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Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.

Bill would ‘ban the box’ on job applications


A Senate committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit state agencies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal history on employment applications.

The Senate General Laws and Technology Committee voted 8-7 in favor of Senate Bill 1017, sponsored by Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg. It would remove the box from applications that prospective employees must check if they’ve been convicted of a crime. > Read more.
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Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 4-10


3050 Watts Lane – $60,000, 1,004 SF (built in 1985), from Lynch Real Estate Inc. TRS to Zach Four LLC.
2313 Dickens Road – $96,957, 1,016 SF (built in 1954), from Michael A. Campbell to Veterans Affairs.
2114 Parkside Avenue – $114,500, 1,109 SF (built in 1958), from David A. Jones to Thawng Uk and Sui Hnem.
5008 Hickory Meadows Place – $150,000 (vacant site), from Stable Hill Development Company Inc. to Winchester Homes Inc.
6133 Almond Creek Lane – $155,000, 1,632 SF (built in 1992), from Lloyd A. and C.C. Brewer to Ieisha L. Nedd. > Read more.

Fairfield, Varina meeting Sept. 8 to spotlight upcoming Civil War reenactments

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a community meeting Monday, Sept. 8 about upcoming Civil War battle reenactments to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. Officials with the Division of Recreation and Parks will discuss plans for the reenactments and related festivities, which will include living history exhibits and Civil War-era music, food and games. > Read more.

Just winging it

Famed actors Corbin Bernsen and Shirley Jones were in Henrico recently for several days, filming On The Wing, a family-friendly movie whose screenplay was a finalist at the International Family Film Festival and quarter-finalist at the Richmond International Film Festival. The movie filmed for several days at St. Joseph's Villa in Henrico, then moved to the Virginia State Capitol and Doswell. Filming will wrap up Aug. 25, and the movie is expected to be completed by January, then marketed in the U.S. and internationally through RedBox and on Netflix.

The crew of two dozen is composed almost entirely of Richmond-area residents, and the lead actor (19-year-old Brennon Tolbert) is from Virginia Beach. > Read more.

Business in brief


Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has entered into a marketing partnership with Richmond-based Groome Transportation, a regional airport transportation provider connecting travelers to international airports in several Southeast markets. Free Agents will provide Groome with web development and interactive marketing, enhancing the company’s brand presence in multiple regions across the United States. Groome Transportation is the first national account for Free Agents Marketing. The agency’s roster of clients includes Bon Secours Virginia Health System, University of Colorado Health, Iredell Health System, First Team Automotive Group, Eastern Virginia Bankshares (EVB), Sports Backers and the Better Business Bureau. > Read more.

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Community

Local recyclers rewarded for efforts

Eighteen local recyclers – including two from Henrico County – won prizes from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) in celebration of the America Recycles Day 2011, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps to raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year. > Read more.

Safe Harbor launches new website Dec. 7

Safe Harbor will celebrate the launch of its new website and social media on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St. A percentage of sales will benefit Safe Harbor. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Gallaher wins Snagajob’s ‘Hourly Gig’ music contest

Belmont University junior Ben Gallaher won Snagajob's 'The Hourly Gig' contest and will open for country rock-star Brantley Gilbert at Innsbrook After Hours Sept. 19 at the Snagajob Pavilion. The contest invited hourly employees and job-seekers to submit videos of original songs.

More than 600 videos were submitted, and five finalists were selected to compete in a week-long public voting period online, which drew more than 32,000 votes.

Gallaher, 19, submitted his original song, “Hold onto Me,” in the contest to showcase his country-rock style. > Read more.

Virginia artist Moss coming to CACGA

Internationally recognized Virginia artist P. (Pat) Buckley Moss will visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen next week to speak at a luncheon and sign books and prints in the center’s Gumenick Family Gallery.

Moss, who has been able to overcome a life-long learning disability and achieve success as an artist, will speak at the Sept. 15 luncheon, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 apiece. The signing event, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Books, prints and other items will be available for purchase in the gift shop or patrons can bring their own items to be signed. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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