Varina meeting Jan. 26 to highlight public safety efforts in Sandston


Varina District Supervisor Tyrone E. Nelson will hold a Community Conversations meeting Thursday, Jan. 26 to discuss public safety efforts in the Sandston area.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Sandston Elementary School, 7 Naglee Ave. Nelson will be joined by representatives of the Henrico County Police Division for a discussion of its public safety efforts and how residents can help. > Read more.

Vithoulkas reflects, looks ahead in ‘State of County’ address

JAN. 23, 12:30 P.M. – “Great communities are not accidents,” Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas told a crowd of business officials during his State of the County address Monday morning at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Vithoulkas explained that it was the pivotal decisions made within the past decade that have borne great fruit in terms of how Henrico County stacks up to other parts of the Commonwealth and the nation.

Among Henrico’s recent key achievements cited by Vithoulkas:

• ranking second in the state for the number of new and retained jobs;
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Nominees sought for Community Leader of the Year Award


The Henrico Business Council will be accepting nominations for its Community Leader of the Year Award from now until February 3.

The council seeks nominees who show unwavering support for Henrico County and the business community through their involvement with Henrico; demonstrate dedication to the betterment and/or growth of Henrico County; exhibit enthusiasm for Henrico County; and have made a difference in the community. > Read more.
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Living on minimum wage


Athena Jones is the first person her clients see at the start of the day. She gets them out of bed, changes their clothes and makes them breakfast. Her workday consists of providing emotional and physical support, assisting clients with bathing and bathroom visits, and helping them be as independent as possible.

As a home-care worker, this is Jones’ job. She does it for minimum wage – $7.25 an hour.

An advocate for people who struggle to live on minimum wage, Jones traveled from Portsmouth to Richmond this week to speak to legislators about bills to raise the state minimum wage above the federally mandated rate. She said a raise would help her save money and give back to her community. > Read more.

Broadband legislation draws criticism


A Republican lawmaker on Thursday defended her broadband-access bill from critics who say it favors established internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon while limiting competition from other companies and local governments. Del. Kathy Byron, R-Bedford County, said HB 2108 actually seeks to “expand the availability of broadband to Virginians who do not currently have it.”

The bill, titled the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act,” has garnered sharp criticism from advocates of rural broadband expansion. Byron said a Roanoke Times editorial criticizing the bill has spurred death threats against her. > Read more.

Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates


Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, March 4 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, 14-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, April 5 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. > Read more.

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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The Richmond Raceway Complex has two exciting, albeit very different, events taking place this weekend: the Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale and Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed. If you’re searching for date night ideas, Wild Ponies will be performing at the Henrico Theatre tonight, CAT Theatre will present “Wishing Well” and The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will broadcast Bolshoi Ballet’s production of “The Sleeping Beauty.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Angela Wood and Natasha Tabon will share their children’s book “The Misadventures of Tood and Taboon: Lost in the Forest” at Varina Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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