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Citizens urge increased reading focus

Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013

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.

Gearing up

Photos courtesy Megan Heath

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.

Welcome home


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.
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CVWMA board votes against East End Landfill expansion

The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority's board of directors voted unanimously today to deny a request to amend the Central Virginia Regional Waste Management Plan to allow expansion of the East End Landfill on Darbytown Road in the Varina District.

The CVWMA board represents 13 localities in the region. Landfill officials had sought to expand operations at the facility, which accepts construction and demolition debris.

At its Dec. 10 meeting last year, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose amendment of the regional plan. Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, whose Varina District is home to the landfill, spoke on behalf of Henrico’s board at today’s CVWMA meeting. > Read more.

Living waters, grasses for the masses


In November, I was fortunate enough to sit in on an interesting summit entitled “Living Waters” and held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The interfaith summit – which drew approximately 150 people representing perspectives and traditions ranging from Hindu and Muslim to Zen Buddhist and Native American – was designed to bring environmentalists and people of faith together to promote a faith-based approach to environmentalism. > Read more.

Teacher earns presidential honor

Science teacher Elizabeth Miller of Henrico County’s Trevvett Elementary School was one of 102 teachers nationwide to be honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced recently by President Barack Obama. Miller, a finalist in 2012, was recognized specifically for excellence in science instruction.

Trevvett principal Mandi Mulholland said that Miller is outstanding at helping her fourth- and fifth-graders connect to the subject matter. “She does a really great job of getting to know the students and what makes them tick,” Mulholland said. “It’s never quiet in her room — there’s always something going on and the students are excited and eager to tell you about what they are learning.” > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


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.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


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.
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