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RISC to host meeting to address reading ‘crisis’ in Eastern Henrico


More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.

RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.

Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in national Drug Take Back Program Saturday


The Henrico County Division of Police, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road, next to the Public Safety Building. The program is free and anonymous. No liquid prescription medications, needles or sharps will be accepted – only unused or expired pills and patches. No questions will be asked.

Police are asking citizens to be responsible and help prevent accidental poisoning and overdoses by dropping off unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Flushing unused or expired medication down the toilet or throwing them away are potential health and safety hazards. > Read more.

Henrico-based Mitchell Wiggins & Company wins YP Workplace Award


Henrico-based accounting and consulting firm Mitchell Wiggins & Company won the YP Workplace Award for small businesses, presented by ChamberRVA and its HYPE program.

The company was one of four winners announced during an event to honor The Icons and YP Workplace award-winners April 28 at The Westin Hotel in Henrico.

Other winners were Trane U.S., Inc. (in the large business category); Sarah Mullens, co-founder of UnBoundRVA ("Change Agent"); and Natalie Garramone, CEO of The Frontier Project ("Front Runner"). > Read more.
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Darbytown Road to close near railroad overpass beginning March 14

A section of Darbytown Road in Eastern Henrico will close March 14-18 and again March 21-25 while CSX Transportation performs maintenance on the railroad overpass.

Darbytown will close between Oakland Road and Louisa Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily while work is underway. Traffic will be routed from Oakland to Bickerstaff Road to New Osborne Turnpike/Newton Road to Hatcher Street and then onto Williamsburg Road. > Read more.

Virginia tornado drill scheduled March 22


The Feb. 24 severe storm system that spawned eight tornadoes, caused five deaths and inflicted damage to more than 400 structures in Virginia provided a stark reminder that tornadoes occur in Virginia.

On Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 9:45 a.m., the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will hold a statewide tornado drill, which is an annual effort to prepare citizens for tornado emergencies and test public warning systems.

“Two weeks ago, many areas of the state were under a tornado warning, and some had to quickly get themselves, their families and co-workers to safety,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. > Read more.

Business in brief


Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently reported the following lease transactions in Henrico County: Colfax Corporation – renewed its lease of 2,849 SF in One Colonial Place at 10571 Telegraph Rd.; Samurai Sushi – leased 1,860 SF at 9468 W. Broad St.; Yves Delorme Inc. – leased 1,300 SF in River Road Shopping Center at 6201-6243 River Rd.; European Wax Center – leased 2,043 SF in The Shops at Willow Lawn at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr.; TMS NeuroHealth Centers Richmond – leased 2,037 SF in East Shore I at 100 Eastshore Dr.; Mariner Finance – leased 1,875 SF in Westpark Shopping Center at 9645 W. Broad St.; Dominion Health Education Center – leased 1,600 SF in Laburnum Square Shopping Center at 4816 S. Laburnum Ave.; and Integrated Health Services – leased 1,056 SF in the Tower Building at 3212 Cutshaw Ave. > Read more.

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Anthem LemonAid registration opens


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.

Richmond Solar Co-op sign ups end April 30


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.
Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Another great weekend of outdoor activities awaits you in Henrico! Walk MS, an annual charity run for multiple sclerosis, and the third annual Movin’ & Shakin’ 5K, to benefit the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, both take place in Innsbrook tomorrow. Another charity event, the CASA Superhero Run, will be held at St. Joseph’s Villa. On Sunday, live music can be found at Belmont Recreation Center, featuring the John Winn Quartet, and at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where pianist Sylvia Cooper will be performing. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.






 

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