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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.

Food for thought

Less than three weeks before Henrico voters determine the fate of the county’s four-percent meals tax proposal, the decision may hinge less on the tax itself and more on philosophical differences about how Henrico should address its growing needs in the face of stagnant revenues.

The meals tax proposal – first floated last year by outgoing County Manager Virgil Hazelett and later recommended this year by new County Manager John Vithoulkas – would generate an estimated $18 million annually, if approved by voters Nov. 5. That money would be split evenly between the operating budget and capital improvement budget of the county’s school system, officials have promised – closing a funding gap that would exist otherwise.

Plans for Capital Trail’s path through Varina take shape

Two years from now, Varina residents may be able to walk, jog or bike their way from Route 5 to Dorey Park and back, as they travel along a unique stretch of the Virginia Capital Trail.

The 3.5-mile Park Phase will be the only portion of the 52-mile Richmond-to-Williamsburg trail that is not constructed along Route 5. It would break away from Route 5 just west of Wood Mill Drive (across from Buffin Road) and head north to Dorey Park, then loop east around the Four Mile Run subdivision, travel beneath I-295 and head south to reconnect to Route 5 at Rocky Hill Farm Drive Road near Dairy Queen.

Meals tax debate heats up

Henrico County officials now believe that more than half of the annual revenue generated by a proposed 4-percent meals tax would come from non-Henrico residents.

Officials expect that the meals tax would generate about $18 million annually – money that they've indicated would be dedicated solely to the school system. About 50.3 percent of that amount would come from visitors to the county, according to a study conducted by Richmond Region Tourism, which analyzed the number of travelers and commuters who visit Henrico for work, business or recreation.

Master Gardeners seeking applications for 2014 program

The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its 2014 Master Gardener training program, which will provide instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 25. The training program costs $135 for materials.

Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications

The Henrico County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its 2014 Master Gardener training program, which will provide instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 25. The training program costs $135 for materials.

Participants will learn about lawn care, tree and shrub maintenance, vegetable gardening, soils, pest management and other topics. After completing classroom training, participants will serve a 50-hour internship with the Extension Office and will help conduct educational programs for the public.

New police station to open at Va. Center

Virginia Center Commons will be the site of Henrico County’s next police station, following the approval of a lease by the Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 13 meeting.

The location at the central Henrico mall will be the county’s third station, along with the district headquarters in Sandston and on Parham Road. The owner of the mall agreed to lease the space for $1 to improve security in the area, said Jon Tracy, Henrico’s director of real property.

McDonnell visits Henrico fire station to commemorate Sept. 11

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, visited Henrico Fire Station No. 2 today to meet with first responders from Henrico's divisions of fire and police, as well as the Henrico Sheriff's Office. with station and county officials in commemoration of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. McDonnell issued a proclamation noting the day as one of remembrance, patriotism and prayer in the state.

Henrico to hold public meetings on meals tax referendum

Henrico County will conduct a series of public meetings to provide information on the meals tax referendum, which will be part of the general election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

County Manager John A. Vithoulkas will lead 10 of the 12 meetings, which will be held at high schools throughout the county and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden from Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Oct. 30. The meetings will include a presentation by county staff and an opportunity to ask questions.

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