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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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Police arrest bank robbery suspect

Henrico Police arrested a 40-year-old man who they believe is responsible for two bank robberies in the county during the past two weeks.

After receiving tips from the community, police identified and arrested Michael Bolling Bishop, of no recent permanent address, Aug. 29 in connection with the robbery of the Union First Market Bank inside Martin's in the 9600 of West Broad Street that morning.

Bishop was charged with robbery after he was located at 4:15 p.m. yesterday in the 5200 block of Brook Road. > Read more.

Education Foundation awards grants

In its first grant cycle of the 2013-2014 school year, The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) funded 12 grants totaling just more than $26,000, several of which will allow students to get their hands dirty in the name of learning. Laburnum and Twin Hickory Elementary Schools, along with Fairfield Middle School, have received grants for learning gardens that will emphasize activities from STEM-based projects to service learning.

“We are thankful to have received this grant because it allows us to continue our mission of providing fresh produce to our community,” said Fairfield’s Principal Art Raymond. “The garden (pictured) has been a great way for us to take our gifts beyond the school’s walls and share them with those around us. The grant will provide funds to expand our production capabilities and to widen what we have to offer.” > Read more.

Ascending life’s mountains

Henrico-based S2 Mountaineering helps make memories for clients, one climb at a time

Jeff Reynolds first started rock climbing in Canada at age 14 and has been a climbing instructor since he was 16. In the three-plus decades since then, he has gone from rock climbing to high-altitude mountaineering, ascending so many peaks that he has lost count.

“I’m not sure, but I’d say it is well over 200,” Reynolds said when asked to give an estimate. Of all those peaks, Reynolds cited the Naran in Mongolia and the Cerro Solo peaks in Patagonia, Argentina, as two of his favorites. > Read more.

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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.

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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