Henrico County news
Hundreds petition HCPS for Eastern Henrico pilot program; but system says efforts began in 2013
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 05/03/2016 Education
Charging that they’ve been lied to repeatedly by public officials, organizers of a community meeting in Eastern Henrico May 2 criticized the Henrico County Public Schools system and demanded changes to the way county schools teach students to read.
At the Nehemiah Action Assembly at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, speakers from RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Community) called for immediate action by HCPS to address the struggles of thousands of children in Eastern Henrico schools who they said are not learning how to read. Before an audience of about 500 people, speakers argued that the school system’s current attempts to address the issue are failing miserably. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/03/2016 Features
Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/03/2016 Features
As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.
For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.” > Read more.
By Margaret Carmel, Capital News Service 02/28/2016 General Assembly
Supporters of home-schooled students playing sports in public schools unleashed their secret weapon at the Virginia Capital on Wednesday – home-schoolers themselves.
Home-schooling advocates and their children gathered in the state Capitol to hear remarks from Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Lynchburg, the sponsors of legislation commonly called the “Tebow bill.”
Afterward, the home-schoolers and parents signed a large card urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign the legislation into law. The group presented the message to the front gate guard at the Governor’s Mansion. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/25/2016 Henrico Schools
On Feb. 11, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) recognized more than 50 Richmond metropolitan area students for their efforts to improve human relations and inter-group understanding.
The annual Brotherhood Sisterhood Youth Awards has been held every year since 1970 to honor students, nominated by school officials, who exemplify the Council’s mission to promote understanding and cooperation among diverse religious faiths.
Students are selected for their community service and participation in activities that enhance human relationships and for such skills as empathy, understanding, and the ability to relate to others of different gender, race or religion. > Read more.
A sample of property transactions during this period appear below:
1822 Timberly Waye – $149,950, 1,280 SF (built in 1993), from Linda Carol Hughes Estate to Kayley Perkins.
9529 Hungary Ridge Road – $170,000, 1,176 SF (built in 1995), from Jason K. Hudson to Dennis Patrick Dietrick, Jr.
7603 South Pinehill Road – $170,000, 3,019 SF (built in 1953), from Stuart Craig Turlington to Scott Calvin Turlington.
5905 Old Richmond Avenue – $176,000, 1,176 SF (built in 1948), from Robert A. and L. A. T. and V. M. J. Pritchard to Conner H. and Carleigh R. Brown.
10235 Acworth Drive – $233,950, 1,728 SF (built in 1981), from James E. and Sandra P. Wade to William H. Wolfe, III and Maureen C. Wolfe.
10409 Gibsons Landing Drive – $237,000, 1,692 SF (built in 1992), from Joan L. Neff to Kimberly N. Baugh.
9709 Fireside Drive – $252,500, 1822 SF (built in 1990), from Michael Garriss and Erica Aleman to Kristin A. Spivey. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/25/2016
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.
CAT Theatre will present four shows during its 53rd season, which begins this fall. All four shows will be Richmond-area premieres, including one world premiere by a local playwright.
The season will feature:
• I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, by Peter Colley – Oct. 14-29;
• The Wishing Well, by Maryland playwright Jon Klein – Jan. 20-Feb. 4, 2017; > Read more.
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