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Recreation and Parks registration reopens Saturday


The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for programs and courses on Saturday, April 25, at 8 a.m. online at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com .

Registration also will be available in person at Belmont, Deep Run and Eastern Henrico recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

A problem with the division's software vendor during registration last Saturday resulted in long wait times and difficulty registering, which prompted the division to shut down the registration process until the issues were resolved. > Read more.

Student Government Day puts Henrico students in charge


More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools on Wednesday got a firsthand look at their local government and public schools administrations as part of the 58th annual Student Government Day.

The program matched 108 students from all nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, judges and department directors. Students spent the day learning how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others to provide services and address needs of the community. > Read more.
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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.

Woman wins $4M lottery prize in Henrico

You might call it a very unusual Valentine’s Day present. Brenda Maxey won the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $4 Million Mega Multiplier Scratcher game – and it happened on Feb. 14.

She bought the winning ticket at Sandston Chubby’s, 5710 Williamsburg Road in Sandston. Then she took the ticket out to her car and scratched it. That’s when she realized she’d won the game’s top prize.

“I looked at. I looked at it again,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought, ‘That can’t be right!’” > Read more.

General Assembly finalizes ethics bill


The results are in. All of the General Assembly’s work on ethics reform in the 2015 session came to an end Friday with the passage of a 98-page bill that lawmakers hailed as a significant accomplish, but some critics said it still needs work.

The issue of ethics has been a joke for some legislators, but House Speaker William J. Howell said on the first day of the session that it is the responsibility of the General Assembly to gain Virginia’s trust back.

The week before the session started, former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison for corruption – and toward the end of the session, his wife Maureen was given a prison term of one year and a day. > Read more.

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Community

Marathon spirit

Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.

Henrico woman details her 48 surgeries in new book

A Henrico woman has authored a book that details her struggles to overcome obesity – and subsequent struggles to endure 48 surgeries during a 13-year period, resulting from gastric bypass surgery. In Determined to Live: How I Endured 48 Surgeries Due to Gastric Bypass, author Lynette Goode gives readers a raw account of her experience with obesity and the health complications she has dealt with because of it. She offers hope and encouragement to anyone going through any type of hardship, showing them that it is possible to persevere. > Read more.

CCC seeks donations to help its ‘blanket Virginia’ effort

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is seeking donations of 500 new or gently used adult and baby blankets in the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke and Norton regions as part of its “Let’s Blanket Virginia” campaign in the regions it serves. The effort will run through Thanksgiving. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


The nonprofit organization Fighting More Than Fire will present its inaugural Fall Festival tomorrow with music, beer, a chili cook-off, games, pumpkin patch and more! Another fall festival is happening at Varina Church of the Nazarene. You can also check out roses at Lewis Ginter or products and services for the home at the 27th annual Richmond Home Show. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in county

Roberto Italian Restaurant opened recently at 5550 Williamsburg Road in Sandston.

The restaurant is owned by Roberto Gallina, who was born and raised in Sicily, Italy and moved to the United States two decades ago.

Gallina began working with his uncle in a pizza shop in South Hill, Va. and later continued his experience in Lancaster, Pa. > Read more.

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.

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