County seeks input on Comcast

Henrico County has created the website http://www.co.henrico.va.us/genserv/cablefranchise to receive public input as it begins the process of renewing a franchise with Comcast to operate a cable television system in the county.

Residents can provide comments regarding Comcast’s performance and quality of service since the current franchise agreement began in May 2006. They also can discuss the community’s future cable-related needs and how Comcast could serve the community over the course of a renewed franchise agreement. The website offers a submission form and background information about the renewal process, including the current franchise agreement and Henrico’s ordinance governing cable television.

Residents also can provide comments by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); by calling (804) 501-5153 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; or by writing a letter to the attention of Michelle Buresh, Henrico County Department of General Services, P.O. Box 90775, Henrico VA 23273-0775. A random sample of county residences will be mailed a survey as well. 

Henrico is planning to hold public information meetings regarding franchise renewal in the spring. Dates, times and locations will be announced later.Federal law allows Henrico to award nonexclusive cable franchises and prohibits the provision of cable service without a franchise in most circumstances. Comcast’s current seven-year franchise will expire May 14, 2013.
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Fresh Air Fund seeks host families


The Fresh Air Fund, a program through which nearly 4,000 children from low-income New York City communities spend a summer with host families in communities along the East Coast and in southern Canada, is seeking hosts for the coming summer.

According to the organization, there is no such thing as a “typical” host family. First-time Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from seven to 12 years old. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. > Read more.

Godwin student wins in statewide STEM essay contest

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced recently that Morgan Logsdon of Mills E. Godwin High School was one of five statewide winners of the sixth-annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.

The Council on Women established the contest to award scholarships to high school junior and senior young women who plan to pursue STEM careers at institutions of higher education. > Read more.

Varina meeting May 2 to address opioid crisis in Henrico


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Tuesday, May 2 to discuss the opioid epidemic in Henrico County.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Nelson will be joined by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas and members of the Henrico Heroin Task Force for a discussion of heroin and opioid abuse and ways to prevent it. > Read more.

Baker ES to remain closed until fall


Baker Elementary School students will complete the 2016-17 school year at other locations and will return to a restored building in fall 2017, school leaders have decided.

The decision was made in order to provide ample time for repairs to be completed at the fire-damaged school and to avoid additional interruptions to instructional time. > Read more.

Henrico Police arrest 2 Georgia men in connection with January murder


Henrico Police have arrested and charged two Georgia men with first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 18 murder of 36-year-old Lamont Cornelius Baldwin in the 1200 block of Dominion Townes Terrace.

Antonio Tyrone Johnson (above, left) and Santonio Rodrigus Brown (above, right), both 24 and both of Atlanta, were charged. Johnson also was charged with use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon. > Read more.

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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. John Schuler will share his book “My History, with Humor by Abraham Lincoln” at Varina Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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