News In Brief - Oct. 5, 2006

SportClips to Donate to Henrico's 'Team Rescue Mode'
SportClips stores in the Richmond area will donate 10 percent of their total revenue from four days in October to a team of Henrico firefighters who will compete in an international event this November. Henrico's Team Rescue Mode qualified for the event earlier this year but must pay its own way to the competition in Nevada and handle all other event-related expenses itself. SportClips will donate 10 percent of its revenue from Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 to the team.

J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters to Hold Yard Sale
The J.R. Tucker High School Drama Boosters will hold their first yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the school's parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. Booths are available for $25 until Oct. 16. For details and application forms, contact Lisa Dyer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 527-4600. Checks should be made payable to the J.R. Tucker Drama Boosters.

HCPS Gifted Advisory Council to Meet
The Henrico County Public Schools' Gifted Advisory Council will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. The meeting is open to the public and interested citizens are invited to attend. Anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend but needs assistance should call Mychael Dickerson at 652-3724.

MOPS to Hold Yard and Bake Sale
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will host its Giant Yard and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glen Allen Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen.

Books, toys, furniture, music, collectibles and more will be available for purchase. Anyone interested in renting space at the event should contact Nina at 779-3057 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The rain date is Oct. 21.

The MOPS at GACC serves as a support group for mothers of all preschoolers. It meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Glen Allen Community Church.

First Marker Bank Fundraiser to Benefit AMA Heart Walk
First Market Bank will holds its Third Annual Yard Sale to benefit the American Heart Association's Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the parking lot of First Market Square, 2000 Westmoreland Street (behind Richmond Ford on West Broad Street).

Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church to Hold Harvest Fest
Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside will hold its sixth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will feature outdoor worship at 10:50 a.m., following Bible Study for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibits with information and visuals that promote the church's ministries and community offerings will be open from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. A smoked barbecue dinner will be available for $3 per person, and a hot dog dinner will be available for children for $1. The event also will include music.

Following the meal, members of the church will participate in the Franco's Lakeside Avenue 5K Run and Family Walk to benefit the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad. The family walk will be held at 2 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Those who have registered through local community churches can gain free admission to the garden by wearing the official t-shirt produced specifically for the event. For details, call 266-9696 or visit http://www.active.com.

ComedySportz to Hold Auditions
ComedySportz, Richmond's longest running improv show, will hold auditions for improvisers on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Those who are selected will be trained during a six-week period for six two-hour improv classes.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. ComedySportz is located in Dumbarton Square Shopping Center at 7115-A Staples Mill Road. For details, call 266-9377.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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