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Henrico Extension to hold Oct. 29 open house for new 4-H Cloverbud Club

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.

The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.

Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.

Business in brief

HCA Virginia has announced that Crystal Farmer will serve as chief nursing officer for Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Farmer previously served as the CNO of Retreat Doctors’ Hospital where she led the hospital to a top ranking in HCA patient satisfaction scores for the last three quarters. Prior to her role as CNO, she was the director of medical surgical services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. In addition, Farmer has more than 19 years of experience in various nursing leadership roles as a registered nurse at Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals, managing, coordinating, and overseeing the clinical operations of several department and units throughout the hospital. Farmer received her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. She is a member of various committees and organizations that include American Organization of Nurse Executives, Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Virginia Nurses Association. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek robbery suspect

Henrico Police are seeking a man who robbed a bank in Sandston Oct. 18.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., police responded to the 0 block of South Airport Drive after the report of the robbery. The victim reported that a white male entered the Wells Fargo bank, approached the counter and demanded currency. The victim complied, and the suspect exited the business on foot. The suspect did not display a weapon. He is described as a white male, 30 to 35 years of age and approximately six feet to six-foot-three in height. The suspect (pictured) was wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, blue jeans and a baseball hat. > Read more.

Governor-elect vows ethics reforms

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.

McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.

The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. > Read more.

County proposes sale of Best Plaza complex

Henrico bought prominent site for $6.2M just two years ago
UPDATE: Dec. 10, 6:35 P.M. – Henrico County officials are proposing that the county sell a prominent 93-acre site adjacent to I-95 that it purchased for $6.2 million just two years ago.

County Manager John Vithoulkas is recommending the sale of Best Plaza, which sits at the interchange of Parham Road and I-95 in northern Henrico.

When the county bought the property in December 2011, officials envisioned it as the future home for many of Henrico's key governmental agencies, which would relocate from the western government center on Parham Road and allow the courts complex to undergo a much-needed expansion there. > Read more.

County asks state to share VRS liabilities

Henrico County officials aren't making any formal requests this year to the county's General Assembly delegation, but informally they're encouraging the Henrico delegation to support an accounting change that could help preserve the county's sterling triple AAA bond rating.

The issue involves the pension payments made into the Virginia Retirement System for Henrico teachers by the county and state. The state and each Virginia locality share the funding responsibility for the VRS, which makes retirement payments to eligible former teachers and other retired state and local employees. > Read more.

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Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

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Henrico residents can apply for the Henrico Christmas Mother program from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 361 Dabbs House Rd. Bring proof of county residency, Social Security cards and income verification for all household members, birth certificates for each child on the application, proof of custody and proof of disability. The Christmas Mother program provides qualifying families, disabled adults and the elderly with food, clothing, books and toys during the holiday season. For details, call 236-9741 or visit http://www.henricochristmasmother.org. Full text

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