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Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services.

Soliciting ordinance change likely

Street solicitors and panhandlers in Henrico County are likely to be out of luck next month – again.

The county’s Board of Supervisors Oct. 23 is expected to adopt changes to its no-soliciting ordinance that will close a loophole created the last time the ordinance was amended, in 2008.

The 2008 amendments made it illegal for anyone to distribute materials, solicit or sell (or attempt to sell) items while standing within any roadway or median in the county.

Resource Workforce Center opening

The Resource Workforce Investment Board will host the grand opening of the newest Resource Workforce Center in Eastern Henrico at 121 Cedar Fork Road on Monday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about the free services offered to job-seekers and businesses.

Road repairs to slow traffic on Gayton

A section of Gayton Road will be restricted to one lane, beginning Monday, Sept. 24, while a contractor makes repairs at the crossing of Deep Run Creek.

Gayton’s eastbound lane will be closed near the creek, which is between Monmouth and Cedarbluff drives. All traffic will be directed to Gayton’s westbound lane. Temporary traffic signals will guide eastbound and westbound motorists in alternating fashion through the work zone.

Henrico County Public Library launches plan for the future

Henrico County Public Library recently released its Library Services Plan, which includes new mission, vision and goals for the future of the library. The planning process, launched December 2010, engaged a wide range of stakeholders in developing a plan for the future.

Through online and print surveys, in-person sessions and individual interviews, more than 7,000 members of the community shared what they liked about the system and what needed enhancements. More than 1,500 of the survey participants shared stories about the library’s impact on their lives.

Police to host hard drive destruction day

The Henrico Police Division has partnered with The Central Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association (CVCPA), Shred-it, and other metro law enforcement agencies to offer a free, hard drive destruction program on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4470 Cox Rd., in the Highwoods Plaza parking lot.

There is a limit of one personal hard drive per person. No computer equipment will be accepted.

Henrico to dedicate Fire Station 3 on Sept. 15

Henrico County will dedicate the new Fire Station 3 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and picnic Saturday, Sept. 15 at the station, 1310 E. Washington St., near North Airport Drive.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature remarks by county officials, station tours, free hot dogs, barbecue and other food, plus children’s activities, including an inflatable bounce house and the Division of Fire’s Kid’s Safety House.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for child-advocacy training

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to work in the court system on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Henrico CASA will conduct a free, 10-session training program for volunteers, beginning Saturday, Oct. 6. The sessions will conclude with a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 30. All classes will be held at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Rd.

Henrico Police wins state, national awards

The Henrico County Division of Police recently won first place for the seventh consecutive year in the 2011 Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Challenge Awards as the agency with the best traffic safety programs in its size statewide.

Henrico’s division included agencies with 451 to 700 officers. The division also won first place in the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s national competition among agencies with 501 to 1,000 officers – the first time it had won at the national level.

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