Henrico CASA welcomes new volunteers


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) welcomed 11 new advocates earlier this month. The volunteers were sworn into service by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Stuart L. Williams, Jr. April 5.

CASAs gather information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances. A child’s future depends on that judge’s decision, and a CASA volunteer helps make sure that decision is in the best interest of the child.
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

Candidates will seek seats on Board of Supervisors, in Virginia House
APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing

Support group offers teens help, hope through art

In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said.
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No holiday delay for CVWMA recycling collections


CVWMA residential recycling collections will be on regular collection schedule on Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. Recycling-accepted items from holiday celebrations is encouraged, and customers should break down gift boxes and cardboard.

All CVWMA recyclers should place containers out for recycling on their scheduled days by 7 am.
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Christmas Eve services planned

The following churches in Henrico County are among those that will hold Christmas Eve services Dec. 24: Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. – 4 p.m. (family), 6 p.m. (modern), 8:30 p.m. (traditional) and 11 p.m. (traditional); Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr. – 5 p.m. (family) and 8 p.m. (traditional); River Road Church Baptist, 8000 River Rd. – 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Oak Hall Baptist Church, 1877 Old Hanover Rd. – 4:30 p.m.; St. John’s Catholic Church, 813 W. Nine Mile Rd. – 5:30 p.m.; Highland Springs United Methodist Church, 22 N. Holly Ave. – 7 p.m.; Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. – 7 p.m.;
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Henrico teacher among Census Bureau program content creators


Montrose Elementary School teacher Emily McMillen is among a select group of teachers chosen to create content for a newly updated U.S. Census Bureau program called Statistics in Schools.

In September, the U.S. Census Bureau unveiled the revised program (available at census.gov/schools) for K-12 teachers and students.

It offers free, classroom-ready geography, history/social studies, math and sociology activities and resources that incorporate current and historical data to help students understand real-world applications of statistics.
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Human trafficking shelter to open next month


Central Virginia's first shelter for human trafficking victims – the result of a medical-nonprofit partnership – will open in the region next month.

During an event last week (pictured), Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Henrico-based Safe Harbor (a shelter and service organization for victims of abuse) formally announced plans to open the Central Virginia Emergency Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims.

The facility's primary service territory will be Henrico County, though victims from throughout the region may be referred to it. It will be equipped to house as many as 15 victims at a time.
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L’Arche celebrates Christmas


At the invitation of Sidney Padow, Santa and Mrs. Claus joined families from L’Arche Metro Richmond at Padow’s Deli Dec. 11. Padow's is the home of regular second Sunday socials with L’Arche (rhymes with “marsh”) as members work toward their dream of establishing the first L'Arche home in the area. The group also hosts charity days, celebrations, "Pizza with the Pastor" and other social events.
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Crawl space fire displaces one in West End

DEC. 16 – A fire in the crawl space of a West End home displaced one person last night.

At about 9:20 p.m., Henrico firefighters were dispatched for the report of smoke in a residence in the 1300 block of Valley Drive in the Tuckahoe District.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes to find smoke coming from the bottom of the home and immediately began to investigate. At the same time, they performed searches to ensure everyone was outside.
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Business in brief


Pet Valu, a specialty retailer of premium pet foods and accessories with two locations in Henrico County, finished its fifth annual Thanks for Giving pet products drive having raised a total of $178,165 for local animal shelters, over $40,000 more than what was raised in 2015. The November fundraiser ran all month long throughout Pet Valu’s 300-plus stores nationwide. As each store partners with at least one local animal group, all customer contributions directly supported the animals in their community that do not have homes. Pet Valu will continue to collect donations through the remainder of the holiday season and all year long there are always opportunities to make contributions and adopt through the stores.
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Stuck on repeat


Highland Springs High School is celebrating a football dynasty, following the Springers' second consecutive 5A state championship last week. Chris Thaxton caught the game-winning three-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left to help the Springers defeat Stone Bridge of Ashburn, 35-29. Highland Springs finished 14-1.

Quarterback Juwan Carter threw three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the Springers, who prior to last year's championship hadn't won a state title since 1961. Now, Highland Springs is basking in the limelight again.
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Glen Allen residents win $50k on ABC’s ‘Great Christmas Light Fight’


Glen Allen residents Al and Esther Thompson won $50,000 on ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" Monday night. The couple's home, which is decorated for the holidays with more than 170,000 lights and hundreds of homemade items, competed against three others in the country for the prize.

The house, at 9716 Wendhurst Drive, has been featured on a number of local and national television and radio shows in years past.
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Local companies partner for winter clothing drive

Lee Conner Realty and Keen Insurance in Sandston are partnering with Risen Army Ministries to host a winter clothes drive for children and teens. The companies specifically are seeking coats, knitted hats and socks for children ages 3 to 17.

New or gently used items may be dropped off at either Lee Conner Reality and Associates, Inc., Suite A, or Keen Insurance, Suite D at 309 E. Williamsburg Road in Sandston.
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HDH opens new women’s hospital at Forest campus


HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital this week will celebrate the official opening of its new women's hospital at it Forest campus.

The facility, which is attached to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, includes a newly added 12,000-square-foot triage area and lobby with direct access for patients, 16 labor and delivery rooms, a renovated 29-room mother-baby unit and a 27-room antepartum unit.
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Fareva opens aerosol facility in Varina


Fareva Richmond this week opened an aerosol production facility at its Varina location – an addition that will result in the creation of 80 to 100 new jobs. The $40-million facility, on Darbytown Road, will produce drug, over-the-counter and beauty products. Its capacity is 100 million aerosol cans.

A second phase is under consideration and could increase that capacity to 250 million cans, according to company officials. It would require an additional investment of $15 million to $20 million and would create about 150 new jobs.
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