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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students. > Read more.

Controlled burn scheduled at Malvern Hill


The National Park Service plans to conduct controlled burns at the Richmond National Battlefield Park site of Malvern Hill in Eastern Henrico April 1. The burn will take place on approximately 60 acres of the Civil War site. Another burn is scheduled on 20 acres at Cold Harbor in Hanover County within the next few weeks, conditions permitting.

The park burns these areas every two to three years in order to maintain the landscape as it appeared when the opposing armies fought during the summers of 1862 and 1864.

The specific objective of the burn at Malvern Hill is to maintain the historic 1862 scene as a meadow and to reduce woody and non-native species density. > Read more.
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Business in brief


At the 2015 NASCAR Marketing and Communications Summit, the Richmond International Raceway marketing team was presented with the 2014 Track Marketing Team of the Year by NASCAR. RIR developed a three-year strategy to retain first-time fans, re-engage lapsed fans and drive loyalty among avid and casual fans while also revitalizing the track brand. From TV to radio, direct marketing and social media, RIR worked to ensure that all marketing campaign elements were consistent. Coupled with this program is a steady effort to further enhance ticket value to create a thrilling, memorable and unparalleled race-day experience. The RIR team successfully executed popular and creative fan-focused platforms in 2014, that required coordination across many industry stakeholders. Two of these programs were the inaugural Track Takeover in April and Post-Race Party in September, which debuted to resounding successes. Both events gave fans unique access to the facility and NASCAR’s stars as a part of their race ticket. > Read more.

Senate passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for home-schoolers


The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.

Senators voted 22-13 in favor of House Bill 1626, sponsored by Del. Robert Bell, R-Albermarle. The bill had already passed the House on a vote on 57-41.

The legislation, known as the “Tebow Bill,” states that public schools could allow students under home instruction to engage in extracurricular activities. > Read more.

Henrico County man caught trying to bring gun on airplane

A Henrico County man was arrested after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint Jan. 15, when the TSA officers detected a gun along with dozens of rounds of ammunition in his carry-on bag.

TSA officers detected the .22 caliber semi-automatic gun loaded with six rounds in the Sandston, Virginia, resident’s carry-on bag as he was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the handgun inside the traveler’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. TSA officers also detected an additional magazine loaded with six more rounds and a pill case with 48 more bullets inside of it, all in the traveler’s carry-on bag. > Read more.

Lakewood exhibit features residents’ art


One hundred people attended the opening of an art exhibit hosted by Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Feb. 6 at the Robinson Gallery at Lakewood, a continuing care retirement community in western Henrico County.

The exhibit featured works by two residents of Lakewood: woodcarver Margaret Leith and photographer Bill Draper (pictured).

Leith has been carving wood for nearly 15 years. An engineering design draftsperson in her career, she always loved architecture and wood. > Read more.

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Community

Fan Care offers heat relief to seniors

Qualifying senior citizens can receive free relief from summer heat through the 23rd annual Fan Care program, which provides fans and cooling assistance to seniors 60 and older in need.

The program is an initiative of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements and have a situation that threatens their health. > Read more.

‘Lady’s Fashion Show’ at Meadow Farm

Meadow Farm hosted its "Lady's Fashion Show" June 1, showcasing the fashions of seven generations of Meadow Farm women – including four generations of Sheppard women who lived there between 1810 and 1920. > Read more.

News, new date for regional river cleanup

This year's James River Regional Cleanup will take place this year in September, instead of its normal date in June, the James River Advisory Council announced this week.

Since its start years ago, the cleanup has been held on the second Saturday in June. But planners received support for a date change and decided this year to push the date back to Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will include numerous sites between Lynchburg and Newport News, including Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

When the cliche stands tall

Inspirational football movie tries too hard for its own good
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story – an unbelievable true story that takes the word “inspiring” about as far as it can go.

It’s a film about Bob Ladouceur, coach of the De La Salle High Spartans, a California high school football team with 12 consecutive undefeated seasons (a staggering 151 games won in a row).

Along the way, Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) faced the kind of hardship most football coaches (thankfully) can only imagine – suffering a near-fatal heart attack, the death of a star player, and rebuilding the team after that 151-game streak came to a humiliating end. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy political comedy at its finest with The Capitol Steps at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Methodist and Baptist churches unite for the fourth annual Mission Footprint 5K, taking place at Trinity UMC. Or in honor of Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, treat them to A Grand Family Affair or maybe a movie – the 1978 film “Superman” is at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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