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Henrico Police to host Community Day Aug. 1

The Henrico County Division of Police will host Community Day Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Western Government Complex at 4301 E. Parham Rd.

Attendees can enjoy free games and activities throughout the day, food, entertainment, the “sidewalk of services,” VIN etching by H.E.A.T., a job fair, and demonstrations and displays from police, fire, animal protection and sheriff’s office. Learn about the Division’s latest initiative Operation Summer Heat. Community Day is also the kick off for National Night Out, taking place on the following Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.

Henrico supervisors to hold April 14 hearing on proposed budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 14 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The general fund, which supports the operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and Henrico County Public Schools, would total $785.8 million.

Henrico County CASA welcomes new volunteers


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.

Governor orders training for ABC agents


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.”

Richmond growing faster than suburbs

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.

Vegetable gardening workshop planned

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.

County’s internship program grows


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.

Henrico Citizens Academy registration opens March 23


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.

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