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Few other speakers comment on proposed budget
As the final stragglers made their way into the auditorium of Douglas Freeman High School Feb. 3 for a public hearing on the Henrico County Public Schools’ proposed 2016-17 budget, it became clear that the turnout would be low. The hearing contained little fanfare and — until its final moments — little contention. For a while, it seemed as if it would stay that way, but then Zahra Lakhani approached the lectern. And she was determined to have her say.
Lakhani is the mother of Glen Allen High School freshman Shahzaib Lakhani, 14, who has Down syndrome. She lashed out at shortfalls and a perceived lack of action and interest and asked the board to allocate money for more custodial staff. Her son, for the second time since 2011, had been given a disinfectant product and told to clean the classroom, instead of studying music with his classmates, she said. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/12/2016 Government
All five members of Henrico County’s Board of Supervisors and three of its deputy county managers will serve on committees of the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) during 2016.
Members of the board received the following appointments:
• Chairman and Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson, Transportation Steering Committee (vice chair) and Resolutions Committee;
• Vice Chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Richard W. Glover, Economic Development and Planning Steering Committee; > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/12/2016 Business
Cabela’s this week announced plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Short Pump store on Wednesday, April 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities and guest appearances.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with the grand-opening ribbon being cut by an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela’s employee. Doors will open for business at 10 a.m. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/04/2015 Henrico Business
Virginia Credit Union has received a national award for youth financial education from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). VACU received second place among large credit unions in the U.S. in the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards. The award recognizes Virginia Credit Union for Smart Start, a comprehensive financial education curriculum for middle and high school students. Developed by Virginia Credit Union Financial Education Director Cherry Hedges, the adaptable curriculum is used in schools, with youth organizations, at community teen money camps and many other settings. Virginia Credit Union has used the curriculum to reach more than 8,700 young people so far in 2015. Virginia Credit Union was entered in CUNA’s national award competition after it earned a first place award in Virginia. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2015 Transportation
Tolls on Pocahontas Parkway will rise to $4 at the Main Plaza and to $2.25 at the Laburnum/New Market and Airport Drive ramp toll points, beginning Jan. 4, 2016.
The toll increase is in accordance with the applicable schedule of permitted toll increases approved by the Virginia Department of Transportation in 2006.
Tolls on the Parkway last were raised three years ago, in January 2013, with a top price of $3.25 at the Main Plaza and $1.50 at the secondary toll points. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2015 Henrico Schools
Horticulture students at the Academy at Virginia Randolph and at Hermitage Technical Center will be holding holiday plant sales on both campuses this month.
The Academy at Virginia Randolph will host sales Dec. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its campus, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 apiece. > Read more.
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Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.
Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2015
The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.
A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.
A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.
If you like theatre and music (especially if you’re in need of a date night idea for Valentine’s Day), you’re going to love some events taking place this weekend in Henrico! The county’s 30th annual One Act Showcase ends this weekend and Jewish Family Theatre will begin their production of “The Sisters Rosenweig.” Bluegrass fans will enjoy the McShin Foundation’s fifth annual Bluegrass Concert/Benefit at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. Balsam Range will perform at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond and The Tin Pan will host two Valentine’s Day events featuring Doctors of Jazz and The Bob Blagg Trio. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarJewish Family Theatre will present “The Sisters Rosenweig” by Wendy Wasserstein Feb. 11-21 at the Weinstein JCC. “The Sisters Rosensweig” is a captivating portrait of three sisters reuniting after a… Full text