Thanks in part to several new initiatives enacted by Henrico Police officials, the number of violent and non-violent crimes reported in the county last year dropped slightly from 2012 figures, as did the total number of arrests made by police, according to agency statistics.
The county recorded its lowest crime rate per 1,000 residents ever (26.45), according to Henrico Police Chief Doug Middleton, who said that the number was encouraging but added “we aren’t done yet.”
Henrico saw its non-violent crime rate drop about 1 percent from 2012 to 2013 and its violent crime rate fall by about 2.5 percent during the same period. It’s the latter that has been a chief focus of Middleton and his staff. > Read more.
project:HOMES, Capital One team to assist locals
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
Peturla, 48, has been struggling with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years, and after being forced onto disability at her job with the Henrico County Police Department because of multiple accidents and difficulty walking and moving, her unwavering optimism began to shake. She knew something had to change in her daily routine.
“Something that had come easy wasn’t coming easy anymore,” she said. “I really needed a ramp. I was having problems getting up and down the steps for about a year and a half.”
Desperately in need of a ramp and an electric wheelchair, Peturla turned to project:HOMES, a group that works to improve the lives and living conditions of low income seniors, disabled residents and qualified homeowners in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 12/20/2013 Henrico Government
Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.
Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden a “Critical Needs” grant recipient. This investment will help expand Lewis Ginter’s Community Kitchen Garden program, which provides fresh foods to Richmond’s food deserts – areas where fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by. The grant will expand the garden’s planting space by 1,500 square feet, which will allow the Community Kitchen Garden to provide meals for approximately 7,690 individuals through their Meals on Wheels and Kids Café programs. FeedMore, Inc. is also receiving funds from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grant will support FeedMore’s comprehensive hunger relief programs and help the organization address the problem of food deserts that mark Greater Richmond, the most food-insecure region of the mid-Atlantic. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2013 Henrico Business
In November, Richmond International Airport (RIC) was named the Henrico County Business Council’s Business of the Year at the Greater Richmond Chamber’s 2013 IMPACT Awards ceremony.
Since 1988, The IMPACT Award has recognized local businesses that have made an impact on the Greater Richmond Region’s economy by contributing to the Greater Richmond community through innovation within their industry. > Read more.
- More Henrico News
The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd., as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.
The featured title – Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife – will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.
Native American performers displayed their colors during the 21st annual Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show at The Showplace in Henrico Nov. 9-11. The event featured more than 200 dancers, singers, drummers and artisans representing more than 100 tribes. It opened with a parade of nations in honor of November, Native American month. Attendees also had the opportunity to dine on Native American foods, such as buffalo stew and Indian tacos. > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/16/2012
Drum roll, please…the holiday season has begun! Celebrate Santa’s arrival this weekend at Short Pump Town Center and The Shops at Willow Lawn. Why does the Count from Sesame Street love the number eight? A new book will tell you Sunday at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Born and raised in good old Europe, I am quite familiar with the traditional Austro-Hungarian tradition of the Kaffeehaus, an institution that represents a lifestyle of relaxing and thinking in a familiar environment with coffee, pastry, news, good service, marble tables, subdued sounds like the click-clack of the coffee machine, mugs and plates, conversations among patrons and with staff and a bit of low volume Johann Strauss music.
And so it was a thrill to find a modern version of a Kaffeehaus right here in Henrico County: The Daily Grind, near Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.
The Innsbrook Foundation will present a special concert June 19 at the Innsbrook Snagajob Pavilion to raise funds benefiting the victims of the Moore and Shawnee communities of Oklahoma.
The Innsbrook After Hours RVA Cares event will feature five bands and a family festival in recognition of the many families devastated by the Oklahoma tornadoes on May 20, which killed 23 people, injured 377 others, and left destroyed and damaged homes affecting 33,000 residents. > Read more.
West End residents no longer have to pick between fighting the summer mall crowds for a quick bite or breaking the bank to eat at a fine-dining spot because one Richmond group is bringing both to them.
RVA Street Foodies, the organization behind the outdoor food truck courts at the Virginia Historical Society and Hardywood Brewery, debuted its new Henrico food truck court at All Saints Episcopal Church on River Road May 22. > Read more.