By Holly Speck and Hannah Matheson, Capital News Service 02/24/2017 General AssemblyGeneral Assembly 2017
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.
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.
By Amelia Heymann, Capital News Service 02/24/2017 General Assembly
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/08/2016 Henrico Government
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.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/06/2016 Henrico Government
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/06/2016 Henrico Schools
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/02/2016 Henrico Schools
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/02/2016 Henrico Schools
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.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/01/2016 Henrico Business
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.
Meeting will be streamed live on YouTube
Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will lead a Tuckahoe Town Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to highlight how Henrico County is using technology to provide emergency information and to enhance the delivery of services.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive. Residents will be able to attend or watch via a live stream on YouTube.
Henrico has created a YouTube channel, available at http://youtube.com/watch?v=J0CtEWaDerw or by searching “Henrico County, Virginia channel,” to begin offering virtual town halls that will expand public access to meetings. > Read more.
Virginia will recognize September as National Preparedness Month, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week. McAuliffe encouraged business owners, families and communities to make the preparations necessary in the event of an emergency.
“As the most historically active time for hurricane activity in our Commonwealth, September is the right month for Virginians across the Commonwealth to take precautions that could save their lives in an emergency situation,” Governor McAuliffe said. “Individuals, families and businesses should always be prepared in advance for natural disasters, accidents, and human-caused emergencies. The right equipment, quick reaction time, and the proper safety precautions are crucial in emergency situations and can make a life-saving difference.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/31/2016 Henrico Business
T.J.Maxx will join Cabela's and Wegmans in the new West Broad Marketplace shopping center in Short Pump later this month.
The company's new 23,000-square-foot store will open at 8 a.m. Sept. 18, and the first 1,000 shoppers will receive reusable bags.
“We are pleased to provide a new store in Henrico, delivering value and an exciting selection of merchandise to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, President of T.J.Maxx. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 08/31/2016 Henrico Crime
AUG. 31 – One person received minor injuries in a Glen Allen house fire early Wednesday morning.
At about 4:10 a.m., Henrico Division of Fire units responded to the report of a mattress on fire in the house, located in the 4900 block of Darrowby Road near Francistown Road. Units arrived to find flames coming from a second story bedroom window.
Firefighters immediately went inside to extinguish the fire and search for victims. They found both occupants and their dog outside, and the fire was contained to the bedroom. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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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CalendarSusan Campbell of More Than Moving will provide tips for decluttering, planning for downsizing as we age, and getting rid of unwanted stuff from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. For details, call 501-1910 x5 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text