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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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‘Toys for Tots’ collections begin

A.C. Moore's Willow Lawn location helped kick off the collection season for the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Foundation program Nov. 15 with a make-and-take crafts event for kids.

As part of the event, the store welcomed (pictured, from left) Marine Cpl. Christopher Cather, Lt. Cpl. Paul Lanier and Lt. Cpl. Bryce Jordan of the Marine Corps Reserve Center. They looked on as Lakeside Elementary School first-grader Lula Fueglein created a Christmas decoration. > Read more.

Fetal remains found at Henrico waste water facility

UPDATE: NOV. 17, 9:17 P.M. – Henrico Police discovered fetal remains today at the Henrico Waste Water Treatment Facility on Jennie Scher Road in Eastern Henrico.

At 3:17 p.m., officers responded to the facility after employees reported discovering the remains while processing solid waste. The remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for evaluation.

Police are not releasing additional details until an autopsy is completed. > Read more.

HCPS workshop to educate parents about suicide prevention

Henrico County Public Schools' Department of School Counseling will host a workshop Monday, Nov. 24 designed to educate parents and guardians of students about suicide awareness and prevention.

The workshop will be held in the Glen Allen High School auditorium, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4,600 young people between ages 10 and 24 die from suicide each year. Many more are treated for unsuccessful suicide attempts. > Read more.

Voluntary water restrictions may be implemented soon

Voluntary water conservation measures may be implemented soon as the result of lower-than-normal water levels in the James River. Officials from Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland and the City of Richmond today issued a "ready alert" to local residents, indicating that they may call for such measures to help address the situation.

The James River requires higher water levels in November to coincide with the normal start of the fall fish migratory season. A “ready alert” notification means that water levels have decreased to 1,800 cubic feet per second and are being watched closely. It also means that voluntary conservation measures are probable. Voluntary conservation measures are undertaken when the James River reaches 1,700 cfs.
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Virginia Wine Festival returns
Whether you’re an oenophile, a Hokie fan or just looking for fun, the Central Virginia Wine Festival is the place to be.

The annual event will be held May 12 at the SnagAJob Pavilion at Innsbrook.

“It’s a fantastic, fun atmosphere,” said Michael Eck, founder and chairman of the event.

This year’s event will showcase 15 wineries from around the Commonwealth, feature live music, food and arts and crafts vendors. And, of course, there will be plenty of Virginia wine (and also beer). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Nothing says summer better than strawberry picking in Varina! If you prefer air condition (and flying objects), there’s a 3D juggling show at CACGA. You can also find a variety of musical acts this weekend from Ron Moody and the Centaurs to the Whitetop Mountaineers and Joe Enroughty & His Royal Virginians. Click here for more! > Read more.

‘Gimme 5’ at Glen Allen H.S. to benefit CATS Foundation

Students from Glen Allen High School will attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most simultaneous high-fives on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

Prior to the attempt, a yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Individuals can purchase space for $10. Tables will not be provided. There will also be entertainment, a Jaguar car display and activities and games such as a football toss, cornhole, prize wheel, home run derby and more.

Admission to the yard sale is free. The cost to participate in the world record attempt is a $5 donation to the CATS Foundation. A $15 “Gimme 5” ticket will include a donation, as well as a meal from Nader’s and five activity tickets. > Read more.

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Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Different name, more of the same

‘Percy Jackson’ spins another Harry Potter knock-off
It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Harry Potter. The similarities are far too numerous (and far too obvious) to ignore. A boy with special powers is prophesized toward greatness; he finds acceptance in a school for the supernaturally gifted and gains two best friends in the process, an intelligent young girl and a goofy comic-relief character.

Swap Potter’s school for witchcraft and wizardry with Percy’s summer camp for the children of Greek gods and you’re all set to start watching. > Read more.

Comedy community to present tribute to Thomas George

The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.

The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.

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