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Henrico Police wins first place in national and state challenges

The Henrico County Police Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently won first place in its categories at the Law Enforcement Challenge (LEC) in both the statewide and national competitions. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) hold this competition each year to recognize agencies having the best traffic safety programs in the commonwealth and in the nation.

In the statewide VACP LEC competition, Municipal Category 8 is composed of law enforcement agencies with between 451-700 officers. In the IACP LEC competition, the category in which Henrico officers competed is composed of agencies with 251 or more police officers.

Glen Allen Branch Library earns LEED Silver approval

The Glen Allen Branch Library has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of a variety of energy-saving measures that were incorporated into its renovation. The library is the first Henrico County general government facility to receive LEED certification under a policy backed by the Board of Supervisors in January 2010.

The library, which reopened in October 2010 following an $8.3 million renovation and expansion, features energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, a low-flow plumbing system and building materials made from recycled content. The building also has preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles and a kiosk that highlights its daily energy use.

Buy emergency supplies, save money during sales tax holiday

Hurricane season starts June 1 and the Commonwealth of Virginia is helping residents get ready by offering a tax-free shopping week set for May 25-31.

No sales tax will be charged on the purchase of many items that can be used to prepare homes and businesses and to fill emergency supply kits. Among items exempt from sales tax include: batteries, flashlights and lanterns, bottled waters, battery-powered and hand-crank radios, first-aid kids, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, tarps, duct tape, water storage containers, generators and more.

Hazelett honored by General Assembly delegation

Seven members of Henrico County's General Assembly delegation surprised Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett during the Board of Supervisors' May 8 meeting by appearing to read a proclamation of commendation from the assembly, recognizing Hazelett for his 20 years of service. Hazelett, 66, is the second longest-tenured of Henrico's seven county managers (Edward Beck served for 25 years, until 1977).

Henrico installs more flashing-yellow traffic signals to improve safety


The Henrico County Department of Public Works will install new traffic signals at five additional intersections over the next two weeks to help motorists better understand the need to yield to oncoming traffic before turning left.

The signals feature a new flashing yellow arrow, which indicates that motorists may proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The signals replace ones that have permitted left turns by showing a solid green circle with a sign that reads, “Left Turn Yield on Green.” The flashing yellow arrow appears during the signal’s normal cycles, which also guide motorists with solid red, green and yellow arrows.

The new signals are scheduled to be installed by May 11 at Cox Road and Waterfront Place; Cox and Sadler Place; Nuckols Road and Snowmass Road/Capital One Way; Nuckols and Concourse Boulevard; and Shady Grove and Twin Hickory roads. Police will direct traffic while work is under way.

Free VIN etching scheduled May 5

Henrico County Police Division, in partnership with the Virginia State Police H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) program and Virginia Center Commons, will provide free "VIN" (Vehicle Identification Number) glass etching on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Virginia Center Commons Mall, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen.

The free H.E.A.T. VIN etching is part of a regional initiative to combat auto theft by providing free chemical glass etching and by distributing free auto theft prevention materials. The event will not be held if there is inclement weather, and there is no rain date.

Survivor Day training event planned for Saturday

Henrico County will be one of 12 central Virginia localities hosting a free Survivor Day training event. The class will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Henrico Fire Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Rd.

Emergency and community response professionals across the region will demonstrate the best ways to prepare for life threatening situations, emergencies and natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, blizzards and more. Individuals and families will learn how to live safely through these events, how to survive in their home without power for at least 72 hours, and what to take with them, should they need to leave in a hurry.

Teen forum on preventing underage drinking at Fairfield M.S.

The youth ambassadors of the Henrico County Too Smart 2 Start Coalition will present a forum Saturday, April 21 to educate youth and parents on the dangers of alcohol consumption by teenagers.

The “Prevention of Underage Drinking” forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School, 5121 Nine Mile Rd. Demonstrations will begin at 9:30 a.m. with goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on reaction time and on depth and distance perception.

The forum is free and open to the public, with a light breakfast included. Registration is not required. The forum will provide an overview of laws on teenage driving, a workshop for adults titled “Power of Parents — It’s Your Influence,” and testimonials from speakers about life after experiences with underage drinking. Also planned are performances by the St. Paul’s Baptist Church B.O.M.B. S.Q.U.A.D. step team and prize giveaways.

Fairfield constituent meeting to highlight supplier-diversity program

The next constituent meeting of Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will spotlight Henrico County’s efforts to help small, women-owned and minority-owned (SWAM) businesses participate in the county’s procurement process.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Thornton will be joined by Marvis W. Marshall, supplier relations manager for the Division of Purchasing and Support Services.

The division, which is part of the Department of General Services, has been recognized as a local-government leader in promoting supplier diversity. Last year, the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council presented awards to the division and Marshall for their work with and on behalf of vendors seeking to do business with the county.

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