HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
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Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.
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Glen Allen residents to appear on ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’ Monday on ABC


Al and Esther Thompson's Glen Allen home will be featured on the ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday at 9 p.m. The couple's home is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items.

The couple's house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, is one of several that will compete on the show for a $50,000 prize. The show was taped in October. > Read more.

OneJet to begin nonstop service between RIC and Pittsburgh


OneJet will introduce nonstop service between Richmond International Airport and Pittsburgh Mar. 1, the company announced this week.

OneJet provides nonstop travel between its base in Pittsburgh and small and medium-size markets, such as Hartford, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Louisville and Cincinnati. It is also adding service to Albany, N.Y. in March.

Flights will go on sale Feb. 1. > Read more.

Sensitive Santa to visit Regency Square


Regency Square will host Sensitive Santa Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event gives children on the autism spectrum an opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with Santa this Christmas during the first Sensitive Santa event. Families can experience Santa without the common hustle and bustle and sensory overload.

Families also may book during certain times, easing the experience of standing in long lines. Children can be photographed with Santa in an autism-friendly setting. > Read more.

Henricus ‘Hops’ event about more than beer


The crowds thronged roads and walkways leading to their destination. Some visitors pushed strollers; many brought multiple children; others came singly or in couples. But all shared the same singlemindedness and eagerness to achieve their goals.

No, it wasn't Black Friday.

These visitors came seeking history, family fun – and beer.

The second annual Hops In The Park Harvest Festival, held Nov. 12 at Henricus Historical Park, showcased Virginia craft beverages of all kinds and had representatives from 21 breweries, cideries and meaderies on hand, in addition to hops farmers from around the commonwealth. > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest, charge 18-year-old with murder


Henrico Police arrested and charged an 18-year-old county man with second-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old Henrico man Dec. 4.

Leslie Jerome Tyler, Jr. is being held at the Henrico County Jail, charged in the stabbing death of Keonte Freeman Taylor at a hotel in the 5700 block of Williamsburg Road in Eastern Henrico. At about 1:25 a.m., Dec. 4, police and fire units responded to the hotel for reports of a stabbing. They found Taylor, who was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. > Read more.

McShin Foundation earns reaccreditation


The McShin Foundation, based in Henrico, recently earned three years of reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services. McShin, founded in 2004, is a nonprofit recovery community organization that serves people and their families in the battle against substance use problems.

CAPRSS is the only accrediting body in the nation for RCOs. It evaluates organizations on four standards: principles, people, practices and performance. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek tips about Sandston murder

Henrico Police are seeking information from the public about a murder that occurred Dec. 2 in Sandston.

At about 2:30 a.m., police responded to the 5200 block of Lewis Road (just behind the Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad near Richmond International Airport) after reports of a shooting. Officers located 21-year-old Jarrelle James Pringle, of Richmond, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives continue to investigate the incident. > Read more.

Virginia529 prepaid tuition enrollment program opens


The enrollment period for the Virginia529 prePAID college tuition program is now open through March 31.

For 2016-2017, tuition and mandatory fees at a Virginia public university can cost as much as $21,234. The Virginia529 plan is designed to help families eliminate the uncertainty of future increases at those institutions. > Read more.

Richmond SCORE announces 2017 entrepreneurship competition


Richmond SCORE, in partnership with the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, will launch its second Business Model Canvas Competition Jan. 1.

The nonprofit volunteer mentoring organization is inviting all Richmond-area entrepreneurs and start-ups (new businesses up to one year old and that haven't won money or tangibles in a business competition in the same time frame) to apply as contestants. Nonprofits also are encouraged to apply. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 7-13


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

18 Southern Court – $70,500, 1,454 SF (built in 1977), from Paul E. Staton to A Solodar Properties LLC.
18 North Lake Avenue – $75,000, 1,049 SF (built in 1925), from Louella M. and P. R. B. Stuart Life Int. to Curtis P. Feigel.
434 Roxana Road – $102,000, 1,007 SF (built in 1974), from Welch Homes LLC to BT Properties LLC.
2502 Lauderdale Drive – $122,000, 1,072 SF (built in 1980), from Walter L. Conner, Jr. and D. H. Conner to Lauderdale Drive 23233 Land Trust.
11602 Timberly Waye – $138,000, 1,012 SF (built in 1983), from Maranda Wash to John C. and Mercedes Tarongoy.
1731 Foxfire Circle – $159,000, 1,521 SF (built in 1980), from Roger D. and Julia A. Morrow to Scott M. Kiscaden.
2924 Mary Beth Lane – $162,000, 1,376 SF (built in 1996), from Kristin L. Schmidt to Staci S. Barner. > Read more.

Malvern Hill Farm under contract


A historic Eastern Henrico farm – the site of a bloody Civil War battle in 1862 – will be preserved in its entirety, thanks to the Capital Region Land Conservancy.

The CRLC has agreed to purchase Malvern Hill Farm (which is about 875 acres in size and straddles Eastern Henrico and Charles City County) for its appraised value of $6.56 million. The sellers are by descendants of William Heighler Ferguson Sr., who originally purchased Malvern Hill Farm in 1939.

“In one transaction CRLC is taking a giant step in protecting the natural and historic land and water resources of our region,” said Parker C. Agelasto, executive director of Capital Region Land Conservancy. > Read more.

McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10. > 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.
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