Therapeutic healing

Support group offers teens help, hope through art

In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said.
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Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County.
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On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7.
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West End fire kills 1, injures 3


An early morning house fire in Henrico's West End killed one person and injured three others.

Eighty-six year-old Mary Williams Booth died in the fire, which broke out in a home in the 2700 block of Darnell Road, near West Broad Street and Parham Road, shortly before 12:25 a.m. Jan. 11.

Henrico Fire officials responded to the residents about six minutes after a 911 call reported the fire.
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Ninth District Senate election pits McClellan, Fauconier


Voters in Virginia's Ninth Senate District will elect a new state senator Jan. 10.

Voters in the district (which includes portions of Eastern and Northern Henrico, as well as part of Richmond and Hanover and all of Charles City County) will choose between Democrat Jennifer McClellan, a six-time member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Libertarian Corey Fauconier of Highland Springs, who is running as an independent. McClellan is considered a heavy favorite for the seat, which was vacated by Donald McEachin after he won election to the U.S. Congress in November from Virginia's redrawn Fourth District.
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Snowstorm causes urgent need for blood donors


The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors throughout the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region to give blood or platelets following the recent winter storm, which has compounded a severe winter blood shortage.

Snow and icy roads forced 27 blood drives to cancel in the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, causing about 750 donations to go uncollected. Last month, nearly 100 blood drives were forced to cancel across the country due to severe weather, resulting in more than 3,100 blood donations going uncollected. Overall, hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors and weather contributed to about 37,000 fewer donations in November and December than what was needed.
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Tractor trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of lettuce overturns on I-295


A tractor trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of lettuce overturned on I-295 in Varina Sunday morning, closing all three lanes of northbound traffic at exit 22 (Route 5).

At about 8:10 a.m., the 2003 Freightliner was traveling in the center lane and attempted to pass a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. As it was doing so, it began to fishtail and lost control, striking the Silverado, then running off the road on the right and striking the guard rail. The truck then veered back to the left side of the interstate, where it overturned.
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No one injured in Northside house fire


No one was injured during a late night house fire Saturday in Henrico's Northside. The blaze in the 8300 block of Chamberlayne Road began while the occupants of the house were asleep, shortly before midnight Sunday.

An investigation concluded that the fire was accidental and began as the result of improper disposal of fireplace ashes. The two adults and two children in the home were awakened by smoke alarms and escaped without injuries.
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Henrico citizens take the ‘LEAD’ on program


A little-known observance is beginning to catch on in the Richmond area – and members of Henrico SALT [Seniors and Law Enforcement Together] think it's high time.

Since 2015, a national organization known as Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) has designated Jan. 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and encouraged citizens everywhere to show their support for those who take on difficult and demanding careers in law enforcement.

SALT volunteers – who are often alumni of Henrico Division of Police citizens academies or senior academies – have only recently learned of the occasion, but they have embraced it wholeheartedly.
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Portion of Route 5 near county line closed until Aug.


Main Street/Route 5 is closed near Rocketts Landing between Williamsburg Road and Nicholson Street at the Richmond-Henrico border until August, so that the Virginia Department of Transportation can replace an aging bridge.

The project will replace the East Main Street bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Though the road is closed to through traffic until Aug. 1, local traffic will be able to reach destinations around the bridge.
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HCPS facilities closed this weekend


JAN. 6 – All Henrico County Public Schools activities will be held as scheduled today, but school system facilities will be closed Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of inclement weather. All events scheduled Saturday and Sunday at school facilities – whether school-related or community-related – are cancelled.
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Construction underway for new retail shops in Innsbrook

Construction has begun on a new retail shopping center at the entrance to Innsbrook, which is already completely leased and expected to open this fall.

Dominion Shoppes at Innsbrook will include Noodles & Company, Starbucks, Blaze Pizza and American Family Care. This week, Dominion GA, LLC purchased the 2.46-acre site from Doswell Properties for $2.925 million. The retail shops will include a total of 12,800 square feet of space.
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Henrico Police arrest one in Sandston carjacking

Henrico Police have arrested a man in connection with a carjacking and shooting that took place in Sandston Jan. 3.

Twenty-eight year-old Mark Alan Workman faces two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
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Lidl to hold hiring event Jan. 10-11


Lidl, a European-based supermarket, will hold its first public hiring event for its coming local stores Jan. 10-11 at the Doubletree by Hilton on Koger Center Boulevard in Chesterfield County.

Lidl plans to open at least three stores in Henrico County – one near the intersection of Williamsburg Road and Laburnum Avenue (currently under construction), one in the GreenGate shopping center on West Broad Street in Short Pump (near the Goochland County line) and another on Staples Mill Road.
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HCPS seeking bus drivers


Henrico County Public Schools officials will host a job fair to hire full-time and substitute bus drivers Jan. 10 at the Varina Area Library.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

“Driving a bus is a great job for people with flexible schedules who enjoy working with students, and a great way to earn extra money,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.
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