HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
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Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.
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Martin named superintendent of Henrico Juvenile Detention Home


Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward O. Martin to serve as superintendent of the Henrico Juvenile Detention Home, effective Saturday, April 15.

Martin currently serves as an assistant superintendent of the 20-bed facility on Dixon Powers Drive, adjacent to the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. He will succeed Michael D. Bingham, who died Feb. 25 after having served as superintendent since 2000. > Read more.

New option added to HCPS middle school redistricting; public input invited


Members of the community have opportunities coming up to comment in person on draft options for the 2018-19 phase of Henrico County Public Schools’ middle school redistricting process. The school division has added a new draft option to the mix – Option D – and made some updates to existing options in response to feedback from the community and to incorporate the approved first phase of the two-year process.

Community members can address school board members in person about the current options for 2018-19 at a public hearing on May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Auditorium (5915 Nine Mile Road). > Read more.

Henrico supervisors to hold April 11 public hearing on proposed fiscal 2017-18 budget


The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 11 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico County Police Division is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the subject responsible for a robbery on April 4.

At approximately 6:25 p.m. April 4, Henrico Police responded to a retail business in the 1900 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike for a commercial robbery. A black male entered the business, presented a note to the victim, and displayed a handgun. The victim complied with the suspect, and the suspect fled the store. The suspect was last seen walking on Cool Lane away from Mechanicsville Turnpike. > Read more.

Henrico woman arrested after investigation into fires


A 44-year old Glen Allen woman has been arrested in connection with two separate fires that occurred in a Holiday Inn Express on International Center Drive March 30.

Bhamini Naginbhai Patel was arrested by members of the Henrico Fire Marshal’s office, and has been charged with two counts of arson. > Read more.

Henrico firefighters save dog from West End house fire


Henrico firefighters rescued a dog from a West End house fire April 5.

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of a fire in the 8000 block of River Road, near Forest Avenue, that afternoon. > Read more.

Gov. McAuliffe keeps a perfect veto record


Terry McAuliffe not only set a record for the number of bills vetoed by a Virginia governor. He also has a perfect record for the number of vetoes sustained.

Republicans in the General Assembly failed to override any of the 40 vetoes that the Democratic governor issued on bills passed during this year’s legislative session, including measures that sought to increase voting requirements and make it easier to carry concealed weapons.

During his four years in office, McAuliffe has vetoed a total of 111 bills – more than any of his predecessors. > Read more.

GOP rejects governor’s bid to expand Medicaid


Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe blasted Republican legislators Wednesday after they rejected his budget amendment to expand Medicaid in Virginia.

“Virginia Republicans block #Medicaid expansion once again,” McAuliffe tweeted after the General Assembly reconvened to consider legislation that the governor vetoed or wanted amended.

“400k Virginians remain w/o healthcare. We’re losing $6.6mil every day,” McAuliffe wrote after the GOP-controlled House of Delegates rebuffed his Medicaid proposal. > Read more.

17th annual Pet Expo to benefit Humane Society


The Henrico Humane Society’s 17th annual Pet Expo will be held rain or shine, Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

A full day of activities is scheduled including a pet parade, puppy races, dog contests, training/trick/agility demonstrations, an agility course, dog adoptions, and a silent auction. Richmond TV personality Greg McQuade of WTVR 6 is scheduled to emcee.

More than 50 vendors and exhibitors will be on site selling pet-related products and services, from obedience training to healthy food options and novelty items for pets. > Read more.

Virginia State Police warns of IRS phone cloning scam


The Virginia State Police have recently received calls from two Virginians and one New Yorker about IRS-impersonation telephone calls linked to a Virginia State Police Area 43 Office in Chatham. The scammers have cloned the state police office’s main number – (434) 432-7287 – as a tactic to help convince a caller that they are legitimate. This is a common ploy utilized by scammers as the annual IRS filing season comes to a close.

The Internal Revenue Service will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes. > Read more.

Henrico Police investigating Varina death

Henrico Police are investigating the death of a man in a Varina home in the early morning hours of April 5.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., police responded to a residence in 2600 block of Kingsland Pointe Drive for a suspicious situation. Arriving officers located 23-year-old David Lee Coles III, who was pronounced dead at the scene. One other person was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. > Read more.

Benefit concert raises funds for 3-time transplant survivor


As you read these next few sentences, let's assume you are breathing.

Let's also assume you don't even have to think about this simple, natural act. You've taken breaths millions of times before.

It hasn't been so easy for Chad Southward. > 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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