Henrico County news
Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Government
If you've always wanted to recycle yogurt containers, waxy cartons and laundry detergent bottles, you're in luck. The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will begin accepting a number of new items for curbside and drop-off recycling July 1.
Recyclers throughout the CVWMA service area have been asking for years to be able to recycle more than the #1 and #2 narrow neck plastic bottles currently accepted in its recycling programs, and those wishes will become reality later this week. Plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom, as well as waxy cartons, will be accepted in both programs. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Public Safety
Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.
The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.
By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 06/27/2016 Government
The wait is over for eager kids (and dogs) looking to enjoy the new Short Pump Park.
Henrico Recreation and Parks officials cut the ribbon June 25 on a park that has been 18 years in the making. The property, on Pump Road adjacent to Three Chopt Road, includes a large playground, a splash area with spray fountains and a one-acre dog park.
The grand opening was well attended, with hundreds of locals gathering to take part in the festivities. Many of those who helped make the park a reality attended the dedication ceremony. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/29/2016 Henrico Schools
Nuckols Farm Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jaclyn Claytor recently won the 2015 Donna R. Sterling Exemplary Science Teaching Award. The $5,000 award, sponsored by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, is given annually to one teacher in Virginia and is awarded based upon the teacher’s description of the results of teaching a science unit of his or her choice.
In her award application, Claytor described a problem-based learning science unit about the Chesapeake Bay, which she developed and implemented with her students, who then presented plans and results to the lead scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. > Read more.
By Sarah King, Capital News Service 02/29/2016 General Assembly
Most Virginians agree that the prison population costs too much money, according to a recent poll by the Charles Koch Institute, an educational public-policy organization, and Prison Fellowship, a Christian nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform.
On Wednesday, the two groups hosted a panel of experts to discuss the poll results and fiscally responsible ways to both reform the prison system and make communities safer.
“In Virginia, there are actions that can be taken in the short run to dramatically improve our current justice system,” said Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Koch Institute. “We can improve public safety, reduce costs and respect each individual’s dignity.” > Read more.
By Margaret Carmel, Capital News Service 02/28/2016 General Assembly
Supporters of home-schooled students playing sports in public schools unleashed their secret weapon at the Virginia Capital on Wednesday – home-schoolers themselves.
Home-schooling advocates and their children gathered in the state Capitol to hear remarks from Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Lynchburg, the sponsors of legislation commonly called the “Tebow bill.”
Afterward, the home-schoolers and parents signed a large card urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign the legislation into law. The group presented the message to the front gate guard at the Governor’s Mansion. > Read more.
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Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.
As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.
Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.
Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.
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