Republicans, Democrats ready to race to fill open House seat


When Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, announced on March 18 that he would not run for re-election, local Republicans and Democrats prepared for a fight, ready for the race to fill his seat.

Massie, who said in his announcement on Facebook that his time in the House of Delegates had been “the greatest honor of (his) professional life,” had served the 72nd House district since 2008. He said he prayed before making a difficult decision.

Eddie Whitlock, the chairman of the Henrico County Republican Party, praised Massie’s record in the House. > Read more.

HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.
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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

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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.

HCPS to host College and Career Night Nov. 2


Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2016 College and Career Night. The annual countywide event, which offers students the chance to talk with representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military, will be held Nov. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Douglas S. Freeman High School, 8701 Three Chopt Road.

Pre-registration barcodes, a timesaving feature introduced at last year's event, will again be available. > Read more.

HCPS to host job fair Nov. 1 for bus drivers, nutrition trainees, custodial services


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, full-time school nutrition manager trainees, and substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Glen Allen branch of Henrico County Public Library (10501 Staples Mill Rd.) Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers. > Read more.

Business in brief


Equity Concepts, a Richmond-based financial services firm with offices in Henrico County and Carytown, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1991 by Michael Thaler, the firm started off as a two-person operation that has now expanded to two area offices, as well as two additional associate firms in Altoona, Penn. The company serves more than 2,000 households and oversees approximately $800 million in assets. It recently was ranked sixth on this year’s Richmond BizSense annual list of area wealth and asset management companies. Thaler has also established his own nonprofit, Effective Ministries, Inc. (EMI), also known as The LINK. The LINK oversees partnerships and projects that meet the physical and spiritual needs of the communities it serves in Richmond and Niger, Africa. > 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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