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Citizen Staff Reports 10/21/2016 Government
Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children. > Read more.
Holiday shopping options in Short Pump will be twice as nice this year with T.J.Maxx now open and seven new retailers in various stages of construction in West Broad Marketplace in the 4th quarter of 2016. Newly signed retailers include b.good, Essex Bank, Hair Cuttery, Rack Room Shoes, Escape Nails and Spa, Mattress Firm, and Verizon Wireless.
The openings of these retailers will closely follow the Wegmans’ opening which occurred in August.
Purveyor of healthy fast food, b.good, has chosen West Broad Marketplace to open its 39th restaurant and continue its growth from where it was founded in Boston. The restaurant will serve locally harvested kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, burgers and sandwiches, along with smoothies and shakes. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/20/2016 Government
The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, Oct. 29 for its new 4-H Cloverbud Club for children ages 5 to 8.
The Once Upon a Cloverbud event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Extension Office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
Parents and children will learn how the monthly Cloverbud meetings will provide an opportunity for fun, hands-on learning through a variety of activities, including creative arts and crafts, science, yoga, dance and cooking. > Read more.
MAY 18, 5:12 P.M. – Henrico voters could cast their ballots this November on a proposed bond referendum that totals more than $400 million, the Citizen has learned.
In addition to the $272.6 million in school projects previously proposed by County Manager John Vithoulkas for the referendum, Vithoulkas will propose adding at least 12 more projects totaling at least $128 million.
Among the other projects are:
• seven Recreation and Parks projects (including funding for the construction of Greenwood Park in Glen Allen and Taylor Park in Sandston);
• two new fire stations; > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/16/2016 Henrico Crime
A Richmond man was cited on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint in the late afternoon May 16 when TSA officers detected a handgun in one of the man’s carry-on bags.
TSA officers detected the firearm, a .380 caliber handgun, in the man’s carry-on bag as he entered the checkpoint. The gun was not loaded.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man. > Read more.
MAY 16, 7:30 P.M. – A proposed Dominion Virginia Power substation in Varina will be the topic of a community meeting at Varina High School Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
The substation, proposed on a 10-acre parcel at 7000 Osborne Turnpike, is needed to improve service reliability in the Varina area, according to Dominion officials. Within the area that would be served by the new substation, there have been 13 power outages during the past two years – including six that lasted one hour or longer, Dominion records show. Those figures exceed typical outages experienced by most Dominion customers elsewhere, according to the company. > Read more.
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Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.
The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.
Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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