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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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No one injured in Varina house fire


APRIL 18, 4:15 P.M. – No one was injured during a house fire in Varina Monday.

Henrico County Division of Fire Units responded to the fire in the 7700 block of Lampworth Court, near Strath Road, shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. Units arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the attic and roof of a two-story home. Hose lines were put in place to fight the fire, and crews had to be withdrawn from the home for a short amount of time, but were allowed back in to complete the extinguishment of the fire. > Read more.

New traffic patterns at RIR during NASCAR races


Traffic patterns will temporarily be altered on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016, to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially on Sunday before and after the race from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. WRVA-1140 AM will broadcast traffic reports. > Read more.

‘It Takes a Village’ forum April 28 to promote health, wellness among Henrico youth


The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition and Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services’ Prevention Services will hold the fourth-annual It Takes a Village Community Forum on Thursday, April 28 to promote good health and wellness among youth in Henrico County.

The forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Strawberry Hill Ballroom of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. The event is free, open to the public and intended for youth, parents, professionals and others interested in making a positive impact on local youth. > 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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