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Over Democrats’ objections, Senate OKs ‘religious freedom’ bill


Democratic officials and the American Civil Liberties Union blasted Republican senators after they passed a “religious freedom” bill that would protect people who refuse to marry same-gender couples.

HB 2025, sponsored by Del. Nicholas Freitas, R-Culpeper, cleared the Senate on Thursday on a party-line vote of 21-19. The bill protects organizations and their employees who refuse to participate in the “solemnization” of marriage based on a “sincerely held religious belief.”

Freitas said the legislation was a response to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that prohibits state contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. > Read more.

Henrico Police receive donated canine ballistic vest


The Henrico County Police Division Feb. 15 received a ballistic vest for one of its newest canines after a donation initiated by the Cumberland Hospital for Adolescents in New Kent County.

The Cumberland Hospital of Adolescents made a monetary donation to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office in honor of Sarah Ann McLaughlin, who was a communications officer with the New Kent Sheriff’s Office and the daughter of Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. and his wife, Robin. She also was an avid animal enthusiast, and their donation was intended for the purchase of a bullet resistant vest for a canine. The New Kent Sheriff’s Office does not have a canine, so Sheriff Joe McLaughlin Jr. offered to purchase a vest for a Henrico County police canine. > Read more.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield becomes title sponsor of Innsbrook 5k event


FEB. 14 –Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will become the title sponsor of the Anthem Corporate Run, an annual 5k corporate run/walk in Innsbrook, the company and Sports Backers announced today. This year's event will be held June 8 in the Innsbrook Office Park. The event features hundreds of corporate teams and is designed as an opportunity for employers to promote the message of employee health and wellness in a team-building environment that also promotes networking.

“One of our goals is to help our clients understand the benefits of physical activity for their employees, and events like the Anthem Corporate Run are a great way to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for companies across the Richmond region and for Anthem associates,” said C. Burke King, Anthem president. > Read more.
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Henrico County Public Schools seeks public input on ‘STEAM’ integration


Henrico County Public Schools has embarked on the process of transforming its middle schools and is soliciting comments from the public. HCPS will hold two simultaneous public input sessions next Wednesday night to gather feedback from the public about integrating STEAM curricula – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – into the division’s middle schools. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 at:

• John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road;
• Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road > Read more.

Business in brief


Three Henrico hotels and one of the county's newest restaurants recently received ratings among the AAA's highest designations for hotels and restaurants. Among the Henrico properties receiving the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating were Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, and The Westin Richmond. Shagbark, a new restaurant in Libbie Mill, was also awarded the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Rating. In all, 22 hotels and 15 restaurants in the Commonwealth of Virginia earned AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings, which recognize establishments that are considered among the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. Four Diamond hotels and restaurants account for less than four percent (3.9 percent) of the nearly 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to hold hiring event Feb. 25


Henrico County Public Schools will hold a major hiring event to talk with interested teachers and other professionals about opportunities within Virginia’s sixth-largest school division. Henrico Schools is seeking teachers for all content areas for the 2017-18 school year, awell as school counselors, librarians, psychologists, social workers and nurses.

In order to accommodate teaching schedules, the job fair will be held on a Saturday morning, Feb. 25. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. > Read more.

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Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Dance the night away at Henrico’s “Legendary Dance Night” – tomorrow at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center! The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts is also offering some legendary music – check out Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles tonight and the Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man on Sunday – and Suzie and the G-Tones will perform at the Bryan Park Bar and Grill in Lakeside. If you’re searching for a family-friendly option, the film “Annie” will be at the Henrico Theatre for two showings tomorrow. Tickets are only $1! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will screen NT Live’s broadcast of “Amadeus” at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Tickets are $7 to $14. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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