Task force to distribute addiction resource cards at local retail spots
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 07/29/2016 Features
Within the next week or so, grocery shoppers in Henrico and around the region will be able to add an item to their grocery bags that they never could before.
For those shoppers with family members who struggle with addiction, the item may even be a life-saving one.
Chesterfield SAFE, a regional coalition of community leaders, health care workers, educators, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, will launch a blitz July 25 to place resource cards in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers and medical centers across the greater Richmond area. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/29/2016 Henrico Business
Bon Secours Palliative Medicine was one of three programs in the nation to earn the American Hospital Association's 2016 Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.
The Circle of Life Award, now in its 17th year, celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Bon Secours Palliative Medicine supports patients when their symptoms are overwhelming, when they are facing difficult decisions and when they are dealing with chronic medical conditions. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/29/2016 Transportation
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ five mobile customer service centers, called DMV 2 Go, are traveling across the state to serve customers. Each full service office provides all DMV transactions. Thanks to DMV’s partnerships with other government agencies, customers may also now purchase certified copies of Virginia birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders and apply for their hunting or fishing licenses on all five DMV mobile offices. > Read more.
By Matt Chaney, Capital News Service 02/29/2016 General Assembly
A conference committee of House and Senate members is working to hash out the differences between the state budget proposals passed by the two chambers.
The committee’s decisions will affect government spending for the next two years. Neither proposed budget includes new taxes or tax increases. Both increase funding for K-12 education, higher education, economic development and health care – but without expanding Medicaid, which serves low-income residents.
“I am confident our conferees will do an outstanding job of advocating this plan when we meet with our House counterparts,” said Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the conference committee. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/29/2016 Henrico Schools
Nuckols Farm Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jaclyn Claytor recently won the 2015 Donna R. Sterling Exemplary Science Teaching Award. The $5,000 award, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, is given annually to one teacher in Virginia and is awarded based upon the teacher’s description of the results of teaching a science unit of his or her choice.
In her award application, Claytor described a problem-based learning science unit about the Chesapeake Bay, which she developed and implemented with her students, who then presented plans and results to the lead scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. > Read more.
By Sarah King, Capital News Service 02/29/2016 General Assembly
Most Virginians agree that the prison population costs too much money, according to a recent poll by the Charles Koch Institute, an educational public-policy organization, and Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform.
On Wednesday, the two groups hosted a panel of experts to discuss the poll results and fiscally responsible ways to both reform the prison system and make communities safer.
“In Virginia, there are actions that can be taken in the short run to dramatically improve our current justice system,” said Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Koch Institute. “We can improve public safety, reduce costs and respect each individual’s dignity.” > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 07/18/2016
Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.
Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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