Henrico libraries to host ‘death cafes’

The Henrico County Public Library system will host three "death cafés" – gatherings during which attendees can discuss death and dying in what the library terms "surprisingly upbeat and informative guided discussions" led by spiritual and bereavement counselor Alane Miles.

The events will provide attendees the opportunity to ask any and all questions about the topics of death, dying, grief and funeral practices, in an informal setting. Miles has 20 years of experience in the hospice field, hosts the Death Club Radio show on WRIR and writes for Style Weekly. Registration is not required.

Virginia to begin testing mosquitoes for Zika virus

JULY 13, 1:15 P.M. – Virginia officials will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas statewide for the Zika virus, Governor Terry McAuliffe said today.

The Department of General Services’ Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will conduct the testing for the virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

“The surveillance of Zika cases in Virginia is critical to our ability to prepare for and provide treatment to people affected by this virus. This is why I established the Zika task force this past February,” McAuliffe said.

Hinton named deputy county manager for community services

JULY 11, 11:40 A.M. – Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas today announced that he had appointed W. Brandon Hinton as deputy county manager for community services.

He succeeds Jane D. Crawley, who retired in April after a 25-year career in Henrico that included service as deputy county manager for community services since 2012.

Hinton has served as director of Henrico’s Office of Management and Budget since 2012.

Henrico to accept orders for free residential debris pickup through July 11

Henrico residents can continue to sign up for free curbside removal of storm debris through 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 11.

Orders may be placed by phone at (804) 501-4275 or online at Residents must place their orders by the end of business Monday to receive the free pickup service.

Henrico County offered the residential program in the aftermath of significant damage caused by severe weather on June 16. The county has received a high volume of requests for the service and is working to complete the collections. All orders received by the deadline will be picked up.

State initiative designed to connect job-seekers to jobs

Virginia officials this week launched the state's "Open Data, Open Jobs" initiative to better connect job seekers with job opportunities. The initiative provides a new open data set of available jobs in Virginia to equip innovators, programmers and researchers with accessible data to help the Commonwealth offer new approaches to articulating employer needs for talent and matching job seekers to job opportunities. Entrepreneurs can use the workforce data to create apps and programs that better engage a new generation of career seekers.

Open Data, Open Jobs consolidates data from multiple, publicly available sources of job postings into one machine-readable file. The Governor’s Data Internship Program along with students and staff at the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech provided support necessary to combine, clean and enrich individual data sets to create the initial, new workforce data product.

Henrico monitoring Goochland petroleum incident

JULY 7, 4:25 P.M. – Henrico County officials are monitoring a possible leak on a petroleum pipeline that may have occurred just across the county line in Goochland County, adjacent to Tuckahoe Creek. County officials were notified of the possible leak July 6.

Public safety officials have had ongoing discussions to ensure residents are provided information about the incident, Henrico officials said today.

The suspected leak is about 100 yards south of River Road on the Goochland side of Tuckahoe Creek. No Henrico property or waterway is directly affected.

Top Stafford official to become a deputy Henrico manager

Anthony Romanello
Henrico County has hired the top official from Stafford County to be its next deputy county manager for administration.

Anthony J. Romanello, Stafford's county administrator, will begin his new job in Henrico in mid-September, when his Stafford contract is fulfilled. He will replace Joe Casey, who left July 1 to become the new county administrator in Chesterfield County.

Romanello and his wife both graduated from high school in Henrico, and Romanello previously worked in the region, serving in various roles with the City of Richmond from 1992-2000 (as deputy director of human services administration, deputy director of administration of public health and assistant to the city manager).

Henrico County Television wins Emmy for program on Police, Fire chaplains

The Henrico County Television program “Ringing the Bell: Police and Fire Chaplains of Henrico County” earned a 2016 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 25 in Baltimore.

Produced and directed by Gene Byard (pictured), the program won the award in the religion – news single story/news series category. The 17-minute show highlights the volunteer ministers who provide pastoral care and spiritual support to Henrico’s first responders and residents. The Emmy is the first won by Byard and the sixth by
Henrico Public Relations & Media Services since launching HCTV in 2003. The department produces original, feature programming focused on Henrico.

Henrico launches Zika virus webpage

Henrico residents now can get tips on eliminating potential mosquito-breeding habitat on their properties and learn about the county’s efforts to prevent local transmission of the Zika virus at

The new webpage brings together a range of information from the Henrico County Health Department and the Department of Public Works and highlights the county’s multi-agency efforts to raise awareness about the connection between containers of standing water — even small amounts — Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Information is available in Spanish as well as English.

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