Martin named superintendent of James River Juvenile Detention Center

Michael D. Martin recently was named superintendent of the James River Juvenile Detention Center by Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett. Martin began his new position June 2.

He previously served as an assistant superintendent of the 60-bed center. He succeeds Patricia F. Carrington, who retired after more than 12 years as superintendent.

The James River Juvenile Detention Center, located in Powhatan County, is jointly owned and operated on behalf of the counties of Henrico, Goochland and Powhatan. Henrico handles employee recruitment with confirmation by the James River Juvenile Detention Commission. The center opened in 2001 and is managed separately from the 20-bed Henrico Juvenile Detention Home on Dixon Powers Drive in Henrico.

As superintendent of the James River Juvenile Detention Center, Martin will oversee a full-time staff of 66 and a budget of $5.5 million for fiscal year 2012-13. The secure facility houses youths who have been sentenced or await court action on criminal offenses. It provides educational, counseling and other services to help the youths lead successful lives upon their release.

Martin has served as an assistant superintendent since 2001. Previously, he worked as a security control specialist supervisor for the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center and retired as a military police officer after 26 years with the Army Reserve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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Henrico County will offer a free home maintenance workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the former Dumbarton Library at 6800 Staples Mill Rd. The topic will be “Minor Home Repairs” and will feature hands-on instruction about how to fix a leaking toilet or sink, address and prevent mold problems and fix minor flooring problems. There will also be exhibits and light refreshments. For details, call 501-7640 or visit Full text

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