Final public meeting set for Route 5 corridor study

The Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC) will hold a public meeting Sept. 29 to present two transportation concepts for the Route 5 corridor from 7th Street in downtown Richmond to S. Laburnum Avenue in eastern Henrico County. The meeting will take place in the Virginia Department of Transportation; Central Office Auditorium at 1221 E. Broad Street in Richmond.

Participants will have an opportunity to hear a brief presentation, review details about the conceptual alternatives, and provide feedback and suggestions. Open house discussion with the study team will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. and a brief presentation will take place at 6:30.

The RRPDC, City of Richmond, Henrico County, GRTC Transit System, Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation, and Virginia Department of Transportation are studying multimodal transportation improvements along Route 5, an important travel corridor to and from downtown Richmond, to benefit transit, commuters, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As a Virginia Byway Scenic Road, Route 5 will also include the Virginia Capital Trail scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Public comments on the transportation concepts will be accepted through October 21, 2011. For information, visit the study website at http://www.Route5Corridor.com.
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Henrico Public Library wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation grant


The Henrico County Public Library system recently won the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's Library Grant Award, which provides funding, materials and programming from VBCF to help educate citizens about breast cancer.

The grant is given to select libraries in Virginia that apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer. > Read more.

Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26


Pet supplies and accessories retailer Pet Valu will open at 5304 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen Saturday, Aug. 26.

The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

State issues warning about purebred puppy scam


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day


Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors


The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Randolph-Macon College Professor Dr. Nicholas Ruppel will discuss his VNPS-funded research – the project of assessing the diversity of insect pollinators on native plants in Ashland. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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