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3 Henrico elementaries pilot new ‘flood-in’ literacy program

The sound that fills the hallway at Donahoe Elementary School in Sandston is a familiar one – a deep rumbling tone, growing louder as it approaches. The thunder is coming, like clockwork, and with it, a flood.

Second-graders, well-trained in how to respond to this approaching wave, divide themselves, find their chairs and hunker down together in small groups. The time has arrived.

It's time to read.
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For third year, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.

“Participation in athletic and academic competitions is a privilege for students who satisfy eligibility requirements,” McAuliffe wrote in vetoing HB 1578, sponsored by Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. “Opening participation in those competitions to individuals who are not required to satisfy the same criteria codifies academic inequality in interscholastic competition.”

This is the third consecutive year that Bell has shepherded such legislation through the General Assembly only to be stopped at the governor’s office. > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 2 concealed weapons bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed two bills Monday relating to concealed weapons – one involving handgun permits and the other pertaining to switchblade knives.

The first bill, HB 1582, would have allowed members of the military over the age of 18 to apply for concealed handgun permits if they are on active duty or had an honorable discharge and had received basic training.

The current law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a handgun from a licensed dealer. > Read more.
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Henrico County to host 9/11 remembrance


Henrico County will host a memorial service to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road.

The service will feature representatives of state and local government and surrounding cities and counties, as well as speakers from the Fire Department of New York and the New York City Police Department. > Read more.

School’s back in session – be careful on the roads


School resumes Tuesday for Metro Richmond students, including those in Henrico County, and Henrico County Police will increase their presence on county roads in an effort to keep students safe.

Drivers should expect some traffic delays, as buses pick up and drop off children, and should give themselves a few extra minutes on their daily commutes, police advise. Officers will be enforcing all applicable laws to include speeding, seatbelt enforcement and school bus signal violations, with special attention to traffic on roads surrounding Henrico County Schools. They'll also be conducting high-visibility enforcement in school zones across the county during the next several weeks. > Read more.

Sadler, Virginia529 partner


NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader – and Virginia native – Elliott Sadler was in Henrico this week to announce a partnership with Virginia529, the title sponsor of next week's Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Sadler will appear with his wife, Amanda, several times prior to the race to promote the program, which offers four college savings programs for participants. Virginia529 is the largest 529 college savings program in the country. > Read more.

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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.
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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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Deep Run Recreation Center will host a “Growing Your Own Food” workshop for ages 18+ from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn how to plan, plant and harvest a garden of any size. Registration is required. Admission is free. For details, call 652-1437. Full text

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