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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards. > Read more.

Henrico-based Mitchell Wiggins & Company wins YP Workplace Award


Henrico-based accounting and consulting firm Mitchell Wiggins & Company won the YP Workplace Award for small businesses, presented by ChamberRVA and its HYPE program.

The company was one of four winners announced during an event to honor The Icons and YP Workplace award-winners April 28 at The Westin Hotel in Henrico.

Other winners were Trane U.S., Inc. (in the large business category); Sarah Mullens, co-founder of UnBoundRVA ("Change Agent"); and Natalie Garramone, CEO of The Frontier Project ("Front Runner"). > Read more.
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Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has been selected by Gumenick Properties to provide exclusive retail leasing services for Libbie Mill-Midtown. Centrally located just off West Broad Street on Staples Mill Road, the “Midtown” community sits in the heart of metro Richmond and is convenient to downtown and the surrounding suburban areas. The 80-acre urban mixed-use Libbie Mill-Midtown is the only development in Central Virginia that offers a true live-work-play environment. The project features public gathering spaces, including a lake with pier, park, and exercise trails, combined with its central location, charming architecture, and walkable design. Currently anchored by gourmet marketplace, Southern Season, the retail portion of Libbie Mill-Midtown can accommodate a total of over 200,000 square feet and will draw an upmarket merchandise mix. Retail and restaurant space is available from 1,300 to 65,000 square feet, including endcap availabilities and build-to-suit opportunities. The Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer team will consist of exclusive retail leasing representatives Pam Strieffler and Allyson Petty Wiggins. > Read more.

VCU, JSRCC agreement makes social work degrees more accessible


Virginia Commonwealth University has signed a deal with Reynolds Community College to allow eligible Reynolds students who earn an associate’s degree in pre-social work to transfer to VCU and complete their bachelor’s degree at the School of Social Work in as little as four semesters.

The School of Social Work’s new articulation agreement with Reynolds Community College is the second such agreement with a Richmond-area community college. The School of Social Work entered into a similar agreement with John Tyler Community College in 2012, and the first cohort of transfer students from JTCC is currently studying at VCU. > Read more.

Henrico County’s high school specialty centers to host open houses

Henrico County Public Schools' specialty centers will host open houses in the coming weeks to provide prospective students and their parents ways to find out more about these “schools within a school” and to receive information about the application process.

To visit a center whose open house date has passed, simply call the center's office to schedule a time to visit.

Three specialty centers recently changed their names recently to better reflect their missions. > Read more.

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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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Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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