Henrico County News
Citizen Staff Reports 12/06/2013 Features
Each holiday season for the last 40 years, Henrico resident Frank Hudak – also known as “Mr. Christmas” – has been lighting up his home in the West End with thousands of holiday lights. During those years, he also has raised more than $82,600 to support Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) through a simple donation box outside his home.
What began as a way to recapture the holiday spirit of his youth in Philadelphia helped start a local holiday tradition of lights and giving. > Read more.
Virginia Credit Union will open its newest branch at 9498 W. Broad St. on Jan. 17. Located in a former restaurant near the intersection with Springfield Road, the 6,166 square foot structure was extensively renovated and enhanced to serve the needs of credit union members. The West Broad Branch has four drive-through lanes. Two ATMs provide members with images of deposited checks as well as an itemized tally of cash deposits. The large interior space provides additional offices for personal assistance. Safe deposit boxes are also available. The new office is the credit union’s sixteenth branch and the thirteenth in the Richmond area. For details, visit http://www.vacu.org > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2012 Government
Henrico County Public Library recently launched a free mobile app. It works on most smart phones and tablets including Apple, Blackberry, Android and Windows devices.
Services available from the app allow users to check the library catalog, view a calendar of library programs, locate their nearest branch, ask a reference librarian a question or check the library’s Facebook and Twitter postings. Library cardholders can also check their personal accounts to place holds on materials, see what they have checked out, renew materials and access online subscription information services. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2012 Education
Henrico County Public Schools will hold two community meetings to discuss the achievement gap in Henrico Schools: Tuesday, Jan. 17 at New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Rd., and Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. Both meetings are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. > Read more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 01/05/2012
At the age of eight, Jamie Murray turned to his parents one day and asked why he didn't have any brothers or sisters.
Retta and Ben Murray responded by contacting Henrico County's Department of Social Services, and before long, Jamie had himself a foster sibling.
But the Murrays didn't stop there. Two years later, they began working with Commonwealth Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement program, taking in children who have come to the United States from countries that include Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, North Korea and Sudan.
In the years since, Jamie Murray (now 21) has had an estimated 50 or 60 siblings come to live in his home, for periods ranging from an overnight or weekend to seven years. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/09/2012 Government
CVWMA curbside recycling will continue as regularly scheduled for the Lee-Jackson Day (Jan. 13) and Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16) holidays. There will be no delay on Friday, Jan. 13 or for the week of Jan. 16-20. Residents should place bins at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular scheduled collection day. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.