Citizen Staff Reports Public Safety
Virginia State Police will increase patrols during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning July 3. VSP will join other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to participate in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries that result from impaired driving, speed and failure to wear a seat belt. The 2015 July Fourth statistical counting period begins at 12:01 a.m., July 3 and continues through midnight July 5.
“Last year, there were 11 deaths on Virginia’s roads due to a traffic crash during the July Fourth holiday weekend,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We will do our part to patrol and reduce the number of negligent drivers but motorists need to do theirs. Safe driving begins with each driver following the rules of the road – this includes never driving impaired and wearing your seatbelt.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Henrico Schools
Ten-year-old Margaret Parrino, a rising fifth-grade student at Richmond Montessori School, was selected as a winner in her age division of the 2015 American Protege International Vocal Competition. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m.
Talented young musicians from across the globe compete, and the winners perform their solo debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports • Photos courtesy MLB.com
A Lakeside girl won her age bracket in the qualifying round of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. last month and is headed to the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati to compete for the national championship in her division.
Kayla Stephens (above) won the 7-8 year-old division for girls at the event. All 30 MLB teams hosted similar events for boys and girls in four age divisions: 7-8 ,9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.
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Cub Scout Pack 736 (pictured at top) held its annual Pinewood Derby car race Jan. 31 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, featuring 69 cars made and painted by Scouts – including the Batman-themed racer displayed by nine-year-old Jaden Radogna (above).
Fifty-nine Scouts participated in the derby races and all had to comply with the technical specifications that apply to all Cub Scout pinewood racecars. A number of creative designs were reflected among the cars, including tanks, bacon, Hershey bar, submarine, cheese and Lego shapes and themes. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/03/2015 Henrico Schools
Harvie Elementary School hosted Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton Jan. 30. Holton toured the school, met with students and teachers and participated in a roundtable discussion with teachers.
Harvie is using a number of creative approaches in an effort to achieve full accreditation.
“The educators, parents, and students at Harvie Elementary are doing great things,” Holton said. “I was struck not only by the dedication of the staff, but by the innovative approach the teachers and administrators have taken to ensure student success.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/03/2015 Henrico Government
Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Feb. 28 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.
The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, April 1 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Feb. 13, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed and fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. > Read more.
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Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.
The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.
FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will host a special three-course dinner event July 21-22 at his Willow Lawn Family Meal restaurant. The menu will consist of his favorite dishes and offer diners the chance to purchase a signed copy of his newly released book, HOME.
Voltaggio will attend and cook at each dinner, as well as share stories that inspired recipes for the book. > Read more.
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CalendarLewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will present Flowers After 5 on Thursday evenings through August. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy live music from The Original Elbe-Musikanten German Band,… Full text