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Vithoulkas outlines $419.8M bond referendum proposal

UPDATE: MAY 24, 6:05 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight outlined the details of his proposed $419.8-million bond referendum to the county's Board of Supervisors during a work session.

In addition to 12 school projects totaling $272.6 million, which Vithoulkas outlined in March, the Nov. 8 referendum would provide $147.2 million for 14 additional projects:
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Quioccasin M.S. new nickname to be ‘Griffins’


Henrico County’s newly renamed middle school will draw inspiration from a former school resource officer, as well as lions and eagles. Students at Harry F. Byrd Middle School – which will become Quioccasin Middle School July 1 – have voted to replace the school’s “Senators” nickname with “Griffins.”

The name first was proposed by students as a way to commemorate Neil Griffin, the school’s popular former school resource officer, who died earlier this year. The mythical griffin has the body of a lion, and the head, wings and talons of an eagle. > Read more.

Henrico Humane Society gets funding boost from pet store


Pet Valu, a national chain of pet stores with a location in Short Pump, donated $3,500 to the Henrico Humane Society after a months-long fundraising effort.

This donation comes as part of a national push by the Pet Valu chain to raise money for a number of animal shelters across to region. In total, the chain raised more than $124,000 nationally, benefiting 19 different animal rescue and humane societies. > Read more.
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Cantor honors Seventh District veterans

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) presented 11 veterans from Virginia’s Seventh District – including one from Henrico – with the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond Nov. 18.

"Each year the Congressional Veteran Commendation gives us an opportunity to honor the veterans in our community and preserve their stories," Cantor said after the event. "Today, I had the privilege of presenting eleven distinguished veterans from the Seventh District of Virginia with the Congressional Veteran Commendation. Each of these heroes selflessly served their neighbors and their nation. We are forever indebted to all our soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms." > Read more.

Russo resigns as Henrico’s superintendent

He'll receive lump-sum payment of $186,000 as part of settlement
UPDATE: NOV. 14, 8:54 P.M. – Embattled Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Russo and the Henrico School Board have reached an agreement that will end Russo's employment with the system Nov. 15 and pay him the equivalent of half his remaining salary – more than $186,000 – in one lump sum.

School Board Chairwoman Beverly Cocke announced the agreement and read a resignation letter from Russo, who had been on paid leave for more than three months, at the board's monthly meeting Nov. 14. Russo's contract was set to expire June 30, 2015.

"Dr. Russo's employment contract provides that, at any time, the contract could be ended by the mutual agreement of the parties," Cocke said. "The parties have reached such agreement and the matter is now closed."
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Hermitage student named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Hermitage High School tenor sax player Danny Santos (pictured) was named to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Oct. 22 during a ceremony at the school.

Santos is one of 125 musicians and color guard members from the United States who earned spots on the band, which will showcase its talent during a halftime performance at the nationally broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Tex., on Jan. 4, 2014. > Read more.

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Community

19th Annual Asian American Celebration planned May 21

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will hold its 19th Annual Asian American Celebration on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. in Richmond, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Our Heritage," in recognition of May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage month, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1992. > Read more.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor


The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center. > Read more.
Entertainment

Cultural Arts Center announces summer class schedule


From Legos to wine tasting, The Cultural Arts Center is hosting a variety of classes this summer for both kids and adults.

Starting this month, the center has begun classes in a variety of subject areas, including: ceramics, music, painting, photography, confectionary arts, and many more. The classes are designed in part to promote creativity, culture and entertainment in the community. > Read more.






 

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