HCPS Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.

Poll finds support for workforce training


Most Virginians said they are willing to pay more in taxes to keep programs for workforce training and development at their current levels, according to a statewide poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The survey, conducted by the VCU’s Center for Public Policy, said 58 percent of adults statewide felt that way. That view was more prevalent among Democrats, among people who don’t have children in the public schools, and among Virginians 65 and older.

“Economic development and workforce development are important topics nationally as well as statewide, and they will certainly be at the forefront of this year’s General Assembly session,” said John Accordino, interim dean of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which oversees the center. > Read more.

Advocates for rape survivors applaud grant


Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults. They say the money will help the state train sexual assault investigators, test rape evidence kits and provide services to rape survivors.

“At YWCA Richmond, we acknowledge that all survivors respond differently to trauma and to news involving sexual assault. News of this continued testing may provide comfort to survivors and their families that justice will be served to the perpetrator of the assault,” Rachel Solomon, the Y’s development and relations coordinator, said Thursday. > Read more.
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Virginia to begin testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

JULY 13, 1:15 P.M. – Virginia officials will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas statewide for the Zika virus, Governor Terry McAuliffe said today.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will conduct the testing for the virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

“The surveillance of Zika cases in Virginia is critical to our ability to prepare for and provide treatment to people affected by this virus. This is why I established the Zika task force this past February,” McAuliffe said. > Read more.

Imparting pearls of wisdom

Henrico teacher’s organization provides girls with lessons on etiquette, life
Eight young ladies in Henrico County just became “polished pearls” after graduating from Deborah Price’s Polished Peal Society etiquette program June 25.

Price is a third-grade teacher in Henrico who noticed that girls in her classes seemed to lack confidence and manners. So she did something about it – she opened the society, which serves as an etiquette school.

Classes run from October through June and culminate in a “Pearl Ball” at which the students (ages 8-18) are formally presented as graduates and polished pearls. The ball ties together all of the new skills that the girls have learned through Price’s program. > Read more.

State Police offer tips during ‘Vehicle Theft Prevention Month’

Virginia State Police officials are reminding motorists during July – Vehicle Theft Prevention Month – never to leave their keys in their cars.

According to the 2015 Crime in Virginia report, 40 percent of the 8,103 motor vehicle thefts reported to VSP in 2015 occurred between June and September. July had the most motor vehicle thefts (909), with August (879), September (746) and June (721) following closely behind. > 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


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Short Pump location at Short Pump Town Center will host a Snow Days Festival at 10 a.m. Meet the 2017 Scholarship Snow Queen. Frozen’s Anna and Elsa will visit until noon and the Richmond Symphony will bring an instrument petting zoo from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be activities about the science of snow, appearances by Olaf, winter art projects and more. Included with museum admission. For details, visit http://www.c-mor.org. Full text

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