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VDOT Establishes Customer Service Center
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently established a customer service center to take citizen calls and answer transportation questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads. The number may be used to report potholes, ask questions about road work or request maintenance services, among other items.  Citizens should continue to dial 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org to receive information about traffic and road conditions.    

HCPS College and Career Night Planned
The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) and School Counseling Services departments will host the annual countywide College and Career Night on Nov. 9 at Highland Springs High School, 15 South Oak Avenue in Highland Springs, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Middle and high school students and their parents will be able to meet with representatives from more than 110 colleges, as well as representatives from approximately 50 businesses and all branches of the military. The event is designed to expose students to post-secondary opportunities. Representatives from the HCPS administration also will be in attendance.

Salvation Army Sets Online Red Kettle Goal at $25,000
The Salvation Army Central Virginia Command hopes to raise $25,000 through its Online Red Kettle donation program. The campaign runs through the end of December and is available online at give.salvationarmyusa.org/goto/CentralVA. As part of the program, donors also can host their own personal virtual red kettles in support of the Salvation Army and invite their family, friends, and associates to donate to those in need.

Master Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers
The Riverine chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist program is seeking volunteers to begin training for its fifth class, which will begin on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Participants provide education, outreach and environmental stewardship in partnership with state natural resource agencies.  Interested citizens should attend an information meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library. For details, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 741-9126.

Virginians4Haiti Seek Donations
Richmond-based Virginians4haiti is seeking donations of children’s toys through its “toys4haiti” holiday campaign. The organization, founded by former Richmond Renegades owner Allan B. Harvie, Jr., hopes to donate 10,000 toys to the children of Haiti who were affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake there. It donated school supplies to Haitian children several months ago.

The organization is seeking small plush toys or other items that are small, soft and lightweight, such as those available at discount or dollar stores. Children’s flip-flops also are needed, new or gently used.

Virginians4haiti will pick up toys from any location through Dec. 5. For details, call 644-4530, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit www.
virginians4haiti.org.

School Board Members Honored
Henrico County School Board members Linda McBride (Brookland District) and Lamont Bagby (Fairfield District) recently earned the 2010 Friend of Virginia Educational Media Association (VEMA) Award and were recognized at an awards celebration Oct. 28 at the annual VEMA state conference.  The award is presented to an individual, group or organization who recognize the roles of library media and educational technology in the instructional program.  Bagby was cited for his frequent visits to school libraries and active participation in library events, while McBride was recognized for her support of libraries, particularly during this year’s budget process when she said, “Too many people simply do not understand all that librarians do and all that they contribute to the school environment.”
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Nineteen of the Richmond region’s most renowned historic sites will offer visitors a “passport” to travel back in time during the weekend of March 11-12. Visitors are invited to discover the area’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history. This is a special opportunity as some of these sites are not usually open on a regular basis. For a Time Travelers Passport, visit http://tinyurl.com/TTpassport. The following sites are located in Henrico County:

•Clarke-Palmore House – March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Courtney Road Service Station – March 11-12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
•Dabbs House Museum – March 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Historic Deep Run School – March 11-12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
•Meadow Farm Museum – March 11-12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
•Virginia Randolph Museum – March 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and March 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
•Walkerton Tavern – March 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
•Wilton House Museum – March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 12 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Full text

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