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Board approves Quioccasin Middle School as Byrd’s new name

Vote ends lengthy process
APRIL 28, 9 P.M. – By a 3-0 vote (with one abstention and one absence), the Henrico County School Board Thursday night renamed Byrd Middle School for the region in which it's located.

The board voted in support of Tuckahoe District member Lisa Marshall's suggestion of Quioccasin Middle School, a name that she said reflects more than just the road on which the school sits.

"Quioccasin is more than just a location," Marshall said. "It's also the name of the community with a rich cultural heritage in the Tuckahoe District. I'm confident that our community will support the name Quioccasin with the same level that they have shown the school to this date." > Read more.

2 Henrico student safety patrols honored


The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and AAA Mid-Atlantic honored 10 students – including two from Henrico – at its Outstanding School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon in Richmond earlier this month.

The foundation received dozens of applications from schools throughout the Commonwealth and selected the top 10 nominees. The winners excelled in the areas of leadership, dependability, character and academics. Each student received a $100 gift card and plaque from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting May 5 to focus on public health, community engagement


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Thursday, May 5 to discuss public-health concerns for Henrico County and opportunities for community engagement.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Azalea Room at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Guests may arrive as early as 6 p.m. to explore the grounds at no cost. > Read more.
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Virginia Credit Union has received a national award for youth financial education from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). VACU received second place among large credit unions in the U.S. in the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards. The award recognizes Virginia Credit Union for Smart Start, a comprehensive financial education curriculum for middle and high school students. Developed by Virginia Credit Union Financial Education Director Cherry Hedges, the adaptable curriculum is used in schools, with youth organizations, at community teen money camps and many other settings. Virginia Credit Union has used the curriculum to reach more than 8,700 young people so far in 2015. Virginia Credit Union was entered in CUNA’s national award competition after it earned a first place award in Virginia. > Read more.

Pocahontas Parkway tolls to increase on Jan. 4, 2016


Tolls on Pocahontas Parkway will rise to $4 at the Main Plaza and to $2.25 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.

The toll increase is in accordance with the applicable schedule of permitted toll increases approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2006.

Tolls on the Parkway last were raised three years ago, in January 2013, with a top price of $3.25 at the Main Plaza and $1.50 at the secondary toll points. > Read more.

Holiday poinsettia sales benefit two Henrico schools


Horticulture students at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and at Hermitage Technical Center will be holding holiday plant sales on both campuses this month.

The Academy at Virginia Randolph will host sales Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its campus, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 apiece. > Read more.

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Community

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.

YMCA branches to host ‘Healthy Kids Day’ Apr. 29-30


The YMCA of Greater Richmond will host its "Healthy Kids Day" April 29-30 at all local branches.

The event is part of the Y's national initiative to improve families' health and well-being.

Each event features games, healthy snacks, arts and crafts and physical activities, among other events. Its goal is to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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