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School Board votes to create new ‘academy’ at Highland Springs ES
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 01/17/2017 Education
It was, perhaps, fitting that days before the nation paused to honor the life of a man known in part for his powerful dream (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), the Henrico County School Board voted to approve a program whose design could help some of the county's most at-risk students realize their own dreams.
The board Jan. 12 unanimously approved a five-year, $2.16-million agreement with An Achievable Dream Certified Academies, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Newport News that will begin operating its acclaimed educational program at Highland Springs Elementary School this fall.
The aim of the program is simple: to engage the most vulnerable students – whose family situations, economic levels or discipline issues might otherwise prevent them from achieving academically. > Read more.
By Jessica Nolte and Jessica Samuels, Capital News Service 01/17/2017 General AssemblyGeneral Assembly 2017
Unified by their desire to preserve safety, but divided on ways to do so, both sides of the Virginia gun debate rallied on Capitol Square on Monday.
“Hello deplorables. Are you ready to take back the Commonwealth of Virginia?” Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for governor, asked as members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League rallied in the morning.
Stewart cautioned the crowd that while it is possible to lose a battle and win the war, that means it is also possible to win the battle and lose the war. He said they won the battle for the presidency with Trump’s 2016 election.
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Citizen Staff Reports 01/16/2017 Education
Virginia high school students who enjoy analytical writing about trending legal issues may enter the Virginia State Bar’s 25th annual essay contest, which awards almost $7,000 in prize money each year.
The Feb. 10 deadline for the annual Law in Society essay contest is rapidly approaching. The first-place winner will receive $2,300, and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place) and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/15/2016 Henrico Business
Dominion Virginia Power is temporarily freezing plans for a new substation in Varina, following months of consideration and public debate about the facility's proposed site.
The company is withdrawing a request it filed in June 2015 that seeks the Henrico Planning Commission's endorsement of the site – at 7000 Osborne Turnpike – as "substantially in accord" with the county's Comprehensive Plan. Such a designation would be necessary in order for the substation's construction.
Withdrawal of the request move was necessary in order to allow the company additional time to resolve issues related to the proposal, Dominion officials wrote in a Nov. 2 statement. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/15/2016 Henrico Government
Six-term Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71st District) announced Nov. 14 that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat, which opened when Ninth District Senator Donald McEachin (a Henrico Democrat) won election to Congress Nov. 8.
Another Democratic delegate who briefly considered seeking the Ninth District seat, Lamont Bagby (74th District), announced later that day that he would instead remain in the House of Delegates.
McClellan and Bagby, two prominent local Democrats whose districts overlap portions of the heavily Democratic Ninth District, were viewed as the two favorites to replace McEachin there. > Read more.
The Henrico Police Division is seeking help identifying three suspects who are wanted in connection with the theft of eyeglass frames from several Henrico stores in recent weeks.
The suspects (pictured) are two males and one female. One male is described as being six feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds, while the other is described as being about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 180 pounds. The female is described as being about 5-foot-5. All three are described as Hispanic and speaking both English and Spanish. > 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.
If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarThe Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets the third Monday of each month (except July and August) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Forest Campus, Forest Conference Room Side B. For details, visit http://www.richmond.myeloma.org. Full text