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The A+ School Rewards program will return to Martin’s Food Markets on Oct. 9. Customers will be able to designate up to two local schools and points will accrue every time that customer uses the designated Martin’s BonusCard through March 31, 2012. Schools can earn cash for technology, scholarship programs, summer programs, field trips, playgrounds and other educational needs. Customers can earn double points by purchasing select bonus products and triple points by purchasing Healthy Ideas labeled items. These items will be specially marked on store shelves. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $10 million has been donated to local schools. To sign up, visit your local store or go online to http://www.martinsfoods.com/aplus.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Virginia announced recently the recertification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients with pulmonary problems such as COPD recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants will offer two free seminars in celebration of Virginia Certified Public Accountants Week, Sept. 18-24. “Nonprofit Finance” will be held on Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Richmond CPA Center, 4309 Cox Rd. The seminar will examine basic accounting and financial issues for nonprofits, including IRS concerns, fundraising, budget practices, financial reporting, enhancing management and more. It is designed for nonprofit managers, staff and boards of directors. “Budgeting 101” will be held on Sept. 20 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. online and via conference call. The workshop will highlight money, income, spending, debt, savings, investments and more. Both seminars are free and open to the public. To register, call 800-341-8189 or visit http://www.vscpa.com/
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Aarrow Transmissions & Automotives’ fourth “Shoot Down Hunger” food drive to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank yielded donations totaling 23,397 pounds of food. Aarrow’s approach to success was to invite local BNI groups to participate competitively. The winning BNI chapter was Synergy, who contributed 3,300 pounds of food – a donation that exceeded the entire amount of the first Aarrow Transmission/BNI effort. As the winner of the competition, each member of the Synergy group was awarded an Aarrow Transmissions “Good Neighbor Card,” which is good for two free oil changes. Aarrow is locally owned with two locations on Midlothian Turnpike and in Short Pump.

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Cox Media Group, including K95, WKLR 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 The River, and over 30 area employers and educational development outlets have joined forces for the Richmond Employment & Education Fair, to be held Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St. The University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies will host free hourly seminars with topics on resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and networking. Over 500 career seekers are expected to attend. For more information, visit http://www.k95country.com, http://www.965klr.com, http://www.hot1009.com or http://www.1037river.com.

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Linda Carne, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced recently the closing of Camp Kittamaqund and Pamunkey Ridge Girl Scout Camp due to damage from Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.

At Pamunkey, 200 large trees are down with many more uprooted and leaning. Many structures were damaged or destroyed from wind or downed trees and most of the hiking trails are completely impassable. Camp Kittamaqund has downed power lines and trees as well. Access roads to both camps are extremely difficult to navigate. It is estimated that repairs and debris removal for Pamunkey alone will be a minimum of $100,000. A Camp Restoration Fund has been created for donations. For details, visit http://www.comgirlscouts.org.

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School-age children with special needs enrolled in Greater Richmond ARC’s after-school program are learning how to help save the environment one piece of paper, plastic and can at a time. A year-round recycling program shows children in the after-school program ages five to 22 the importance of preserving the environment by separating disposables in containers at the ARCenter, 3600 Saunders Ave. Twice a month they also travel with ARC staffers to Wise Recycling Center to watch the cans being crushed and recycled. Students attending ARCenter’s after-school program come from Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. The Greater Richmond ARC’s Camp Baker in Chesterfield, a year-round program on 22-wooded acres near Pocahontas State Park also provides after-school care from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Activities there include nature walks, arts and crafts and quiet time relaxing at the Camp’s sensory garden.
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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > Read more.
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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.
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The Henrico Extension Office will present “Getting Started in the Vegetable Garden” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Twin Hickory Library. Growing your own food can be rewarding and healthy, but it’s also hard work. Learn how to plan, plant, and harvest a garden of any size. Registration is required. For details, call 501-1920 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org. Full text

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