Town meetings to address new library, Alzheimer’s support, Education Foundation

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton and Varina District Supervisor Jim Donati will host separate town meetings for their constituents on Monday, Sept. 19.

Donati's meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs, will provide information about the proposed Varina Area Library.

Henrico County Public Library Director Jerry McKenna will give an update on planning for the library, a proposed 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility slated for construction near the intersection of Interstate 895 and New Market Road/Route 5.

Funding for the $16.7 million project was approved by Henrico voters in the county’s 2005 bond referendum. McKenna will join Donati for a question-and-answer period as well. 
 
Thornton's meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, will review local support services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and also will examine the work of the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF).

Sherry Peterson, CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Deputy County Manager George T. Drumwright, Jr. will discuss the disease and other dementia-related ailments and their impact on individuals, their caregivers and the community. They also will provide information about support services available in Henrico and the metropolitan area. The officials will join Thornton for a question-and-answer period.

In addition, Susan Stanley, executive director of the HEF, will attend to discuss the work of the foundation and its impact on Henrico County Public Schools. The HEF is a private, nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding such as instructional grants and learning support for specific initiatives in county schools.
 
Both meetings are open to the public. For details, call 501-4208.
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Business in brief


For the ninth year in a row, Puritan Cleaners is conducting a one-day-only community program that offers everyone in Richmond a free cleaning of one pair of pants. The event, called Free Pants Wednesday, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The offer is good at all 13 Puritan locations throughout the greater Richmond area with no strings attached. There are no minimums or other stipulations (other than suede and leather pants are excluded). This year, Puritan has partnered with the Richmond SPCA to help raise awareness for the Free Pants Wednesday program while also raising awareness for homeless kittens awaiting adoption at the Richmond SPCA’s humane center. The two organizations collaborated on a short movie which can be viewed at http://www.puritancleaners.com/community/free-pants-wednesday. This video is the latest in the light-hearted, low-budget, and intentionally campy videos associated with the Free Pants Wednesday program. Previous versions have featured racing at Richmond Raceway, ex-VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart, Todd “Parney” Parnell and the Flying Squirrels, and Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins of Easy 100.9. > Read more.

Mother, son work to raise funds for Make-A-Wish


A mother and son duo raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Betsy Owen, Goochland County native, and her five year old son Israel have been making a difference in the Henrico community for two years. Owen works at Maggiano's Little Italy in Short Pump. Betsy and her fellow co-workers have split into teams to raise a total of $15,000 for Make-A-Wish. > Read more.

Eyes in the sky


Members of the Henrico Citizens Police Academy Alumni (pictured) got a rare peek at the “high” side of law enforcement recently, with a trip to the Metro Aviation Hangar adjacent to Richmond International Airport.

About 25 academy alumni gathered at the hangar July 11 to hear Officer Shaun McCarthy describe a typical day aloft - and some not so typical – in a Cessna owned by the Metro Aviation Unit. > Read more.

Rock on!


The painted rocks craze is thriving in Henrico, as a walk around the grounds of local libraries and parks will demonstrate. This rock was spotted near Libbie Mill Library, and there's a slideshow of many more uniquely-painted stones on the RVA Rocks Facebook page (https://facebook.com/groups/RVARocks/).

Painting and hiding rocks is a family activity appropriate for all ages, and parents especially like the way it fosters creativity and gets kids outdoors. > Read more.

Goochland man arrested at RIC with gun


A Goochland County man was arrested at Richmond International Airport July 19 after Transportation Security Administration officers found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the 9 mm caliber handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it entered the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 12 bullets. > Read more.

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Highland Springs United Methodist Church will hold its first Highland Springs Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be games and prizes for children of all ages, a bounce house, basketball contests, cake walks and more. Live music will be performed by Bobby & Friends. Meet the Henrico Police and Fire units. Lunch begins at 12 p.m. The church is located at 22 N. Holly Ave. in Highland Springs. Full text

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