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McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat


Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10.

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.”

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.

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