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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 SOL pass rates drop in 19 of 34 tests

UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year. > Read more.

GRASP awards scholarships to 8 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization based in Glen Allen, recently awarded 42 College Success scholarships totaling $60,970.00 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program. Eight Henrico students were among the recipients.

“We had significantly more scholarship applicants this year and almost double the amount of dollars to award for this year’s scholarships," said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Dominion Club sold to San Diego firm

A San Diego-based golf and resort company has agreed to purchase The Dominion Club in Wyndham from The Dominion Club, LC and Loch Levan Land Partnership, the owner and manager of the club since 1992. The announcement comes 10 days after the Aug. 15 deadline for interested buyers to place their bids and means that a group of 10 members who sought to purchase the club was unsuccessful in its attempt.

Heritage Golf Group, LLC will purchase the club, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011 and emerged from that process last year. > Read more.

Labor Day Holiday to Delay CVWMA curbside recycling, trash collections

CVWMA curbside recycling and trash collections will be delayed the week of Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day.

No collections will be made on Monday; thus, all collections during the week will occur on the day following the normal collection day. Friday collections will occur on Saturday. > Read more.

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Community

Gift basket project for senior citizens underway

The Annual Holiday Gift Basket Project, an initiative of Senior Connections, is accepting donations through Dec. 9. The program promotes healthy aging, helps seniors remain independent in their homes and communities, and brings holiday cheer to isolated seniors and those in the greatest need of support.

During the recent years of economic recession, Senior Connections has received an increasing number of calls from seniors seeking assistance. The basket project has helped seniors who often have to choose between paying utility bills, purchasing medications and food or taking care of the rent or mortgage. > 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.

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

Restaurant watch

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

Collegiate graduate’s film opens in Richmond

Westhampton Theatre will host a private screening of the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” on Saturday, July 28 at 1 p.m. The award-winning film is produced by Richmond native Michael Gottwald, a 2002 graduate of the Collegiate School.

The film was shot in South Louisiana and tells the story of six year-old Hushpuppy who lives in a forgotten but defiant bayou community, cut off from the rest of the world.

Gottwald is a founding member of the New Orleans-based Court 13 Film Collective, which produced “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” He served as executive producer on Court 13’s “Glory at Sea” in 2007, a short film made possible by the support of a handful of generous Richmond residents and was screened at the Byrd Theatre in May 2008. > Read more.

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