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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently announced that Rebecca Steel has joined the Residential Property Services Group as portfolio manager in its Richmond office. Steel is a native of Roanoke and has lived in the Richmond area for 12 years. Her portfolio will consist of multi-family properties in Richmond and Norfolk. She has more than 20 years of property management experience. Before joining Thalhimer, Steel was with Plus Management, overseeing a portfolio of commercial buildings as well as art studios and workspaces along with conventional and tax credit communities. Prior to that, she worked in managerial roles with United Dominion Realty Trust, Landmark Property Services and served as vice president of operations for Summit Realty Group. Her experience encompasses HUD based, LIHTC as well as conventional communities to include new construction, historical rehab projects along with the re-positioning of distressed communities to compete within the current market. Steel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from UC Irvine as well as a degree in early childhood development. > Read more.
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State SOL committee proposes changes

UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.

The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.

The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Nov. 3-9


A sampling of property transactions in Henrico County Nov. 3-9, 2014 appears below:

514 Dale Street – $86,322, 1,073 SF (built in 1957), from Tracy M. Manoley to Federal National Mortgage Association.
1528 Young Street – $100,000, 1,484 SF (built in 1940), from Gwendolyn C. Wells to J&R Rent to Buy LLC.
2307 Nortonia Road – $106,100, 925 SF (built in 1956), from James F. Moore to C. Brown Properties LLC.
2704 Chariot Street – $131,973, 1,344 SF (built in 1988), from Vergyl L. Cabbagestalk to Federal National Mortgage Association.
23 Huntsman Road – $140,000, 1,042 SF (built in 1951), from William Lee and Sue P. Smith to Dallas Pitcock Anthony. > Read more.

Varina District meetings to highlight road projects, Virginia Capital Trail, new library

Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold two Community Conversations meetings in December to discuss various road initiatives, the Virginia Capital Trail and the planned Varina Area Library.

The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Dorey Park Recreation Center, 2999 Darbytown Road, and at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nile Mile Road. > Read more.

Stowe honored with Procurement Xcelerator Award from Virginia General Services

Cecelia H. Stowe, purchasing manager for Henrico County, earned an inaugural Procurement Xcelerator Award from the Virginia Department of General Services in recognition of her career accomplishments in public procurement.

Stowe received the Career Achievement Award on Nov. 17 at the 2014 Public Procurement Forum in Hampton and was recognized by the Henrico Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Purchases and Supply presented Procurement Xcelerator Awards to eight procurement professionals and agencies. > Read more.

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Community

Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association to salute military members June 7

The Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association (GAYAA) will honor members of the military as part of an event at Glen Allen Stadium at RF&P Park in Glen Allen on Saturday, June 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Association officials will present a check to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) during the event. The GAYAA raised money by selling special camouflage hats and t-shirts to benefit the area’s wounded veterans and support VWWP’s ongoing efforts. > Read more.

FeedMore to open summer food sites in Henrico

In the coming weeks, 13 separate Henrico locations will serve as Summer Food Service sites.

FeedMore, a Central Virginia-based organization that works to fight hunger, is taking part in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program again this year.

The program is designed to provide meals for children who receive free or reduced meals during the school year and who otherwise might not receive meals during the summer months when school is out. > Read more.

ICGR honors 2 with appreciation awards


Rabbi Ben Romer and Sister Cora Marie Billings were honored April 28 as recipients of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond’s 2014 appreciation awards at the ICGR’s Sixth Annual Clergy & Community Leaders Recognition Breakfast. Held at the Rosyln Conference and Retreat Center on River Road, the breakfast brought together faith and community leaders members from all backgrounds and denominations and featured Rev. Dr. Judith Bennett of The Resource Center as keynote speaker. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

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

Weekend Top 10


If you’re in the mood for a little music this weekend, you won’t be disappointed! Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will present a musical tribute to the legendary Ray Charles at CACGA tomorrow. Fans of gospel music can head to Sandston Baptist Church for an Eastern Henrico FISH benefit concert. Richmond native and American Idol Season 5 finalist Elliott Yamin will perform at the Weinstein JCC. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Out of the box

‘Trolls’ offers cute characters, but too many lessons
The last film from stop-motion animation studio Laika, ParaNorman, was a movie with a message. And that message was: “Don’t judge others (in ParaNorman’s case, a pack of not-so-ravenous zombies) just because they’re different from you or me.”

Laika’s latest offering, The Boxtrolls, has a message of its own: “High society isn’t necessarily the best society.”

Also, it’s about being a good father. And the importance of music. Oh, and what it means to be a hero. And just for fun it throws in the same “no judging the different” shtick from ParaNorman.

Maybe The Boxtrolls should have dialed it down a shade. > Read more.

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