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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards. > Read more.

Henrico-based Mitchell Wiggins & Company wins YP Workplace Award


Henrico-based accounting and consulting firm Mitchell Wiggins & Company won the YP Workplace Award for small businesses, presented by ChamberRVA and its HYPE program.

The company was one of four winners announced during an event to honor The Icons and YP Workplace award-winners April 28 at The Westin Hotel in Henrico.

Other winners were Trane U.S., Inc. (in the large business category); Sarah Mullens, co-founder of UnBoundRVA ("Change Agent"); and Natalie Garramone, CEO of The Frontier Project ("Front Runner"). > Read more.
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Former foster child gains “Momentum” with award

When they were little, Bridgette Booker and her sister had to watch out for each other as they coped with family and financial problems and made their way through the foster care system.

In 2008, only 3 percent of foster youth in Virginia graduated from college, a result of their less-than-ideal circumstances. Five years later, that statistic has improved dramatically, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Great Expectations Program. > Read more.

Hermitage alum to star in first episode of ‘Southern Fried Homicide’

Last year, Gemma Smith moved to New York City to pursue her dream career as a professional actress. So far, her leap of faith has paid dividends, as she has appeared in multiple national commercials and television shows. Smith will soon make another appearance on national cable TV when she stars in the first episode of the new show “Southern Fried Homicide,” a docudrama that recounts scandalous stories that take place in the American South. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in ABC thefts

Henrico Police are seeking a man who is believed to have stolen items from the ABC store in the 4000 block of Glenside Drive on as many as five separate occasions during the past six months. The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with brown hair and a goatee. > 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.
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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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