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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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The 2 moms who won the right to breast-feed


Last summer, Kate Noon, a mother of two in Richmond, read a news article about Virginia’s dubious distinction as a state where women don’t have the right to breast-feed their children in public. It made her angry, and so she called her state delegate, Jennifer McClellan. About the same time, 100 miles away in Fairfax County, Rebecca Geller, had recently given birth to her third child. “While nursing my newborn daughter, I was alarmed to learn that Virginia did not have legal protections in place for breast-feeding women who wanted to feed their children in public places,” she said. So Geller reached out to her delegate, Dave Albo.

The two mothers were working in parallel paths, attempting to update the law on breast-feeding in Virginia. It is one of three states – along with South Dakota and Idaho – where women lack the right to breast-feed in public. > Read more.

UCI 2015 events to begin in Lakeside

UPDATE: FEB. 27, 10:50 A.M. – The first two days of events in the 2015 UCI Road World Championships this fall will begin at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside, officials with Richmond 2015 confirmed publicly today.

The championships, a nine-day event that is considered international cycling's premier event, are being held in the United States for just the second time ever and the first since 1986.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, team time trial training and trial circuit training will begin at Lewis Ginter and head along Lakeside Avenue before winding through downtown Richmond, entering Eastern Henrico along Route 5, then circling south to Osborne Turnpike and back into downtown. > Read more.

McAuliffe signs medical marijuana bills


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Thursday legislation to decriminalize two medical marijuana derivatives for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

McAuliffe signed House Bill 1445 and Senate Bill 1235, which decriminalize the use of Cannabidiol oil and THC-A oil by patients who suffer from persistent epileptic seizures. The bills contained an emergency clause and took effect immediately.

The new law does not provide a prescription for the substances; however, a certification from a doctor will serve as an “affirmative defense” for epilepsy patients arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced the sale of 3595 Mayland Court in Henrico County. Mayland Court Partners, LLC purchased the 5,043 square foot office/warehouse condo from Moreland Realty LLC for $675,000 as an investment. Evan M. Magrill, SIOR of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > Read more.

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Henricus to portray ‘Arnold’s Raid on Richmond’ Jan. 31


The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.

The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.

Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

OutRVA, ‘Say I Do!’ to give away all-expenses paid wedding at Lewis Ginter

OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.

In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.

The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Henrico has so much love to offer this weekend! Southern Season’s weekly program “Fridays Uncorked” will feature Valentine’s Delights. Bon Air Baptist at the Village will host a Night to Shine party for those with special needs. Shady Grove Coffeehouse will present a special Valentine’s Day concert featuring the award-winning folk musicians Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. The ACCA Shriners Klown Unit will host a Valentine’s Dance at the ACCA Temple. Another date night could be at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen where you can watch the Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks’ 29th annual One-Act Showcase. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre’s ‘Now Then Again’ planned


Director Melissa Rayford has selected the cast for CAT Theatre’s Now Then Again, the theater’s submission to the Acts of Faith “Fringe” Festival. The performance will run March 20 through April 5 at the theater, located at 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico.

The cast includes Matt Hackman as Henry Rainer; Rebecca A.K. Turner as Ginny Aiden; Chandler Hubbard as Chris Hale; Elliot Eisenberg as Felix; Craig M. Smith as Dr. Armand Trousant; and Kathy Northrop Parker as the minister/musician. > Read more.

Fifth annual ‘Cancer is a Drag’ pageant planned for March 28 at RIR


The Fifth Annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will be held March 28 at Richmond International Raceway’s Old Dominion Building. The event is designed as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

It began as a way to honor Shelby Layne Bowery, who died from melanoma cancer at the age of 12 in 2010.

The first pageant was held in Varina and raised more than $7,000. Subsequent events have grown in size and raised progressively more money – including $16,000 last year. > Read more.

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