Free tax assistance sites open in Henrico Feb. 2

Eligible taxpayers can receive free help preparing their 2011 income tax return — and potentially increase their refunds by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — at sites hosted by MetroCASH and Henrico County.

The EITC is a refundable credit designed to help families and individuals who work and earn modest incomes — generally, families with children earning less than $49,078 and individuals without children earning less than $13,660. The benefit could provide a federal refund of $5,751 for families with three or more children and $464 for individuals.

Trained volunteers will help eligible taxpayers prepare and file returns at 13 sites throughout the metropolitan area, including two in Henrico: Dumbarton Area Library - 6800 Staples Mill Road, Thursdays Feb. 2 to April 12, 4-8 p.m., and Wednesdays Feb. 29 to April 11, 4-8 p.m.; and Fairfield Area Library - 1001 N. Laburnum Ave.; Saturdays Feb. 4 to March 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

MetroCASH works to help qualifying families maximize their tax refunds. The organization also offers eligible taxpayers a free alternative to paid tax-preparation services. Last year, volunteers helped area residents file 2,093 tax returns, generating $932,216 in EITC funds and a total of $2,577,886 in federal returns. The free service saved clients an estimated $418,600 in tax preparation fees.

Additional information is available at http://www.metrocash.org or by calling (804) 225-7915.
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Therapeutic healing


In a room labeled the garden room, a bright space with lavender-colored walls and pebble-gray chairs, art therapist Becky Jacobson might ask her patients to imagine a safe place, but she doesn’t ask them to describe it to her — she wants them to draw it.

The patients are free to draw whatever they envision, expressing themselves through their colored markers, a form of healing through art therapy.

“Some people might not feel safe anywhere because they have had hard things happening to them, and I have the background to help that person reground and feel safe in the group,” Jacobson said. > Read more.

Eight’s enough? Crowded race for 56th District develops


Following the retirement of Delegate Peter Farrell [R-56th District], a number of candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to vie for the open seat in the Virginia General Assembly district, which contains a portion of Henrico’s Far West End.

Democratic challengers include Lizzie Basch and Melissa Dart, while Republican contenders include George Goodwin, Matt Pinsker, Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, Jay Prendergrast and John McGuire. In addition to a section of Henrico, the district also includes portions of Goochland and Spotsylvania County, as well as all of Louisa County. > Read more.

On the trail to Awareness


Twenty-five teams, composed of some 350 participants, gathered at Dorey Park in Varina April 8 for the Walk Like MADD 5k, to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Virginia. The event raised more than $35,000, with more funds expected to come in through May 7. > Read more.

Leadership Metro Richmond honors St. Joseph’s Villa CEO


Leadership Metro Richmond honored St. Joseph's Villa CEO Kathleen Burke Barrett, a 2003 graduate of LMR, with its 2017 Ukrop Community Vision Award during its annual spring luncheon April 6.

The award honors a LMR member who demonstrates a purposeful vision, a sense of what needs to be done, clear articulation with concern and respect for others with demonstrated action and risk-taking. > Read more.

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl. > Read more.

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The Henrico County Public Library will host New York Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery at 7 p.m. at Glen Allen High School as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program. Her novel and the featured All Henrico Reads title, “The Soul of an Octopus,” explores the emotional and physical worlds of the octopus – a surprisingly complex, intelligent and spirited creature – and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Books will be available for sale and the author will autograph books following the program. Admission is free and open to the public; no tickets required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/ahr. Full text

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