Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia has announced that Crystal Farmer will serve as chief nursing officer for Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Farmer previously served as the CNO of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital where she led the hospital to a top ranking in HCA patient satisfaction scores for the last three quarters. Prior to her role as CNO, she was the director of medical surgical services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. In addition, Farmer has more than 19 years of experience in various nursing leadership roles as a registered nurse at Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, managing, coordinating, and overseeing the clinical operations of several department and units throughout the hospital. Farmer received her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is a member of various committees and organizations that include American Organization of Nurse Executives, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Virginia Nurses Association. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a bank in Sandston Oct. 18.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., police responded to the 0 block of South Airport Drive after the report of the robbery. The victim reported that a white male entered the Wells Fargo bank, approached the counter and demanded currency. The victim complied, and the suspect exited the business on foot. The suspect did not display a weapon. He is described as a white male, 30 to 35 years of age and approximately six feet to six-foot-three in height. The suspect (pictured) was wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans and a baseball hat. > Read more.

Rabid skunk sprays dog in Eastern Henrico

A skunk that sprayed a dog in Eastern Henrico this week and later was shot and killed by the dog's owner has tested positive for rabies.

Henrico Police responded to the 6700 block of Osborne Turnpike Oct. 17 after the dog's owner reported that the dog had encountered the skunk. The owner didn't know if the dog and skunk had made contact and shot the skunk fearing that it could be rabid. Tests conducted at the state lab concluded that the skunk did in fact have rabies. The dog involved in the incident had a valid rabies vaccination and will be quarantined on the owner’s property. There were no reports of any additional human or animal exposures involving the skunk. > Read more.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 28


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Participants will work alongside other gardening enthusiasts to learn about lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance, fruit and vegetable gardens, flowers, pest management, tree pruning and other topics. After completing 50 hours of classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public. > Read more.

A bountiful harvest


Hundreds of people enjoyed Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival at Meadow Farm in Glen Allen Oct. 15. Visitors experienced hands-on activities and demonstrations that depicted life in a simpler time. > Read more.

Henrico officials to serve on NACo committees


The National Association of Counties (NACo) has appointed nine Henrico County officials to the organization’s policy-making committees for 2016-17.

Members of the Henrico Board of Supervisors received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Community, Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee;

• Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Human Services and Education Steering Committee; > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: LCA Vision, Inc. – renewed its lease of 3,740 SF in One Colonial Place at 10571 Telegraph Rd.; Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon – leased 3,417 SF in The Shoppes at Twin Oaks at 3601 Cox Rd.; Freshii – leased 2,436 SF in Willow Lawn Plaza at 1700 Willow Lawn Dr.; Yummy Chinese Restaurant – renewed its lease of 1,943 SF in Newbridge Square Shopping Center at 6023 Nine Mile Rd.; Lakeside Bedding – leased 1,874 SF at 5412 Lakeside Ave.; and Truck World RVA Inc. – leased 1,344 SF at 7212 W. Broad St. > Read more.

School Board proposes renaming Godwin specialty center


At its Thursday work session the Henrico School Board proposed renaming Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a teacher and former center director who died earlier this year. The proposal would rename the school’s Center for Medical Sciences as the Todd Phillips Center for Medical Sciences.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology. > Read more.

Polykon breaks ground on $60M Henrico manufacturing facility


Polykon Manufacturing, LLC – a joint venture between international firms Seppic, Inc., and Schülke, Inc. – broke ground Oct. 12 on a new $60 million manufacturing facility in Henrico County's White Oak Technology Park. The 55,000-square-foot facility is expected to bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area. Construction is slated to be complete in mid 2018.

Seppic and Schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare, an international company.

Polykon will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals industries at the new facility. > Read more.

Henrico to provide free flu shots Oct. 26

The Henrico County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations to the public Wednesday, Oct. 26 at clinics in western and eastern Henrico.

The seasonal flu shots will be provided from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center, 7850 Carousel Lane in western Henrico and from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road in eastern Henrico.

The vaccine will be available to individuals age 3 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Nasal vaccine will not be offered at the clinics. > Read more.

Nominations sought for REB Awards


The Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which provide recognition and cash grants for outstanding local principals.

The annual awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the City of Richmond are eligible. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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The 2017 VaHomeschoolers’ Conference and Resource Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 24 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Keynote speaker will be Julie Bogart, creator of the innovative writing program Bravewriter and the popular, fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. There will also be an array of engaging exhibitors, a used resource sale, Talent Night, an ice-cream social, workshops and family activities – including the popular “Visit, Earn & Learn” activity at 1 p.m. on March 24, which earns participating children 12 and under a free book. For details and to register (save $10 before Feb. 15), visit http://www.conference.vahomeschoolers.org. Full text

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