Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.
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‘Senior Cool Care’ program to help older adults in Metro Richmond


For the 27th year, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging is helping older adults combat summer heat through a program now called "Senior Cool Care" (formerly the Fan Care program) that provides fan and air conditioning units for eligible senior citizens.

The program is available to low-income older adults age 60 and older who reside in the City of Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan.
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Cyclist killed in crash was 52-year-old man

Henrico Police have named the victim killed June 21 when the bicycle he was riding collided with a truck on Mechanicsville Turnpike near I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Fifty-two year-old Ray J. Freeman, of Richmond, died at a local hospital after being struck. The truck that hit him was traveling south on Mechanicsville Turnpike.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Henrico County to conduct telephone survey about information distribution

Henrico County has started a telephone survey of residents to better understand how they get news and information about the county and its programs and services.

The research firm Responsive Management of Harrisonburg will survey 500 residents in each of the county’s five magisterial districts by calling land lines and cell phones. If chosen at random for the survey, a resident’s caller ID will likely indicate Responsive Management from the area code 540, although it also may show “not available.” The survey is expected to take approximately 10 minutes.
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Henrico Extension to offer free financial workshops in March

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will present free workshops in March to help residents better understand issues affecting their personal finances.

The Know Your Reports workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The class will provide an overview of credit reporting and will explain how to order and review credit reports to help maintain credit worthiness and to prevent fraud. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 7.
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McGeorge Toyota donates $10,000 to Make-A-Wish


Bob Farlow, general manager of McGeorge Toyota, presented a check for $10,000 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia President Sheri Lambert Feb. 28 at the dealership on West Broad Street.

The donation, made as part of the Random Acts of McGeorge program, will help grant wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical condition, providing hope and motivation not only to wish kids but also to volunteers, medical professionals, and communities.
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RVA Polar Plunge raises $40k for Special Olympics


More than 300 participants took the plunge for charity Feb. 25 at The Shops at Willow Lawn, raising $40,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia as part of the 2017 RVA Polar Plunge Fest. Participants jumped into frigid water as part of the event, having raised money through donations leading up to the event.

“At Special Olympics Virginia, our vision is to inspire the first unified generation; a generation of people who respectfully include each other in the school, in the workplace, in the community,” said Rick Jeffrey, Special Olympics Virginia President. “Plunging this past Saturday included people with intellectual disabilities and those without; people of all ages, genders, races and religions; students and teachers; doctors and lawyers; military and law enforcement; one for all; all for one."
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