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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March is Myeloma Awareness Month


Myeloma, also referred to as multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer of cells in the bone marrow that currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States. Myeloma is increasing in numbers and is becoming more common in younger patients, with possible links to environmental toxins.

Although myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, it can go undiagnosed until it begins to seriously damage health. > Read more.

Man cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A man was cited on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint last week when TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun among his carry-on items.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a weapons charge. The man told TSA officials that he forgot that he was carrying his gun with him in his carry-on bag. It was not loaded. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting March 13 to discuss opioid crisis, General Assembly session


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Mar. 13 to discuss the opioid crisis and the 2017 General Assembly session.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP, Henrico Health Director Susan Fischer Davis and others to examine the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction. Thornton also has invited members of the General Assembly to provide an overview of the recently concluded legislative session. > Read more.

High-end Escape Nails & Day Spa opens


Escape Nails and Day Spa opened its doors in February in West Broad Marketplace, bringing a full service spa experience, including 122 types of manicures and pedicures. Some manicures and pedicures include complimentary neck and shoulder massages; the salon is also equipped for full body massages. Complimentary soda, hot tea, and coffee are offered with services, and the business has submitted paperwork seeking an ABC license so that add adult beverages can be added to the list. > Read more.

First middle school redistricting hearing set for March 16


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Mar. 16 to receive feedback on the first phase of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The first phase of redistricting would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. > Read more.

FBI director to Henrico crowd: ‘We cannot arrest our way out of’ opioid problem


Citizens of Henrico country came together with local law enforcement, FBI Director James Comey and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg to discuss the opioid epidemic Mar. 1 at Glen Allen High School.

“We cannot arrest our way out of this problem,” Comey told the audience.

The FBI is working to crack down on the supply of the drugs and to drive up the price of street opioids to make them as unattractive as possible, but truly solving the problem requires a community effort, he said. > Read more.

You’ve got a PAL


While the school bell signals the end of the day for most students and staff in Henrico public schools, for Officer Michelle Sheehan, who works as a school resource officer, it signals the start of the second part of her day as police liaison and program director for the Henrico Police Athletic League’s after-school program.

Sheehan is only one of many officers who work with Henrico PAL, a program started 10 years ago by Henrico police officers that is designed to develop positive relationships with Henrico’s youth through after-school mentoring, structured recreation and summer programs. > Read more.

Two-alarm fire displaces 21 from West End apartment complex


Twenty-one residents of a West End apartment complex were displaced by an early-morning fire today, but no one was injured by the blaze. One cat died in the fire, which was first reported at about 1:45 a.m. in the 3200 block of St. Martin's Trail, near J.R. Tucker High School.

Twelve apartments in the complex are uninhabitable, and the 20 adults and one child who lived in them are being assisted by the Henrico Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross. Both organizations worked with apartment management to help find temporary lodging and clothing for those displaced. > Read more.

Portion of Lakeside Avenue closed due to water main break


MAR. 3 – Crews have closed Lakeside Avenue between Maplewood Road and Spruce Street to make repairs to a broken water main.

Southbound traffic on Lakeside is being redirected to Maplewood, Hermitage Road and Dumbarton Road. Northbound traffic is being rerouted to Spruce, Club Road and Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Colortree Group, Inc. LLC has announced the appointment of Terry Manis as CFO. Manis will be heavily involved in all aspects of strategic initiatives including budgeting and forecasting. He also will maintain a strong relationship with Sterling National Bank and ensure the responsibility of the accounting department. Manis has more than 25 years of global/manufacturing experience, most recently as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Quibca Holdings, a large global manufacturer headquartered in Italy. Manis oversaw various business functions related to financial planning, budgeting, cash management, distribution, tax, and all other facets of accounting. Manis, who began his career as operations accountant at McKesson HBOC, received his BBA from Marshall University in 1989 and his MBA from Averett University in 1999. Colortree Group, Inc. is a full-service manufacturer of envelope products and print services for the direct mail industry. > Read more.

Section of Creighton Road to reopen Mar. 3 following bridge replacement


A half-mile section of Creighton Road east of Interstate 64 will reopen to through-traffic Friday, March 3, following installation of a two-lane bridge.

Creighton had been closed since May from Caddie Lane to Stone Dale Drive, near Glenwood Golf Club, while work was underway. Henrico County’s Department of Public Works replaced the one-lane bridge and improved the approaches to the new, wider bridge. The $3.45 million project was completed two months ahead of schedule. > Read more.

Section of Francistown to be closed March 3-17 for storm sewer improvements

A section of Francistown Road, from Greenford Drive to Mapleview Avenue, will be closed March 3-17 for storm sewer improvements.

Motorists are encouraged to bypass the work zone by following Greenford, Alston Lane and Huron Avenue or Mapleview, Crystalwood Lane and Chumley Lane. > 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

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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