New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools must soon test for lead in water

With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion.
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Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg.
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Four Henrico County high schools named among nation’s best


Four Henrico County high schools have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine included Deep Run, Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman high schools in its annual “Best High Schools” report.

Deep Run was the No. 11-ranked high school in Virginia. Glen Allen, Mills Godwin and Douglas Freeman were Nos. 16, 27 and 34, respectively.
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Religion influences politics but in different ways

About 90 percent of General Assembly members identify as Christian
Religion plays a role in legislation involving everything from firearms to health care to marriage in the Virginia General Assembly.

Like their constituents, the vast majority of legislators are Christian. Religious lawmakers say that their faith shapes their values and outlook on life – but that they don’t impose their religious beliefs on others.
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Lewis Ginter names new horticulture director


After an extensive national search, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has named John Morse as its new director of horticulture. Morse most recently was superintendent of horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission in Morristown, N.J., where he was responsible for more than 450 acres including Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Historic Garden. In his new role, he will direct horticulture for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden starting in early July.
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Virginia ABC to offer rare Old Rip Van Winkle 25-year-old bourbon through lottery


Bourbon lovers will get the chance to purchase a once-in-a-lifetime product from one of the nation’s most famous distilleries next week on Virginia ABC’s website.

From 9 a.m. on May 10 to 9 a.m. on May 12, customers will be able to enter a lottery for the chance to purchase one of ten bottles of the extremely rare Old Rip Van Winkle 25-year-old bourbon. The entry form can be accessed on the Virginia ABC website, https://www.abc.virginia.gov/products/limited-availability.
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Henrico Public Schools honors top educators


Henrico County Public Schools named its teacher of the year and first-year teacher of the year during a ceremony at Glen Allen High school May 2.

The Gilman Teacher of the Year Award went to Greenlee Naughton, an English teacher at Highland Springs High School, while Sarah DeLaney, an English teacher at Holman Middle School, was named HCPS’ First-Year Teacher of the Year. The school division counts about 3,900 teachers in its ranks, and 215 of them are in their first year.
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Henrico Police arrest, charge two with teen’s murder

Henrico Police have arrested and charged two women with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man found in a wooded area April 2 near Airport Drive.

Denise Monique Gay, 48, of Henrico and Latoya Shantice Gay, 21, of Richmond both are incarcerated in the Henrico County jail.
They are charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old Martre Lamonte Coles, of Henrico, whose body was found near the 6200 block of Gorman Road.
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Henrico County property transactions, Apr. 17-23


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

2527 Mountain Ash Circle – $166,950, 1,552 SF (built in 1998), from Elizabeth L. Iselin to Xin Ye and Ying Chen.
7208 Somoa Drive – $172,800, 1,058 SF (built in 1963), from James D. and Janis S. Bowdoin to Charles R. and Robery Edward Bibbs.
8004 Dalmain Drive – $180,000, 1,353 SF (built in 1949), from Christopher Rankin to Jacob L. Hancock.
703 Maybeury Drive – $185,000, 1,165 SF (built in 1965), from Beulah W. Simpkins to Michael T. and Lissie R. Lockard.
12409 New Point Drive – $197,000, 1,545 SF (built in 1985), from Jeremy T. Wells to Adam C. Braithwaite.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week - May 2, 2017


Crime Stoppers needs your help to identify a man who Richmond detectives say broke into several businesses in the Fan District.

The incidents occurred throughout January, March and April.

Surveillance cameras captured the images of the man pictured. He is described as a black male with a light complexion and a stocky build. He is bald, has a dark beard, is approximately 30 to 50 years old, and 5’9” to 5’11 tall.
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Henrico County Crisis Intervention Team honored by National Alliance on Mental Illness

Members of the Henrico County Crisis Intervention Team and other county mental health employees were recognized by the Central Virginia branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for their work to strengthen mental health services to the community.

Eight employees of Henrico were among those honored April 20 at the NAMI-CVA annual awards banquet in Richmond.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Goldfish Swim School of Richmond – leased 10,000 SF in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center at 9782 Gayton Rd.; Brown & Brown Insurance Company – renewed its lease of 5,285 SF in Windsor Business Park II at 8570 Magellan Pkwy.; Precision Service of Virginia Beach and Richmond – leased 2,000 SF in Dabney Road Center at 2095 Dabney Rd.; and Franklin & Prokopic, P.C. – leased 1,168 SF in Vistas II at 5516 Falmouth St.
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Alzheimer’s Association raises $125k through ‘Reason to Hope’ breakfast


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter raised more than $125,000 through its ninth-annual ‘Reason to Hope’ breakfast at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump last week. The fundraising and awareness breakfast featured several special guests, including Glen Allen High School Principal Gwen Miller, Glen Allen High School student Kalista Pepper and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.

Miller and Pepper shared their personal and intertwined Alzheimer’s journeys with the attendees. Miller’s father and Pepper’s grandfather both have Alzheimer’s.
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Brown to challenge Bagby in the 74th District


A single opponent has filed to run against incumbent Democratic delegate Lamont Bagby in the race for the 74th House of Delegates district: radio personality Preston Brown. Brown is running as an independent and is seeking to offer an alternative to Bagby in the Nov. 7 election.

Bagby, who has represented the district since 2015, told the Citizen he is confident in his chances at being re-elected, given the heavy percentage of Democratic voters in the district. He explained that people in the 74th are fed up with a lot of what is going on in Washington and in the Virginia House of Delegates.
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The Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd. in Glen Allen, will conclude its 16th season with Robin and Linda Williams at 8 p.m. For more than four decades, the Williams’ have made it their mission to perform the music they love – a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism. Tickets are $20 to $25; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit http://www.shadygrovecoffeehouse.com. Full text

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