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Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Government
If you've always wanted to recycle yogurt containers, waxy cartons and laundry detergent bottles, you're in luck. The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority will begin accepting a number of new items for curbside and drop-off recycling July 1.
Recyclers throughout the CVWMA service area have been asking for years to be able to recycle more than the #1 and #2 narrow neck plastic bottles currently accepted in its recycling programs, and those wishes will become reality later this week. Plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 1-7 on the bottom, as well as waxy cartons, will be accepted in both programs. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/27/2016 Public Safety
Richmond International Airport Police arrested a Newport News man on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport checkpoint June 27 when TSA officers detected a .38 caliber handgun with five bullets tucked inside his backpack.
The traveler told TSA officials that he had the gun in his carry-on bag because he had guests with children visiting him this past weekend. He told officials that he did not want the children to have access to the gun, so he hid it inside his backpack. > Read more.
By Zachary Halaschak, Special to the Citizen 06/27/2016 Government
The wait is over for eager kids (and dogs) looking to enjoy the new Short Pump Park.
Henrico Recreation and Parks officials cut the ribbon June 25 on a park that has been 18 years in the making. The property, on Pump Road adjacent to Three Chopt Road, includes a large playground, a splash area with spray fountains and a one-acre dog park.
The grand opening was well attended, with hundreds of locals gathering to take part in the festivities. Many of those who helped make the park a reality attended the dedication ceremony. > Read more.
Ridge ES, kindergarten
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor Henrico Schools
Shamiya Bell fell in love with the idea of teaching when she was in third grade in Tennessee. Her teacher, Mrs. Casey, pushed her to do her best and encouraged her. She was strict, but fun.
“I just never forgot that grade – or her,” Bell recalled recently. “I always wanted to teach third grade.
So when Bell graduated from VCU as an education major with a master’s degree in the field as well, there was little doubt about which grade she would teach.
> Read more.
Wilder MS, math
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor Henrico Schools
It’s no surprise that Rebecca Morrish’s office is a classroom.
“I always wanted to be a teacher ever since I knew what a teacher was,” she said. “Every year since kindergarten, I pretty much fell in love with my teacher and said ‘I’m going to grow up to be just like you.’”
But it was her geometry teacher in high school in New York, Mrs. Seasley, who inspired her ultimate career path. > Read more.
Holman MS, health and physical education
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor
Thanks to his educator father, Douglas Budryk grasped at an early age the power of a teacher to touch the lives of his students. “I was awed by his influence,” Budryk recalls of his dad. “I saw the lifelong impact educators could have on kids.”
Today, at Holman Middle School, Budryk has been able to have that same lasting influence on the physical and emotional well-being of his health and P.E. students. He doesn’t simply teach them the value of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, but helps build their confidence and shape positive attitudes.
He even – gasp! – convinces them to eat their vegetables. > Read more.
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Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.
As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.
Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.
Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.
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