‘It’s such a blessing’

Brazilian native becomes U.S. citizen on Fourth of July

On Independence Day, a Brazilian-born Henrico resident took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance on the steps of the Virginia Historical Society and felt peace finally settle around her.

Jeanette Hamlett’s journey to U.S. citizenship is a story of faith and love, which she told with her husband, John Hamlett, by her side.
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Preschoolers give pillows to families in need


A group of preschoolers from Chesterbrook Academy Preschool donated 56 pillows to local families in need at the Housing Families First shelter. The shelter is always in need of pillows and linens as, since families take the donated ones with them to their new homes.

Housing Families First provides shelter and support for homeless families and assist them in finding a permanent housing solution. The shelter serves people year-round, said Terri Iguina, operations and volunteer manager at Housing Families First.
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Dairy Queen’s Blizzard sales July 27 to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond


Dairy Queen’s 13th Annual Miracle Treat Day – Thursday, July 27 – will raise fund to benefit sick and injured children being treated at Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout the United States. Locally, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Last year, the event raised more than $14,400 for the hospital.
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More than a game

Community softball event in Highland Springs designed to spur unity between citizens, officials

Eric Parker, a student at Highland Springs High School and member of the varsity baseball team, stepped outside into the bright sun after spending hours inside his school taking the SAT June 3. Instead of going home to relax once he finished, he decided to head over to the baseball field.

“Where’s a mitt?” he asked and then joined in on the Highland Springs community softball game. To warm up he quickly tossed a ball around with Henrico County Firefighter Frank Otey, and then it was time to play.
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Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 11201 Patterson Ave. in Henrico County. The Manakin Companies, LLC purchased the 1,718-square-foot freestanding office building from POB, LLC for $295,000. Isaac DeRegibus of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.
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Law promotes alternatives to suspending students


Suspension from school long has been linked to academic failure. Students are away from the classroom for up to several days, missing out on material taught in class and falling behind. Meanwhile, assignments pile up, making a difficult situation even worse.

A new state law will encourage Virginia schools to seek alternatives to suspensions in dealing with students who misbehave. The law, which takes effect July 1, directs the Virginia Board of Education to “establish guidelines for alternatives to short-term and long-term suspension for consideration by local school boards. Such alternatives may include positive behavior incentives, mediation, peer-to-peer counseling, community service, and other intervention alternatives.”
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Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicators (VPC) 2017 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition. Awards were announced at the VPC spring conference held in Richmond in April.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the personal columns category for two Family Forum columns covering the topics of the relationship between character and parenting, and power-outage hardships for electronically-dependent families.
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May brought mostly positive data for home sales in Henrico


The Henrico County real estate market showed mostly positive growth last month, according to Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. data.

The market experienced growth in the number of units sold, the median sale price, number of new listings, current contracts and active inventory, when compared with April totals. The number of days a home remained on the market dipped slightly from April, as did the months-of-supply rate (a term that indicates how long it would take to sell all listed homes).
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Henrico engineering firm merging with 2 other local firms


Representatives from Koontz-Bryant, Geo-Solutions and Willmark Engineering announced this week that the three companies will be merging to form Koontz Bryant Johnson Williams.

Henrico-based Koontz-Bryant is a civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture and environmental services firm that has been in operation for more than 26 years. Chester-based Geo-Solutions’ expertise lies in geotechnical engineering, environmental services and drainfield design, and Ashland-based Willmark Engineering provides civil engineering services to the commercial and industrial market sectors.
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Henrico planners hear input on future of Route 5 corridor


Protecting the beauty that exists along the Route 5 corridor should development arrive 20 to 30 years from now is big concern for many Varina residents.

On June 8, Henrico County planners hosted a community input open house at Varina Library to receive input about the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study. The study is a part of the Henrico County 2026 Comprehensive Plan. It focuses on an area 500 feet on either side of the center line of Route 5 for its 13.75-mile length through the Varina District.
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Glen Allen HS teens to attend annual safe-driving conference


Nearly 100 teens representing 30 Virginia high schools and middle schools – including Glen Allen High – will be arriving at James Madison University June 19 for a week of educational and hands-on activities that focus on safe driving practices and the importance of making responsible decisions while driving.

The 2017 Summer Leadership Retreat is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety and the Virginia State Police and is funded by a grant from the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office.
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Kinlaw to deliver ‘State of the Schools’ address at June 26 meeting


Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Pat Kinlaw will deliver his "State of the Schools" address to a meeting of the Eastern Henrico Business Association Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 441 International Center Drive in Sandston.
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CARITAS to open recovery program for women


CARITAS, a nonprofit that strives to end homelessness, plans to start a long-term recovery program for women in Richmond after the success of its program for men, The Healing Place. The women’s facility is tentatively scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.

In the midst of what federal and state officials call an opioid epidemic, the new program will allow CARITAS to offer residential treatment for addiction to Richmond-area women for the first time.
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Corporate investment


More than 5,550 participants took part June 11 in the Anthem Corporate Run, an event designed to celebrate the importance of workplace wellness initiatives, team building programs and business-to-business networking opportunities.
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Northern, Eastern Henrico corridor upgrades progressing

Construction on Richmond-Henrico Turnpike bond referendum project to start next year
JUNE 14, 10 A.M. – Upgrades to the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike will cost $31.5 million, and revitalization projects valued at just under $7 million in the Laburnum gateway region and Highland Springs areas have been completed, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday evening.

The board received an update on the progress of the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and revitalization projects in a special work session before its regular meeting.
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