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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.

Henrico official named to state mental health task force

Mike O'Connor, the executive director of Henrico's Department of Mental Health and Developmental Services, is one of 37 members appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the newly-created Virginia Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.

Yesterday, McDonnell announced the members, who include leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals and individuals receiving mental health services and their families.

Henrico to accept Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 to Jan. 12

The Keep Henrico Beautiful Committee and Henrico County Department of Public Utilities will accept Christmas trees for recycling into mulch from Thursday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 12.

The free service, which preserves landfill space and the environment, is available to Henrico residents only.

New stormwater regulations could prove costly


Changes to the way stormwater runoff is required to be mitigated from new development sites could cost developers, Henrico County – and ultimately property owners – more money, while forcing the county to end its successful watershed management program and environmental fund, which have been used to rehabilitate streams countywide since 2001.

Henrico and all state localities must amend their local codes by July 1 to reflect new stormwater quality standards adopted in 2011 by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and other new standards required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and federal Environmental Protection Agency.

New ‘Va. is for Lovers’ plate unveiled

Governor Bob McDonnell recently unveiled the new “Virginia is for Lovers” license plate, which will become the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) standard-issue plate beginning in March 2014. The new plate design will replace the plain blue and white plates which have been the standard for the past couple of decades.

“In 2007, we honored on Virginia plates the anniversary of the founding of America at Jamestown,” McDonnell said.

Virginia native Lee Smith, named 2014 ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host award-winning author Lee Smith on April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, 23060, as part of its annual "All Henrico Reads" program.

Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, along with some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Governor-elect vows ethics reforms

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday that he would push for greater transparency and ethics reforms in state government.

McAuliffe spoke to a roomful of journalists after a panel discussion on political journalism ethics and political finance and gift-disclosure organized by the Associated Press.

The Northern Virginia businessman said he “would be inclined” to “issue an executive order” to waive the fees currently charged to citizens and journalists requesting government documents under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

County proposes sale of Best Plaza complex

UPDATE: Dec. 10, 6:35 P.M. – Henrico County officials are proposing that the county sell a prominent 93-acre site adjacent to I-95 that it purchased for $6.2 million just two years ago.

County Manager John Vithoulkas is recommending the sale of Best Plaza, which sits at the interchange of Parham Road and I-95 in northern Henrico.

When the county bought the property in December 2011, officials envisioned it as the future home for many of Henrico's key governmental agencies, which would relocate from the western government center on Parham Road and allow the courts complex to undergo a much-needed expansion there.

County asks state to share VRS liabilities

Henrico County officials aren't making any formal requests this year to the county's General Assembly delegation, but informally they're encouraging the Henrico delegation to support an accounting change that could help preserve the county's sterling triple AAA bond rating.

The issue involves the pension payments made into the Virginia Retirement System for Henrico teachers by the county and state. The state and each Virginia locality share the funding responsibility for the VRS, which makes retirement payments to eligible former teachers and other retired state and local employees.

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