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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards. > Read more.

Henrico-based Mitchell Wiggins & Company wins YP Workplace Award


Henrico-based accounting and consulting firm Mitchell Wiggins & Company won the YP Workplace Award for small businesses, presented by ChamberRVA and its HYPE program.

The company was one of four winners announced during an event to honor The Icons and YP Workplace award-winners April 28 at The Westin Hotel in Henrico.

Other winners were Trane U.S., Inc. (in the large business category); Sarah Mullens, co-founder of UnBoundRVA ("Change Agent"); and Natalie Garramone, CEO of The Frontier Project ("Front Runner"). > Read more.
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2 Henrico art teachers named best in Virginia


Two Henrico County art teachers recently were named Virginia’s best for 2015 at their respective levels.

The Virginia Art Education Association named Carver Elementary School’s Julz Suder (pictured, left) as the state’s top elementary school art teacher for 2015 and Hermitage High School's Allison Boyd (right) as Virginia’s top high school art teacher for the year.

The two were honored at the group’s state conference in Roanoke. > Read more.

Steward School to offer merit grant program


The Steward School, an independent coed JK-12 school in Henrico County, today announced a new merit-based grant program for its Upper School. The new program is being funded by a donation from a current Steward family. At the donors’ request, their gift will fund several merit-based grants of up to $10,000 each per year for students who are new to Steward in the Upper School.

“A core part of The Steward School’s mission is to celebrate a diversity of talents, abilities, and cultures among our student body, so that we can provide a rich and well-rounded educational experience,” said Dan Frank, head of school. > Read more.

‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ seeking help for the aged


A program that provides holiday cheer, companionship and gifts for Richmond area seniors is partnering with businesses and community members to collect items for aging adults. Sponsored by the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Richmond and surrounding areas, the Be a Santa to a Senior program provides gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Holiday shoppers who want to participate in the gift-giving can visit one of eight area Christmas trees, which feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their gift requests – such as a pair of slippers or a small pharmacy gift card. In Henrico, trees are located at The Crossings at University Park, 2422 Pemberton Road; The Hermitage at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Parkway; Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Drive; Our Lady of Hope, 13700 N. Gayton Road, and Home Instead Senior Care, 2565 Homeview Drive. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

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.
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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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