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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

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. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students. > Read more.

Controlled burn scheduled at Malvern Hill


The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.

The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.

The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density. > Read more.
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Henrico supervisors, deputy county managers appointed to VACo committees

All five members of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and three deputy county managers will serve on steering and operational committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) in 2015.

Members of the Board of Supervisors received the following appointments:

• Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton, Education Steering Committee;

• Vice Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee (vice chair) and Resolutions Committee;

• Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee; > Read more.

Senate may increase vehicle registration fee


The Senate is considering a bill that would impose an additional vehicle registration fee in Virginia and use the money to fund the State Police.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-4 last week in favor of the measure, which would establish a new fee of $1.25 this July, on top of the standard cost of registering a motor vehicle. The bill is now before the full Senate and must pass by Tuesday night or else it is dead for this legislative session.

Under Senate Bill 754, the additional fee would increase by $1.25 each year until 2024, when it would be capped at $12.50. The resulting revenue would go into a newly created account called the Public Safety Trust Fund and allocated to the Department of State Police. > Read more.

Bill to ‘ban the box’ on job forms fails


A bill to remove the requirement to indicate a criminal record on government employment applications died in a House subcommittee Wednesday.

SB 1017 passed the Senate last week on a 21-17 vote but was killed on its first stop in the House of Delegates. The “ban the box” bill, introduced by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, would have removed the box from applications that prospective employees must check if they have been convicted of a crime. It would have applied only to state agencies.

The measure was considered Wednesday by the Civil Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee. It died on a non-recorded voice vote to “gently” lay the bill on the table. > Read more.

Business in brief


Dollar General will celebrate the opening of its new location in Varina, at 2536 New Market Road, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8 a.m. with free prizes and special deals. The store will provide the first 50 adult shoppers with a $10 Dollar General gift card, while the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways. Dollar General stores offer a selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. Dollar General stores typically employ approximately six to 10 people. > Read more.

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Community

Varina’s Big Toy parade to help usher in holiday season


In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.

The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.

Strikers, Kickers form partnership

The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.

Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.

Gettin’ piggy with it at Henricus

Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.

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Entertainment

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen receives $20,000 grant from Humana

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen recently announced a partnership with Humana, which also awarded the center a $20,000 grant to be used for art outreach efforts.

The grant was awarded in support of The Cultural Arts Center’s new Artful Living Program, an initiative designed to provide arts experiences to older adults in the Greater Richmond region. Free and subsidized classes and performances in the creative arts will be offered through the program. Participants will be able to choose from activities such as painting and drawing, dancing, music and journaling and memoir writing, among other disciplines. Activities will be held at The Cultural Arts Center, at Senior Connections’ Friendship Cafes throughout the region and at Henrico County recreation centers, including areas in Eastern Henrico, where there are fewer resources for the arts. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


It’s a musical weekend in Henrico! Debra Wagoner and pianist Anthony Smith will present an evening of Judy Garland and folk artist Jack Williams will be at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will host contemporary instrumentalists Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer as well. Also, check out two church yard sales here, and here! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

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