Citizen Staff Reports 10/21/2016 Government
Henrico County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) welcomed 10 newly activated CASA volunteers during a ceremony Oct. 17. The advocates were sworn in by Stuart L. Williams, Jr., chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Williams commenced the swearing-in by thanking the new volunteers for committing their time and their hearts to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being. He also told them that CASA’s work and the reports they prepare for the court are invaluable and that their work as fact-finders and information gatherers is essential in assisting the court with making critical decisions in the best interest of children.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/03/2015 Government
Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates kicked off Child Abuse Awareness Month April 1 by welcoming 15 new CASA volunteers. The new volunteers were sworn in by Rondelle D. Herman, chief judge of the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Herman thanked the new volunteers for committing their time to children who are in need of the court’s intervention to ensure their safety and well-being.
“Each party of a case comes to the Court with their own agenda," Herman said. "CASA does not have an agenda. CASA is objective, unbiased and fact driven when reporting to the court.
By Cameron Vigliano, Capital News Service 03/27/2015 Government
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
This comes a week after McAuliffe called for the State Police to investigate ABC enforcement officers’ arrest of a University of Virginia student, Martese Johnson. Johnson, who needed 10 stitches in his head, said the agents used excessive force.
The governor issued a press release outlining Executive Order 40, which will require “the immediate retraining of all ABC special agents in the areas of use of force, cultural diversity, effective interaction with youth, and community policing.”
By Margo Maier, Capital News Service 03/26/2015 Government
The city of Richmond is growing in population faster than its suburban neighbors, according to data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Richmond’s had an estimated population of 217,853 on July 1, 2014, the bureau said. That represented an increase of 6.7 percent since the 2010 census.
In contrast, from 2010 to 2014, Chesterfield County grew 5.1 percent; Henrico County, 4.9 percent; and Hanover County, 2.1 percent.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/23/2015 Government
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop Saturday, April 4 to help residents start or improve a vegetable garden.
The Vegetable Gardening Jumpstart Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension Office’s demonstration kitchen in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The workshop is free and open to the public. To register, call (804) 501-5160 by Friday, April 3.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 03/20/2015 Government
Since the Henrico County government internship program began its pilot program in 2012 with only two interns, it has transformed to become a year-long program that provides students at the high school and college level the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with local government, while also providing a vital resource for the community.
Noelle Bingham, 32, entered her first semester at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community college in the fall. After returning to school she realized that she wanted to gain real experience in her desired professional field, and that’s when she turned to the Henrico internship program.
Bingham works with the Division of Fire, reporting to Chief Rosenbaum three days a week and focusing on developing marketing materials and performing graphics work, such as redesigning brochures for hiring, fire prevention, festivals and more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/19/2015 Government
Henrico residents can get a firsthand, comprehensive look at county operations and services at the 2015 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May.
The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from April 23 to May 28. Residents can register at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Monday, March 23. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
The academy is open to 35 residents, with space reserved for seven individuals from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/19/2015 Government
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold an open house Saturday, March 28 to begin accepting registrations for the 2015 Henrico County Junior 4-H Camp.
The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Extension office at the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. The residential camp, which is open to boys and girls ages 9 through 14, will be held July 20-24 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center, near Williamsburg.
Early registration is strongly encouraged because space is limited and many classes fill quickly. The cost of the camp is $242 and includes a T-shirt, lodging, meals, programs, instructional class materials and transportation by chartered bus.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/17/2015 Government
The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free workshop at three locations of the Henrico County Public Library this spring to explain how to grow a healthy lawn without harming the environment.
The Get SMART with Lawn Care workshop will be held Monday, March 30 at North Park Branch Library, 8508 Franconia Road; Tuesday, March 31 at Sandston Branch Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Road; and Thursday, April 2 at Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road. Each session will start at 7 p.m.
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