the site – at 7000 Osborne Turnpike – as "substantially in accord" with the county's Comprehensive Plan. Such a designation would be necessary in order for the substation's construction.

Withdrawal of the request move was necessary in order to allow the company additional time to resolve issues related to the proposal, Dominion officials wrote in a Nov. 2 statement. > Read more.

McClellan to seek McEachin’s Senate seat


Six-term Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71st District) announced Nov. 14 that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat, which opened when Ninth District Senator Donald McEachin (a Henrico Democrat) won election to Congress Nov. 8.

Another Democratic delegate who briefly considered seeking the Ninth District seat, Lamont Bagby (74th District), announced later that day that he would instead remain in the House of Delegates.

McClellan and Bagby, two prominent local Democrats whose districts overlap portions of the heavily Democratic Ninth District, were viewed as the two favorites to replace McEachin there. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek to identify larceny suspects


The Henrico Police Division is seeking help identifying three suspects who are wanted in connection with the theft of eyeglass frames from several Henrico stores in recent weeks.

The suspects (pictured) are two males and one female. One male is described as being six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, while the other is described as being about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 180 pounds. The female is described as being about 5-foot-5. All three are described as Hispanic and speaking both English and Spanish. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Confluence Coffee Co., LLC – leased 10,450 SF at 2522-F Hermitage Rd.; Bio-Tek Services, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,617 SF in Interport Business Center Building C at 5300-5390 S. Laburnum Ave.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 2,400 SF in Short Pump Crossing at 3432 Pump Rd.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 1,875 SF in Westpark Shopping Center at 9645 W. Broad St.; Union Bank & Trust – leased 1,633 SF in The Village Shopping Center at 7001-7035 Three Chopt Rd.; and Daybreak IT Solutions, Inc. – leased 1,109 SF at 2930 W. Broad St. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspects


NOV. 10 Henrico Police are seeking two suspects who robbed a business in Eastern Henrico early Thursday morning.

At approximately 6:20 a.m., police responded to a convenience store in the 600 block of North Airport Drive after reports of a robbery. Two males had entered the store and approached the counter, when one displayed a handgun and demanded currency. The victim complied and the suspects exited the business on foot. They were last seen heading towards East Washington Street in Highland Springs. > Read more.

Eight Henrico teachers earn 2016 REB Awards


Eight Henrico County teachers have earned recognition and grants for outstanding instruction.

The Community Foundation recently recognized the teachers as part of its annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence. Five earned awards and grant money, while three earned cash stipends.

The foundation’s awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. This year’s honorees received professional development grants of $8,000 to $12,000, given to nominees who have distinguished themselves by inspiring classroom performance. > Read more.

Kovacs honored for service to children through Henrico CASA


David Kovacs has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognition of his service to local youth through Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Kovacs will accept the award Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center as part of a recognition of National Philanthropy Day. He was nominated by Henrico CASA, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of abused and neglected children before the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. CASA’s volunteers served 367 children in fiscal 2015-16, donating nearly 20,000 hours to their cases. > Read more.

Dominion Packaging to expand manufacturing operation, create 60 new jobs in Henrico


Dominion Packaging, a provider of packaging solutions for the tobacco and quick service restaurant industry, will invest $25.1 million to expand its operation in Henrico County to support a new contract with Anheuser-Busch. Virginia successfully competed against Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 60 new jobs.

“Dominion Packaging is an incredible success story for Henrico County and the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This company began in a basement in 2004 with a single piece of equipment and has grown exponentially, employing more than 280 Virginians. This homegrown business’ continued expansion is proof that Virginia offers the right infrastructure, regulatory environment, education system and skilled workforce for success. We will continue to find new, innovative ways to help small business thrive across Virginia and expand our products to a global marketplace as we build a new Virginia economy.” > Read more.

Dominion Memorial Scholarship Fund accepting applications


Applications are now open for the Dominion Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will award six new scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Now in its 10th year, the program was established in memory of three college students with close ties to Dominion who were slain in the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Each scholarship provides as much as $5,000 for tuition and fees and is renewable for up to three years, for a total of four years. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek hit-and-run driver


Henrico Police are seeking a hit-and-run driver who collided with a moped driver Oct. 23 in Eastern Henrico, then left the scene.

At 1:19 a.m. that day, Henrico Police came upon the scene of a crash at Williamsburg Road and Eanes Lane, where they found Officers found a moped and its driver laying in the roadway. The driver was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The investigation determined that the scooter was traveling westbound on Williamsburg Road when it was struck by a vehicle that traveling northbound on Eanes Lane. > Read more.

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Community

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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Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers will present an acting workshop for children ages 3-5 at the following libraries: Glen Allen – Mar. 28 at 11 a.m.; Libbie Mill – Mar. 29 at 10:30 a.m.; Gayton – Mar. 30 at 3:30 p.m.; and Varina – Mar. 31 at 10:30 a.m. The hour-long workshops will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Registration is required. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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