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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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.

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 17


The deadline for Virginia residents to apply to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election is Monday, Oct. 17.

The simplest way to apply to register to vote or to update your address information is to visit the Virginia Department of Elections website at http://elections.virginia.gov. To complete the online application process, eligible citizens must provide their Virginia DMV customer identifier number, displayed on DMV-issued identification cards or driver's licenses. Citizens who do not have a Virginia DMV customer identifier still may fill out the registration application online but will be required to print and return the completed application to the appropriate local voter registration office. > Read more.

Henrico County Council of PTAs’ annual meeting to address bond referendum


The Henrico County Council of PTAs will host its annual meeting Oct. 18 at Henrico High School, during which officials will discuss the proposed Henrico bond referendum, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is a chance for PTA members at all HCPS schools to interact and share information. Following the business meeting, school and general government leaders will answer questions about the fall bond referendum. Among those present for the discussion will be Superintendent Pat Kinlaw and members of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

Northstar Career Academy celebrates growth


Northstar Career Academy celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 8155 Staples Mill Road Sept. 20 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade (in blue) represented the governor at the ceremony and was assisted by Head of School Dr. Pat West (holding scissors) and the school’s mascot, Navi. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek larceny suspect


The Henrico Division of Police are seeking a man who they believe made several purchases with a stolen credit card last week.

Police responded to the 4500 block of South Laburnum Avenue Oct. 2 after reports of a suspicious person. The man saw the officers and then fled into a wooded area and escaped their view. When police investigated further, they learned that he had recently made several purchases in the area with the stolen credit card.

The suspect (pictured) is an adult black male and was last seen wearing a black and red shirt and black pants. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 17 to highlight health, safety organizations, Nov. 8 ballot


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 17 to highlight organizations focused on community health and safety as well as to discuss the Nov. 8 ballot, which will include Henrico County’s bond referendum.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Thornton and county representatives will discuss Henrico’s ballot, which will include the five bond referendum questions on the back. > Read more.

Henrico Police invite public comment for accreditation assessment


Henrico County Division of Police officials are inviting the public to provide input as part of an accreditation assessment of the division that will be conducted next month.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive Nov. 7 to examine all aspects of the division's policy and procedures, management operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the Henrico Division of Police meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. > Read more.

Smart Beginnings holds annual meeting in Henrico


Smart Beginnings hosted its annual meeting, coordinated by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Oct. 5-6 at The Westin Richmond in Henrico. More than 75 statewide early childhood leaders from all corners of the state met to hear from experts and to share best practices about how to overcome the barriers that prevent many young children from accessing services that promote school readiness in their communities.

Above, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William Hazel addressed attendees, while Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent looks on. > Read more.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Oct. 15


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies. > Read more.

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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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