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Board approves Quioccasin Middle School as Byrd’s new name

Vote ends lengthy process
APRIL 28, 9 P.M. – By a 3-0 vote (with one abstention and one absence), the Henrico County School Board Thursday night renamed Byrd Middle School for the region in which it's located.

The board voted in support of Tuckahoe District member Lisa Marshall's suggestion of Quioccasin Middle School, a name that she said reflects more than just the road on which the school sits.

"Quioccasin is more than just a location," Marshall said. "It's also the name of the community with a rich cultural heritage in the Tuckahoe District. I'm confident that our community will support the name Quioccasin with the same level that they have shown the school to this date." > Read more.

2 Henrico student safety patrols honored


The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and AAA Mid-Atlantic honored 10 students – including two from Henrico – at its Outstanding School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon in Richmond earlier this month.

The foundation received dozens of applications from schools throughout the Commonwealth and selected the top 10 nominees. The winners excelled in the areas of leadership, dependability, character and academics. Each student received a $100 gift card and plaque from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting May 5 to focus on public health, community engagement


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, May 5 to discuss public-health concerns for Henrico County and opportunities for community engagement.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Azalea Room at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Guests may arrive as early as 6 p.m. to explore the grounds at no cost. > Read more.
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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked University of Richmond No. 26 on its 2013–14 list of 100 best value private liberal arts colleges. Kiplinger’s annual lists rank 100 private universities and 100 private liberal arts colleges. Richmond was selected for its academic quality and generous financial aid and scholarship programs. It remains among a small group of colleges and universities offering need-blind admission — it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay in the admission decision — while also meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted students. > Read more.

Glen Allen HS students spread safe driving message

Driving is something that many people take for granted, even though every time we enter a vehicle, we’re faced with multiple distractions. But how often do most drivers stop to examine how their everyday habits – such as using a cell phone, eating, listening to music, or talking with passengers – could affect their driving capabilities, their safety and that of others on the roads?

Glen Allen High School staff, students and the PTSA have organized a safe driving movement to shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and make drivers think twice about their unsafe habits. > Read more.

‘Scouting for Food’ drive to begin Oct. 26

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, an estimated 8,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts will fan out through Central Virginia neighborhoods distributing grocery bags door‐to‐door marking phase one of the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ effort, now in its 26th year. The Scouts will return to the same neighborhoods a week later – Saturday, Nov. 2 – to collect the bags filled with donations.

“This year, nearly 260,000 households will receive a bag on Oct. 26, and it is our hope that thousands of Central Virginia residents will fill these bags with non‐perishable items like peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna fish, and more,” said FeedMore spokesman Jeff Baldwin. > Read more.

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Community

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.

YMCA branches to host ‘Healthy Kids Day’ Apr. 29-30


The YMCA of Greater Richmond will host its "Healthy Kids Day" April 29-30 at all local branches.

The event is part of the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being.

Each event features games, healthy snacks, arts and crafts and physical activities, among other events. Its goal is to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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