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Henrico libraries to host ‘death cafes’


The Henrico County Public Library system will host three "death cafés" – gatherings during which attendees can discuss death and dying in what the library terms "surprisingly upbeat and informative guided discussions" led by spiritual and bereavement counselor Alane Miles.

The events will provide attendees the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the topics of death, dying, grief and funeral practices, in an informal setting. Miles has 20 years of experience in the hospice field, hosts the Death Club Radio show on WRIR and writes for Style Weekly. Registration is not required.

Henrico receives HUD funding to increase access to housing


U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced recently that Henrico County will be one of seven Virginia localities and organizations to receive a portion of nearly $7 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding will help local governments fight housing discrimination, improve economic conditions and increase access to affordable housing.

Henrico will receive $1,575,820 from HUD’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $599,842 from the HOME program, and $139,425 from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The CDBG program provides grants to state and local governments to help provide decent housing and a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

State launches ‘Virginia Grants’ website


Virginia Governor McAuliffe this week announced the launch of the Virginia Grants website, a public resource for anyone interested in state, federal and private funding opportunities. The website – http://governor.virginia.gov/policy-priorities/grants – will serve as a hub for taxpayers to search for grant opportunities and to gain a better understanding of how federal tax dollars are being spent and which grants present opportunities for state and local governments, as well as private businesses and organizations.

“The new Virginia Grants website will help my administration serve taxpayers better by increasing transparency and accountability and offering residents a single hub for grant funding opportunities that may help them grow their businesses, improve their communities or make life better for their families,” said McAuliffe.

Henrico, Habitat for Humanity to offer free home-maintenance workshops


The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity will offer a series of free workshops to help residents maintain and improve their homes.

The workshops will begin Saturday, Oct. 17 with a session on weatherization and seasonal maintenance. Experts will explain how residents can reduce their heating and cooling costs and improve their safety by sealing air leaks, repairing duct systems and replacing unsafe heating systems. They also will offer advice on installing carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, cleaning gutters, washing siding and other seasonal activities.

Henrico Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum scheduled Sept. 28


The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber will host candidates for the Henrico County Board of Supervisors at a Candidate Forum on Monday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parham Campus of Reynolds Community College, 1651 East Parham Road, in the Workforce Development and Conference Center. All qualified and filed candidates were invited. The following candidates have indicated they are able to participate and plan to attend:

Brookland District – Dick Glover and Danny Plaugher

Fairfield District – John Dantzler and Frank J. Thornton

Fairfield meeting Sept. 21 to highlight RIR contributions, Police Athletic League


Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Monday, Sept. 21 to discuss how Richmond International Raceway (RIR) and the Henrico Police Athletic League are building a stronger community.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

RIR President Dennis Bickmeier will join Thornton to discuss the raceway’s contributions to the community.

Henrico CASA to hold 10th annual art exhibition and silent auction Sept. 18


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will host its 10th annual benefit art exhibition and silent auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 at The Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road.

Event proceeds will support CASA, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of abused and neglected children before the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. CASA’s volunteers served 329 children in fiscal 2014-15, donating more than 13,000 hours to their cases.

The silent auction will feature donated work by local artists, including Matt Lively and Dr. Baxter Perkinson, as well as other items valued at more than $6,000.

Henrico earns top rating from Insurance Services Office

SEPT. 8, 5:10 P.M. – Henrico County has earned the highest-possible rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), a distinction that may qualify homeowners and businesses for lower property insurance premiums.

The county received a Class 1 rating in ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program based on a comprehensive evaluation of its emergency communications; fire department equipment, personnel and training; water supply; and fire-prevention efforts, including inspections and code enforcement. Henrico’s classification reflects the relative low risk of fire losses in both developed and rural areas of the county.

“Protecting residents and their homes and businesses is the highest priority of Henrico County and the Division of Fire,” County Manager John Vithoulkas said. “This Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office is great news for our entire community. It reflects our high quality of life, our commitment to excellence in public service and our drive to build a stronger county as we grow.”

McAuliffe declares September as Preparedness Month in Virginia


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and is encouraging business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies.

“September has historically been the most active time of the year for hurricanes in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a human-caused emergency like terrorism, individuals, families and businesses that take the time to prepare are more resilient in the long run than those who failed to plan.”

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