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Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 05/03/2016 Education
Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.
At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/03/2016 Features
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/03/2016 Features
As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.
For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, who represents Virginia's Third Congressional District, this week announced the beginning of the annual Third Congressional District High School Art Competition. The competition is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) who live in the district, which includes portions of eastern and northern Henrico. Entries are due Apr. 22.
An Artistic Discovery is a nationwide program coordinated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize the artistic talents of our youth. The nationwide competition involves more than 50,000 talented high school students. In the past, over 200 Members of Congress have participated in the program.
Acceptable entries may include, but are not limited to, paintings, drawings, and photography. The first place winner will receive a scholarship and travel to Washington, D.C. to attend a Congressional Reception in honor of all the winners from around the nation. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/12/2016 Henrico Government
With thousands of youth soccer players and families set to converge on the metro region this weekend for the start of the 2016 Jefferson Cup, Henrico County has rolled out an updated tourism website and a new app for mobile devices to help visitors plan where to sleep, eat, shop and spend their time during their stay in the county.
VisitHenrico.com, which initially launched three years ago, has been redesigned to be simpler, more visual and more informative for users, said Dawn Miller, tourism supervisor for Henrico’s Division of Recreation and Parks. The Visit Henrico County app, built to help visitors navigate county roads and reach their destination, is free and available at iTunes iTunes and Google Play app stores.
“Henrico is far more than meets the eye,” Miller said. “The site now offers a broader view of the visitor experience within the county — whether they’re here for a sports tournament, historical tour or business meeting.” > Read more.
By Grant Smith, Capital News Service 03/11/2016 General Assembly
In an 8-7 vote along party lines, a Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday. The eight Republicans on the Senate Committee on Education and Health voted in favor of House Bill 1090; the panel’s seven Democratic members voted against it.
HB 1090 states that the Health Department “shall not enter into a contract with, or make a grant to, any entity that performs abortions that are not federally qualified abortions or maintains or operates a facility where non-federally qualified abortions are performed.” > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016
Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last summer, six-year-old Caroline Morris was one of them.
Diagnosed in June 2015 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, Morris has been receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) ever since.
“It’s not my hair that makes my beauty,” said Morris, who lost her hair as a chemotherapy side effect, “it’s my heart.” > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/25/2016
The sign up period for the Richmond Community Solar Co-op will close on April 30. Nearly 150 homeowners and businesses have joined the group to save money and make going solar easier. The group has started installations and is working with VA SUN to learn about solar technology and the process of going solar.
“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Sekar Veerappan Co-op member and the group’s first installation. “Working with the group helps members learn about going solar and make an informed decision.” > Read more.
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