Henrico CASA welcomes new volunteers


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) welcomed 11 new advocates earlier this month. The volunteers were sworn into service by Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Chief Judge Stuart L. Williams, Jr. April 5.

CASAs gather information to supplement what is already provided to the court to help portray a more complete picture of each child’s circumstances. A child’s future depends on that judge’s decision, and a CASA volunteer helps make sure that decision is in the best interest of the child.
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Henrico Democrats nominate Lynch, Rodman

Candidates will seek seats on Board of Supervisors, in Virginia House
APR. 29, 6:15 P.M. – Henrico Democrats today selected their party's nominees for the Brookland District Supervisor seat and the 73rd District House of Delegates seat during a party caucus.

Courtney Lynch, the founder of a leadership development company, was somewhat of a surprise winner in the Brookland District supervisor's race. She defeated Virginians for High Speed Rail Executive Director Danny Plaugher, who had been the party's nominee two years ago in the general election for the seat.

Debra Rodman, a Randolph-Macon College professor, earned the party's nomination for the 73rd House District seat, defeating Chelsea Savage, a nurse, in a runoff. Attorney Sarah Smith was third and Bill Coleman, a project manager for a health organization, fourth.
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Therapeutic healing

Support group offers teens help, hope through art

In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said.
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Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals named to nation’s top 100


HCA Virginia's Henrico Doctors' Hospitals recently was named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a provider of information and solutions that support healthcare cost and quality improvement.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals consists of three community hospitals – Henrico (Forest), Parham, and Retreat Doctors’ Hospitals – and two freestanding emergency departments, West Creek Emergency Center and Hanover Emergency Center. Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals specializes in heart and stroke care, women’s health, oncology, orthopedics, urology, and behavioral health.
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Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library


Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility.
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Henrico Police seek Northside robbery suspect


MAR. 21, 9:30 A.M. – Henrico Police are seeking the man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank on Brook Road Monday evening.

At approximately 5 p.m. March 20, police responded to the bank, in the 8100 block of Brook Road, after reports that a white male had entered the business and presented a note demanding money.
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Baker students to be shifted to other schools temporarily

MAR. 20, 5:31 P.M. – Students at Varina's Baker Elementary – which is closed following a fire Sunday – will be moved to other schools temporarily while repair work is completed at Baker, school system officials announced today.

The school was closed today and will be closed Tuesday, but beginning Wednesday pre-K students and those in the Early Childhood Special Education Program will temporarily attend school at the New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

Baker students in grades K-2 will temporarily attend Mehfoud Elementary School, 8320 Buffin Road in Varina. And students in grades 3-5 will temporarily attend Varina Elementary School, 2551 New Market Road.
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Citie of Henricus commemorates Pocahontas’ 1617 death


A special event at Henricus Historical Park on Saturday, March 25, will honor Pocahontas on the 400th anniversary of her death in England on March 21, 1617. Using historical interpretations, presentations and lectures, Henricus historians will highlight the significant impact Pocahontas made and demonstrate the friendship of the colonists and the Powhatan Indians in early Virginia.
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Henrico budget includes corporate tax cuts, bond projects


MAR. 16 – A fourth consecutive pay raise for eligible county employees, a continuation of tax cuts designed to attract corporations and help small businesses, and funding for nearly 30 percent of the $418.9-million in infrastructure projects county voters approved in a bond referendum last year highlight the proposed Henrico County Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget.

County Manager John Vithoulkas presented the plan to the Board of Supervisors March 14 at a work session. Supervisors will conduct four days of work sessions to thoroughly review it beginning Monday.
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Henrico to host first ‘Conversations’ meeting March 18


Henrico County will host its inaugural "Henrico Conversations" meeting Saturday, March 18, at 8:30 a.m. in the County Manager's Conference Room on the third floor of the Administration Building at the Henrico County Government Center at Parham and Hungary Springs roads.

The series is designed to generate and encourage dialogue among members of the community, with the goal of ensuring inclusiveness. At Saturday's session, Henrico officials will discuss the efforts the county has undertaken to ensure fair and equitable treatment among all citizens, regardless of racial, ethnic or cultural differences.
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Henrico FCU to swap $20s for $50s at some ATMs March 23


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Henrico Federal Credit Union will give away some $50 bills in place of $20s at an ATM at one of its locations March 23 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The ATMs are located at:

• Dixon Powers Branch: 8611 Dixon Powers Dr., Henrico;

• Laburnum Branch: 1201 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico;
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Law ensures Virginians can resell tickets


In a defeat for Ticketmaster, a new state law will allow Virginians to resell tickets they’ve bought for concerts, football and basketball games, and other public events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed two bills that would protect people involved in reselling tickets – a practice critics call scalping. The law also says you can’t be turned away if you show up at an event with a ticket you received from someone else.

One of the measures – House Bill 1825 – was sponsored by Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax.
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McAuliffe vetoes bills he says could restrict voting rights


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that he said could disenfranchise qualified voters but Republican legislators said could reduce voter fraud.

HB 2343, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Charlottesville, would have required the state Department of Elections to provide local registrars with a list of voters who, according to data-matching systems, have been found to be registered in another state.
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Henrico to honor Community Leader of the Year May 3


ChamberRVA's Henrico Business Council will honor Community Leader of the Year Dan Schmitt at its annual awards breakfast May 3. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane.

The Community Leader of the Year Award honors an unsung Henrico County hero who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates unwavering support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.
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Pinsker declares candidacy for House of Delegates


Matt Pinsker announced his candidacy recently for the June 13 Republican primary in the Virginia House of Delegates' 56th District. The seat is held by Republican Peter Farrell, who recently announced that he will not seek re-election in November.

A lifelong resident of the area, Pinsker attended Mills E. Godwin High School, graduated from the College of William & Mary and owns a law firm. In addition to serving in the Army Reserves and running a small business, he is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and has expertise in homeland security.
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