Some roads, parks, libraries closed today

The effects of Hurricane Irene have closed several Henrico County roads, parks and libraries today.

White Oak Road is closed between Route 60 and Elko Road; Sandy Lane is closed between Creighton Road and Watts Lane; and Creighton Road is closed at the Henrico-Hanover county line.

The county's Division of Recreation and Parks has closed Confederate Hills, Dorey Park, Hunton Park, Hidden Creek, Park, Meadowview Park, the Glen Lea Recreation Center and the Roslyn Hills playground as the result of power outages or storm damage. RF&P Park and Springfield Park are open today but have no power.

The Armour House, Deep Run Park, Belmont Recreation Center, the Henrico Theatre, Walkerton Tavern, and Twin Hickory Park (business only) all are open today.

The county also has canceled the 6 p.m. Zumba class scheduled for tonight at Dorey Recreation Center and the 7 p.m. Henrico Concert Band performance scheduled for Dorey Park.

Dumbarton, Fairfield, Municipal, Sandston and Twin Hickory libraries are open; Glen Allen, North Park, Tuckahoe and Varina are closed.

Residents cleaning up from the storm can take their unbagged storm-related yard debris and vegetative waste free of charge to Henrico's East and West landfills. Bagged yard waste and bulky waste, including scrap wood, drywall, carpets and soiled food, will be charged at the rate of $3 per load.

Contractors can haul yard debris and vegetative waste for $50 per ton.

Residents with storm-related questions should continue to call the Henrico Hurricane Hotline at 501-7413.
 
Residents can continue to obtain free water at Fire Station No. 2, 2400 Darbytown Road, and at Fire Station No. 15, 3820 Mountain Road. Residents should bring their own containers; bottled water will not be provided.
 
Citizens who need shelter or other assistance should contact the Department of Social Services at 501-4001.
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A safer way across


A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents. > Read more.

New conservation easement creates wooded buffer for Bryan Park

Five years ago, members of the Friends of Bryan Park were facing the apparently inevitable development of the Shirley subdivision in Henrico, adjacent to the forested section of the park near the Nature Center and Environmental Education Area.

As part of the Shirley subdivision, the land had been divided into 14 lots in 1924, but had remained mostly undisturbed through the decades. In 2012, however, developers proposed building 40 modular houses on roughly 6.5 acres, clear-cutting the forest there and creating a highly dense neighborhood tucked into a dead end. > Read more.

Meet the men running for governor


Virginia will elect a new governor this year.

The governor’s position is one of great power and influence, as the current officeholder, Terry McAuliffe, has demonstrated by breaking the record for most vetoes in Virginia history.

However, during the last gubernatorial race in 2014, the voter turnout was less than 42 percent, compared with 72 percent during last year’s presidential election. > Read more.

RISC to address reading, childhood trauma, job training at assembly

On May 1, more than 1,700 community members representing Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities will gather at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (4247 Creighton Road) at 7 p.m. to address elementary reading, childhood trauma and job training in the greater Richmond region. Community members will speak about each issue and proposed solution.

For three years, the organization has sought implementation of a specific literacy program in Henrico County that it believes would help children who struggle with reading. > Read more.

Henrico to begin update of zoning, subdivision ordinances April 26


Henrico County is beginning a comprehensive update of its zoning and subdivision ordinances — the first such effort in six decades — and will introduce the project as part of the April 26 meeting of the Henrico County Planning Commission.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The ordinance update project will be featured as the final item on the agenda. Project consultant Clarion Associates will give a presentation, and meeting participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments. > Read more.
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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.
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Weekend Top 10


For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present The Gloaming at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Dublin’s The Gloaming features five of the world’s greatest Celtic musicians, including singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and pianist Thomas Bartlett. They are recognized for extending the Irish and Celtic music traditions both literally and metaphorically. Tickets are $36. For details, call 289-8980 or visit http://www.modlin.richmond.edu. Full text

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