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Bridge replacement to close portion of Creighton for 7 months, beginning May 18


A project to improve a half-mile section of Creighton Road near the Glenwood Golf Club will get underway Monday, May 16 and include replacement of a narrow bridge.

Creighton will be closed to through-traffic from Caddie Lane to Stone Dale Drive beginning Wednesday, May 18, weather permitting.

A detour will direct motorists on Creighton around the work zone by way of Gordons Lane, Nine Mile Road and North Laburnum Avenue. Access to Glenwood Golf Club will be allowed from the western side of the work zone, toward the city’s limits. The closure is expected to remain in effect until December. > Read more.

Deep Run High School robotics team wins world title


Deep Run High School’s robotics team was part of a four-team alliance that won competitive robotics’ biggest prize Saturday, the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship. The St. Louis event featured 600 of the best teams in the world, representing 24 countries.

The Deep Run squad, “Team 1086, Blue Cheese” teamed with three other robotics teams, from high schools in California, Illinois and Ohio to earn the victory. It was the first time a Virginia team had won the FIRST championship.

The win was particularly satisfying, according to Deep Run physics teacher and team coach Matt Wilson, because this was the last year that a single world champion will be crowned. Beginning next year, the competition will award two titles at different sites. > Read more.

Business in brief


HCA Virginia Hospitals have been recognized in the spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, recently were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph Medical Center, and Retreat Doctors’ all received an A ranking, and were among 798 hospitals in the country to earn this honor. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. > Read more.
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Senate panel OKs bill to defund planned parenthood


In an 8-7 vote along party lines, a Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday. The eight Republicans on the Senate Committee on Education and Health voted in favor of House Bill 1090; the panel’s seven Democratic members voted against it.

HB 1090 states that the Health Department “shall not enter into a contract with, or make a grant to, any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where non-federally qualified abortions are performed.” > Read more.

Richmond Montessori students raise thousands for American Heart Association


Upper and lower elementary students at Richmond Montessori School raised more than $5,300 for the American Heart Association through "Jump Rope for Heart" and "Hoops for Heart" events at the school. During the month of February, lower elementary grades participated in Jump Rope for Heart, and upper elementary participated in Hoops for Heart.

Many students donated their own money or collected money from family and friends while participating in the community service project for the American Heart Association. Student Brianna Woody collected the most money – a total of $1,035. > Read more.

Henrico School Board votes to rename Byrd M.S.

Unanimous vote comes after months of public debate
Harry F. Byrd. Sr.
MAR. 10, 4:43 P.M. – In a significant – yet anticipated – move Thursday, the Henrico County School Board voted unanimously to strip Harry Flood Byrd's name from the county middle school on Quioccasin Road that it has adorned since the school's 1971 opening.

The board's decision came after months of consideration, public discussion and citizen input, stemming from an initiative originally presented to the board by a Hermitage High School student last fall. The board will solicit new names for the school for a period of 30 days, beginning today, and intends to adopt a new name within several months, so that all necessary changes will be completed in time for the start of the new school year this fall.

School system officials have estimated that changing the name could cost as much as $136,000. But School Board members today indicated that initially, they would fund only the immediate necessary changes (such as signage), which could cost about $36,000. The board has earmarked $12,437 for those costs as a contingency. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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