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By one vote, the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee has approved a bill that prohibits discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The committee on Monday voted 8-7 for Senate Bill 785 after Sen. Jill Vogel of Winchester defected from her Republican colleagues and joined Democrats in supporting the measure.
SB 785 was introduced by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and co-sponsored by more than a dozen other Democrats. This is the sixth time McEachin has filed such legislation. > Read more.
By Stefani Zenteno Rivadineira, Capital News Service 01/28/2015 General AssemblyGeneral Assembly 2015
After clearing the House of Delegates, two bills aimed at making college more affordable in Virginia have now moved to the Senate.
The bills, both sponsored by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights, received unanimous approval from delegates on Friday.
House Bill 1895 would give small and medium-sized public institutions of higher education in Virginia more flexibility in areas such as information technology, procurement and capital projects. HB 1897 would put a cap on the athletic fees that colleges and universities can charge students.
Capping athletic fees would generate meaningful cost savings for students and their families, Cox said. > Read more.
With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.
But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.
“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."
The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said. > Read more.
Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 12/04/2014 Features
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights opened Nov. 28 and will illuminate Lakeside nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 12 (except for Dec. 24 and 25, when it will be closed). This year's theme – A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden – celebrates the history of the Lewis Ginter site, through more than 500,000 twinkling lights. > Read more.
Agents with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer recently completed the following lease transactions: Phoenix Fitness and Martial Arts – leased 7,595 square feet in Deep Run Centre II at 3955-3979 Deep Rock Rd.; Acision, LLC – leased 3,248 square feet in Waterfront Plaza at 4401 Waterfront Dr.; The Weigh Station – leased 3,129 square feet in the Colonnade Building at 4050 Innslake Dr.; ALPS Insurance Agency, Inc. – leased 2,947 square feet in Interstate Center-Building B at 2112 W. Laburnum Ave.; Firehouse Subs – leased 2,440 square feet in 5215 Shoppes at 5215 W. Broad St.; and W. Moore – renewed its lease of 1,763 in Westerre III at 3900 Westerre Pkwy. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/04/2014 Government
Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon has been appointed to serve an additional two-year term on the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).
O’Bannon, who also is serving as chairman of the Henrico Board of Supervisors in 2014, was reappointed to represent VACo’s Region 3 during the association’s annual conference Nov. 9-11. O’Bannon, one of three representatives for Region 3, has served on the VACo board since 2008.
VACo’s board consists of a six-member executive committee, 24 elected officials representing 13 regions of the state and three past presidents. The number of directors in each region is based on population. > Read more.
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By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 04/19/2013
If getting bombarded with colored cornstarch sounds like fun, then you’ll be happy to know the Color Me Rad 5k is in Innsbrook on Saturday. Another colorful event is the Spring Into the Arts Festival at Shady Grove UMC. Earth Day is April 22 but you can celebrate early at the University of Richmond or Three Lakes Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 04/12/2013
Celebrate heritage and community this weekend in Henrico! Historic Bloemendaal at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will highlight music and activities from the Garden’s past. On Saturday, the North Airport Drive Civic Association will host Highland Springs Community Day. Other fun events this weekend include the K-Cettes craft and bake sale, a Global Sounds music event at UR and an organ recital at River Road Church Baptist. For more, click here! > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 04/05/2013
Henrico has two races to offer this weekend and both are for a great cause – Stop Child Abuse Now’s Race to Protect Children and the Make it Happen 5K to benefit the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation. Music lovers also have some choices this weekend – The Honky Tonk Experience and Steve Smith and Hard Road are performing – and the film “Sound of Music” is playing at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.
‘Dragon’ sequel is a rare part-two success story
Sequels are like toys. Any sequel worth its salt needs more stuff – more “cool,” more “new,” more of everything, really.
Just like the toys those sequels inspire. What kid’s going to want a medium-sized dragon after the first How to Train Your Dragon ended with a beast the size of a skyscraper? They want something bigger and shinier; something that lights up or shoots little plastic firebolts.
Dreamworks certainly had this in mind for How to Train Your Dragon 2 – not just for the merchandising (truly, this is the franchise that will launch a thousand dragon-themed birthday parties), but for the film itself. > Read more.
Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarAges 11-18 are invited to use magazine pages to make a paper basket at 1 p.m. at Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Rd. For details, call 290-9400 or visit Full text