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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 2 concealed weapons bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed two bills Monday relating to concealed weapons – one involving handgun permits and the other pertaining to switchblade knives.

The first bill, HB 1582, would have allowed members of the military over the age of 18 to apply for concealed handgun permits if they are on active duty or had an honorable discharge and had received basic training.

The current law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer. > Read more.
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Northstar Career Academy celebrates growth


Northstar Career Academy celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 8155 Staples Mill Road Sept. 20 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Elizabeth Creamer, Advisor for Workforce Development, Secretary of Commerce and Trade (in blue) represented the governor at the ceremony and was assisted by Head of School Dr. Pat West (holding scissors) and the school’s mascot, Navi. > Read more.

Henrico Police seek larceny suspect


The Henrico Division of Police are seeking a man who they believe made several purchases with a stolen credit card last week.

Police responded to the 4500 block of South Laburnum Avenue Oct. 2 after reports of a suspicious person. The man saw the officers and then fled into a wooded area and escaped their view. When police investigated further, they learned that he had recently made several purchases in the area with the stolen credit card.

The suspect (pictured) is an adult black male and was last seen wearing a black and red shirt and black pants. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 17 to highlight health, safety organizations, Nov. 8 ballot


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 17 to highlight organizations focused on community health and safety as well as to discuss the Nov. 8 ballot, which will include Henrico County’s bond referendum.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Thornton and county representatives will discuss Henrico’s ballot, which will include the five bond referendum questions on the back. > Read more.

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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.
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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.

 

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