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The Woodshedders (at top) perform during 'Bluebird at the Hipp,' an event at The Hippodrome Theater in Richmond Feb. 20 designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

The Bluebird is a café in Nashville where musicians find a "safe" home. CASA volunteers work to ensure safe and permanent homes for abused and neglected children. Funds raised from the event (which charged $125 per ticket) and its silent auction benefit Henrico CASA, which works with the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

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.

Henrico programs honored by Virginia Association of Counties

Henrico County recently was recognized by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for programs that help nonnative-English-speaking residents assimilate to the community, informed residents about a meals tax proposal and promoted a better understanding of the workplace culture within the county’s government.

Henrico was one of 12 counties to receive a 2014 Achievement Award from VACo in recognition of a model local government program. Henrico and Loudoun County each received three awards, the most of any county. Overall, VACo recognized 18 programs among 61 entries.

Henrico neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out

The Henrico County Police Division and neighborhoods throughout Henrico County will celebrate the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO) Aug. 5.

Chief Douglas A. Middleton and his staff, as well as Henrico Police Officers and many county officials, will visit more than 70 neighborhoods throughout Henrico County to strengthen police-citizens partnerships. Middleton will start by visiting the Richmond International Raceway NNO event at 5 p.m. Then, until about 9:30 PM, the night will be alive with cookouts, block parties, ice-cream socials, parades, and other fun events taking place throughout the county. Homeowners in neighborhoods that do not have events scheduled may show their support by putting on porch lights.

Police to promote 9

The Henrico Division of Police will promote nine officials in a ceremony Aug. 6 at the Henrico County Training Center.

The following members will be promoted:

• Lieutenant L. N. Toney, promoted to the rank of captain.

• Sergeant S. E. Kubicki, promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Schools sales tax holiday returns this weekend

Virginia’s annual sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear and school and office supplies begins Friday, Aug. 1.

During the three-day event, most school and office supplies that cost $20 or less each, as well as clothing items and pairs of shoes priced at $100 or less each, will be exempt from Virginia’s 5.3 percent state and local sales tax.

The list of tax-exempt items is the same as last year.

2 Henrico companies to participate in VALET program

Two Henrico County companies are among the new participants selected by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) for inclusion in its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. ChemTreat, Inc. and H&A Architects & Engineers will participate in the program, which launched in 2002 and assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export.

Henrico Extension ready to help residents grow SMART Lawns

The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension is enrolling residents in SMART Lawns, a program that provides customized plans for growing attractive, healthy lawns.

For a $20 fee, Master Gardener volunteers will visit a home, analyze the lawn and prepare a plan for improving its condition, appearance and health.

Poplar Spring Road to be closed at railroad tracks July 30

Poplar Spring Road in Eastern Henrico County will be closed at the railroad tracks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 while CSX makes improvements to the crossing.

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