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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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.

Tuckahoe meeting Sept. 7 to focus on technology

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.

September is Preparedness Month in Virginia


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.

T.J.Maxx to open Short Pump location


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.

Glen Allen house fire causes minor injuries to one


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.

Malvern Hill listed for sale


Malvern Hill Farm, a 900-plus-acre homestead in Varina that has been owned by the same family for several generations, has been listed for sale. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, LLC will handle the sale of the property, located north of New Market Road and west of Carters Mill Road. The asking price is $10.6 million.

About one-third of the historic property is actively farmed and the rest is wooded. Acquired by William Ferguson in the 1930s, today the farm is owned by multiple generations of the same family. Malvern Hill Hunt Club has been caring for the farm for decades. > Read more.

Henrico native serves as Governor’s Fellow


Henrico native Saman Aghaebrahim recently completed a two-month internship as a Governor's Fellow in the office of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Aghaebrahim, pictured above with McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, was part of a select group of rising college seniors, graduating seniors and graduate students selected for the internship, which places participants in various positions in the Governor's Office and in agencies throughout the Executive Branch. The program attempts to match Fellows with compatible assignments, based upon their backgrounds, interests and future goals. > Read more.

Henrico man killed in Parham Road crash

A 58-year-old Henrico man died in a single-car accident on East Parham Road Aug. 28.

Tony Lee MCGill was traveling westbound on the road shortly after 6 p.m. in a Chevrolet pick-up truck, approaching the intersection of Aberdeen Street, when his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a traffic signal support pole. McGill died at the scene. > Read more.

Henrico Health Department offering back-to-school immunization clinics


The Henrico County Health Department will offer back-to-school immunization clinics for children enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in Henrico County Public Schools. The five clinics will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the department’s West Clinic facility at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

On three days that week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – immunizations will be by appointment only. Tuesday and Thursday will be walk-in clinics.

The clinics will take place:

• Monday, Aug. 29: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Tuesday, Aug. 30: 8-11 a.m. (walk-in);

• Wednesday, Aug. 31: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment;

• Thursday, Sept. 1: 12:30-3:30 p.m. (walk-in);

• Friday, Sept. 2: Call 804-501-4651 for appointment. > 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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