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Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013. > Read more.

HCPS’ “Un-initiative” asks ‘less’ of employees

Henrico County Public Schools is asking its employees for less. . . in a manner of speaking.

The school system has launched what it calls the "Un-initiative" as a way to solicit input from employees about programs or actions that they believe the school system can do without.

“We’re asking all employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers – to send us their ideas on things that we’re doing that they think we can stop doing and still be an efficient and effective organization,” Superintendent Pat Kinlaw said. > Read more.

Making connections

Rising Henrico High School senior Olivia Faraone knew she wanted to build partnerships and friendships between students across a spectrum of talents, abilities and backgrounds at her school.

So this summer, she launched Camp Connected, a week-long summer camp that paired special needs participants with camp volunteers as part of the Students for Students club that works towards inclusion.

When Faraone began at Henrico High School, she noticed that students weren’t interacting with the special needs students. During her lunch break, she began visiting them in exceptional education teacher Anita Smith’s classroom. > Read more.

Finding peace of mind, just in time


Suzanne Throckmorton turned on the phones at 8 a.m. on July 9. At 8:05 a.m., the first call came in. A suicidal man on the other end was pleading for help.

So began another day at the Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) building.

The Glen Allen center is the county’s base of operations for connecting with and serving the mentally ill in Henrico, Charles City and New Kent. Here clinicians man phones 24 hours a day, devise plans for people in crisis situations and coordinate with police and hospitals to get patients the help they need.

Recent changes to the law, however, and a 10-percent case load increase have ramped up expectations placed on the clinicians at HAMHDS. > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Aug. 18-24


734 Huntsman Road – $55,000 (vacant site), from Anderson Mill LLC to NVR Inc.
10038 Purcell Road – $82,950, 1,200 SF (built in 1971), from Willa M. Robinson to Bank of America NA.
10567 Mountain Gate Way – $96,075, 1,040 SF (built in 2005), from Rafaqat Ali to Michael Solodar.
20 North Rose Avenue – $101,904, 1,312 SF (built in 2006), from Sonya M. and J. Cameron Austin to US Bank Trust NA.
2016 Turtle Creek Drive #6 – $105,958, 1,120 SF (built in 1985), from Carmen McCoy to Alton and Linda B. and Catherine L. Buie.
1321 Grapevine Road – $108,000, 1,200 SF (built in 1984), from Treasa B. and Stephen C. Garrett to Bank of New York Mellon. > Read more.

Police: No wrongdoing in case of suspicious man at RF&P Park

UPDATE: SEPT. 6, 2:08 P.M. – Henrico Police have concluded that there was no wrongdoing in the case of a suspicious man at RF&P Park who had reportedly approached several young girls one night earlier this week.

Police identified the individual and conducted "a significant number of interviews," they said, including interviewing the man in question.

"After reviewing all of the facts associated with this case, it has been unfounded," police said in a statement today. > Read more.

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Community

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Two Black History Month events will take place this weekend at Dorey Recreation Center and The Academy at Virginia Randolph. Other weekend options: Celebrate electricity at Meadow Farm Museum or enjoy the sounds of Italian bluegrass music and The Diggity Dudes. Click here for more! > Read more.

Black History Month celebration scheduled for Feb. 10 in Glen Allen

Henrico County will celebrate Black History Month with an afternoon of musical reflection, portrayals and historical interpretation beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 in the auditorium at The Academy at Virginia Randolph, 2204 Mountain Rd. in Glen Allen. Admission is free.

This program aims to highlight two anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Opening the event will be musical selections offered by One Voice Chorus, a diverse community singing group. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy a night out on the town this weekend with performances by The Desiree Roots Trio, Jim Avett, Richard Becker and Ellen McDaniel-Weissler. You can also catch a movie at Henrico Theatre and a “Matinee with Miss Maggie” at the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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Easter events are starting to pop up – Virginia Center Commons will host the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Christ Church Episcopal will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon. Other fun activities for families include Kid Khaos, for ages 4-6 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, and an Orienteering Competition at Dorey Park. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Back to the future

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (reincarnated) offers some laughs

Baby boomers may feel a curious pull towards Mr. Peabody & Sherman. If a childhood was spent parked in front of the TV, watching a dog genius and his boy companion travel through time, one might be interested to see what modern times have done to Messrs. Peabody and Sherman.

The result is not flattering. No longer is cartoondom’s foremost super-intelligent, time-traveling beagle content with dry wit and the occasional history pun. No, the Peabody of today is “cool,” in that half-baked way that can only come from someone who’s trying way too hard to be cool. This Peabody is a master of slow-motion kung fu. He tears up a guitar better than Hendrix. He Zumbas. > Read more.

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