Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.
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Henrico Schools seeks book donations for middle, high school reading challenge


When you’re challenging students to read more than a half a million books, you need a lot of reading material.

Henrico County Public Schools is asking its middle and high school students to read 30,000 books per school during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” As part of the effort to promote literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. > Read more.

2 Henrico teachers nominated for ‘LifeChanger’ award


Family and consumer sciences teacher Nicole Williams of Varina High School and seventh grade teacher Frenchie Travis of Elko Middle School recently were nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Williams and Travis were nominated by Morgan Carey and Clinton Burton, respectively. > Read more.

Business in brief


The newest matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit will open Sept. 15 in Short Pump, 11720 W. Broad St. This will be the eleventh location for matchbox, operated by Washington-based matchboxfoodgroup. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday (last seating at 10:30 p.m.), 11 a.m. Friday (last seating at 11:30 p.m.), 10 a.m. Saturday (last seating at 11:30 p.m.) and 10 a.m. Sunday (last seating at 10:30 p.m.). Brunch on Saturday and Sunday is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com. > Read more.

Office evacuated by unusual odor

SEPT. 8, 11:50 A.M. – Henrico Fire units evacuated an Eastern Henrico office Thursday morning after employees noticed an unusual odor and several began to feel sick.

Just before 8:30 a.m., Fire units responded to the office, located in the Byrd Office Center in the 5600 block of South Laburnum Avenue, to investigate the odor. One of the occupants of the business was not feeling well, and responding firefighters called for the Henrico Fire hazardous materials team. > Read more.

Traffic patterns around RIR to shift during Friday, Saturday races


Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway this Friday (Sept. 9) and Saturday (Sept. 10) to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Saturday before and after the race from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. > Read more.

Keeping dignity in the dig

Archaeologists, volunteers work to relocate family graves in Far West End

If you think your summer has been a scorching one, consider the folks who have been toiling in the Wade family cemetery in Twin Hickory.

Since July, the team of archaeologists and volunteers has been carefully excavating nine graves and preparing them for relocation to a church cemetery.

It's hot, back-breaking, tedious work --- but far from unrewarding. > Read more.

Henrico County to host 9/11 remembrance


Henrico County will host a memorial service to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road.

The service will feature representatives of state and local government and surrounding cities and counties, as well as speakers from the Fire Department of New York and the New York City Police Department. > Read more.

School’s back in session – be careful on the roads


School resumes Tuesday for Metro Richmond students, including those in Henrico County, and Henrico County Police will increase their presence on county roads in an effort to keep students safe.

Drivers should expect some traffic delays, as buses pick up and drop off children, and should give themselves a few extra minutes on their daily commutes, police advise. Officers will be enforcing all applicable laws to include speeding, seatbelt enforcement and school bus signal violations, with special attention to traffic on roads surrounding Henrico County Schools. They'll also be conducting high-visibility enforcement in school zones across the county during the next several weeks. > Read more.

Sadler, Virginia529 partner


NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader – and Virginia native – Elliott Sadler was in Henrico this week to announce a partnership with Virginia529, the title sponsor of next week's Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Sadler will appear with his wife, Amanda, several times prior to the race to promote the program, which offers four college savings programs for participants. Virginia529 is the largest 529 college savings program in the country. > Read more.

First Tee to expand in county, metro area


The First Tee of Greater Richmond is taking a giant leap forward, thanks to grants from the Virginia Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA). First Tee of Greater Richmond will use the grants to support The First Tee National School Program expansion, an initiative that will reach 31 additional elementary schools in the metro Richmond area by the end of 2016.

Currently, the 41 schools that provide the program in the metro Richmond area include only three from Henrico County; the remaining schools served are in Chesterfield County and City of Richmond. > Read more.

DMV 2 Go offices to visit region this month


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ five mobile customer service centers, called DMV 2 Go, are traveling across the state to serve customers and will make three stops in the Henrico region this month. Each full-service office provides all DMV transactions. Thanks to DMV’s partnerships with other government agencies, customers may now also purchase certified copies of Virginia birth, marriage, divorce and death certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders and apply for their hunting or fishing licenses on all five DMV mobile offices. > Read more.

Business in brief


New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the United States health care system, were announced recently by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital were among 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the country. Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A-F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. > 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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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