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Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen. > Read more.

Short Pump Park to expand

Short Pump Park is growing. The park, which currently consists of a playground, shelters and a multipurpose sports field adjacent to Short Pump Elementary School, will be expanded and ultimately will include one mile of paved trails and 0.7 mile of natural surface trails; a dog park with separate sections for small and large dogs; a second playground; a new large shelter; and 223 new parking spots. In addition, an existing playground will be expanded.

Henrico supervisors are expected to adopt a new master plan of development for the park at their Feb. 11 meeting. The new plan would outline the proposed expansions. > Read more.

Webb named CEO of A Grace Place

The board of directors of A Grace Place Adult Care Center recently named Karen Webb as the agency’s new chief executive officer, effective last month. For more than three decades, Webb has served in executive leadership roles for nonprofit organizations at the national, regional and local level. She succeeds Lynne Seward, who retired last month after 27 years as the agency’s CEO. A Grace Place, located in Henrico County, provides specialized day programs for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions, and support for their family caregivers.

Webb served as CEO for Trident Food Service Equipment Corporation for the past nine months. > Read more.

Consultant offers plan for reducing HCPS suspensions

Henrico County’s public schools system should adopt a number of measurable, across-the-board goals and desired outcomes as part of a long-term plan to reduce discipline disparities among its students, a consultant has outlined in a report to the School Board.

In total, Susan Barrett of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore outlined 22 recommendations for the School Board to consider in its attempt to address the disparities. In 2012, the school system came under fire from local groups after a UCLA study showed that black students accounted for a disproportionate number of suspensions in the county. > Read more.

State sues Henrico hotel

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit against GRM Management LLC, a Virginia limited liability company that operates the Richmond Magnuson Grand Hotel and Convention Center in Henrico County, for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and Virginia's "bait and switch" statute.

The hotel is located at 6531 West Broad Street in the Near West End.
> Read more.

Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said. > Read more.

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Community

Traveling tapestry exhibit opens at Cultural Arts Center

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will host a touring exhibit from the American Tapestry Alliance during the next month and a half.

The Gumenick Family Gallery exhibition, Small Tapestry International 2: Passages, featuring small tapestries created by artists from around the world, opens Sept. 15 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which is open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 30. This is the only East Coast venue hosting this touring, biennial exhibition of the American Tapestry Alliance. > Read more.

Lewis Ginter hosts fall plant sale

Grace Harrison of the Henrico Master Gardeners' Association demonstrates vermi composting to a visitor during Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's fall plant sale Sept. 17.
> Read more.

Help CVFB win 30,000 pounds of protein

To boost hunger awareness in the U.S., Tyson Foods is launching a social media campaign enabling the public to choose three food banks to receive a 30,000-pound protein donation from the company. The donation will provide 120,000 meals for each chosen food bank. All food banks are located in counties with high rates of food insecurity. > Read more.

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