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Law in Society essay contest deadline nears


Virginia high school students who enjoy analytical writing about trending legal issues may enter the Virginia State Bar’s 25th annual essay contest, which awards almost $7,000 in prize money each year.

The Feb. 10 deadline for the annual Law in Society essay contest is rapidly approaching. The first-place winner will receive $2,300, and the winning essay will be published on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place) and five honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners’ schools. > Read more.

HCPS Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN. > Read more.

Poll finds support for workforce training


Most Virginians said they are willing to pay more in taxes to keep programs for workforce training and development at their current levels, according to a statewide poll conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The survey, conducted by the VCU’s Center for Public Policy, said 58 percent of adults statewide felt that way. That view was more prevalent among Democrats, among people who don’t have children in the public schools, and among Virginians 65 and older.

“Economic development and workforce development are important topics nationally as well as statewide, and they will certainly be at the forefront of this year’s General Assembly session,” said John Accordino, interim dean of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which oversees the center. > Read more.
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UFC Gym to open in West End


UFC Gym, a fitness franchise that emphasizes training “like a fighter,” is opening a location in Henrico.

The gym will occupy 11,455 square feet in Merchant’s Walk Shopping Center at 7504-7598 West Broad Street.

UFC Gym, created as a result of the specialized routines of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is designed for members to participate in similar rigorous workouts. The gyms include punching bags, free weights and an Octagon (the ring in which UFC fighters compete). > Read more.

Business in brief


David Posner, president of Royal Productions, has announced the sale of three Richmond-area home shows – the Richmond Home Show (October 8-9, RIR Complex), the Virginia Home Show (January 28-29, 2017, Meadow Event Park), and the Richmond Home & Garden Show (March 3-5, 2017, RIR Complex) – to Marketplace Events, LLC effective immediately. Royal Productions has purchased the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show which was held recently at the Richmond Raceway Complex and also produces the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show. > Read more.

Middle school redistricting process to be delayed


The start of a redistricting process that could alleviate crowded conditions at Hungary Creek Middle School is on hold for another seven months or so while Henrico County Public Schools officials first consider the possible implementation of new instructional programs at the middle school level.

The Henrico School Board had hoped to begin the redistricting process this fall, but Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Beth Teigen told the board last week that it wouldn't make sense to start yet. That's because officials are weighing the possibility of establishing special "academies" at some middle schools to provide focused instruction in several topics – potentially including leadership, coding and/or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). > Read more.

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Community

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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. John Townsend, a well-regarded botanist in the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage and one of the authors of the “Flora of Virginia,” will talk about “Mosses and Liverworts, the Unsung Flora of Virginia.” The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.vnps.org/pocahontas. Full text

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