Henrico residents invited to share design ideas for new Fairfield Area Library

Henrico County Public Library is planning community meetings March 28-29 and April 1 to receive input from county residents on the design of a new Fairfield Area Library. Meetings will be held at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., and at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave.

Architects from BCWH, Inc. will join library staff for the meetings, which will feature discussions and seek ideas on spaces and services for specific age groups as well as designs for the entire facility.

McClellan declared Democratic nominee for Va. Ninth District Senate seat

Jennifer McClellan has been declared the Democratic Party's candidate for Virginia's Ninth District state Senate seat by the Legislative Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party. The party canceled a planned caucus Dec. 3 because McClellan was the only candidate who filed for the nomination.

A special election for the seat, vacated by Donald McEachin after his election to Congress Nov. 8, will be held Jan. 10.

McEachin selected to Congressional leadership positions

Virginia Fourth District Congressman-Elect Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) was elected a co-president of his freshman class in Congress earlier this week. He shares the presidency with Congresswoman-Elect Nanette Barragan (CA-4) and Congresswoman-Elect Val Demings (FL-10).

Thursday, McEachin was selected as a regional whip for the Democratic Caucus.

How to protect boxwoods from disease during holidays

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is encouraging residents to take steps to protect their boxwood plantings from a potentially damaging pathogen that could be introduced through decorative holiday greenery.

An accidental exposure to the boxwood blight pathogen could destroy a home’s boxwood plantings and crops as well as spread to neighboring properties. Signs of the disease include brown spots on leaves, black streaks on stems and defoliation.

Thanksgiving Day holiday to delay some CVWMA collections

Thursday and Friday CVWMA residential recycling collections will be delayed one day in observance of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. There will be no collections on Thanksgiving Day.

RED Thursday and RED Friday recyclers will have a one-day delay in recycling collection service due to the holiday. Friday collections will take place on Saturday.

Henrico County Recreation and Parks employee wins awards

Henrico County Recreation and Parks Recreation Coordinator Alicia Engels recently won the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. She received the award during the society's annual conference, held Nov. 5-8 in Roanoke. The awards program honors individuals, agencies and organizations throughout Virginia that have demonstrated excellence in several areas during the previous calendar year.

Engels has worked for Henrico full time since 2008.

McClellan to seek McEachin’s Senate seat

Six-term Virginia Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71st District) announced Nov. 14 that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat, which opened when Ninth District Senator Donald McEachin (a Henrico Democrat) won election to Congress Nov. 8.

Another Democratic delegate who briefly considered seeking the Ninth District seat, Lamont Bagby (74th District), announced later that day that he would instead remain in the House of Delegates.

McClellan and Bagby, two prominent local Democrats whose districts overlap portions of the heavily Democratic Ninth District, were viewed as the two favorites to replace McEachin there.

Kovacs honored for service to children through Henrico CASA

David Kovacs has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognition of his service to local youth through Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Kovacs will accept the award Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center as part of a recognition of National Philanthropy Day. He was nominated by Henrico CASA, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of abused and neglected children before the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. CASA’s volunteers served 367 children in fiscal 2015-16, donating nearly 20,000 hours to their cases.

Seventh District Congressional candidates Q&A

The candidates for the Seventh District seat in the U.S. Congress – Democrat Eileen Bedell and Republican incumbent Dave Brat – answered questions posed by the Henrico Citizen, in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

EILEEN BEDELL, Democratic Challenger
1. Why should residents of your district vote for you as their representative to Congress?
As a working mother, I live the challenges Virginians face every day juggling the desire for economic security with devotion to family and a commitment to setting the right example for our children and grandchildren to follow in the future. I will represent the people of the 7th Congressional District in Virginia and fight for their interests. We can put Congress back to work again and that is exactly what I intend to do.

2. What will be your top focus if elected?
Making government work doesn’t mean always voting “NO” or shutting down the entire government by blocking critical funding for veterans and the military. It is imperative this district's representative responds to their concerns and vote in their interest. My top focus in office will be to put Congress back to work, pass legislation that will improve the lives of our residents, and protect our citizens investments in Medicare and Social Security.

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