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FEB. 10, 10:30 A.M. – Polykon Manufacturing LLC, a joint venture between European companies Seppic, Inc. and Schülke Inc., will invest more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today. Seppic and schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will create approximately 50 new jobs in the county's White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.
McAuliffe met with senior company officials at the Seppic headquarters in Paris during his European Marketing Mission last June. Polykon Manufacturing LLC will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Air Liquide has maintained Virginia operations in Chesterfield County and Prince William County for over 10 years.
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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Education
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Education
Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.
The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.
Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.
99-Year-Old Henrico woman spreads patriotism through crocheting
This Is One Really Incredible 99 Year Old.
Those words appear on a pillow in the center of Ersell Brinser’s bed. At the foot of the bed, you’ll find a pile of four folded blankets, all designed as American flags and crocheted by Brinser. Crocheting is how she spends her time when she isn’t watching Dr. Phil or Oprah.
Although she crochets many blankets with different color schemes, Brinser’s most popular design is the American flag. She recently presented a flag to Henrico County, her home for the majority of her life. She received a certificate of appreciation – and a personal visit – from County Manager John Vithoulkas. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/22/2015 Henrico Crime
Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of Trooper Nathan-Michael W. Smith of Henrico County after he died Sept. 21 following a traffic crash.
Smith, 27, was responding to a request for emergency assistance from another trooper at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Route 460 in Dinwiddie County. The adult male of driver a pickup truck was traveling east on Route 460, near Airport Street, when it ran off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail; the driver, Donald W. Shaw, 65, of Montgomery, La., died later that morning at Southside Regional Medical Center.
While on route to scene of the Route 460 crash, Smith ran off the side of the Interstate 295 south exit ramp to Interstate 95 north in Prince George County, and his Ford Taurus patrol vehicle crashed into the wood line. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/21/2015 Henrico Business
Dr. Matthew Brengman, bariatric surgeon with Advanced Surgical Partners of Virginia and medical director for the Weight Loss Program at Parham Doctors’ Hospital, has successfully completed the first FDA-approved ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon weight-loss procedure in the mid-Atlantic region.
The device is a space-occupying balloon in the stomach that helps patients feel full and eat less. During an endoscopic procedure using a mild sedative, the deflated balloon is placed into the stomach through the mouth and filled with saline until reaching approximately the size of a grapefruit. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Susan Greenbaum at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. She will present “An Evening of Love Songs.” Other fun events this weekend include Henrico Rec & Parks’ 30th annual One Act Showcase; “The Lego Movie” playing at the Henrico Theatre (tickets are only $!); and Robin and Linda Williams who will be performing at the Shady Grove Coffeehouse. And homeowners will really appreciate the free Home Improvement Seminar taking place at Harvie ES. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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