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Task force to distribute addiction resource cards at local retail spots

Within the next week or so, grocery shoppers in Henrico and around the region will be able to add an item to their grocery bags that they never could before.

For those shoppers with family members who struggle with addiction, the item may even be a life-saving one.

Chesterfield SAFE, a regional coalition of community leaders, health care workers, educators, law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, will launch a blitz July 25 to place resource cards in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers and medical centers across the greater Richmond area. > Read more.

Bon Secours earns ‘Circle of Life’ award


Bon Secours Palliative Medicine was one of three programs in the nation to earn the American Hospital Association's 2016 Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

The Circle of Life Award, now in its 17th year, celebrates programs across the nation that have made great strides in palliative and end-of-life care.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Bon Secours Palliative Medicine supports patients when their symptoms are overwhelming, when they are facing difficult decisions and when they are dealing with chronic medical conditions. > Read more.

DMV 2 Go mobile offices coming to 2 Henrico locations


The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ five mobile customer service centers, called DMV 2 Go, are traveling across the state to serve customers. Each full service office provides all DMV transactions. Thanks to DMV’s partnerships with other government agencies, customers may also now purchase certified copies of Virginia birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders and apply for their hunting or fishing licenses on all five DMV mobile offices. > Read more.
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Fairfield MS earns ‘reconstituted’ status from Virginia BOE


The Virginia Board of Education last month granted “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” status to 31 schools that otherwise would have been denied state accreditation because of persistently low student achievement. Among them: Henrico's Fairfield Middle School.

The board’s accreditation regulations define reconstitution as a process to improve instruction and raise student achievement by restructuring a school's governance, faculty, instructional program and/or student population. > Read more.

Good for the heart


In recognition of February as American Heart Month, all newborn babies at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital were dressed in hand-knitted red caps, provided by the American Heart Association, one day earlier this month. The AHA is seeking to increase awareness about heart disease in women specifically and general heart health for men and women. > Read more.

No decrease in SOL testing this year


Until two years ago, Virginia third-graders were required to take four Standards of Learning exams per year. Students were tested across all disciplines and asked to demonstrate skills taught not just in third grade, but going back to kindergarten. Only five states tested young elementary school students this much.
Now, Virginia third-graders are tested only in math and reading with less cumulative material from previous grade levels. Testing was reduced in other grade levels, too. From a high of 34 SOL tests, students in the commonwealth now must pass 29 such exams before receiving a high school diploma.

A bill proposed by Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, would have taken this a step further. Senate Bill 203 sought to roll back SOL testing to the federally mandated minimum of 17 SOLs before graduation. > Read more.

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Community

Local choral group seeks volunteers

Good Vibrations choral group is looking for all voices with some musical experience to sing with the volunteer choir. The season runs from August to November. Genre includes patriotic and inspirational. > Read more.

County plans Fourth of July event


Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.

Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.

The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > 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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