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Deep Run High School robotics team wins world title


Deep Run High School’s robotics team was part of a four-team alliance that won competitive robotics’ biggest prize Saturday, the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship. The St. Louis event featured 600 of the best teams in the world, representing 24 countries.

The Deep Run squad, “Team 1086, Blue Cheese” teamed with three other robotics teams, from high schools in California, Illinois and Ohio to earn the victory. It was the first time a Virginia team had won the FIRST championship.

The win was particularly satisfying, according to Deep Run physics teacher and team coach Matt Wilson, because this was the last year that a single world champion will be crowned. Beginning next year, the competition will award two titles at different sites. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia Hospitals have been recognized in the spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, recently were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph Medical Center, and Retreat Doctors’ all received an A ranking, and were among 798 hospitals in the country to earn this honor. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. > Read more.

Citizens urge increased reading focus

Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013

Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.

At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.
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Henrico government-related Thanksgiving closures

Henrico County general government offices and courts will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Refuse will not be collected Thursday, Nov. 26. Pickup will be delayed one day, with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday. Public use areas will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. > Read more.

Four Henrico teachers recognized with R.E.B. awards


Four Henrico County teachers were among 34 finalists for the 2015 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence recognized recently by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation.

Selected from 102 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues, the 16 winners and 18 finalists are considered among the best in their field and will receive cash grants totaling $185,100. > Read more.

‘Virginia Treasures’ application available online


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Nov. 18 that recreational projects may be submitted for Virginia Treasures designation through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website.

Information and an online application are available at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia-treasures.

Virginia Treasures is McAuliffe’s initiative for conserving land and expanding access to public outdoor recreation across the state. The goal is to conserve 1,000 treasures during his administration. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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