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FEB. 10, 10:30 A.M. – Polykon Manufacturing LLC, a joint venture between European companies Seppic, Inc. and Schülke Inc., will invest more than $60 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today. Seppic and schülke are entities of Air Liquide Healthcare. Virginia successfully competed against Ohio for the project, which will create approximately 50 new jobs in the county's White Oak Technology Park in Sandston.
McAuliffe met with senior company officials at the Seppic headquarters in Paris during his European Marketing Mission last June. Polykon Manufacturing LLC will manufacture ingredients for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Air Liquide has maintained Virginia operations in Chesterfield County and Prince William County for over 10 years.
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By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/09/2016 Education
Uncertainty about the components of the state's next biennial budget – which legislators are crafting this month – has Henrico County Public Schools officials awaiting clarity as they work to propose their own budget for the coming fiscal year.
HCPS officials are hopeful that Gov. Terry McAuliffe's plan to fund new teaching positions statewide – which would partially cover 46 new elementary school jobs in Henrico in FY16-17 (and another 42 secondary school positions the following year) – will take shape, but for now their budget doesn't include them.
They anticipate that McAuliffe's proposed 2-percent pay raise for teachers will lead to a similar pay raise for all county employees, but for now their tentative school budget does not include one. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/09/2016 Education
Can tweets build a new playground? Students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage are waging a social media campaign this week to win funds that would refurbish the playground at Longdale Elementary School and make it more accessible.
The students’ proposal made it to the final five in a nationwide contest by SkillsUSA and Lowe’s. To win, the project must create the most social media interaction during the week of Feb. 7-11.
Students at the center are promoting their entry using social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Vine. The project uses the handle @helpsavetheday or simply, Help Save the Day. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/05/2016 Henrico Schools
Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers. If you’re a good candidate but lack experience, don’t worry: HCPS may pay you while you learn.
Interested applicants can learn more at a school transportation job fair Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road. Attendees can check out buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for a bus driver position.
Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at event, and HCPS representatives will conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/04/2016 Henrico Crime
FEB. 4, 6:45 P.M. – A car crashed into the entrance of the Good Foods Grocery Store in western Henrico shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.
Henrico County Division of Fire units responded to the store, 1312 Gaskins Road, at 2:01 p.m. and found that the vehicle had taken out one of the brick columns at the entrance to the store. One adult female was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, and she was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The Henrico County Building inspector was called to evaluate the building. No other injuries were reported. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/04/2016 Henrico Business
Bon Secours Richmond Health System has launched Bon Secours 24/7, a telehealth app that gives the community access to the health system’s medical group providers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no appointment necessary. Bon Secours is the first health system to enter the Richmond market with this service. Bon Secours 24/7, available for Apple and Android devices, will allow users to connect within minutes to a Bon Secours medical provider via a mobile device or tablet, or by logging in to a secure website from their desktop computer. Bon Secours Health System launched the service to its employees nationwide Jan. 7 and is now offering the service throughout Virginia. Bon Secours 24/7 visits are $49 and may be covered by health insurance. For more information, visit http://www.bonsecours247.org > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
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