Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 05/03/2016 Education
Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.
At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.
As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.
For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/29/2016 Henrico Schools
In response to a proposal made by members of the community to rename Harry Flood Byrd Middle School, the Henrico County School Board will host two public input sessions to solicit comments from citizens. The sessions will be held:
• Wednesday, March 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road;
• Tuesday, March 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Harry F. Byrd Middle School, 9400 Quiocassin Road.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/29/2016 Henrico Business
Regency Square has joined more than 45 Virginia localities participating in Virginia Tourism Corporation's LOVEwork initiative by a displaying a unique LOVE letter exhibit. Regency Square's giant love letters were created during its 40th anniversary celebration in October, with the help of Art on Wheels and many members of the community. The actual piece was created by riding tricycles equipped with paint dispensers across plywood boards pre-cut in the shape of the letters L-O-V-E. > Read more.
By Margaret Carmel, Capital News Service 02/29/2016 General Assembly
After nearly an hour of debate, a legislative panel killed a bill that would have exempted law enforcement officers’ names and training records from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
A subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee tabled Senate Bill 552 for the General Assembly’s current session. State officials plan to study the issue as part of a review of the state’s FOIA law.
FOIA allows any citizen to gain access to government documents, including names and salaries of public employees. Currently, personal information such as health records, home addresses, Social Security numbers and bank account information is exempt. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016
Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.
Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.
“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/25/2016
The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.
“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
CAT Theatre will present four shows during its 53rd season, which begins this fall. All four shows will be Richmond-area premieres, including one world premiere by a local playwright.
The season will feature:
• I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley – Oct. 14-29;
• The Wishing Well, by Maryland playwright Jon Klein – Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017; > Read more.
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