Local, state races beginning to take shape


Candidates for several local and state races are emerging, as both the Henrico Republican and Democratic parties finalize their nominating processes.

In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019. > Read more.

‘Hello Kitty Truck’ rolls into Short Pump Saturday


MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.

The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.

School supply drive, emergency fund to help Baker E.S. students and faculty


Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.

The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.

For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
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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.

Henrico County Public Schools seeks public input on ‘STEAM’ integration


Henrico County Public Schools has embarked on the process of transforming its middle schools and is soliciting comments from the public. HCPS will hold two simultaneous public input sessions next Wednesday night to gather feedback from the public about integrating STEAM curricula – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – into the division’s middle schools. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at:

• John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road;
• Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road > Read more.

Business in brief


Three Henrico hotels and one of the county's newest restaurants recently received ratings among the AAA's highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Among the Henrico properties receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating were Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, and The Westin Richmond. Shagbark, a new restaurant in Libbie Mill, was also awarded the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating. In all, 22 hotels and 15 restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia earned AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings, which recognize establishments that are considered among the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. Four Diamond hotels and restaurants account for less than four percent (3.9 percent) of the nearly 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to hold hiring event Feb. 25


Henrico County Public Schools will hold a major hiring event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2017-18 school year, awell as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

In order to accommodate teaching schedules, the job fair will be held on a Saturday morning, Feb. 25. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets Feb. 18


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. > Read more.

Virginia likely to ease rules on marijuana


Virginia won’t be pulling a Colorado by decriminalizing marijuana this year. But the state might relax its penalties for possessing marijuana and its rules on who can use marijuana products for medical reasons.

Legislators this session introduced more than a dozen marijuana-related proposals. A Senate committee last week killed two bills to decriminalize the substance, and a House bill likely will die this week.

However, lawmakers seem amenable to making marijuana products more available for medical purposes and to being more lenient with Virginians convicted of simple possession of marijuana. > Read more.

‘Left-lane bandits’ may face $250 fine


The House of Delegates has approved a bill that would impose a mandatory $250 fine for driving too slowly in the left lane on highways. HB 2201 was introduced by Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, and co-sponsored by Democrats Del. Kaye Kory of Falls Church and Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax to show bipartisan support for the measure. O’Quinn said this is something that affects all Virginians, regardless of which side of the aisle they align themselves with.

“It doesn’t matter which corner of the commonwealth you come from,” he said when addressing the bill on the House floor Monday. “It doesn’t matter which interstate or four-lane highway that you have going through the districts you represent. I guarantee you are going to encounter this many times, even if you’re on the highways for just a few minutes.” > Read more.

Henrico Extension to offer free lawn, gardening workshops


The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Henrico Master Gardeners will present a series of free workshops this spring to help residents care for their lawns and gardens. Each program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. and requires registration.

The Spring Weed Control workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road. The program will focus on building a healthy turf and controlling crabgrass and weeds. > Read more.

James River Assoc. accepting applications for ‘floating classroom’ trip


The James River Association is accepting applications for the Seventh Annual James River Expedition, “a floating classroom” through which students paddle down the 340-mile length of the James River. High school students within the James River watershed are encouraged to apply before the Friday, March 10 deadline.

Students selected for the program will have the opportunity to go on one of three week-long trips that collectively travel the length of the James River over the summer. During the expedition, beginning June 25, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, kayaks and bateaux rafts. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Jan. 9-15


A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:

3 Millstone Road – $75,995, 1,132 SF (built in 1962), from Deborah S. and Rebecca F. Smiley to Ronald M. and Margaret Turlinski.
9317 Electra Court – $85,000, 1,173 SF (built in 1969), from Barbara A. Gilchrist to 3TAC Homebuyers LLC.
9311 Howze Road – $110,000, 2,010 SF (built in 978), from Linda F. Vail to Primed to Sell VA LLC.
10 North Fern Avenue – $124,950, 1,040 SF (built in 1973), from Oakleigh Properties LLC to Rebecca J. Salmon.
136 Bridge Street – $125,910, 1,272 SF (built in 1987), from Troy L. Barrett, Sr. and Shandra D. Barrett to Housing and Urban Development.
12306 Sir James Court – $130,000, 1,091 SF (built in 1983), from Kelli Diana Shonts to Miranda T. Booker.
1608 Varina Station Court – $131,543, 1,806 SF (built in 1995), from David M. Diggs to Veterans Affairs.
215 South Gaskins Road – $150,000, 3,849 SF (built in 2016), from George and Siham Oley to Timothy Wilson Andre Boykin and Reba Oley.
4507 Gaines Road – $150,000, 1,680 SF (built in 1961), from Matthew A Turlinksi Est. to Rachel Leah Imburg and William X. Beverly. > Read more.

Henrico Police charge man with murder


Henrico Police have charged a 23-year-old county man with second-degree murder in connection with a Jan. 27 Glen Allen homicide.

Jamare Maurice Jones is charged with the murder of George Quarles Jones, Jr., 61, in what police are calling a domestic incident. They have not disclosed how the two men are related.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., Jan. 27, Henrico Police and Fire responded for a shooting in 4600 block of Francistown Road, where they located the elder Jones suffering from a gunshot wound. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seek new, used books and magazines


Do you have books or magazines at home or at work that you're done with? Henrico County Public Schools might be interested in them.

As part of its intense focus on literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines. HCPS is seeking books or magazines in English, Spanish and other languages.

HCPS middle and high schools are embracing a mix of schoolwide and individual reading goals during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre to present ‘When There’s A Will’


CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.

The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.

Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.

 

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