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Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, Sept. 26 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, Sept. 11, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer.

Could Squirrels find new nest in Henrico?


Could the Richmond Flying Squirrels one day call Henrico County home?

The long answer: It's complicated.

The short answer: Yes.

The Squirrels, Richmond's Double-A Eastern League minor league baseball team, are once again looking for a place to nest, after Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' plan to build a stadium in Shockoe Bottom failed to gain traction during the past two years.

Last month, Jones announced that the city, along with Henrico and Chesterfield counties, would work with the Squirrels and Eastern League officials to help the team find a site for a new stadium. His only caveat: that site won't be on the Boulevard, because he and city officials view the area around the Squirrels' current home (the Diamond) as being too valuable for a stadium.

SMART Lawns program enrollment ends Aug. 15


Enrollment for Henrico County's SMART Lawns program ends Aug. 15. Register for $20, and a Master Gardener will come to your home to collect a lawn soil sample and measure your lawn area. The Henrico Extension Office also will develop a Nutrient Management Plan that will tell you the right kind of fertilizer to apply to your lawn at the right rate and the right time. Lawn aeration combined with proper maintenance strategies will help correct weed and disease issues, improving the health and appearance of your lawn.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck.

Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.

Under Virginia law, dogs and cats 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies.

Henrico Police to host Community Day Aug. 1

The Henrico County Division of Police will host Community Day Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Western Government Complex at 4301 E. Parham Rd.

Attendees can enjoy free games and activities throughout the day, food, entertainment, the “sidewalk of services,” VIN etching by H.E.A.T., a job fair, and demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office. Learn about the Division’s latest initiative Operation Summer Heat. Community Day is also the kick off for National Night Out, taking place on the following Tuesday, Aug. 4.

CASA volunteers sworn in


Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed seven new volunteers July 8 during a ceremony. The volunteers were sworn in by Rondelle D. Herman, chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The new CASA volunteers (pictured) are Denise Motley, Barbara Lent, Sandra Hubbard, Erika Coleman, Barbara Anderson, Wayne Redmond and Anthony Ford (not pictured).

Voters in the 74th District head back to the polls today


Voters in the 74th Virginia House of Delegates District, which includes a portion of northern and eastern Henrico, as well as Charles City County and a portion of Richmond, are heading back to the polls today to select a replacement for former Delegate Joe Morrissey. It will be the fifth general, special or primary election held in the district since November 2013.

Democrat Lamont Bagby and independent David Lambert, son of former state senator Benjamin Lambert, at competing in today's special election to serve the remainder of the term vacated by Morrissey, who resigned earlier this year.

New partnership centered on family

A new collaborative community group, the Henrico Partnership for Family and Community Engagement, is in the works, with a focus on building healthy communities through family stability and building partnerships between regional organizations to create collective efforts.

Group organizers believe that family stability is essential to building healthy communities and that it's important to engage parents in their children’s lives – with equal importance placed on the involvement of the mother and the father. The group seeks to create opportunities for growth between families and community partners.

Henrico County Television wins Emmy for foster care program


The Henrico County Television program "The Decision: Aging Out of the Foster Care System" has earned a 2015 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 57th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 27 in Bethesda, Md.

Produced and directed by Steve Boyd, the program won the award in the public/current/community affairs category. The 23-minute show features four young adults as they weigh the choice of transitioning from Henrico's foster care system at age 18.

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