Kruszewski wins 14 VPW awards

Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won 14 awards in the Virginia Press Women’s 2011 communication contest, including three first-place entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.  

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Special Articles category, with stories about education and health topics.   Among the winners in those categories were articles about the expansion of the Coal Pit Learning Center, the "Distinguished Springers" program at Highland Springs H.S., a cross-country cyclist raising awareness for blood donation, and a suicide prevention organization established in memory of a Douglas Freeman H.S. student.  Kruszewski also earned a first place in feature stories for her article about Dining in the Dark, a sensory awareness experience that raised funds for Foundation Fighting Blindness.  

Another feature story, about the connection between The Westwood Club's founders and the family of Francis Gary Powers of U-2 fame, won a second place for Kruszewski. 

In the Special Articles category, Kruszewski took a second place for two history stories, about Emmanuel Church's 150th birthday celebration and Discover the James' Civil War cruises. 

Kruszewski won seven third place awards, including one for headline writing and another for her feature photo portrayal of children playing a game at a church picnic.  Her winning entry in the feature story category described Henrico resident Bob Bluford's recent turn at the controls of a B-24 bomber -- 65 years after he first piloted the plane in World War II. 

In the Special Articles categories of education and sports, Kruszewski took third place awards for stories about an author's visit to Short Pump Middle School, a Moody Middle School student whose essay won a national award, and appreciation events honoring rescuers of a cardiac arrest victim and medical personnel who cared for a heart patient. 

Special Articles in the social issues and sports categories added two additional third place awards, for stories about autistic students working at St. Mary's Hospital, a quadriplegic veteran given a new home, a World Cup countdown at Deep Run H.S., and a local nine-year-old's big league baseball experience. 

Kruszewski also earned an honorable mention for her Special Articles about environmental topics, which included a story about the River City Saunter and another about a 1939 cottage that was recently converted into a solar-powered home. 

In the news reporting category, she won an honorable mention for her stories about an early education summit and a Henrico Police Athletic League celebration of PAL's growth and progress. 
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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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