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Training for homeless youth featured at workshop

In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.

Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation. > Read more.

CVWMA to begin accepting more varieties of bottles, containers, cartons

If you've always wanted to recycle yogurt containers, waxy cartons and laundry detergent bottles, you're in luck. The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will begin accepting a number of new items for curbside and drop-off recycling July 1.

Recyclers throughout the CVWMA service area have been asking for years to be able to recycle more than the #1 and #2 narrow neck plastic bottles currently accepted in its recycling programs, and those wishes will become reality later this week. Plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom, as well as waxy cartons, will be accepted in both programs. > Read more.

Virginia man arrested with gun at RIC checkpoint

Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.

The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.
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Nominations sought for REB Awards

Henrico County Public Schools officials are seeking nominations for the R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which recognize principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Four principals, one from each metro-area school division (Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond), will be selected to receive $7,500 cash grants to the principal and an additional $7,500 for school projects chosen by the principal. > Read more.

Voters approve meals tax

UPDATED: NOV. 6, 12:02 P.M. – In a reversal of a similar vote eight years ago, Henrico voters Nov. 5 narrowly approved the implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which county officials intend to use as a dedicated revenue source for the school system.

The vote – 51.8 percent in favor, 48.1 percent opposed – was as close as most observers expected it to be, decided by a difference of just 2,891 votes among the 100,003 ballots cast.

"This vote is a vote for the standards that we have established for our local school system," County Manager John Vithoulkas told the Citizen. "It speaks to the credibility that the county has established over many, many years. There's a lot of cynicism that is out there in the community with other levels of government."

The vote broke down along geographic lines, with the county's three westernmost magisterial districts (Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Brookland) voting against the tax by slim margins – and the two easternmost districts (Fairfield and Varina) voting in favor of it. The vote seemed to turn in the Fairfield District, where 61 percent of voters supported it by a margin of nearly 4,000 votes. > Read more.

County may seek voluntary water conservation measures soon

Henrico County's Department of Public Utilities is notifying customers that voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented within the next few days.

A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second, and voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reach 1,700 cfs. As of Nov. 6, the current 14 day average for the natural river flow level is 1,803 cfs. > Read more.

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County plans Fourth of July event

Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.

Tuckahoe YMCA to host Refugee Community Resource Fair

The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.

As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.

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