HCPS wins national honor for overhaul of Code of Student Conduct, supports


Henrico County Public Schools recently was recognized by the National School Boards Association for a sweeping overhaul of the school division’s approach to student supports. HCPS was one of five large U.S. school systems recognized with a first-place honor in the 2017 Magna Awards, presented Saturday in Denver at the organization’s annual conference. The awards recognize school divisions and leaders “for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and their communities,” according to the group.

The award recognizes Henrico Schools’ efforts of the past several years, from re-examining its policies to implementing more support systems. After a two-year conversation with the community through public hearings and other feedback, HCPS adopted a revised Code of Student Conduct for the 2015-16 school year. > Read more.

Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.
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Henrico Schools seeking children for 2017-18 preschool program


Henrico County Public Schools is recruiting families for inclusion in its preschool program for the 2017-18 school year.

The preschool program is designed to provide a high-quality preschool environment for children who live in Henrico County and who will be 4 years old by Sept. 30, 2017. The program is funded by Head Start and Title I funds; by the Virginia Preschool Initiative; and by the Virginia Preschool Initiative Plus program.

The application process starts Feb. 13. To apply, parents or guardians must pick up an application packet at their area elementary school and submit a pre-application online. > Read more.

Henrico berry plant sale benefits 4-H youth program


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling a variety of berry plants to support its 4-H Youth Development program.

Blackberry, raspberry and blueberry plants are available for $5 each. A bundle of 25 strawberry plants is $8.

Order forms are available from the Extension Office, in the Human Services Building at 8600 Dixon Powers Drive, and any location of the Henrico County Public Library. > Read more.

Board selects Hinson to fill interim role as Brookland supervisor

Party politics came into play Feb. 14 when the Board of Supervisors discussed filling the vacancy left by deceased Chairman and Brookland District representative Dick Glover, who died Feb. 2 at age 82.

The four board members appointed former Deputy County Manager Harvey Hinson, 74, to temporarily fill Glover’s former seat, then bickered a bit while deciding when to hold a special election for the seat. Hinson must be sworn in by a judge and will take office Feb. 28.

“To sit in [Glover’s] seat, that vacant seat, is very emotional for me,” Hinson said. “But I am totally dedicated to this county.” > Read more.

Senate approval sends ‘Tebow Bill’ to McAuliffe


The Virginia Senate narrowly approved a bill Monday that would allow home-schooled students across the commonwealth to play high school sports.

HB 1578, commonly known as the “Tebow Bill,” would eliminate a statewide ban prohibiting home-schooled students from participating in high school athletics and other interscholastic activities.

The Senate voted 22-18 in favor of the measure. Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis of Accomac joined the 21 Republican senators in voting for the bill, which had been approved by the House last month. > Read more.

UVA student from Henrico helps call attention to need for sexual assault education


When one of her friends was sexually assaulted her second semester at the University of Virginia, Hannah Shadowen, a UVA student and Henrico County native, said she knew she had to do something.

“I supported her through that, and it was really hard, but I was like I need to be more informed, and I want to change this, so this doesn’t happen here,” Shadowen said.

Shadowen joined One Less, an all female-identifying, gender non-conforming sexual assault prevention group run by UVA students. Through her participation in One Less, Shadowen has visited other organizations on campus to discuss healthy relationships, sexual violence, the meaning of consent, intimate partner violence, and survivor support. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Feb. 20 to feature Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe, Henricopolis


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Feb. 20 to highlight the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and the Henricopolis program.

Thornton will be joined by Chief Terry Price who will discuss the history of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and a representative of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District who will highlight the program’s efforts to promote natural resource conservation. The meeting also will provide an overview of events celebrating February as Black History Month. > Read more.

Henrico Extension to offer class on sustainable landscaping


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a five-week class on how to create and maintain healthy, beautiful landscapes that minimize impacts on the environment.

The Landscape for Life class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday from March 14 through April 11 in the demonstration kitchen at the Henrico Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

The cost to register is $75 per person or $100 for a two-person household. > Read more.

Senate approves criminal penalties for female genital mutilation


The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill that would criminalize the act of female genital mutilation by categorizing it as a class one misdemeanor.

The bill was originally proposed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, but was later incorporated into bill SB1060, introduced by Sen. Dick Black, R-Leesburg.

“It is estimated that over 200 million females around the world have undergone some form of FGM,” Dunnavant said. “Our state is listed as one where women and girls are at the highest risk of being victims. These statistics are alarming, and I think something needs to be done to address this issue here in the Commonwealth.” > Read more.

School Board adopts final calendar for 2017-18 school year


At its Feb. 9 work session, the Henrico School Board adopted a final calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The adoption came after weeks of feedback from families, teachers and staff members about a number of calendar draft proposals.

Some highlights of the 2017-18 school year calendar:

• Classes begin: Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 > Read more.

Protesters ‘grill with #Bratworst’ outside congressman’s office

FEB. 11, 5:23 P.M. – The feud between U.S. Rep. Dave Brat, who represents a swath of Central Virginia in Congress, and his female constituents escalated Saturday afternoon when nearly 100 Planned Parenthood advocates demonstrated outside his Glen Allen office today.

The demonstrators stood across from Brat’s office at the corner of Broad Street and Cox Road in Glen Allen to protest what they see as the Republican representative’s lack of communication with his constituency.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood – for which Brat has pledged to cut off federal funding – held up signs toward the approaching traffic, eliciting honks from drivers passing by. > Read more.

Democrat Jeff Bourne elected to Virginia House


Jeff Bourne, a member of the Richmond School Board, easily won a special election Tuesday for the Virginia House of Delegates. Bourne, the Democratic nominee in the race, will represent the 71st House District, which includes parts of Richmond and Henrico County.

With all precincts reporting, Bourne received 3,708 votes, almost 90 percent of the ballots cast. The second-place candidate, Libertarian John W. Barclay, got about 7 percent. Regie Ford, an independent candidate, received about 3 percent.

Bourne fill the seat vacated by a fellow Democrat, Jennifer McClellan, who was elected to the state Senate last month. > Read more.

Henrico to present community summit on heroin, opioid epidemic

FBI Director James B. Comey to be keynote speaker at March 1 event

Henrico County and its Heroin Task Force will present a community summit Wednesday, March 1 on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, which are growing at alarming rates locally, throughout Virginia and across the United States.

FBI Director James B. Comey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to HeroinOpioidCommunitySummit.eventbrite.com or call (804) 727-8574.

Comey, who was appointed FBI director in 2013, has long ties to central Virginia. > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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