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Rep. Scott: Let independent panel draw districts


U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, a Democrat representing Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, says the General Assembly should take some of the politics out of redistricting by having an independent commission redraw political boundaries.

When legislators themselves do redistricting, they have a personal interest in protecting their political future and their party, Scott said. That’s why he’d prefer that redistricting be done by a bipartisan or nonpartisan panel.

“It would still be partisan, but the difference is that it’s not personal,” Scott said in an interview after speaking to political science students and faculty Monday at Virginia Commonwealth University. > Read more.

Feeling right at home


The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. > Read more.
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MADD dinner honors law enforcement officers


Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored 35 active and retired law enforcement officers Sept. 29 at a regional law enforcement awards dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump. The officers, who hailed from localities ranging from Ashland to Emporia, were recognized for their efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving, both through prevention programs with youth and enforcement of laws related to impaired driving. > Read more.

Police seek suspect in attempted robbery

Henrico Police are seeking a male suspect who tried to rob a Family Dollar store on Nine Mile Road on Monday.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the Family Dollar in the 6000 block of Nine Mile Road, after the suspect approached the adult female clerk, displayed a knife and made demands. The suspect left the store without receiving any cash or merchandise. No injuries were reported.

The suspect (pictured) is described as a male between 5-foot-7 and 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 190 pounds. He was wearing a mask, grey gloves, a black hooded shirt, blue pants and white tennis shoes. > Read more.

Lantz honored by Down Syndrome Association

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond recently honored Henrico resident Cynthia Lantz as DSAGR Volunteer of the Year.

Lantz has spent the past 25 years advocating for individuals with disabilities and helping families to navigate the disability maze. In addition to working as a parent advocate for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, she has served on the Henrico County Special Education Advisory Council, attended IEP meeting with parents, and assisted with the resource fair and “Life in the Community Conference.” She also helps with the annual education conference, auction, Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival. > Read more.

‘Leader in Me’ book tour to stop at Henrico school


One of the authors of a best-selling book credited with improving schools is making Henrico's Holladay Elementary School one of her stops on a 30-city book tour.

Muriel Summers, a co-author of “The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time,” will appear Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Holladay. Five schools in Henrico County have instituted the “Leader in Me” program based on management guru Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” According program administrators FranklinCovey Education, nearly 2,000 schools in 25 countries have adopted the leadership program, and the book has sold more than 200,000 copies. > Read more.

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Community

Salvation Army musician kicks off Red Kettle Campaign with 36 straight hours of music

At 9 a.m. this morning, Salvation Army musician Matt Sims kicked off the annual Red Kettle Campaign at Short Pump Town Center with bells and music. He will play for 36 hours, ending at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. The feat of playing 36 consecutive hours has never before been attempted by any Salvation Army musician. The idea came to him in late summer as he was thinking of ways to increase awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign at a time when donations to The Salvation Army are more important than ever. > 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.

Keep Virginia Beautiful and Retail Merchants Assoc. host recycling event Nov. 15

Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Retail Merchants Association will host a recycling event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the RMA building, 5101 Monument Ave. near Willow Lawn.

Residents and businesses can bring up to one pickup truck full of electronics. The following electronic items will be accepted: cell phones, computers and monitors, computer peripherals (keyboards, mouse, speakers, etc.), DVD players, alarm clocks, fax machines, home and office phones, printers, stereos, televisions and VCRs. Residents can also bring aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, paper, plastic and glass bottles, glass jars and plastic bags to have recycled. > 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.

Henrico native’s film chosen as festival’s semi-finalist

Henrico native John Irwin’s film “Sold” has been chosen as a semi-finalist for Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival. “Sold” was selected out of more than 15,000 submissions and if voted into the top 10, will open the Venice International Film Festival.

“Sold” is about a young journalist who is inadvertently captured into a human trafficking ring while investigating the treatment of undocumented immigrants in America.

Ridley Scott’s Your Film Festival shows how Scott Free Productions has been able to use YouTube to gain more exposure for filmmakers. The winner of the competition will be awarded $500,000 to make the film a reality with Ridley Scott, a noted film director and producer. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

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

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