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Panel kills marijuana decriminalization bill


The Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Wednesday killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The committee voted 10-4 to “pass by indefinitely,” meaning Senate Bill 686, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, is dead for this legislative session.

The vote came after 12 people spoke in support of the bill and eight spoke against it. The committee chairman, Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, limited speakers to five minutes. > Read more.

HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators. > Read more.
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Chamberlayne ES creates ‘Readbox’

When Chamberlayne Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Mayer began looking for a way to participate in HandsOn Day, an Oct. 18 service day organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she didn't have to go far.

Mayer organized a book collection project that involved students at several Henrico County schools, including Chamberlayne. About 700 books collected during the project will be distributed to students at Chamberlayne and Laburnum elementary schools. > Read more.

A time for wine

More than 200 fashionistas gathered with friends at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump last month to shop for designer shoes and accessories while enjoying wine tastings from several regional wineries, as part of “Wine, Women and Shoes.”

Local media celebrities and businessmen took to the runway as "Shoe Guys," offering wine-and-shoe pairings on silver platters. The fundraiser benefited Bon Secours for Women and the Bon Secours Forensic Nursing program, which offers compassionate health care services to victims of violence and abuse, including sexual assault, domestic abuse, child abuse and elder abuse. > Read more.

‘Toys for Tots’ collections begin

A.C. Moore's Willow Lawn location helped kick off the collection season for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation program Nov. 15 with a make-and-take crafts event for kids.

As part of the event, the store welcomed (pictured, from left) Marine Cpl. Christopher Cather, Lt. Cpl. Paul Lanier and Lt. Cpl. Bryce Jordan of the Marine Corps Reserve Center. They looked on as Lakeside Elementary School first-grader Lula Fueglein created a Christmas decoration. > Read more.

Fetal remains found at Henrico waste water facility

UPDATE: NOV. 17, 9:17 P.M. – Henrico Police discovered fetal remains today at the Henrico Waste Water Treatment Facility on Jennie Scher Road in Eastern Henrico.

At 3:17 p.m., officers responded to the facility after employees reported discovering the remains while processing solid waste. The remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for evaluation.

Police are not releasing additional details until an autopsy is completed. > Read more.

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Community

Adriana Trigiani named 2013 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Wednesday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Rd., as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

The featured title – Trigiani's novel The Shoemaker’s Wife – will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. > Read more.

Native colors on display

Native American performers displayed their colors during the 21st annual Great American Indian Exposition Pow-Wow and Show at The Showplace in Henrico Nov. 9-11. The event featured more than 200 dancers, singers, drummers and artisans representing more than 100 tribes. It opened with a parade of nations in honor of November, Native American month. Attendees also had the opportunity to dine on Native American foods, such as buffalo stew and Indian tacos. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Drum roll, please…the holiday season has begun! Celebrate Santa’s arrival this weekend at Short Pump Town Center and The Shops at Willow Lawn. Why does the Count from Sesame Street love the number eight? A new book will tell you Sunday at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Can you believe we’re halfway to April? I think even die-hard winter fans are ready for some warmer weather! Now that it’s officially spring, get out of the house and enjoy this weekend’s musical offerings! Henrico-based Chabad of Virginia will present bluegrass and klezmer artist Andy Statman; gypsy jazz comes to life with Le Hotclub; and the McShin Foundation will bust out Rhymes & Recovery. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

Weekend Top 10


The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks has several events to offer residents this weekend! Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer at Meadow Farm Museum? Learn more about the African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War at Dabbs House Museum, or check out the Henrico County Adventure Series. The Division of Fire will dedicate the new Fire Station #7 this weekend as well. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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