HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 18th straight year


For the 18th year in a row, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the best communities in America for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The school division has earned the designation in each year the group has given the awards.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. The award recognizes the commitment of school administrators, community leaders, teachers and parents who believe in music education and work to ensure that music education accessible to all students.
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A safer way across

Brook Road project to assist disabled residents

A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.
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Never forgotten

Alzheimer’s Association provides support, hope

Jeff Baldwin tells people his grandmother died twice.

Once when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and again when her body finally shut down after five years of struggling with the disease.

“My grandmother at the end was not who she was during her entire life,” Baldwin said. “Not that she became the disease, but it changes you.” > Read more.

Business in brief


The Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) will hold its April Monthly Luncheon & Seminar Friday, Apr. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Short Pump. The content leader will be Jill Andreu with Naylor Association Solutions. The interactive seminar, “Where Perception Meets Reality: The State of Association Communications and Tips for Improvement,” will provide association leaders a comprehensive look at the latest membership communication and technology trends, best practices, and resource investments. During the luncheon, Andreu will present “Tackling Technology: Updates and Info from the 2016 Annual Benchmarking Survey.” To register, call 747-4971 or visit http://www.vsae.org. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a man in connection with a commercial robbery in northern Henrico Mar. 6.

At about 6 p.m. that day, police responded to a check cashing business in the 3000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike following the robbery. A black male entered the store with his hand in his pocket and demanded money. The victim complied, and the suspect fled the store.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a black male, 27-32 years of age, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 200-220 pounds. > Read more.

Tractor-trailer carrying frozen chickens overturns in western Henrico


A tractor-trailer carrying 32,000 pounds of frozen chicken overturned on I-295 northbound at the ramp to I-64 eastbound at exit 53B in western Henrico County Mar. 9 at about 5:15 a.m.

The truck ran off the road to the left down an embankment, where it overturned and struck several trees.

The driver and passenger were transported to Henrico Doctors Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. > Read more.

Henrico students honored by Interfaith Council


The Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond presented its 50th Annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards Feb. 16. The ceremony, held at River Road Church, Baptist, featured The Reverend Vernon Gordon of “The Life Church” as keynote speaker.

The Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Award recognizes Richmond area high school students who have shown caring for others and have participated in activities that improve human relations and inter-group understanding. Chosen by their school counselors, honorees are recognized for their service to the community and for their commitment to including classmates who are different from themselves. > Read more.

Henrico Schools seeks bus drivers, school nutrition workers, custodial workers


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers; full-time and substitute custodial workers; and full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at HCPS Central Office (3820 Nine Mile Rd.) Mar. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers. > Read more.

DRHS students to dance again, add to million-dollar fundraising legacy


The 11th annual Deep Run High School Marathon Dance will be held Mar. 17-18 at the school at 4801 Twin Hickory Road. More than 600 participating students will check in on Friday evening and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. Opening ceremonies begin Friday at 7 p.m., and the Saturday finale starts at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend the finale.

This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits. > Read more.

March is Myeloma Awareness Month


Myeloma, also referred to as multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer of cells in the bone marrow that currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States. Myeloma is increasing in numbers and is becoming more common in younger patients, with possible links to environmental toxins.

Although myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, it can go undiagnosed until it begins to seriously damage health. > Read more.

Man cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A man was cited on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint last week when TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun among his carry-on items.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a weapons charge. The man told TSA officials that he forgot that he was carrying his gun with him in his carry-on bag. It was not loaded. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting March 13 to discuss opioid crisis, General Assembly session


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Mar. 13 to discuss the opioid crisis and the 2017 General Assembly session.

Thornton will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Branch of the NAACP, Henrico Health Director Susan Fischer Davis and others to examine the growing concerns associated with opioid abuse and addiction. Thornton also has invited members of the General Assembly to provide an overview of the recently concluded legislative session. > Read more.

High-end Escape Nails & Day Spa opens


Escape Nails and Day Spa opened its doors in February in West Broad Marketplace, bringing a full service spa experience, including 122 types of manicures and pedicures. Some manicures and pedicures include complimentary neck and shoulder massages; the salon is also equipped for full body massages. Complimentary soda, hot tea, and coffee are offered with services, and the business has submitted paperwork seeking an ABC license so that add adult beverages can be added to the list. > Read more.

First middle school redistricting hearing set for March 16


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing Mar. 16 to receive feedback on the first phase of a proposed redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The first phase of redistricting would take effect for the 2017-18 school year and would affect a small number of students entering Hungary Creek Middle School. A second proposed phase would be more comprehensive and would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. > 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.
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Weekend Top 10


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