VDOT public information meeting on Springfield Road planned for Dec. 13

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13 to gather the community’s input regarding the two mile stretch of Springfield Road (Route 157) between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road in Henrico County prior to beginning an improvement study. This study will determine whether cost-effective improvements can be made to the existing road to improve safety and reduce congestion or if a new, alternate roadway should be constructed.

The meeting will be held in an open house format at Glen Allen High School located at 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This flexible format allows participants to arrive when their schedule permits. No formal presentation will be given.

Individuals are encouraged to submit their comments about Springfield Road in person, online, by email or by standard mail. Comments must be received by Dec. 23 to be included in the public meeting transcript.

In person – Attend the public meeting December 13 and give your written or oral comments at the meeting.
Online – Fill out the comment form on the project website at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/springfield_road_study.asp
Email – Email comments to the project manager at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Standard mail – Fill out the comment form and mail it to VDOT, ATTN: Alex Owsiak, 2430 Pine Forest Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-9002.

Following the comment period, the engineering consultant firm performing the study will compile the comments received and use the information to determine what safety and congestion improvements the community feels are needed along the Springfield Road corridor. The study is anticipated to be completed in fall 2012. VDOT will hold additional public meetings regarding any costs or community impacts for this project once a preliminary roadway design is developed.
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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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The Latin Ballet of Virginia will present “MOMO” at 7 p.m. June 2 and at 2 p.m. June 3-4 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Based on the fantasy novel by Michael Ende (author of “The NeverEnding Story”), “MOMO” is about a little girl who saves the world from the time thieves by her special ability to listen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For details and tickets, call 356-3876 or visit http://www.latinballet.com/momo-event. Full text

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