New Orleans native who landed in Henrico after Katrina reflects after 10 years
By Sundra Hominik, Special to the Citizen • Photos by Sundra Hominik
Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans, Cain Bassett and his family left their home in the city's West Bank area and headed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Not to take a flight out of harm's way, but to hunker down until the impending massive storm passed.
In 2005, Bassett, who now lives in western Henrico County, was employed by Delaware North. He helped manage the company's 20 restaurants and bars that lined the New Orleans airport's concourses.
In the long hours before Karina hit, the company allowed Bassett, his wife, their two children, as well as a few other employees, to take refuge at the airport. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/03/2015 Henrico Government
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and is encouraging business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies.
“September has historically been the most active time of the year for hurricanes in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a human-caused emergency like terrorism, individuals, families and businesses that take the time to prepare are more resilient in the long run than those who failed to plan.” > Read more.
Fans of Volkswagen were in Bug heaven last month at Bugstock, which hosted a gathering of the iconic VW Beetle, Bus and other classic vehicles at Henrico's Twin Hickory Park. The Aug. 23 event featured vehicles from Richmond Region AACA and Central Virginia Vintage VW club members. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/09/2015 Henrico Schools
A familiar face may soon be back in Henrico County's public school system.
HCPS officials and superintendent Pat Kinlaw will recommend Katrise Perera, a former principal of John Rolfe and Elko middle schools, for the position of assistant superintendent for instruction. The position includes responsibility for all of the division’s K-12 instructional efforts, as well as the departments of Career and Technical Education and Research and Planning. Bondy Shay Gibson recently vacated the position to take the superintendent's role in Jefferson County, W. Va. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/09/2015 Henrico Business
Orangetheory Fitness will locate its first Richmond-area studio in The Corner at Short Pump, located at the corner of Lauderdale Drive and West Broad Street in the Far West End. The high-intensity interval fitness franchise has opened three studios in Virginia so far and has several more sites in development. The Short Pump studio will celebrate its grand opening in late September. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 07/09/2015 Henrico Government
The Henrico County Television program "The Decision: Aging Out of the Foster Care System" has earned a 2015 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 57th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 27 in Bethesda, Md.
Produced and directed by Steve Boyd, the program won the award in the public/current/community affairs category. The 23-minute show features four young adults as they weigh the choice of transitioning from Henrico's foster care system at age 18. > Read more.
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For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.
CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.
“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
The last Rock ‘n’ Roll Summer outdoor concert at West Broad Village, scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Short Pump, will feature a salute to the upcoming UCI Road World Cycling Championships, coming to the Richmond region next month. As an all-girl band entertains the public with an AC/DC and Foreigner tribute, representatives from West Broad Village will accept donations of children’s new and lightly used bicycles for redistribution to youngsters at the Virginia Homes for Boys and Girls. > Read more.
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