Jenna Bush Hager to host Noah’s Children art auction

Jenna Bush Hagar, author, contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today Show and chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, will be the keynote speaker for an upcoming charity auction and gala on Saturday, March 24 to benefit Noah’s Children.

Schools across the county have participated in the fundraising event by creating artwork inspired by the theme “Two by Two.” These works reflect ideas of hope, renewal and journey. Elementary schools made arks for table decorations and middle and high schools created pottery, paintings, wall hangings and jewelry. These items will be auctioned off at the benefit, and proceeds will go to the charity.

Noah’s Children serves infants, children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, as well as their families. This holistic program ensures compassionate care at the most difficult time for a family by addressing their physical, emotional, social, spiritual and practical needs, so that they can focus on making sure their child’s remaining time is as rich and meaningful as possible.

The children’s art auction will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Westin Richmond Hotel, 6631 W. Broad St. There will also be live music, wine pairings and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $125 per person. For details, visit http://www.fortyoneevent.org.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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Eastern Henrico FISH will hold its annual Golf Tournament at Queenfield Golf Club, 1896 Dabneys Mill Rd. in Manquin, Va. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The winning team will receive a cash prize. Cost is $280 per four-person team and includes green fee and cart. Lunch and BBQ dinner included. To register, call 257-7730 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Full text

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