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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards. > Read more.

Board approves Quioccasin Middle School as Byrd’s new name

Vote ends lengthy process
APRIL 28, 9 P.M. – By a 3-0 vote (with one abstention and one absence), the Henrico County School Board Thursday night renamed Byrd Middle School for the region in which it's located.

The board voted in support of Tuckahoe District member Lisa Marshall's suggestion of Quioccasin Middle School, a name that she said reflects more than just the road on which the school sits.

"Quioccasin is more than just a location," Marshall said. "It's also the name of the community with a rich cultural heritage in the Tuckahoe District. I'm confident that our community will support the name Quioccasin with the same level that they have shown the school to this date." > Read more.
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These cooking tips could prevent a kitchen fire

Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day
Henrico Fire officials demonstrated what happens when water is used on a grease fire.
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on an average day, and Henrico Fire officials want you to be informed about how to prevent them.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

If you're cooking this holiday season, remember the following:

• Be alert – If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop; > Read more.

Dominion Gardenfest of Lights begins Nov. 27 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


Dominion GardenFest of Lights will kick off its holiday illumination Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The celebration will begin with a countdown and a flip of the switch to turn on more than a half-million twinkling lights.

After the illumination, attendees can enjoy strolls through the Garden, botanical decorations, model trains and family activities. Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+, $8 for children ages 3-12, free for children under age three, and free for Garden members. > Read more.

Divakaruni to serve as ‘All Henrico Reads’ author in April


The Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library will host internationally bestselling author Chitra Divakaruni as part of its All Henrico Reads program on Wednesday, April 13, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

Divakaruni's novel, One Amazing Thing, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India. She came to the United States for her graduate studies, receiving a Master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Oh., and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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