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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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House OKs bill to defund Planned Parenthood


In a swipe at Planned Parenthood, the House on Tuesday passed a bill to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding clinics that provide abortions except in the case of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is endangered.

Delegates voted 64-35 along party lines for House Bill 1090, which would cut off state funding for programs or facilities that offer abortions that would not be reimbursed under Medicaid, a federal-state program for low-income Americans. Republicans supported the measure; Democrats opposed it. > Read more.

Sandston Elementary School organizes crock pot drive

A social media and e-mail drive initiated by Sandston Elementary School Principal Kim Powell helped the school collect more than 50 crock pots from Henrico County families and the Sandston community. The crock pots were donated this week to 24 of the most in-need families at the school, as well as to families at Donahoe Elementary and Fair Oaks Elementary.

The "crock pot drive" also produced a donation of food from FeedMore for Sandston students in need, money that was used to purchase ingredients for one meal to go along with each crock pot and Kroger gift cards and an additional crock pot dinner for all 24 of the Sandston families. > Read more.

Panel kills mandatory bicycle helmet bill


Bicycling advocates are happy that legislators have killed a bill requiring all bicyclists under 18 to wear helmets in Virginia.

Helmets can keep riders safe, but mandatory helmet laws are counterproductive, according to the Virginia Bicycling Federation.

“While the Virginia Bicycling Federation encourages helmet use,” said Champe Burnley, president of the organization, “we believe that mandatory helmet laws discourage people from riding bikes, make basic transportation less accessible and as a matter of public policy, do not significantly increase bike safety.” > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

CAT Theatre announces its 53rd season


CAT Theatre will present four shows during its 53rd season, which begins this fall. All four shows will be Richmond-area premieres, including one world premiere by a local playwright.

The season will feature:

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley – Oct. 14-29;

The Wishing Well, by Maryland playwright Jon Klein – Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017; > Read more.






 

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