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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.

Redheads


Mark Gordon, CEO of Bon Secours' Memorial Regional Medical Center, and nurses from the Mother Infant Unit at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital hold newborn babies in the St. Mary’s nursery Feb. 3. All newborns in the nursery wore red baby caps that day to to commemorate National Wear Red Day and to kick off American Heart Month. American Heart Association volunteers knitted the caps by hand. > Read more.
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Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 1-7


A sample of transactions during this period appears below:

3910 Genacre Lane – $62,000, 1,586 SF (built in 1951), from James F. and Christy D. Kolb to Virginia Home Buyers LLC.
8321 Eden Street – $83,500 (vacant site), from W. L. Stinson Inc. to NVR Inc.
1911 Aeronca Avenue – $95,250, 1,032 SF (built in 1965), from Earl C. Parsons to Paula S. Leadbetter.
9720 Royerton Drive – $110,000, 1,040 SF (built in 1957), from John S. Edwards Estate to Duong Ha and Trang Pham.
1561 Skirmish Run Drive – $118,000, 1,041 SF (built in 1980), from Louise B. Hanson to Christopher J. and Morgan B. Smart.
5401 Raleigh Road – $124,000, 1,025 SF (built in 1952), from Mark H. Marable to Moore Properties LP.
7430 Doran Road – $127,000, 1,450 SF (built in 1955), from Robert M. Clemons, Sr. and Sallie G. Clemons to Ernest F. Meadows, Jr. > Read more.

Blood drive to honor local child


The family of Callen Tyson – a local child who is battling leukemia – will host a blood drive at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tyson was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2014 when he was only four years old and is nearly halfway finished with his three-year treatment. Part of that treatment has involved blood infusions, which has inspired his family and friends to host blood drives.

“By holding drives continuously throughout the year and in various locations across the state, we hope to help keep blood banks stocked and ready for anyone in need,” said Tyson's mother, Katie Tyson. > Read more.

State Police warn of IRS-spoof phone scam


Virginia State Police are warning residents of an ongoing phone scam in which the caller says he is calling from the IRS and demands payment by verbally threatening and intimidating the person. In addition, the caller ID number used by this scam is a legitimate Virginia State Police Area Office phone number. State police officials have received a number of calls concerning this scam within the past few days.

In each case, the caller has a thick foreign accent and identifies himself or herself as working for the IRS. The scammer also has personal information about the person being called – information that can be commonly found by searching the internet. If the person refuses to pay, then the fake IRS caller becomes very agitated and impatient and begins threatening the individual with imprisonment or other severe punishment if the person does not promise to provide payment. > 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.
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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. The second workshop, “Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden,” will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. The class will discuss how to plan, plant and harvest a vegetable garden. To register, call 501-5160. Full text

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