Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

HSWCD to give away tree seedlings Thursday and Friday


Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual tree seedling giveaway March 30 at Dorey Park Shelter 1 from 2:30 to 6 p.m., and March 31 at Hermitage High School from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Studies show that mature trees increase property value, decrease summertime cooling costs by providing shade, slow erosion and reduce flooding. They also provide homes for birds, food for countless creatures, and playgrounds for children. > Read more.

Dog rescued, no one injured in Northside townhouse fire


MAR. 27, 11 A.M. – No one was injured by a townhouse fire that occurred early Monday morning in the 200 block of Knightsmanor Court, near the intersection of Azalea Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.

The first Henrico Fire officials were on scene in less than four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters from the first-arriving fire engine and ladder truck made their way to the townhome involved in fire and searched for victims through high heat and reduced visibility. > Read more.
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Fourth District Congressional candidates Q&A

The candidates for the Fourth District seat in the U.S. Congress – Democrat Donald McEachin and Republican Mike Wade – answered questions posed by the Henrico Citizen, in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

DONALD MCEACHIN, Democratic Challenger
1. Why should residents of your district vote for you as their representative to Congress?
I’ve spent my career fighting for the underdog. As an attorney, I’ve helped workers fight against the big insurance companies; as a public servant, I have already represented parts of the Fourth District in both the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia. I am prepared and eager to help create opportunities, improve citizens’ quality of life, and move us towards a better future.

2. What will be your top focus if elected?
I want to focus on bringing more well-paying jobs to the district; delivering on our promises to servicemembers, veterans, and military families; ensuring that all Virginians have access to a good education and an adequate safety net; and keeping our communities sustainable and safe. I want to find places where lawmakers from all parties can come together to act in the common interest — for example, by working to expand access to broadband Internet in rural areas. Ensuring access would create new opportunities, improve quality of life, and ultimately strengthen the economy for everyone. > Read more.

Business in brief


ChamberRVA has announced the winners of the 2016 IMPACT Awards which honor local businesses that are making an impact on the local economy, the community and their employees: Small Business Category – Workshop Digital; and Large Business Category – Keiter. Other finalists for this award included Piascik, TrueTimber Arborists, Inc., Dominion Packaging and Dominion Payroll Services. The Innovation Award, part of the Chamber’s i.e.* initiative, was awarded to Nutriati, Inc. Other finalists for this award included Iggbo, MAXX Potential and Tenant Turner. All winners were recognized at the 29th Annual IMPACT Awards Celebration Dinner, held at the Richmond Marriott Nov. 3. > Read more.

Voters to determine fate of bond referendum

$419.8-million plan would fund major school, parks, library, fire, road projects

The most important votes cast in Henrico County next week likely won't be for president.

Instead, they'll be the ones that determine the fate of Henrico's first bond referendum in 11 years – a $419.8-million plan that would fund 26 infrastructure projects countywide.

Among the projects slated for completion with the money:

• construction of new high school technical centers in Eastern Henrico and at Glen Allen High School;

• renovation projects at J.R. Tucker High School, Tuckahoe Middle School and Adams, Chamberlayne, Crestview, Pemberton, Seven Pines and Skipwith elementary schools; > Read more.

Bagby hosts ice cream social for Laburnum ES staff


Henrico Delegate Lamont Bagby (back, right center) hosted an ice cream social for Laburnum Elementary School teachers and staff members earlier this week.

Constituent Brian Montgomery (front row, far right) helped to suggest the event. Bagby's visit was designed to show appreciation for the efforts of the school's employees. > Read more.

Dutch firm to hire 20 for new Henrico office


CSi Packaging, an advanced manufacturing firm based in the Netherlands, has signed a lease for a center in Eastern Henrico County, where it plans to employ 20 workers. The employees will be new hires. CSi plans to invest $260,000 in it new sales and service office.

“We’re excited to call Henrico County, Va., home to our new facility,” said CSi’s Director of Operations Jim Coddington. “The region is known as a robust market for supply chain management. Since packaging solutions is an important piece of that industry, we see CSi as an option to many existing companies not only in the local area, but to all of the Americas.” > Read more.

Eastbound Three Chopt at Skipwith to be closed two weeks, beginning Nov. 9

Revised project schedule avoids impacts on voting
The eastbound lane of Three Chopt Road will be closed at Skipwith Road for about two weeks, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 9, for work on a city of Richmond gas line.

The closure will remain in effect from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday until work is complete. A detour will direct motorists from Three Chopt onto Skipwith, Forest Avenue, Glenside Drive and Horsepen Road. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seeks budget input for FY 2017-18

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from interested members of the public on the Fiscal Year 2017-18 HCPS budget.

As is customary, the school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal then will be made public in January. An extensive public review process will follow that is expected to last through April. > Read more.

Virginia Values Veterans program reaches 20,000 hires

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia Values Veterans Program-certified employers have hired 20,000 veterans throughout Virginia since 2012. The V3 program reached the 20,000 hired veterans benchmark more than 400 days ahead of schedule. Speaking at the Dominion Charity Classic’s V3 Hiring Event, McAuliffe thanked the more than 700 Virginia employers who have joined the V3 Program and have committed to making veterans an integral part of their workforce. > Read more.

Tucker HS receives donation from Dominion Foundation


Some J.R. Tucker High School students will enjoy new science kits and other classroom materials, thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation.

The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, donated the materials (which will serve about 30 students) to Tucker for use by exceptional education students. Students with a variety of cognitive disabilities, who are part of the integrated services program, will benefit from the supplies. > Read more.

Deadlines for absentee voting near


The deadlines for absentee voting in the Nov. 8 election are nearing. The last day for the receipt of absentee ballot applications by mail and fax in Henrico County is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. Applications should be faxed to the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office at (804) 501-5081.

The last day to vote absentee in person at the Henrico County Voter Registration and Elections Office is Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, polls in Henrico will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. > Read more.

Henrico School Board renames Godwin specialty center for late teacher


The Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director who died in June – the day after school ended – in a car accident not far from the school. The Center for Medical Sciences now will be known as the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director at Godwin. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area. > Read more.

Saxon’s ‘Shoes for the Needy’ starts Nov. 1


The 24th annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army launches Nov. 1, and donations will be accepted through Dec. 24 at Saxon Shoes at Short Pump Town Center. The collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond.

Saxon encourages individuals, families, businesses and groups to clean out their closets and donate gently-used shoes. > Read more.

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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.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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