Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Virginia man caught with loaded gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


Police issued a Hanover County man two summonses on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Nov. 6 when TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun among the man’s carry-on items.

The semi-automatic handgun was loaded with 15 bullets.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued the man, a resident of Ashland, Virginia, two summonses to appear in court. > Read more.

Henrico Police to host two Faith Community Coalition meetings Nov. 9


The Henrico Division of Police will host two meetings of its Henrico Police Faith Community Coalition Nov. 9.

The meetings will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road. Both meetings will feature the same agenda, and an RSVP is not required. > Read more.

Seventh District Congressional candidates Q&A

The candidates for the Seventh District seat in the U.S. Congress – Democrat Eileen Bedell and Republican incumbent Dave Brat – answered questions posed by the Henrico Citizen, in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

EILEEN BEDELL, Democratic Challenger
1. Why should residents of your district vote for you as their representative to Congress?
As a working mother, I live the challenges Virginians face every day juggling the desire for economic security with devotion to family and a commitment to setting the right example for our children and grandchildren to follow in the future. I will represent the people of the 7th Congressional District in Virginia and fight for their interests. We can put Congress back to work again and that is exactly what I intend to do.

2. What will be your top focus if elected?
Making government work doesn’t mean always voting “NO” or shutting down the entire government by blocking critical funding for veterans and the military. It is imperative this district's representative responds to their concerns and vote in their interest. My top focus in office will be to put Congress back to work, pass legislation that will improve the lives of our residents, and protect our citizens investments in Medicare and Social Security. > Read more.

Fourth District Congressional candidates Q&A

The candidates for the Fourth District seat in the U.S. Congress – Democrat Donald McEachin and Republican Mike Wade – answered questions posed by the Henrico Citizen, in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

DONALD MCEACHIN, Democratic Challenger
1. Why should residents of your district vote for you as their representative to Congress?
I’ve spent my career fighting for the underdog. As an attorney, I’ve helped workers fight against the big insurance companies; as a public servant, I have already represented parts of the Fourth District in both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia. I am prepared and eager to help create opportunities, improve citizens’ quality of life, and move us towards a better future.

2. What will be your top focus if elected?
I want to focus on bringing more well-paying jobs to the district; delivering on our promises to servicemembers, veterans, and military families; ensuring that all Virginians have access to a good education and an adequate safety net; and keeping our communities sustainable and safe. I want to find places where lawmakers from all parties can come together to act in the common interest — for example, by working to expand access to broadband Internet in rural areas. Ensuring access would create new opportunities, improve quality of life, and ultimately strengthen the economy for everyone. > Read more.

Business in brief


ChamberRVA has announced the winners of the 2016 IMPACT Awards which honor local businesses that are making an impact on the local economy, the community and their employees: Small Business Category – Workshop Digital; and Large Business Category – Keiter. Other finalists for this award included Piascik, TrueTimber Arborists, Inc., Dominion Packaging and Dominion Payroll Services. The Innovation Award, part of the Chamber’s i.e.* initiative, was awarded to Nutriati, Inc. Other finalists for this award included Iggbo, MAXX Potential and Tenant Turner. All winners were recognized at the 29th Annual IMPACT Awards Celebration Dinner, held at the Richmond Marriott Nov. 3. > Read more.

Voters to determine fate of bond referendum

$419.8-million plan would fund major school, parks, library, fire, road projects

The most important votes cast in Henrico County next week likely won't be for president.

Instead, they'll be the ones that determine the fate of Henrico's first bond referendum in 11 years – a $419.8-million plan that would fund 26 infrastructure projects countywide.

Among the projects slated for completion with the money:

• construction of new high school technical centers in Eastern Henrico and at Glen Allen High School;

• renovation projects at J.R. Tucker High School, Tuckahoe Middle School and Adams, Chamberlayne, Crestview, Pemberton, Seven Pines and Skipwith elementary schools; > Read more.

Bagby hosts ice cream social for Laburnum ES staff


Henrico Delegate Lamont Bagby (back, right center) hosted an ice cream social for Laburnum Elementary School teachers and staff members earlier this week.

Constituent Brian Montgomery (front row, far right) helped to suggest the event. Bagby's visit was designed to show appreciation for the efforts of the school's employees. > Read more.

Dutch firm to hire 20 for new Henrico office


CSi Packaging, an advanced manufacturing firm based in the Netherlands, has signed a lease for a center in Eastern Henrico County, where it plans to employ 20 workers. The employees will be new hires. CSi plans to invest $260,000 in it new sales and service office.

“We’re excited to call Henrico County, Va., home to our new facility,” said CSi’s Director of Operations Jim Coddington. “The region is known as a robust market for supply chain management. Since packaging solutions is an important piece of that industry, we see CSi as an option to many existing companies not only in the local area, but to all of the Americas.” > Read more.

Eastbound Three Chopt at Skipwith to be closed two weeks, beginning Nov. 9

Revised project schedule avoids impacts on voting
The eastbound lane of Three Chopt Road will be closed at Skipwith Road for about two weeks, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 9, for work on a city of Richmond gas line.

The closure will remain in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday until work is complete. A detour will direct motorists from Three Chopt onto Skipwith, Forest Avenue, Glenside Drive and Horsepen Road. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seeks budget input for FY 2017-18

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from interested members of the public on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 HCPS budget.

As is customary, the school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal then will be made public in January. An extensive public review process will follow that is expected to last through April. > Read more.

Virginia Values Veterans program reaches 20,000 hires

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Values Veterans Program-certified employers have hired 20,000 veterans throughout Virginia since 2012. The V3 program reached the 20,000 hired veterans benchmark more than 400 days ahead of schedule. Speaking at the Dominion Charity Classic’s V3 Hiring Event, McAuliffe thanked the more than 700 Virginia employers who have joined the V3 Program and have committed to making veterans an integral part of their workforce. > Read more.

Tucker HS receives donation from Dominion Foundation


Some J.R. Tucker High School students will enjoy new science kits and other classroom materials, thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation.

The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, donated the materials (which will serve about 30 students) to Tucker for use by exceptional education students. Students with a variety of cognitive disabilities, who are part of the integrated services program, will benefit from the supplies. > 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

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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