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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, March 4 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, April 5 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. > Read more.

Senate panel rejects plastic bag tax


The Senate Finance Committee has killed a bill to impose a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags that stores give their customers. But the proposal’s sponsor says he isn’t giving up.

The tax would have applied to grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which encompasses most of Virginia. As an incentive to collect the tax, the bill would have allowed retailers to keep 1 cent of the 5-cent levy.

Revenue from the plastic bag tax – estimated at as much as $18 million a year – would have been used to support the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan, which works to reduce pollution in the bay and the region’s streams, creeks and rivers. > Read more.

Bills would help, hurt undocumented immigrants


Three bills that would help undocumented immigrants, and one that would hurt them, have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly as state legislators tackle an issue that loomed large during the presidential election.

HB 1857 would protect in-state tuition for undocumented students, while HB 2001 seeks to root out such students from Virginia’s public colleges and universities. HB 1682 would allow undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver’s licenses, as long as they are paying taxes and have auto insurance. Finally, HB 1779 would expand the state’s definition of a hate crime to violence based on someone’s immigration status. > Read more.
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Wegmans opens in Short Pump


Wegmans employees prepped last week for the Aug. 7 grand opening of the chain's new Short Pump store. The new location, in the West Broad Marketplace west of Short Pump Town Center just off West Broad Street, employs about 550 people, most of whom were hired locally. It is the second Wegmans to open in the Richmond region, joining the Midlothian store, which opened in the spring. > Read more.

2 ambulance units shifted

90-day trial seeks to improve EMS response times

Henrico Division of Fire officials have relocated two of their 15 ambulance units from their home stations to other stations during daytime hours Monday through Friday, as part of a 90-day trial designed to improve response times in the county's busiest service areas.

Through September, the ambulance based at Station 4 (on Strath Road in Varina) is reporting to Station 3 (in Highland Springs), while the unit based at Station 16 (on Shady Grove Road in Short Pump) is reporting to Station 9 (on Quioccasin Road) during those weekday hours. > Read more.

3 Henrico students earn KLM Book Scholarship awards


Three Henrico County students were among the 33 students from Virginia and Maryland who earned 2016 Book Scholarship Awards from the KLM Scholarship Foundation. Awards were presented Aug. 6 during a ceremony at Linwood Holton Elementary School.

Christopher Gray (who will attend Hampden-Sydney College and major in psychology); Zoie McMillian (who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal science; and Heather Williams ( who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal and poultry sciences) each earned $1,000 scholarships. Gray intendeds to become a lawyer and eventually open his own firm. > 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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Raceway Complex has two exciting, albeit very different, events taking place this weekend: the Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale and Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed. If you’re searching for date night ideas, Wild Ponies will be performing at the Henrico Theatre tonight, CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” and The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) will present a screening of the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress, and the Science of Hope” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital. “Resilience” is the companion film to “Paper Tigers,” which follows a year in the life of an alternative high school in Washington State who radically changed its approach to student discipline, with radically positive results. A short discussion will follow. Admission is free. To reserve a seat, visit http://tinyurl.com/SCANmovie. Full text

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