Citizen Staff Reports 03/24/2017 Government
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.
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/23/2017 Henrico Schools
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2017 Henrico Schools
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.
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 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.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/31/2017 Henrico Schools
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/31/2017 Henrico Government
Henrico County’s Libbie Mill Library has earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally friendly design and construction.
Libbie Mill becomes the 13th Henrico government or school building to earn LEED certification since 2011. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized standard for excellence in green building.
The library, which opened in October 2015, qualified for the Silver rating — the third highest — based on meeting design and construction requirements in a variety of categories: sustainable site; water efficiency; energy efficiency; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation. > Read more.
All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and two of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2017.
Board members received the following appointments:
• Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee;
• Vice Chairman and Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon, General Government Steering Committee; > Read more.
By Megan Schiffres, Capital News Service 01/31/2017 General Assembly
A House committee has approved seven bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in Virginia. The legislation would limit the prescription of medications containing opioids, establish guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain and make opioid overdose reversal drugs more easily available.
The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted unanimously Thursday in favor of the proposals and sent them to the full House of Delegates for consideration.
On an average day, three Virginians die of a drug overdose, according to State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine. In November, she and Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. > Read more.
By Jessica Nolte, Capital News Service 01/30/2017 General Assembly
RICHMOND – After giving a report at a meeting of the National Governors Association this week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he is proud of how well Virginia is doing economically.
“I just gave the State of the State, and I almost feel bad for those other 49 governors. I don’t know what they do every day because we live in the greatest state in the greatest nation on Earth,” McAuliffe said at the Virginia Municipal League Day at the Capitol.
Virginia has reached its highest level of employment in history, with more than 4.2 million workers in the commonwealth, McAuliffe said. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/30/2017 Henrico Schools
Aviator Barrington Irving, who set a world record as the first African American and youngest person to fly around the world solo, will visit the Science Museum of Virginia Feb. 8 to share his tale of inspiration with area students and families. Parents, children and others from the Richmond community are invited to join school children from the Boys & Girls Clubs, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, The Steward School, Chesterfield County and to hear Irving’s tale of flying around the world solo in a plane he built himself.
Following his flight, Irving founded a mentorship program, Experience Aviation, which educates and empowers students in science, technologyengineering and mathematics. For his accomplishments, he is the winner of National Geographic’s 2012 Emerging Explorer Award and the NASA SEMAAA Trailblazer Award, and was acknowledged by a Congressional Resolution. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/29/2017 Henrico Schools
The Community Foundation's annual REB Awards for Teaching Excellence are open for nominations, and students, parents, community membersschool staff and administrators (except for the school principal) are invited to help recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools.
Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by theiinspiring classroom performance. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and mepeers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 01/27/2017 Henrico Schools
The first three Henrico school renovation projects scheduled to be funded with 2016 bond referendum money are moving closer to construction.
The Henrico School Board Jan. 12 approved design plans for major renovation projects at Tuckahoe Middle School and Pemberton Elementary School as well as one that will provide an eight-classroom addition and other smaller enhancements at Glen Allen Elementary School. > Read more.
The early highlight of Matt Winn's baseball career came in the summer of 2007, when his Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association all-star team hosted the 14-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Henrico's sparkling new RF&P Stadium.
Henrico County had spent $4.5 million to construct the complex in order to attract the national tournament and others like it, and Winn's team helped to christen it – surprising the nine other teams in the field by finishing third. Winn was named the tournament's top defensive catcher. > Read more.
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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.
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.
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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CalendarThe Midlothian Junior Women’s Club will again sponsor the Cinderella Dreams Project to help young women attend their high school proms by providing gowns and accessories for free to any girl who, like Cinderella, needs help obtaining a gown for the ball. Shopping hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at Westchester Commons, 301 Perimeter Dr., in Midlothian. A $5 donation helps cover the annual costs of the project. Shopping is first-come, first-serve. For details, visit http://www.cinderelladreams.net. Full text