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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 County Police launch Pinterest account

The Henrico County Division of Police is now on Pinterest.

“Connecting with citizens through a variety of social media is important as many people are expanding their personal and professional use of social media,” said Henrico County Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton.

Pinterest allows the Division to develop themed pages of various interests like a virtual bulletin board.

Paint power

Volunteers with Henrico County's "Operation Paintbrush" painted the home of Terri Sheppard on Westbourne Drive earlier this month as part of the program, which offers its services to homeowners who need meet certain criteria. Pictured (left to right) are Mallory Horne, Terri Sheppard, Peter Diaz, Melody Moadab, Marcus Squires, Samira Squires, Layne Mitchell, Kenny Trinh, Cassandra Mason, Matthew Giffen and Jeremy Jackson.

Library seeks book donations for Christmas Mother

The Henrico County Library system is seeking book donations to provide to the Henrico Christmas Mother, whose season starts Dec. 4.

All Henrico libraries have donation boxes, where visitors can donate new or gently used children’s and teen books. All books that are in good shape will be accepted. The Henrico Christmas Mother Program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need assistance during the holiday season, including low-income families, adults with disabilities and the elderly.

Water main break closes two lanes of Brook Road, near Athens Avenue

Two northbound lanes of Brook Road near Athens Avenue will be closed while crews repair a broken water main.

The left northbound lane of Brook will remain open. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. The Henrico County Department of Public Utilities expects to complete the repairs and reopen the right and center northbound lanes of Brook by 5 p.m. Water service to customers is not disrupted.

Cantor honors Seventh District veterans

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) presented 11 veterans from Virginia’s Seventh District – including one from Henrico – with the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond Nov. 18.

"Each year the Congressional Veteran Commendation gives us an opportunity to honor the veterans in our community and preserve their stories," Cantor said after the event. "Today, I had the privilege of presenting eleven distinguished veterans from the Seventh District of Virginia with the Congressional Veteran Commendation. Each of these heroes selflessly served their neighbors and their nation. We are forever indebted to all our soldiers and their families for the sacrifices they made to defend our freedoms."

Voters approve meals tax

UPDATED: NOV. 6, 12:02 P.M. – In a reversal of a similar vote eight years ago, Henrico voters Nov. 5 narrowly approved the implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which county officials intend to use as a dedicated revenue source for the school system.

The vote – 51.8 percent in favor, 48.1 percent opposed – was as close as most observers expected it to be, decided by a difference of just 2,891 votes among the 100,003 ballots cast.

"This vote is a vote for the standards that we have established for our local school system," County Manager John Vithoulkas told the Citizen. "It speaks to the credibility that the county has established over many, many years. There's a lot of cynicism that is out there in the community with other levels of government."

The vote broke down along geographic lines, with the county's three westernmost magisterial districts (Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Brookland) voting against the tax by slim margins – and the two easternmost districts (Fairfield and Varina) voting in favor of it. The vote seemed to turn in the Fairfield District, where 61 percent of voters supported it by a margin of nearly 4,000 votes.

Henrico students help build Henrico Police substation



Henrico County CPS Career and Technical Education students have teamed up with Henrico Police to build a new substation at Virginia Center Commons.
The substation, which is nearly complete, will provide increased visibility for Henrico Police and has reinforced a strong relationship between students and county law enforcement.

A Staff/Student Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 3 p.m. at the new substation, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen, to give the public an opportunity to see the results of this partnership.

County to offer extended in-person absentee voting options Nov. 2

Henrico voters eligible to vote absentee for the upcoming election will have an increased opportunity to cast an absentee ballot in person. Henrico’s Voter Registration and Elections offices will be open for eight hours Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are two locations at which citizens can cast their absentee ballots:

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