Henrico County News
Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just three days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn.
The House and Senate are less than one-tenth of one percent (or $26 million) apart from compromising on a two-year, $96 billion state budget agreement, but GOP leadership reinforced its position Tuesday that Medicaid Expansion does not belong in the budget bill. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2012 Government
Henrico County Public Library recently launched a free mobile app. It works on most smart phones and tablets including Apple, Blackberry, Android and Windows devices.
Services available from the app allow users to check the library catalog, view a calendar of library programs, locate their nearest branch, ask a reference librarian a question or check the library’s Facebook and Twitter postings. Library cardholders can also check their personal accounts to place holds on materials, see what they have checked out, renew materials and access online subscription information services. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2012 Education
Henrico County Public Schools will hold two community meetings to discuss the achievement gap in Henrico Schools: Tuesday, Jan. 17 at New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Rd., and Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd. Both meetings are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. > Read more.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 01/05/2012
At the age of eight, Jamie Murray turned to his parents one day and asked why he didn't have any brothers or sisters.
Retta and Ben Murray responded by contacting Henrico County's Department of Social Services, and before long, Jamie had himself a foster sibling.
But the Murrays didn't stop there. Two years later, they began working with Commonwealth Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement program, taking in children who have come to the United States from countries that include Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, North Korea and Sudan.
In the years since, Jamie Murray (now 21) has had an estimated 50 or 60 siblings come to live in his home, for periods ranging from an overnight or weekend to seven years. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/09/2012 Government
CVWMA curbside recycling will continue as regularly scheduled for the Lee-Jackson Day (Jan. 13) and Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 16) holidays. There will be no delay on Friday, Jan. 13 or for the week of Jan. 16-20. Residents should place bins at the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular scheduled collection day. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/09/2012 Milestones
Brianna Gabrielle Dillard and Stephanie Lynn Oliver, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Eligible students must maintain a 3.7 or higher grade point average. Dillard is majoring in psychology and Oliver is majoring in American Sign Language. > Read more.
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Henrico's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of only 20 gardens in North America nominated for USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice” contest for Best Public Garden.
The 20 public gardens nominated are:
• Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Wash.
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York
• Buthcart Gardens, Victoria, B.C.
• Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga. > Read more.
Photo by Patty Kruszewski/Henrico Citizen 02/24/2014
The Fifth Annual Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) Award Banquet, held Feb. 6 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, honored HPAL’s top volunteers and employees, including Morgan Lewis, Youth of the Year; Dale Alexander, Volunteer of the Year; Lowell Thomas, Employee of the Year, and Victor Williams, Board Member of the Year. Also honored for their support were Jim and Christi Dowd of Richmond BMW and Josh Davis of Henrico County Public Schools Pupil Transportation.
Keynote speaker for the banquet was Tim Hightower, a University of Richmond alumnus and former NFL running back. Hightower was introduced by Billy McMullen, former NFL player and a Henrico PAL board member. > Read more.
The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.
The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. > Read more.
If you’re looking for a date night with someone special, Henrico is the place to be! Check out a classic 90s movie, “My Girl,” at Henrico Theatre; Circa, an innovative circus from Australia, will dazzle at the University of Richmond; and celebrate TGIF at Keagan’s Restaurant where the PJ Bottoms Band is performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Abstract paintings of Inge Strack (pictured) are on display through March 9 at the Gumenick Family Gallery at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Strack, a Chestefield painter of German origin, often paints in bold colors with a deep sense of emotion, focusing on brushstrokes, texture and form to find a balance. Strack’s painting is routed in the European tradition of expressionism but has found its own, unique language in following the American dream.
“I am not attempting to abstract the physical world," she said. "I draw my subject matter from inside of myself hoping to create a constant conversation between the viewer and the painting, especially since abstracts do not seem to answer but ask.” > Read more.
Do you play pickleball? Learn more about this oddly-named but fun-to-play sport tomorrow! Though it’s still pretty chilly outside, you can get a jump start on spring at the Richmond Home and Garden Show or at a workshop on raised bed gardening at Lavender Fields Herb Farm. For all our top picks this weekend in Henrico, click here! > Read more.