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Airborne officers play key role in enforcement

Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit.
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Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors.
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Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets.
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Business in brief


Weichert Realtors - Baron & Snipes, Co. recently announced its 2016 Office Award Winners. The agents were honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., based on reaching minimum requirements in gross commission income earned or real estate transactions closed in 2016. These agents were Keith Smith (Ambassador Club); Aekta Chawla (Executive Club); Deborah Peaks (Executive Club); and Greg Baron (Executive Club).
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McGeorge donates $20k to FeedMore


McGeorge Toyota recently donated $20,000 to FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization. The contribution will support local children, families and seniors in need of nutritious meals who are unable to provide for themselves.

Pictured, McGeorge Toyota General Manager Bob Farlow (left) presents a check to Douglas Pick, CEO of FeedMore.

FeedMore offers other hunger relief programs, such as the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe.
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Henrico student nominated for 2 national awards


Davina Seoparsan, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, has been nominated for two National Youth Activist awards for her extensive volunteer work on humanitarian and social justice issues.

At a young age, Seoparsan experienced a tragedy when one of her closest friends took her own life as a result of being bullied. She decided to honor her friend’s memory by creating a non-profit foundation called TogetherWeCanCelebrateLife, which raises awareness of bullying, depression and suicide prevention, as well as funds for research and resources about the issue.
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Kindergarten registration to be held April 20


On April 20, Henrico County Public Schools will join with 12 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2017-18 school year. Registration will take place from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. April 20.

To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, the child must reside in Henrico County with a parent or court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

Children should be registered at the school they will attend.
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Read it, learn it, plant it


Holladay Elementary School third-grade teacher Sharon Middleton (above), teaches her students about the life cycle of trees with some of the instructional tools provided by Dominion's 'Project Plant It!'

Educators can download lesson plans in STEM subjects such as math and science from the program's website, http://www.projectplantit.com, which also includes educational games and videos about trees, as well as outdoor activities that families can enjoy together.
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Henrico Police Athletic League celebrates 10 years, honors supporters


The 2017 Henrico Police Athletic League awards banquet, held March 30 at Glen Allen H.S., celebrated PAL's 10 years of success working with youth in the community and recognized staff, supporters, and volunteers.

Among the honorees were Henrico PAL Youth of the Year, Saniya King, pictured with (from left) Officer Michelle Sheehan, PAL police liaison and program coordinator; Henrico PAL Board President Johnny Newman; and Henrico PAL Executive Director Sgt. (retired) Kenny Ragland.
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Drive nets book bonanza

Ministers’ group donates to elementary schools

Hundreds of Eastern Henrico elementary school students – many of whom don’t have books of their own at home – soon will have new reading materials, thanks to the generosity of a number of local churches.

The Henrico Ministers Conference, which counts nearly 50 members from churches throughout the county, collected about 1,200 books and recently donated them in equal quantities to the PTAs at Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementaries, which will distribute them to students at the schools.
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Local, state races take shape


Competition for elected positions in local and state government has picked up, with a number of candidates formally announcing their plans to seek office. The current slate of candidates includes:

Brookland District Supervisor (a special election will be held in November to fill the remaining two years of the term of Dick Glover, who died in February)

• Democrats – Courtney Lynch (the founder of Lead Star, a leadership development organization) and Danny Plaugher (the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail). The Democratic candidate will be selected during an April 29 caucus at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
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Tax-filing deadline is Tuesday


Usually, April 15 is the filing deadline hanging over the heads of U.S. taxpayers. But this year, Americans have been granted a slight reprieve: They have until April 18 – this Tuesday – to submit their federal income taxes.

By law, individual tax returns are typically due on April 15. But when that falls on a weekend or holiday, as it does this year, the deadline is automatically extended.

The Internal Revenue Service offers a number of tips for people still working on filing their 2016 federal taxes.
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McClellan nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recently announced that Virginia state Senator Jennifer McClellan is a 2017 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Named in honor of Giffords, a former Arizona Congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of Giffords’ career, in and out of office.
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Henrico names England to lead county’s public utilities department

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas has appointed Charles B. “Chip” England to serve as director of the Department of Public Utilities, effective May 15.

England currently works as the director of the Department of Engineering and Utilities for Prince George County. He will succeed Arthur D. Petrini, who is retiring from the position. Petrini has led Henrico’s DPU since 2001.
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Varina Area Library earns national design awards


The Varina Area Library recently won the AIA/ALA Library Building Award. The library, designed by Richmond architecture firm BCWH and Tappé Architects of Boston, was one of eight American and European libraries to be recognized. The Library Building Award is presented by the American Institute of Architects in conjunction with the American Library Association, and is the only award that recognizes whole library buildings for their design.

Varina Library was noted by the awarding agencies for “[bridging] its rural and historic context with the contemporary ambitions of the community.” The design was praised for its variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, supporting collaboration, communal activity, quiet study, project production, self-directed access to information and appreciation of the natural landscape.
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