Henrico County News
Most full-time government, school employees would qualify for salary increase
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.
So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.
Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service. > Read more.
The University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) is launching a new graduate program in nonprofit studies. The program will include a master’s degree in nonprofit studies, which will provide specialized knowledge in fields including management, advocacy and public policy, social entrepreneurship, resource development, program design and assessment, and global organizations and philanthropy. The program will also include a graduate certificate designed for leaders of nonprofit organizations and boards. The first classes should begin in August, pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university’s accrediting body. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/30/2014 Education
Collegiate School will show support for its Super Bowl-bound alumnus, Russell Wilson, by hosting a “Roar For Russell" Day on Jan. 31.
In addition to wearing "Roar For Russell" T-shirts and donning other Seahawks or Collegiate spirit wear, students, teachers, staff and parents are donating new books, family friendly DVDs, coloring books, crayons and stickers to youths who are patients at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, in Wilson's honor. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/30/2014 Education
Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Wednesday, Feb. 5 to identify candidates for full-time and substitute bus driver positions. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.
“We have numerous contracted bus driver positions that offer full benefits and are looking for new members to join the HCPS driving force team,” said Assistant Director of Pupil Transportation Kevin Roye. > Read more.
For Varina High School students and staff, the 2014 Super Bowl is personal. The school will celebrate “Michael Robinson Spirit Day” Friday, in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, who is a 2001 Varina graduate.
The school is encouraging students and staff to wear Seahawks gear, or the team’s green, navy and silver colors. Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, donated cookies in Seahawks colors for the celebration. There are also two large good-luck banners for students to sign. > Read more.
UPDATE: JAN. 28, 9:50 P.M. – The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Feb. 25 to consider implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which would begin June 1 – one month later than initially expected.
The board tonight voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would amend the county code and impose the tax on prepared meals sold in the county. It did so with the power granted by voters, who approved a Nov. 5 ballot question. County officials estimate that the tax would generate at least $18 million a year – with about half of that being paid by non-county residents who eat meals in Henrico.
Officials had targeted May 1 as the start date for the tax but suggested delaying it in order to allow enough time – about three months – to explain the proposal to all businesses that will be affected by it. > Read more.
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 11/29/2012
With wrestlers like Camela Toe and Bruisin’ B. Anthony, the inaugural bout of RAWFL this weekend is guaranteed to thrill – and raise money for Safe Harbor. Another women-empowering event: “Deck the Halls” on Sunday benefits Hilliard House. For more top picks this weekend, including one for our four-legged readers, click here! > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/29/2012
Colonial Downs is seeking nominations for a theme for the inaugural "Dogwood Classic" (formerly the Strawberry Hill Races) racing and tailgating event that will take place at the track April 6, 2013.
Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 9 at http://www.colonialdowns.com and http://www.richmond.com. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/27/2012
Members of the Richmond Area Bicycle Association recently contributed $13,000 to buy 198 new bicycles and helmets for donation to area Christmas Mother programs.
The bicycles were assembled on Nov. 3 by more than 50 volunteers from RABA and will be distributed to area Christmas Mothers Dec. 1. Volunteers will load up trucks & trailers and deliver the bikes to Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Chesterfield, Powhatan and Charles City counties. The Christmas Mothers will give them to needy families who have applied for help. The club worked to match appropriate bicycles to the needs of the children in the various counties. > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
Arianna’s delights with oversized meals priced right
In the Lakeside area of Henrico, you’ll find some well-known places like Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Bryan Park, but you may miss a delicious Italian secret – Arianna’s Grill, located at 5107 Lakeside Avenue.
Fortunately, I live nearby and take advantage of the restaurant’s lunches, dinners and home delivery; I can’t say no to their oversized salads and specialty pizzas. > Read more.
Halligan’s unique atmosphere creates fun ‘hot’ spot
Isn’t it a nice feature of Henrico County that we have “theme” restaurants like those in bigger cities right here in West Broad Village and that everything is for real? The Halligan Bar & Grill is all about fighting fires – quench your thirst and hunger, see and touch the real equipment of fire and rescue services, including a real historic fire engine truck, and mingle with real firefighters.
The Halligan is a true and honest theme restaurant named after the claw-and-blade bar used by fire and rescue services around the world. Independent restaurant owner Shawn Gregory used to be a firefighter himself and has parked a real fire engine right in the main restaurant. His father, also a firefighter, used to ride that very truck when on duty at Henrico Fire Station No. 3 years ago. > Read more.
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