HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
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Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.
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Human trafficking shelter to open next month


Central Virginia's first shelter for human trafficking victims – the result of a medical-nonprofit partnership – will open in the region next month.

During an event last week (pictured), Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Henrico-based Safe Harbor (a shelter and service organization for victims of abuse) formally announced plans to open the Central Virginia Emergency Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims.

The facility's primary service territory will be Henrico County, though victims from throughout the region may be referred to it. It will be equipped to house as many as 15 victims at a time. > Read more.

L’Arche celebrates Christmas


At the invitation of Sidney Padow, Santa and Mrs. Claus joined families from L’Arche Metro Richmond at Padow’s Deli Dec. 11. Padow's is the home of regular second Sunday socials with L’Arche (rhymes with “marsh”) as members work toward their dream of establishing the first L'Arche home in the area. The group also hosts charity days, celebrations, "Pizza with the Pastor" and other social events. > Read more.

Crawl space fire displaces one in West End

DEC. 16 – A fire in the crawl space of a West End home displaced one person last night.

At about 9:20 p.m., Henrico firefighters were dispatched for the report of smoke in a residence in the 1300 block of Valley Drive in the Tuckahoe District.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes to find smoke coming from the bottom of the home and immediately began to investigate. At the same time, they performed searches to ensure everyone was outside. > Read more.

Business in brief


Pet Valu, a specialty retailer of premium pet foods and accessories with two locations in Henrico County, finished its fifth annual Thanks for Giving pet products drive having raised a total of $178,165 for local animal shelters, over $40,000 more than what was raised in 2015. The November fundraiser ran all month long throughout Pet Valu’s 300-plus stores nationwide. As each store partners with at least one local animal group, all customer contributions directly supported the animals in their community that do not have homes. Pet Valu will continue to collect donations through the remainder of the holiday season and all year long there are always opportunities to make contributions and adopt through the stores. > Read more.

Stuck on repeat


Highland Springs High School is celebrating a football dynasty, following the Springers' second consecutive 5A state championship last week. Chris Thaxton caught the game-winning three-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left to help the Springers defeat Stone Bridge of Ashburn, 35-29. Highland Springs finished 14-1.

Quarterback Juwan Carter threw three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Springers, who prior to last year's championship hadn't won a state title since 1961. Now, Highland Springs is basking in the limelight again. > Read more.

Glen Allen residents win $50k on ABC’s ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’


Glen Allen residents Al and Esther Thompson won $50,000 on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday night. The couple's home, which is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items, competed against three others in the country for the prize.

The house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, has been featured on a number of local and national television and radio shows in years past. > Read more.

Local companies partner for winter clothing drive

Lee Conner Realty and Keen Insurance in Sandston are partnering with Risen Army Ministries to host a winter clothes drive for children and teens. The companies specifically are seeking coats, knitted hats and socks for children ages 3 to 17.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at either Lee Conner Reality and Associates, Inc., Suite A, or Keen Insurance, Suite D at 309 E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston. > Read more.

HDH opens new women’s hospital at Forest campus


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital this week will celebrate the official opening of its new women's hospital at it Forest campus.

The facility, which is attached to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, includes a newly added 12,000-square-foot triage area and lobby with direct access for patients, 16 labor and delivery rooms, a renovated 29-room mother-baby unit and a 27-room antepartum unit. > Read more.

Fareva opens aerosol facility in Varina


Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.

A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs. > Read more.

‘The Soul of an Octopus’ selected as ‘All Henrico Reads’ featured title


The ninth-annual All Henrico Reads program next April will feature The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery.

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for people to discuss a shared reading experience. It is sponsored by the Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library

The event will culminate with a visit from Montgomery Wednesday, Apr. 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. > Read more.

Business in brief


Office Pride, a commercial cleaning service, recently honored Sheri and Roger Marshall with Standards of Excellence and Customer Satisfaction awards. The Marshalls own an Office Pride location at 11 W. Williamsburg Rd. These recognitions are based on sales growth, customer retention and satisfaction, as well as corporate compliance and continuing education. Sheri Marshall has partnered with The Choice Group and most recently Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center where she’s a listed employer that accepts and accommodates individuals living with disabilities. She helps to place these people into positions where they will be most successful and supported within her Office Pride of Richmond. > Read more.

Glen Allen residents to appear on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Monday on ABC


Al and Esther Thompson's Glen Allen home will be featured on the ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday at 9 p.m. The couple's home is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items.

The couple's house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, is one of several that will compete on the show for a $50,000 prize. The show was taped in October. > 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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Weekend Top 10


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Internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy and the duo of Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson will co-bill a performance at The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., at 7 p.m. Bundy, described as an “Acoustic Ninja,” independently sold over 110,000 albums with video clips on YouTube garnering over 36 million views. Porter and Nickerson are touring in support of their new album “Bonfire to Ash,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For details, call 447-8189 or visit http://www.tinpanrva.com. Full text

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