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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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McDonnell visits Henrico fire station to commemorate Sept. 11

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, visited Henrico Fire Station No. 2 today to meet with first responders from Henrico's divisions of fire and police, as well as the Henrico Sheriff's Office. with station and county officials in commemoration of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. McDonnell issued a proclamation noting the day as one of remembrance, patriotism and prayer in the state. > Read more.

Officials weighing potential Glen Allen sports complex

16-field facility envisioned as public-private partnership
The Jefferson Cup soccer tournament
attracts thousands of visitors to Henrico
each spring.
UPDATE: 6:56 P.M. – Buoyed by another strong summer of youth sports tournaments, Henrico County officials are taking the first steps toward consideration of a public-private partnership that would fund the construction of a large sports complex in Glen Allen.

The complex, tentatively proposed for an undeveloped county-owned site known as Greenwood Park (adjacent to Greenwood Road and Branch Road) could host a variety of sports tournaments and attract even more visitors to the county, while also serving the growing demands of county residents.

Recreation and Parks officials believe that the site could house as many as 16 multipurpose fields, perhaps including a main stadium. They've proposed spending the $132,000 already budgeted for preliminary design work on the site to hire national design firm CHA Sports to provide more specific site plans. > Read more.

Supervisors to consider banning alcohol at parks

Move would apply to public and private events
UPDATE: 6:32 P.M. –
Alcohol may soon be banned
from all county parks.
Planning to host your wedding reception at a Henrico County recreation facility? You may soon need to make your congratulatory toasts with ginger ale instead of champagne.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks officials are proposing that the county's Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution that would ban alcohol from all county parks and recreation facilities, effective July 1, 2014. The board could consider the item at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The move would be designed to establish a clear and consistent stance on the matter, while protecting the county against possible legal issues, Recreation and Parks Director Neil Luther told supervisors during a work session Sept. 10. > 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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