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Varina meeting Jan. 26 to highlight public safety efforts in Sandston


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss public safety efforts in the Sandston area.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave. Nelson will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Police Division for a discussion of its public safety efforts and how residents can help. > Read more.

Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;
> Read more.

Nominees sought for Community Leader of the Year Award


The Henrico Business Council will be accepting nominations for its Community Leader of the Year Award from now until February 3.

The council seeks nominees who show unwavering support for Henrico County and the business community through their involvement with Henrico; demonstrate dedication to the betterment and/or growth of Henrico County; exhibit enthusiasm for Henrico County; and have made a difference in the community. > Read more.
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Have you seen this beetle?


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging Virginia residents to be on the lookout for a destructive beetle.

The Asian longhorned beetle has not yet been spotted in Virginia, but it has the potential to destroy millions of acres of hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, among others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People also can help the effort by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden beneath the bark, to new areas. > Read more.

Henrico libraries have new phone numbers


As part of a migration to a new voice over IP phone system, all Henrico County Public Libraries now have new phone numbers.

The new numbers are:

• Fairfield Area Library – 501-1930

• Gayton Branch Library – 501-1960

• Glen Allen Branch Library – 501-1950 > Read more.

Substitute discrepancies evident at middle, high school levels, too

Eastern, Northern Henrico schools account for 82 percent of ‘fail-to-fill’ occurrences
Eastern and Northern Henrico middle and high schools failed to fill substitute teacher positions more than once a day on average during the past two school years, according to data provided to the Henrico Citizen by Henrico County Public Schools at the newspaper's request.

The data shows that Eastern and Northern Henrico secondary schools – like their elementary school counterparts – have a disproportionately difficult time filling substitute teacher positions, when compared to schools in the West End.

More than 80 percent of the 4,525 failed attempts to fill substitute teacher positions at Henrico middle and high schools during the past two years occurred at the 10 such schools in Eastern and Northern Henrico. The rest took place at 13 West End schools. > Read more.

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Community

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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Quill Theatre will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr; Abridged” is an irreverent, high-speed roller coaster ride through the Bard’s plays. Performance times are at 7 p.m. Jan. 27-28, Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 10-11, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and 12. Tickets are $28. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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