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HCPS officials propose budget, await clarity


Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.

HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.

They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.

Student campaign hopes to ‘@HelpSaveTheDay’ for playground


Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.

The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.

Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.

Smart Beginnings earns $180K grant

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, a regional school readiness initiative, received a $180,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) to benefit quality early learning opportunities for young children in the greater Richmond region. The investment by VECF supports collaborative efforts that enable children to start school healthy and ready to learn, which is the first stage of the workforce pipeline. > Read more.
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Cabela’s to hire 150 for Short Pump store


Cabela’s, a hunting, fishing and outdoors store, is now accepting online applications for approximately 150 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions at its new Short Pump store, which will open in the spring.

Cabela’s employees work within an outdoor environment. Interested applicants with a passion for the outdoors are encouraged to apply for positions in all departments including hunting, camping, fishing, shooting, gifts, customer service and others. > Read more.

Local author’s book designed to inspire


Emily Kimball has criss-crossed the country by bike, hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, and walked coast to coast in England -- all while in her sixties.

She has enjoyed careers as a community organizer, an outdoor recreation manager, and a planner for the Virginia Office on Aging. She's been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in stories in Family Circle and Lifestyle Magazine.

Now 84, the lifelong outdoor enthusiast has a new book out recounting some of her experiences. > Read more.

Most prostitution in Henrico happens at a handful of hotels

Beside a budget hotel in the West End section of Henrico County is an American-style restaurant. There’s a patch of dead vegetables and wilting herbs in the back parking lot. People walk in and out of the dimly lit space. They probably don’t realize the hotel next door had 11 cases of prostitution during a recent six-month period.

From April 1 through Sept. 30, police responded to a total of 191 prostitution-related incidents throughout Henrico County, according to a computer analysis of the Police Department’s crime data. > Read more.

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Community

Architect of World Trade Center Memorial to speak in Henrico


Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.

Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.

Environmental Film Festival planned for February


The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.

A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.

A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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