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Refugee fair offers help and hope


From a distance, you can't tell that Ahmed Oudah is actually blind in both eyes and needs assistance to move around.

He wasn’t born that way; rather, his eyesight was taken from him when an IED detonated outside of a court building in Baghdad, shattering both his vision and his sense of security. Since that day, Oudah has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and happy future for his family. He finally found that security by applying as a refugee and immigrating to Henrico County.

Although thankful to be out of Iraq, life for Oudah still is very difficult in U.S. As a middle-aged, blind refugee who speaks only limited English, finding work and becoming integrated into the community has been a challenge. > Read more.

West End house fire displaces two residents


JUNE 30 – A mid-day house fire in Henrico's Far West End Thursday displaced two residents, but no one was injured. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Henrico Fire units were called to the 10700 block of New Trail Court, off Springfield Road. Units arrived within 5 minutes to find flames coming from the roof of a two-story home in the 10700 block of New Trail Court.

First arriving units forced their way into the home, where they advanced hose lines to the second floor. Firefighters pulled the second-floor ceiling down in order to gain access to the fire. At the same time, personnel from the ladder truck completed a search and discovered that no one was home at the time of the incident. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: EVB – leased 18,885 SF in Highwoods I at 10900 Nuckols Rd.; Dana Gibson Inc. – leased 8,962 SF at 1601 Roseneath Rd.; and Lee Nails & Spa – leased 1,620 SF in Nuckols Place at 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr. > Read more.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Tammy Sellers

Longan ES, Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tammy Sellers is an 11-year special education teacher who voluntarily took over the Socially Integrated Services (SIS) zone program at R.C. Longan Elementary three years ago to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Sellers didn’t envision herself becoming a teacher, but when she moved back home to Southwest Virginia after graduating from Ferrum College, she felt a void in her life that she needed to fill. Teaching would be her answer, and her motivation landed her at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where she pursued a master’s in special education. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Rebecca Friedlander

Skipwith ES, fourth grade
Although she comes from a family of teachers, it was the influence of her own first-grade teacher at Pemberton Elementary School that inspired Rebecca Friedlander to become one herself.

That teacher, Mrs. Powers, connected with Friedlander, working with her in class and even bringing work to her home at times. Powers’ dedication left a lasting impression on Friedlander, who often returned to her former teacher’s classroom later in her own elementary school career to assist younger students. > Read more.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Joseph Palen

Deep Run HS, math
During Joseph Palen’s time at Deep Run High School, his ability to transcend subjects and reveal the universal language of mathematics to his students, paired with his genuine enthusiasm for the subject, has turned math into something his students become excited about.

“He has made his students understand mathematics in a way that no common core/standardized teacher could,” wrote one former student in a nomination letter. “He has impacted every single person I know that has taken his class because he has shown that everything is connected together. He has shown that even though you hate a subject, the subject deserves respect because it delves deeper than anyone will ever understand. > Read more.

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Community

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.

Tuckahoe YMCA to host Refugee Community Resource Fair


The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.

As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Celebrate Independence Day in Henrico! The county’s annual event is new and improved this year with a later start time, expanded hours and new entertainment, including the Richmond Symphony and a laser light show. Lewis Ginter is also offering free admission all day. On Saturday, check out the first annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, the family movie at Varina Library or Anthony Snape and special guest Jess Labus at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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