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GRCC to host 12th District Senate forum

The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Reynolds Community College for candidates seeking the 12th District Virginia Senate seat. Republican Siobhan Dunnavant, Democrat Deborah Repp and independent Robert Johnson are competing in the Nov. 3 election.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Workforce Development & Conference Center at the college, 1651 East Parham Road in Henrico. Members of the audience may submit questions to the candidates at the event. > Read more.

Henrico, Habitat partner to host home maintenance workshops

For homeowners in the region who have struggled with home repairs, life could soon be getting a little easier.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and the Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization have joined forces to host a series of workshops to help residents maintain and improve their homes. The courses begin Saturday, Oct. 17.

The goal of the workshops is to address the high volume of calls that the county receives about home maintenance issues, as well as to provide an outlet for those homeowners who are uncertain about how to maintain the upkeep of a home. > Read more.

Supervisors vote to purchase future park site for $2.8M

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with plans for a recreational park after a vote Sept. 22, to authorize the purchase of 99 acres in Sandston for $2.8 million from private landowners.

The sellers approached the county as far back as 2007 to propose a sale, but Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson said that it took some time to reach an agreement on a price for the land.

"The landowners have been pretty aggressive in wanting the county to have the property, and in wanting the space to be used for a park, so it wouldn't be sold to developers," said Nelson. "The county was interested but we had differences on the price and what they wanted and what we could offer – we can only offer what the land is appraised for, and that isn't really negotiable." > Read more.

Kindergarten registration scheduled for April 16

Henrico County Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration Thursday, Apr. 16, for students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30. Registration will be held between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at all elementary schools in the county.

Visit http://www.henrico.k12.va.us (type "kindergarten" into the search bar) or dial (804) 652-3829 or "211" to learn what documentation and health forms you need to bring to register your child for kindergarten. > Read more.

A suburban epidemic

Henrico experiences spike in heroin usage, deaths

Marvelle Hutchinson had been in prison for 5 years. Locked up for heroin possession, he was awaiting release in 2012 when he began hearing strange stories about the girls back home. New inmates were telling him about shifting attitudes towards the drug that had tormented him since he first tried it at age 19.

“It used to be that you could not let no females know you was getting high [on heroin] because that was hard drugs,” said Hutchinson. “You would be considered a junkie.”

But newly incarcerated inmates were telling Hutchinson that the drug had become commonplace. He couldn’t imagine a world in which snorting or shooting heroin was as casual as smoking a cigarette. > Read more.

Housing program helps disabled

A growing number of families in the Henrico area are opening up their homes to individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities through a service called sponsored residential living, an alternative to group homes that offers disabled citizens an opportunity to live more normal lives.

Wall Residences was the first organization in the state to offer a sponsored residential living program. It works with more than 10 local human rights committees and serves more than 434 people throughout the state to provide services for those who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and/or developmental disabilities. > Read more.

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More cyclists on the way

Riders to pass through county on East Coast Greenway tour
From October 4-9, 35 cyclists will be riding through Henrico County as part of a 325-mile tour of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) route from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Raleigh, NC.

A 2,900-mile trail route that extends from the Canadian border at Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, The East Coast Greenway is heading into its 25th year. The Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride and fundraiser that has been working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders cover a different section of the Greenway each year and are on target to complete the route in Key West in 2019. > Read more.

Henrico woman wins $1M in Va. Lottery game

When Amanda Spiller of Henrico saw that she’d won the $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game, it didn’t immediately sink in.

“I was in shock. . . complete shock,” she said. “I had to double and triple check.”

She bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 2750 Hungary Spring Road in Henrico. She had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $681,000 before taxes. She chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. > Read more.

New restaurant opens at Virginia Center Commons

Virginia Center Commons is now home to Alpozio’s Grill & Lounge, a new American-themed, family-owned and operated restaurant concept from industry veteran Al Williams.

“We are excited to welcome Alpozio’s, adding another dimension to Virginia Center Commons’ popular mix of specialty stores, eateries and entertainment venues,” said Sheryl Raulin, mall manager at Virginia Center Commons.

The kitchen at Alpozio’s focuses on classic American favorites with Italian influence. Menu items include everything from crab cakes to ribeye with a selection of kid-friendly favorites and decadent desserts, such as strawberry shortcake and grandma’s apple pie. > Read more.


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