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Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status. > Read more.

Fall fatherhood festival planned at Dorey Park

The 2014 ManUp Fall Harvest Festival is designed to be more than a typical autumn face-painting opportunity. The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will offer plenty of fun, but its goal is larger: inspiring area men to be better fathers and role models to their own children and to the children of the community.

The Henrico Fatherhood Initiative puts on the festival as the kickoff to its ManUp Passport Challenge, a yearlong series of family and personal growth workshops and activities.

In 2013, more than 1,000 men attended the event at Henrico County’s Dorey Park to enjoy food, carnival games and music with their children. > Read more.

Business in brief


Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services, based in Ashland, has opened a new location in Lakeside. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5311 Lakeside Ave. Members of the Chamber of Commerce will join owner and founder Dawn Beninghove to officially open the new site. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The new building houses administrative and management offices as well as classrooms for their “Trained To Care” program offering classes in Personal Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. For details, visit http://www.cenninc.com > Read more.

Henrico company acquires SkyMall Ventures

Henrico-based Connexions Loyalty, a division of Affinion Group of Connecticut and a leading provider of loyalty and rewards programs, Wednesday announced the acquisition of SkyMall Ventures, a division of Xhibit Corporation and provider of loyalty solutions for well established brands in the financial services, hospitality and gaming industries.

Connexions Loyalty and SkyMall Ventures will combine to serve more than 200 million customers globally.

“SkyMall Ventures has an impressive track record of organic growth, with proven leadership and an impressive client base,” said Scott Lazear, president of Connexions Loyalty. > Read more.

HCPS’ “Un-initiative” asks ‘less’ of employees

Henrico County Public Schools is asking its employees for less. . . in a manner of speaking.

The school system has launched what it calls the "Un-initiative" as a way to solicit input from employees about programs or actions that they believe the school system can do without.

“We’re asking all employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers – to send us their ideas on things that we’re doing that they think we can stop doing and still be an efficient and effective organization,” Superintendent Pat Kinlaw said. > Read more.

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Community

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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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