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HCPS among national leaders in reducing suspensions


Henrico County Public Schools has made significant progress in finding alternatives to student suspensions. A new UCLA study lists the division among the most-improved large school systems in the nation for reducing student suspensions between the 2009-10 and 2011-12 school years.

The rate of suspensions in the division decreased from 31 percent to 13.8 percent during that time. Suspensions of black students were down 29 percent; suspensions of Hispanic students decreased 16 percent; and suspensions of white students were down 8 percent.

“We’ve made real progress with initiatives, training and the hard work of our staff,” said Patrick C. Kinlaw, the division’s superintendent. > Read more.

Henrico Fire officials pluck a duck, dog from icy ponds


Henrico Fire officials weren't auditioning for the sequel to the movie Frozen in recent weeks, but they could have been.

Firefighters used the bitter cold weather in late February as an opportunity to practice ice-rescue training at a partially frozen lake at Three Lakes Park – a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience in such environments.

The Division of Fire's Technical Rescue tam, Hazardous Materials team and Search and Rescue Dive team joined to practice rescuing a team member who was placed in the water in a special ice suit (above). > Read more.
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No serious injuries reported in Henrico garage fire

One man was treated at the scene of a garage fire in Eastern Henrico for possible smoke inhalation Monday night, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire broke out in a garage in the 2300 block of Carlisle Avenue, near Williamsburg Road and the City of Richmond line, at about 6:30 p.m. Initial fire attack crews found the single-story garage heavily involved in fire 25 feet from a residence.

The first units to arrive were able to keep the fire contained to garage and prevent surrounding homes from catching fire. > Read more.

Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 18

Henrico County will hold its 31st annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.

The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the 19th century; these include cider making, candle dipping, corn shelling, blacksmithing, woodworking and a natural dye demonstration.

Additional family activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze and a children’s pumpkin patch, where children ages 3-12 can pick their own pumpkins. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 20 to highlight GRTC service in Henrico

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the GRTC Transit System and its service in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

GRTC CEO David Green and representatives of the Henrico Department of Public Works will join Thornton for the discussion and will answer questions. > Read more.

Tuckahoe town meeting Oct. 20 to highlight recycling programs

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will hold a town meeting Monday, Oct. 20 to discuss the importance of recycling programs in Henrico County.

The meeting will include sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.

Two representatives of the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority — Public Information Coordinator Nancy Drumheller and Board of Directors member Marcia Kelley — will join O’Bannon for a presentation and will answer questions. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Volunteers needed for annual James River Parade of Lights

The James River Advisory Council is seeking volunteers who own power boats for its 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Boaters decorate their craft with lights and cruise the James as spectators watch from numerous viewing sites between Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. The parade will start around 6 p.m. with a grand illumination before cruising downriver. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Auditions for ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ planned Saturday

Auditions for PDM Productions, Inc.’s “The Nutcracker Sweet” will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 at Deep Run High School. The audition is open to the community and dancers and actors of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Roles are available for dancers, actors, non-dancers and beginner dancers, ages five and up.

Participants need to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Registration will be in the cafeteria. Those auditioning should be ready with hair pulled back, wearing appropriate dance attire and footwear, warmed up and prepared to dance. > Read more.

CACGA, Regency Square partner to offer classes

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Regency Square Mall are partnering to bring art classes designed by the center and taught by center instructors to the mall.

Classes will begin in September with one adult and one youth class (for grades 1-6) each month. For adults, classes are offered in visual arts, fiber arts, jewelry making and confectionary arts. For youth, classes are offered in visual arts including classes in drawing, cartooning, pastels and watercolors. > Read more.

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