Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA.
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Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff.
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Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below.
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Protesters ‘grill with #Bratworst’ outside congressman’s office

FEB. 11, 5:23 P.M. – The feud between U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who represents a swath of Central Virginia in Congress, and his female constituents escalated Saturday afternoon when nearly 100 Planned Parenthood advocates demonstrated outside his Glen Allen office today.

The demonstrators stood across from Brat’s office at the corner of Broad Street and Cox Road in Glen Allen to protest what they see as the Republican representative’s lack of communication with his constituency.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood – for which Brat has pledged to cut off federal funding – held up signs toward the approaching traffic, eliciting honks from drivers passing by.
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Democrat Jeff Bourne elected to Virginia House


Jeff Bourne, a member of the Richmond School Board, easily won a special election Tuesday for the Virginia House of Delegates. Bourne, the Democratic nominee in the race, will represent the 71st House District, which includes parts of Richmond and Henrico County.

With all precincts reporting, Bourne received 3,708 votes, almost 90 percent of the ballots cast. The second-place candidate, Libertarian John W. Barclay, got about 7 percent. Regie Ford, an independent candidate, received about 3 percent.

Bourne fill the seat vacated by a fellow Democrat, Jennifer McClellan, who was elected to the state Senate last month.
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Henrico to present community summit on heroin, opioid epidemic

FBI Director James B. Comey to be keynote speaker at March 1 event

Henrico County and its Heroin Task Force will present a community summit Wednesday, March 1 on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, which are growing at alarming rates locally, throughout Virginia and across the United States.

FBI Director James B. Comey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to HeroinOpioidCommunitySummit.eventbrite.com or call (804) 727-8574.

Comey, who was appointed FBI director in 2013, has long ties to central Virginia.
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Henrico County Public Schools seeks public input on ‘STEAM’ integration


Henrico County Public Schools has embarked on the process of transforming its middle schools and is soliciting comments from the public. HCPS will hold two simultaneous public input sessions next Wednesday night to gather feedback from the public about integrating STEAM curricula – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – into the division’s middle schools. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at:

• John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road;
• Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road
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Business in brief


Three Henrico hotels and one of the county's newest restaurants recently received ratings among the AAA's highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Among the Henrico properties receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating were Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, and The Westin Richmond. Shagbark, a new restaurant in Libbie Mill, was also awarded the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating. In all, 22 hotels and 15 restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia earned AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings, which recognize establishments that are considered among the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. Four Diamond hotels and restaurants account for less than four percent (3.9 percent) of the nearly 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants.
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Henrico Schools to hold hiring event Feb. 25


Henrico County Public Schools will hold a major hiring event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2017-18 school year, awell as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

In order to accommodate teaching schedules, the job fair will be held on a Saturday morning, Feb. 25. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen.
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Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 18


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included.
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Virginia likely to ease rules on marijuana


Virginia won’t be pulling a Colorado by decriminalizing marijuana this year. But the state might relax its penalties for possessing marijuana and its rules on who can use marijuana products for medical reasons.

Legislators this session introduced more than a dozen marijuana-related proposals. A Senate committee last week killed two bills to decriminalize the substance, and a House bill likely will die this week.

However, lawmakers seem amenable to making marijuana products more available for medical purposes and to being more lenient with Virginians convicted of simple possession of marijuana.
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‘Left-lane bandits’ may face $250 fine


The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would impose a mandatory $250 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways. HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax to show bipartisan support for the measure. O’Quinn said this is something that affects all Virginians, regardless of which side of the aisle they align themselves with.

“It doesn’t matter which corner of the commonwealth you come from,” he said when addressing the bill on the House floor Monday. “It doesn’t matter which interstate or four-lane highway that you have going through the districts you represent. I guarantee you are going to encounter this many times, even if you’re on the highways for just a few minutes.”
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Henrico Extension to offer free lawn, gardening workshops


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. Each program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and requires registration.

The Spring Weed Control workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The program will focus on building a healthy turf and controlling crabgrass and weeds.
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James River Assoc. accepting applications for ‘floating classroom’ trip


The James River Association is accepting applications for the Seventh Annual James River Expedition, “a floating classroom” through which students paddle down the 340-mile length of the James River. High school students within the James River watershed are encouraged to apply before the Friday, March 10 deadline.

Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to go on one of three week-long trips that collectively travel the length of the James River over the summer. During the expedition, beginning June 25, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, kayaks and bateaux rafts.
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Henrico County property transactions, Jan. 9-15


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3 Millstone Road – $75,995, 1,132 SF (built in 1962), from Deborah S. and Rebecca F. Smiley to Ronald M. and Margaret Turlinski.
9317 Electra Court – $85,000, 1,173 SF (built in 1969), from Barbara A. Gilchrist to 3TAC Homebuyers LLC.
9311 Howze Road – $110,000, 2,010 SF (built in 978), from Linda F. Vail to Primed to Sell VA LLC.
10 North Fern Avenue – $124,950, 1,040 SF (built in 1973), from Oakleigh Properties LLC to Rebecca J. Salmon.
136 Bridge Street – $125,910, 1,272 SF (built in 1987), from Troy L. Barrett, Sr. and Shandra D. Barrett to Housing and Urban Development.
12306 Sir James Court – $130,000, 1,091 SF (built in 1983), from Kelli Diana Shonts to Miranda T. Booker.
1608 Varina Station Court – $131,543, 1,806 SF (built in 1995), from David M. Diggs to Veterans Affairs.
215 South Gaskins Road – $150,000, 3,849 SF (built in 2016), from George and Siham Oley to Timothy Wilson Andre Boykin and Reba Oley.
4507 Gaines Road – $150,000, 1,680 SF (built in 1961), from Matthew A Turlinksi Est. to Rachel Leah Imburg and William X. Beverly.
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