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Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.
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Henrico County Council of PTAs’ annual meeting to address bond referendum


The Henrico County Council of PTAs will host its annual meeting Oct. 18 at Henrico High School, during which officials will discuss the proposed Henrico bond referendum, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The annual meeting is a chance for PTA members at all HCPS schools to interact and share information. Following the business meeting, school and general government leaders will answer questions about the fall bond referendum. Among those present for the discussion will be Superintendent Pat Kinlaw and members of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.

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.

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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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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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