Water system repairs to prompt lane closures Wednesday near Gayton, John Rolfe


Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.

Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. > Read more.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals named to nation’s top 100


HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health. > Read more.

Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility. > Read more.
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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. > 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.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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. > Read more.

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." > Read more.

Fundraiser bags more than $50k


CancerLINC's 11th annual "It’s in the Bag" event raised more than $50,000. The event, presented by Virginia Cancer Institute, was held at The Westin Richmond in Henrico Feb. 2 and was attended by more than 200 people.

“It's in the Bag” included handbag designer Thaddeus DuBois and his family from Syracuse, Ind. DuBois brought four handcrafted handbags, which were auctioned off and raised more than $4,000. Three autographed handbags from “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker also brought funds. > Read more.

A date with states


Above, Varina’s Andre Watkins drives to the basket during the Blue Devils’ 52-51 win against Hampton in the Group 5A third-place game at Hermitage High School Feb. 25. Below, Tyrese Jenkins drives to the basket during the game. The Blue Devils (21-6 on the season), who earlier last month defeated Hermitage, 53-34, to earn a spot in the 5A state tournament, next will face Albemarle in that tournament. It is the program’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and first under fourth-year coach Andrew Lacey, who has turned around a team that was 6-14 during his first season. > Read more.

Future public servants observe lawmaking firsthand


For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.

These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

The program dates as far back as 1850, when the one page who worked was paid $2 a day. > Read more.

CRLC seeks donations for Malvern Hill Farm


The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) is seeking to raise $100,000 in 30 days to cover due diligence and closing costs associated with the historic Malvern Hill Farm. These include boundary survey, Phase I ESA, title search and insurance, recording fees, taxes, and legal work as well as a Section 106 review.

CRLC is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property May 31, and is asking community members to help support the site's acquisition. All donations will help CRLC leverage $1 million in matching funds. > Read more.

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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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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, check out Innsbrook’s 8th annual St. Paddy’s Palooza – there will be music and dancing, a hot air balloon, kid’s activities, festive green beverages and volunteers shaving their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. For more Irish fun, visit Walkerton Tavern for stories of Irish immigrants during the 19th century, traditional Irish foods, songs and an Irish craft. Concert opportunities this weekend include Leland Grant tonight at the Henrico Theatre, Sandston Baptist Church, Sandston Moose Lodge, the Shady Grove Coffeehouse and the Richmond Philharmonic at The Steward School. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Camp Kesem at University of Richmond, an organization dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, will hold its annual Make the Magic event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Alice Haynes Room on the UR campus. Funds raised during this annual charity dinner will help provide year-long peer support and send 70 campers ages 6-16 to camp from August 12-17. Student volunteers from University of Richmond will assist at the event, which will include a cocktail hour, camper family guest speakers, live paddle raise, raffle prizes, photobooth fun, and musical entertainment. To learn more about Camp Kesem, visit http://www.campkesem.org/richmond. For details about the event and to purchase tickets, visit http://tinyurl.com/URMTM2017. Full text

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