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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 2 concealed weapons bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed two bills Monday relating to concealed weapons – one involving handgun permits and the other pertaining to switchblade knives.

The first bill, HB 1582, would have allowed members of the military over the age of 18 to apply for concealed handgun permits if they are on active duty or had an honorable discharge and had received basic training.

The current law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer. > Read more.
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Business in brief


Bremo Pharmacy, located at 2024 Staples Mill Rd. in Henrico, will offer free heart disease risk factor screenings in January, February and March. A pharmacist will measure blood pressure, review lifestyle and family history, assess current medications and help set goals for 2017. Call (804) 288-8361 ext. 120 to schedule an appointment. > Read more.

Reynolds’ ‘Preview Day’ scheduled for Jan. 7


Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.

Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions. > Read more.

Stitching group donates to group home for children


A Glen Allen organization is making the holidays a little brighter for some children in need.

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen-based organization, recently made 45 quilts that will be donated to the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services for Christmas. Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization serving children with severe emotional disorders. The program is located in Jarratt, but most of its residents are from the Richmond region. > Read more.

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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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Restaurant Watch


Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

 

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CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” Jan. 20 through Feb. 4 at 319 N. Wilkinson Rd. in Henrico. CAT’s 2017 entry into the Acts of Faith Festival, “Wishing Well” is a contemporary comedy about mother-daughter revelations during one stormy weekend in North Carolina that puts the “fun” in dysfunctional. Evening performances start at 8 p.m. while matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $23. For details, visit http://www.cattheatre.com. Full text

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