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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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Henrico middle school earns $100k fitness center


Henrico's Fairfield Middle School was one of three schools in Virginia awarded new $100,000 fitness centers through the National Champion Schools campaign. The announcement was made Thursday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Chairman Jake Steinfield.

Fairfield, Huntington Middle School in Newport News and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk each will receive a state-of-the-art PositivelyTM Fitness Center, as the result of their demonstration of new and innovative ways to promote student physical activity and wellness. The new centers will be dedicated this fall with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at each school. > Read more.

New Eastern Henrico health center to open Sept. 8


The new 13,000-square-foot Henrico Health Department East Clinic will open on Laburnum Avenue on Sept. 8, offering expanded services for residents and easier accessibility to serve the county's growing population.

The goal is to increase the accessibility to healthcare for the residents of Eastern Henrico, according to Henrico Health Department Director Susan Fischer Davis.

“The new location, as well as the new East Henrico clinic itself, was needed to provide a modern and easily accessible clinic from which to provide the excellent public health services offered,” said Fischer Davis. > Read more.

Business in brief


Royal Productions’ 27th annual Richmond Home Show, presented by James River Air, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. More than 135 exhibitors will display all types of products and services for the home - everything needed to make the home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and to explain the features of their products and services. People may ask questions, get quotes and details for purchases they may be considering. Tickets are $5 or $4 with online coupon. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com > Read more.

Bells will be ringing…


School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.

The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus. > Read more.

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Community

Winter bazaar and community festival at Varina H.S. Dec. 3

Varina High School PTSA will host a Winter Bazaar and community festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, 7053 Messer Rd. There will be free arts and crafts, vendors, mime dancers, performances from local organizations and churches, raffles, prizes, food and more. > Read more.

Gift basket project for senior citizens underway

The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project, an initiative of Senior Connections, is accepting donations through Dec. 9. The program promotes healthy aging, helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities, and brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.

During the recent years of economic recession, Senior Connections has received an increasing number of calls from seniors seeking assistance. The basket project has helped seniors who often have to choose between paying utility bills, purchasing medications and food or taking care of the rent or mortgage. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Gallaher wins Snagajob’s ‘Hourly Gig’ music contest

Belmont University junior Ben Gallaher won Snagajob's 'The Hourly Gig' contest and will open for country rock-star Brantley Gilbert at Innsbrook After Hours Sept. 19 at the Snagajob Pavilion. The contest invited hourly employees and job-seekers to submit videos of original songs.

More than 600 videos were submitted, and five finalists were selected to compete in a week-long public voting period online, which drew more than 32,000 votes.

Gallaher, 19, submitted his original song, “Hold onto Me,” in the contest to showcase his country-rock style. > Read more.

Virginia artist Moss coming to CACGA

Internationally recognized Virginia artist P. (Pat) Buckley Moss will visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen next week to speak at a luncheon and sign books and prints in the center’s Gumenick Family Gallery.

Moss, who has been able to overcome a life-long learning disability and achieve success as an artist, will speak at the Sept. 15 luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 apiece. The signing event, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Books, prints and other items will be available for purchase in the gift shop or patrons can bring their own items to be signed. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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