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Citizens urge increased reading focus

Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013

Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.

At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.

Gearing up

Photos courtesy Megan Heath

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.

Welcome home


As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.

For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
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Alzheimer’s Association walk raises more than $418,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 7 in Innsbrook raised more than $418,000 for Alzheimer’s care support programs, and research, according to organizers.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of three walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond; the others were held in Urbanna Sept. 19 and in Fredericksburg Sept. 26. > Read more.

Rayvon Owen performs at Henrico H.S.


American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen, an alumnus of the Henrico High School Center for the Arts, performed two concerts at the school Nov. 7 as part of the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

Owen also attended a special reception for the CFA at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center in Ginter Park Nov. 6.

Owen, 24, began singing at church in Varina and graduated from Henrico H.S. in 2009. He attended and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, then skyrocketed to fame with his fourth-place finish on Fox's American Idol television show in 2014. > Read more.

Adams to seek recount in Fairfield School Board race

UPDATE: NOV. 6, 2015, 5:44 P.M. – Following a 43-vote loss in Tuesday's election, Fairfield District School Board candidate Tara Adams announced tonight that she will seek a recount.

Adams lost to Roscoe Cooper III, 5,095 votes to 5,052 votes, according to the results that were certified today by Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley. The tentative results Tuesday night had given Cooper a 48-vote victory.

In a statement, Adams said that she made her decision to seek a recount after much deliberation. > Read more.

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Community

Anthem LemonAid registration opens


Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.

Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.

“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.

“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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