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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.

Gearing up

Photos courtesy Megan Heath

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.

Welcome home


As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.

For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
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More than 1.3 million Virginians expected to travel for Thanksgiving


More than 1.3 million Virginians will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday away from home in 2015, according to projections from AAA Travel. That represents a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from last year. Nationwide, AAA Travel forecasts 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29.

Virginia roads will be especially busy over the holiday period with 1.2 million expected to drive to their holiday feast, a slight decrease of 0.3 percent over last year. > Read more.

Business in brief


Pirtek USA: On-Site Hydraulic Hose Replacement Service has opened a Henrico location by leasing 2,875 square feet at 2115 Dabney Road. Beamon & Kisner Associates is the landlord and Sai Krishna, LLC DBA as Pirtek-West End is the lessee. John Jay Schwartz of Have Site Will Travel, Ltd and David Kalman of One South Realty represented the tenant. > Read more.

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. The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime and collect real-life experiences that will help make lessons relevant and bring subject matter to life for students. > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre announces its 53rd season


CAT Theatre will present four shows during its 53rd season, which begins this fall. All four shows will be Richmond-area premieres, including one world premiere by a local playwright.

The season will feature:

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley – Oct. 14-29;

The Wishing Well, by Maryland playwright Jon Klein – Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017; > Read more.






 

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