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Citizen Staff Reports 11/26/2014 Education
Henrico County Public Schools is seeking input from the public about the FY 2015-16 HCPS budget.
The school division will develop a budget proposal using feedback from stakeholders. The proposal will then be made public in January. An extensive public review process that is expected to last through April will follow.
There will be opportunities in December for input on the budget at Henrico public libraries and at the monthly meeting of the Henrico School Board. > Read more.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/26/2014 Education
UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.
The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.
The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example. > Read more.
Citizens soon will see an addition to the uniforms of Henrico County police officers, as body-mounted cameras will be issued to 400 officers in the county by Jan. 1, 2016.
Henrico Police officials began researching the cameras earlier this year, according to Henrico Police Lt. Chris Eley, and on Oct. 1 ordered 36 cameras for officers to test and determine which is the best match for the department’s needs.
“We’re just being progressive and wanted to get ahead of the curve,” Eley said about the division’s decision to implement cameras. “This will allow us to be more aware of our preconceived biases, how we talk and interact with people and [will] make us better public servants. We’re going to evaluate the system, work on our policy and usage and [on] what to expect from them.” > Read more.
October is nationally known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in recognition of the victims and survivors of the ongoing issue that affects one in four women. In Henrico, a collaborative group of organizations has gathered to provide services and events around the issue.
The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers.
The consolidated service provides all callers with a knowledgeable resource to explain options and conduct a safety assessment. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/20/2014 Government
The Henrico County Health Department will offer free seasonal flu vaccines to the public Oct. 23 and 25 at four locations throughout the county.
Clinics offering walk-up service will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center cafeteria, 7850 Carousel Lane; Oakland Village Apartments Community Center, 1400 Old Bronze Drive; and Essex Village Apartments Community Center, 117 Engleside Drive. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/20/2014 Features
Due to scheduling issues, the Partnership for Smarter Growth (PSG) has postponed the River City Saunter until spring. Once a new date is chosen, anyone who signed up for the fall Saunter will be notified and provided the opportunity to register first.
For updates on the Saunter and a PSG end-of-year event in November or December, visit http://www.psgrichmond.org/ > Read more.
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Children perform during the India Spring Fest, held April 27-28 at the Hindu Center in Glen Allen. The event featured traditional Indian food, shopping and entertainment for children and adults. > Read more.
Spirited Art Richmond held a painting class May 5 for Hanover Habitat for Humanity families to paint their own artwork as a final touch for their new homes. Among first-time homeowners painting The Klimt Circle tree (which doubles as a ‘family tree’) were (left to right) Janet Payne, Gwen Stockman of Hanover Habitat and Payne’s daughter, Ashley Payne. Spirited Art is located in Short Pump at West Broad Village. > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 05/10/2013
Plan to spend the weekend with the entire family before Mom’s big day on Sunday. Bring the kids to see The Story Lady, come and watch the festivities at the horse show, or listen to the wind symphony. Or, if there’s been enough family time, enjoy the wine festival! For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
‘Million Dollar Arm’ inspires with true story of Indian pitchers
Million Dollar Arm is your traditional sports flick. It’s based on a true story, so if you’re curious, have access to Google, or follow baseball to some degree, you may know Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh. In 2008, they were victorious on the Indian reality series Million Dollar Arm and won the opportunity to train for a shot in the major leagues.
But Million Dollar Arm isn’t so much the story of Dinesh and Rinku as it is J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), the scout who first came up with the idea to take baseball (or, at least, a baseball-themed reality show) to Southern Asia. Because this is a Disney pic, and that is the typical Disney sports formula. Consider Miracle and Remember the Titans, two incredible athletic stories that were less about the athletes, and more about the coaches – played by Kurt Russell and Denzel Washington, respectively. But that’s not such a bad thing, because Million Dollar Arm benefits from the endless charm of Mad Men star Hamm. > Read more.
The Richmond Men’s Chorus will end their season with “The Music of Elton John” – tomorrow at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. There are concerts this weekend for bluegrass and Mozart fans too! An organization that really needs fans is the Special Olympics – you can volunteer to cheer at their summer games, taking place this weekend at the University of Richmond and other local venues. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.
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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