Henrico house fire contained quickly


APR. 24, 9:15 A.M. – A house fire in Henrico's West End Sunday caused minor damage but resulted in no injuries. At about noon Sunday, Henrico Emergency Communications Officers received phone calls of smoke coming from a home in the 1700 block of Shewalt Circle, just one block off Hungary Road.
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Business in brief


The Jenkins Foundation has granted The McShin Foundation $25,000 for residential recovery services to serve those with a Substance Use Disorder. The Jenkins Foundation is focused on equitable access to health care services, as well as programs that help reduce risky behaviors and promote safe and healthy environments. The McShin Foundation was founded in 2004 and is Virginia's leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders.
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Early voting for Democratic nominations in Brookland, 73rd House districts tonight


APR. 24, 11:10 A.M. – Henrico Democrats will hold an early voting session tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in two party caucus elections.

Democrats in the county are selecting a nominee for the Brookland District seat on the Henrico Board of Supervisors and a nominee for the 73rd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Danny Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, and Courtney Lynch, the founder of the Lead Star leadership development organization, are seeking the Brookland District nomination.
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No delay for CVWMA collections


CVWMA residential recycling collections in Henrico County will be on regular collection schedule the week of Jan. 2-6, since New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day both fall on the weekend. All CVWMA recyclers should place containers out for recycling on their normally scheduled day by 7 a.m.
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Henrico to accept Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 to Jan. 8


The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 8.

The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only. Trees will be accepted at the following locations:

•Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, in the lower parking lot;

•Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, in the front parking lot;

•Springfield Road Public Use Area, 10600 Fords Country Lane, near Nuckols Road and Interstate 295; and

•Charles City Road Public Use Area, 2075 Charles City Road.
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Rx Partnership to benefit from Dominion Foundation grant


Rx Partnership, a public/private partnership based in Henrico County that was established to increase access to medication for Virginia's vulnerable populations, recently received a $7,500 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources. The organization will use the grant to support its dual mission of providing medication access, along with serving as a resource to its partner affiliates across the commonwealth.

The organization dispensed more than 50,000 free prescriptions for 10,614 low-income, uninsured patients in 2016, representing a retail value of about $11.5 million, according to Rx Partnership Executive Director Amy Yarcich.
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Northern Henrico family displaced by apartment fire

A Dec. 22 fire displaced a family in northern Henrico County.

Henrico Fire officials received a call for smoke coming from an apartment in the 700 block of Windomere Avenue, and firefighters arrived to the scene within four minutes. They determined that the fire was in the first floor walls and was extending to the second floor, and they opened the walls to extinguish the flames. But, the damage to the apartment displaced the occupants (for an as-yet undetermined amount of time). Officials from the Red Cross will assist them.
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State Police to increase patrols during the holidays


Virginia State Police will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort during the holidays by increasing patrols and participating in DUI checkpoints with local police and sheriff's offices throughout the state.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 28 people in the U.S. die every day in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. That translates to one person every 53 minutes. Drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the past three decades; however, the chance of being involved in an alcohol-impaired crash is still one in three during the course of a lifetime. Alcohol-related crash deaths and damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year.
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Business in brief


Bremo Pharmacy, located at 2024 Staples Mill Rd. in Henrico, will offer free heart disease risk factor screenings in January, February and March. A pharmacist will measure blood pressure, review lifestyle and family history, assess current medications and help set goals for 2017. Call (804) 288-8361 ext. 120 to schedule an appointment.
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Reynolds’ ‘Preview Day’ scheduled for Jan. 7


Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions.
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Stitching group donates to group home for children


A Glen Allen organization is making the holidays a little brighter for some children in need.

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen-based organization, recently made 45 quilts that will be donated to the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services for Christmas. Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization serving children with severe emotional disorders. The program is located in Jarratt, but most of its residents are from the Richmond region.
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Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a retail food store on East Laburnum Avenue shortly after noon Dec. 19.

The man (pictured) entered the business, displayed a handgun and demanded currency. After he received it, he fled on foot. The man is described as a black male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5 foot 5 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen running through the parking lot of the convenience store across the street.

The suspect was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and a black stocking hat.
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Henrico offices, facilities to operate on holiday schedules


Henrico County offices and facilities will operate on special holiday schedules this week and next week.

The county's Western and Eastern Government centers, all county offices, libraries and recreation centers will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 1 through Monday, Jan. 2.

Springfield Road and Charles City Road Public Use areas will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 1.
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Henrico wins one of six inaugural energy efficiency awards


Henrico County won the "local government" category in the inaugural Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards in Richmond last month.

The awards, presented by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, were designed to showcase (and recognize) businesses, governments, schools and other organizations that save money on energy expenses while reducing energy consumption and stimulating job growth.
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Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services earns three-year accreditation


Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services this month earned accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services.

MH/DS received its sixth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest possible endorsement of compliance with CARF standards. The accreditation extends through November 2019. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.
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Community

YMCA event will focus on teen mental health


The YMCA, in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and PartnerMD, will host a free event May 2 to help parents learn how to deal with teen mental health issues. “When the Band-Aid Doesn’t Fix It: A Mom’s Perspective on Raising a Child Who Struggles” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Shady Grove Family YMCA,11255 Nuckols Road. The event will focus on education, awareness, and understanding the issues facing teens today. > Read more.

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.
Entertainment

Restaurant Watch


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