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Former Henrico PAL participant now serves as program counselor

In only eight years of existence, Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) has grown from a single, small after-school program to a series of sports camps, summer camps, recreational and after-school programs serving several hundred children each year.

Four years ago, Henrico PAL also won national recognition as Aubrey Temple of the Youth Leadership Council and board member Johnny Newman were honored as "Male Youth of the Year" and "Male Volunteer of the Year" at the national conference. > Read more.

After the storm


Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina threatened New Orleans, Cain Bassett and his family left their home in the city's West Bank area and headed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Not to take a flight out of harm's way, but to hunker down until the impending massive storm passed.

In 2005, Bassett, who now lives in western Henrico County, was employed by Delaware North. He helped manage the company's 20 restaurants and bars that lined the New Orleans airport's concourses.

In the long hours before Karina hit, the company allowed Bassett, his wife, their two children, as well as a few other employees, to take refuge at the airport. > Read more.

Business in brief


Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced recently the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond. The documents provide a framework for area schools to adhere to a recommended program plan with Junior Achievement, focusing on JA Finance Park, a middle and high school program focused on personal finance and career readiness. Under the agreements, schools are encouraged to increase their participation each year over the next three years. The JA Finance Park program teaches students how to create a family budget and live within their means. It consists of thirteen in-class lessons and culminates in a visit to the Capital One/JA Finance Park facility where students become adults for a day – making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. In the 2014-2015 school year, over 4,700 Central Virginia students participated in the program. With the memoranda in place, the number of participating students is expected to more than double by 2018. > Read more.
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Unfunded mandates cost county big dollars


"You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw.” (Exdodus 5:7)

That mandate incited the ancient Hebrew slaves to rebel against their Egyptian masters. Twelve plagues, the Red Sea, and the loss of an entire labor force could have been avoided if the pharaoh had simply provided enough straw to make the bricks.

Although they toil in Excel and not by brick kilns, and are subject to the Board of Supervisors and state government, not a pharaoh, the employees of the Henrico County budget office face a similar predicament to that of the Israelites: A growing list of mandates and a shrinking reserve of resources. > Read more.

Local races starting to take shape


The list of candidates seeking office in Henrico County is beginning to grow, as party primaries near this June, ahead of the November general election during which Henrico voters will elect the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth's Attorney, sheriff and Clerk of the Court.

There will be at least one new member of the Board of Supervisors, since longtime Three Chopt District member Dave Kaechele has announced he will give up the seat after completing his ninth term and 36th year on the board in December. He is endorsing Three Chopt District Planning Commission member Tommy Branin, who has filed paperwork for the Republican primary, as his replacement. > Read more.

Police seek robbery suspect


Henrico Police are seeking a suspect responsible for a commercial robbery that was committed early Monday morning, March 9.

At about 4:25 a.m., officers responded to the 9000 block of Brook Road. The suspect had approached the victim, displayed a firearm and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot from the business. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9, weighing 165 to 180 pounds. The suspect was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a black ski mask covering over his face. > Read more.

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Garden greens


Emily Francis (left) of Richmond Green Drinks and Cary Jamieson of The Steward School checked out the cherry tomato crop Aug. 20 at the school's Bryan Innovation Lab following a visit by members of Green Drinks. Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab, was among the speakers who pointed out various sustainable features of the building and its surroundings, including geothermal, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems, as well as rain gardens and large storage cisterns (like the one pictured) to minimize groundwater pollution. > Read more.

Canterbury Recreation Association ‘wins’ the ‘Dunk Hunger’ drive


For the third consecutive year, the Canterbury Recreation Association in Short Pump donated the most meals to the fourth-annual "Dunk Hunger" campaign, which raises money and food donations for FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. Swim teams and community pools throughout the region combined to raise the equivalent of 77,404 meals this year, with the Canterbury group earning the Gold Medal, with 17,454 meals contributed.

CRA will earn a winners’ bash Aug. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at its pool on Pump Road.

“Our pool has adopted Dunk Hunger into its culture with fun ways to raise food and funds," said Canterbury’s Dunk Hunger chairman Jack McSorley, a Freeman High School junior. > Read more.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Henrico County has a lot to offer this Labor Day weekend! Before summer ends completely, you’ve got to try some Virginia wines at Southern Season’s weekly event, Fridays Uncorked. Check out The Comedy Dad, Alex Scott, at the Richmond Funny Bone or put your thinking caps on and take on The Escape Room. This weekend also features a two-day event at Malvern Hill and Carrington Kay at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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